By Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher
Victim within the Vineyard
Jessica Fletcher is vacationing the Napa Valley wine kingdom whereas doing study for her subsequent booklet, and invitations her previous pal, Scotland backyard detective George Sutherland to hitch her at a comfortable mattress and Breakfast. No do they come than they locate the valley abuzz over the homicide of a waiter on the eating place owned through notorious ex-Hollywood heavyweight invoice Ladington. Ladington's blatant womanizing and involvement in a sour winery land dispute have already marked him as a doubtful character--and a potential suspect. but if Ladington turns up useless himself from a meant "suicide," Jessica understands assassin is at the loose--and with a bit support from George, she needs to attempt to bottle up a purpose for homicide from an in depth record of less-than-vintage suspects...
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Rose took her time activating the intercom. "Mr. Travis? Miss. " Over the cheap speaker, Abby heard Travis's tinny voice grant her admittance. " Rose looked at her. " Abby crossed the anteroom to Travis's door. She was turning the knob when Rose said, "This client's important to us. " Various rejoinders ran through Abby's mind. She swallowed them all. Sometimes the best thing to say was nothing at all. She entered Travis's office and found him in conference with a blond woman instantly recognizable as Kris Barwood and a somewhat older, heavyset man who had to be her husband.
Abby didn't answer. " Travis asked. She blinked, surprised by the change of subject. " "No. Let me drive you. On the way over, I can give you a more thorough briefing on the Barwood case. " "Okay, Paul. " They didn't speak again until they had left the TPS office suite after picking up Abby's carry-on at the reception desk. In the elevator, descending to the underground parking garage, she asked Travis, "How are things going? " He shrugged. "Could be better. Another client ditched us on Friday.
Okay, Kris. I'm Abby" Howard Barwood spoke up again. " His eyelids lifted in skeptical appraisal. " "That's one way of describing the work I do. I call myself a dynamic interpersonal risk evaluator. But there's a simpler way of putting it. " Kris and her husband exchanged a bemused glance. "A pilot fish," Abby repeated. She tossed her purse on a chair but remained standing. "You know those little fish that swim in the wake of a shark? They gather scraps. So do I. " She crossed behind Travis's desk to stand before the wide windows, the panoramic backdrop.
Blood on the Vine (Murder She Wrote, Book 15) by Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher