By Carolyn Hart

Considered one of America's such a lot liked secret writers, Carolyn G. Hart, the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning writer, returns to her unique mystery
series that includes Annie Darling, proprietor of the demise on call for bookstall, and her husband, Max, with Mint Julep Murder.

Normally, Annie Laurence Darling will be eagerly looking forward to her journey to move Island, the place this year's Dixie e-book pageant is being held. yet this 12 months Annie has agreed to be the writer liaison to 5 authors commemorated with the much-coveted Dixie e-book pageant Medallions, and he or she fears she's going to have her fingers complete juggling murderous egos. What Annie does not expect is the premature loss of life of bold Mint Julep Press writer Kenneth Hazlitt. Hazlitt arrives on the pageant peddling an offer for track of the South, a trashy roman  clef that info the indiscretions of a few well-known Southern authors at a writers' conference--writers who greater than resemble the Dixie competition Medallion winners. whilst Hazlitt drops lifeless after consuming a success of bourbon from his deepest inventory, the facts issues to Annie--the deadly glass is imprinted along with her fingerprints. As progressively more proof issues her manner, Annie and Max needs to act speedy to trap a wily killer...before the police throw the booklet at Annie!

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Why? ” Annie hesitated. She didn’t intend to make Wheeler mad, yet what damage may perhaps it do? “The maid observed a blond lady take that field out of your suite the day gone by afternoon. ” “Oh. good, i suppose the police will discover. even though I can’t see the way it may possibly topic. ” no one, no longer the victim’s brother nor the police, appeared to take the specter of a tell-all novel heavily. Annie stated sharply, “Well, if one of many authors didn’t poison Kenneth, then who did? Who would need to kill him? ” Willie hunched his shoulders; he stared out on the murky eco-friendly water. “It’s nuts. not anyone. No method. by no means. now not Ken. ” His face creased in bewilderment. “He used to be a enjoyable man. Oh, I’m now not asserting he couldn’t rile humans. I suggest, Ken constantly needed to be liable, the most guy. That’s the best way he was once. continuously. From the time we have been teenagers. He rode his motorbike quicker. He ate extra pizza. His scorching rod beat everybody’s. He screwed extra ladies. He drank extra beer. He made extra money. He bought extra books. ” He paused, laughed softly. “I’m guessing there. I’ll wager he offered extra books. I don’t comprehend much approximately what he’s performed the final couple of years. I simply got here again a number of weeks in the past. ” “Came again? ” Willie reached down, picked up a damaged shell, bounced it in his palm. In his rueful smile, there has been a marginally of yesterday’s insouciant Willie. “Sweetheart, you don’t need to know. I’ve lived extra areas, had extra jobs, made and misplaced extra money—God, that’s fun—than a tv evangelist. Bartended. Ran a bungee-jumping outfit. Prospected for gold. offered vacuum cleaners. Taught ballroom dancing. ” His eyes rolled. “But there comes an afternoon in the event you notice you don’t have any roots. ” His thumb flicked on the tiny barnacles at the shell. “Ken have been after me for future years again and paintings with him. So, one morning I seemed within the replicate while i began to shave—and I observed flecks of grey. So … I got here domestic. ” His hand closed round the shell. He lifted his arm and threw. The shell skipped around the water, then sank. “I got here home,” he repeated seriously. Annie’s middle sank like the shell. “So you don’t be aware of who could have been indignant at Kenneth? Or frightened of him? Or jealous of him? ” “Mad sufficient to make him harm like that? ” Willie’s face twisted. “Jesus, no. Oh, he used to be a bit crossways with a few parents. there has been a printer who desired to be paid, and Kenneth was once in the back of. He acknowledged occasionally you needed to get a brand new printer, commence over, if the cash simply wasn’t there. yet he informed the man he’d make it stable whilst he may. And Ken was once mad at his distributor. Ken acknowledged the guy hadn’t gotten the books out like he promised. ” Annie nodded. Small presses occasionally got here up brief with printers. It wasn’t reliable, it wasn’t reasonable, however it occurred. And poisoning Kenneth wouldn’t pay the invoice. Or wouldn't it? “The printer. Where’s he positioned? ” Willie frowned. “Illinois, i believe. Gustafson Printers. ” Annie pulled out her seriously marked software and jotted down the identify. “And the distributor? ” “Hmm. Wherry Brothers. Out of Tampa. ” “Willie, does Mint Julep Press have any type of assurance in your brother? ” “I don’t recognize.

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