Creeps Suzette by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

THE REAPER'S AT CREEPERS

The low season blahs, a pyromaniacal mother, and a lately retired husband who's continuously underfoot have bad Judith McMonigle Flynn going stir loopy at Hillside Manor. So the harried R&B hostess leaps at cousin Renie's advice that Judith accompany her to Creepers--the stately property of kindly previous Leota Burgess. the rich senior is sure that somebody is set to do her in for money--most most likely certainly one of her disreputable relatives--and Judith and Renie have agreed to appear into her allegations. And after they bump into Leota's bruised yet nonetheless respiring physique on the foot of the grand staircase, they become aware of the previous lady's fears could be well-founded. however the decidedly useless corpse mendacity on most sensible of Leota--his head bashed flatter than the proverbial French pancake--suggests that there is extra to those homicidal doings than meets the attention. And now it is as much as the cousins to stick with the clues to the creep who is creeping round Creepers with homicide at the mind.

 

THE REAPER'S AT CREEPERS

The low season blahs, a pyromaniacal mother, and a lately retired husband who's regularly underfoot have negative Judith McMonigle Flynn going stir loopy at Hillside Manor. So the harried R&B hostess leaps at cousin Renie's recommendation that Judith accompany her to Creepers--the stately property of kindly outdated Leota Burgess. the rich senior is bound that somebody is decided to do her in for money--most most likely one in every of her disreputable relatives--and Judith and Renie have agreed to seem into her allegations. And once they bump into Leota's bruised yet nonetheless respiring physique on the foot of the grand staircase, they discover the outdated lady's fears might be well-founded. however the decidedly lifeless corpse mendacity on most sensible of Leota--his head bashed flatter than the proverbial French pancake--suggests that there is extra to those homicidal doings than meets the attention. And now it really is as much as the cousins to persist with the clues to the creep who is creeping round Creepers with homicide at the brain.

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I did a project for Evergreen Timber five, six years ago. They were trying to rev up their corporate image. Reforestation, animal preserves, all that sort of thing to make the company look like good guys instead of robber barons. ” Dorothy shot Renie a withering glance. Renie was neither withered nor blighted. “It’s coming back to me now. Evergreen had gotten a bad rep for some big trade-off with the National Park Service. Old-growth timber that the environmentalists got up in arms about. It wasn’t the first time, either.

Just the servants,” Renie answered vaguely. “I don’t know much about the present setup. ” If the Yellow Brick Road had led to Oz among exotic forests and colorful poppy fields, the highway to Sunset Cliffs was crowded with motels, used-car lots, and fast-food restaurants. When the cousins finally made a left at the city limits, the north side of the street boasted card rooms, taverns, pull tabs, and other minor vices that were legal in the unincorporated neighborhoods. Five minutes later, they were out of the low-life section and into a high-rent residential neighborhood.

Try the crepes à la reine,” Mrs. Burgess said. “Dietz has a way with pastry, and the filling is quite good. ” “Did Mrs. ” Renie asked, scooping food onto her plate. Mrs. Burgess nodded. “They’re soft. I don’t care for a hard roll. ” Tasting the crepe, which was as delicious as Mrs. Burgess had claimed, Judith searched her brain for a way to get their hostess to confide in them about the alleged attempts on her life. “You’ve certainly had your staff a long time,” she finally said. ” Mrs. Burgess’s blue eyes shrewdly regarded Judith.

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