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. without doubt the cash that looks to be lacking from cash gathered to help sufferers of a catastrophic storm Down South will ensue. 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 contemplate. Her husband, deepest investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana relatives reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her pal Sasha’s stepmother has simply dedicated suicide–although, in keeping with Sasha, Phoebe Ennis may by no means have killed herself, specially now not whereas having a drink and donning a crimson silk shirt and purple sandals with four-inch heels.
Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly has the same opinion to assist examine the woman’s loss of life, even though the proof for foul play is narrow. real, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and he or she bored her neighbors to demise 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 web. but if one other girl is located lifeless in Phoebe’s condo, it turns into transparent that anything is certainly murderously amiss, and lots more and plenty towards domestic than Amanda or an individual else may have imagined.
All’s good That Ends is the ultimate novel in Gillian Roberts’s acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. It’s additionally the simplest, irresistibly clever, and richly enjoyable. Amanda’s farewell event brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is nice and a ask yourself to behold.
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I once again let my eyes travel around the group. On this bright winter day, about twenty people had gathered by the river to remember and honor Phoebe Ennis. The group included her cousin Peter, who hadn’t seen Phoebe in fifteen years but had memories so vivid that he’d made the trip from his home in West Virginia; four women who’d identified themselves in such a rush that I never got them straight; a woman who looked in her eighties and who’d identified herself only as “a former neighbor,” though of which time period and/or house she didn’t say; and near her, Phoebe’s flame-haired business partner, Merilee Wilkins, standing so rigidly she looked planted in the spot.
Among the wedding gifts for Phoebe and Nelson had been a set of towels that had the entire alphabet embroidered along the hem. “Pre-emptive monograms,” the gift giver called it. Nelson Ennis should have seen the writing on the towel and known he was a short-timer, and indeed, he didn’t make it to the getting-divorced stage. He was done in by an out-of-control motorcycle, barely a year into his marriage. Phoebe probably would have found herself Mr. “F,” too, except that she ended the progression by killing herself.
There couldn’t be many things much worse than having a friend die in mid-quarrel. Surely both women hoped, if not expected, that they’d find a way through their anger, that they’d resolve their issues and restore the friendship. Now it was impossible. Looking less profoundly upset, two men in their forties who had identified themselves in unison as “the Daves—we’re just her friends” stood at the back of the small group. ” Phoebe’s love life had been frenetic, but her marriage partners turned out to be as systematic as if they’d been chosen by a file clerk.
All's Well That Ends: An Amanda Pepper Mystery by Gillian Roberts