By Carolyn G. Hart
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And Mother, with three superbly married daughters, had buckets of experience in planning weddings and would be delighted to help. The trouble with Annie—one of the troubles with Annie, he corrected himself sourly—was her stiff-necked pride which confused money with independence. What he needed to do was to make it clear to her that money, when you had it, must never be master. The best way to keep money in line was to treat it as disposable and spend it. This theorem was Darling’s Law of Finance, quite on a par and in happy contrast (at least in intent) to Veblen’s Principle of Conspicuous Consumption.
Oh well, it would be good for Max to traffic with hoi polloi. She pictured him arising from a lumpy bed and stepping into a lukewarm shower. Grinning, she crossed the street, her goal the famous Prichard House which would be the site of the Murder Nights entertainment. She was ready to survey the setting and figure out the practical elements. Where should the corpse be found? Where would the suspects be placed? And the Investigation Center? What clues should she strew at the Scene of the Crime?
Behind the coffee bar, several hundred white mugs sat on shelving. Each mug carried the name of a book which had earned recognition as an all-time great in mystery fiction. She poured Max a fresh cup and refilled hers. Max lifted his mug and sniffed it suspiciously. ” she asked. ” She laughed. “I’m not that mad at you. ” She described Mrs. Webster’s visit. ” Max took time to see which famous mystery title was written in red script on his white mug (The Lone Wolf). He raised an eyebrow quizzically.