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All's Well That Ends: An Amanda Pepper Mystery by Gillian Roberts

By Gillian Roberts

Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the personal tuition in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. doubtless the cash that looks to be lacking from money amassed to help sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will occur. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have found the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to consider. Her husband, deepest investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana relatives reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her good friend Sasha’s stepmother has simply dedicated suicide–although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, specifically now not whereas having a drink and donning a purple silk shirt and pink sandals with four-inch heels.

Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly concurs to assist examine the woman’s dying, although the facts for foul play is slender. precise, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and he or she bored her buddies to loss of life with tricks of her “royal” lineage. And with 4 marriages in the back of her, she used to be already getting ready to announce her renewed availability on the internet. but if one other lady is located lifeless in Phoebe’s condo, it turns into transparent that anything is certainly murderously amiss, and lots more and plenty toward domestic than Amanda or an individual else can have imagined.

All’s good That Ends is the ultimate novel in Gillian Roberts’s acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. It’s additionally the easiest, irresistibly clever, and richly interesting. Amanda’s farewell experience brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is good and a ask yourself to behold.

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The ninth grade class was bearing down on my room. Plus, why come to me with this set of woes? How did I keep getting myself entwined in things that had nothing to do with me—like Phoebe’s death? Last night, having shoes on while supposedly committing suicide had sounded so significant. Sherlock Holmesian. Make that Cher LaCombs, the new female sleuth. C’est moi. I realized that two entirely likeable young people were staring at me with expressions that belonged on a Save the Children poster. “Let me just remind you that lots of the donations, at least in my homeroom, are in small coins, so it’s easy enough for the person tallying it up to mix up a nickel and a quarter or…” Wrong response.

He said. ” I said when I could see his face. “Yeah. ” He looked at the door. ” “Those hoods make it hard,” I said. ” “Well,” I said lamely, “I guess this is my chance. ” He shrugged. ” He sighed. “Kind of. When I was with my dad. ” He shrugged. I am constantly amazed by the acute discomfort teens who brag and lie—I hope—about their own experience and prowess show when touching, even peripherally, on the subject of their parents’ private lives. I nodded and let the subject go. Besides, the tide of humans was against me, and I was keeping him from wherever he’d been headed, and I wasn’t sure why.

She shook her head. ” “Even his son came,” I added. “That’s pretty amicable, don’t you think? The recent one’s dead, my dad’s in Spain, and the other two…she never had huge court fights or got enormous settlements or whatever keeps those kinds of feuds going. She’s always managed to get by, but she isn’t—wasn’t—rich. ” “It’s very sad,” Mackenzie murmured politely. At some point within the past minute, I’d seen his attention drift again, and while he was properly sympathetic and even asking questions by rote, Sasha’s friend and former stepmother, Phoebe, no longer occupied much of his mind.

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