Decorated to Death (An Interior Design Mystery) by Peg Marberg

By Peg Marberg

Seville, Indiana, has 5 site visitors lighting and one inside layout company: fashion designer denims, co-founded by way of Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr.  in recent times they’re discovering that the willing eyes wanted for plotting colour schemes and monitoring down flea-market treasures additionally turn out to be useful for studying extra sinister designs.
 
even supposing Jean is a designing girl, her company is in a little bit a hunch. So while a brand new inside layout task from Dona Deville comes her manner she’s delighted.  Dona has inherited an deserted state cottage and desires Jean to take it from undeniable outdated shabby to beautiful shabby chic. 
 
yet Jean's plans for storm lamps and hand-hooked rugs are shelved while she opens front door and discovers the well-heeled sneakers of Dona herself, who has regrettably been despatched to satisfy her maker.  Now Jean needs to piece jointly a trend of a distinct kind so that it will capture a killer with designs on homicide.

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Since the time, date, and place of my meeting with Dona had been settled, I interrupted Marsha Gooding’s latest soliloquy with the old chestnut of someone knocking at my door. As fibs go, it wasn’t the most imaginative but it did bring the phone call to a merciful end. Lighting a cigarette, I mentally reviewed my conversations with both women. I don’t know what bothered me more—Dona Deville’s aloofness or Marsha Gooding’s unbidden candor. Replacing dark thoughts with sunny ones, I pulled out my workbooks and began making speculative plans to turn the cottage into a weekend getaway that even a certain Donald would envy.

It was a frightening thought and one that I chose not to share with Mary. I figured that she’d had more than enough excitement for one day. Besides, Pesty’s supply of water was running low. What seemed like hours was in reality only a matter of minutes. With sirens screaming, two police cars (one marked and one unmarked) turned into the driveway, raising clouds of gray dust before coming to an abrupt halt behind the van. I’d already imagined how things would probably unfold once my no-nonsense, police lieutenant son-in-law, Matt, and his trusty sidekick, Sergeant Sid Rosen, answered my call for help.

You should have quit while you were ahead, chum. ” said a puzzled Charlie, leaving me to conclude that sometimes husbands, like brothers, are so dumb. The crowd had spread across the redbrick patio and onto the lawn like warm syrup on a stack of hotcakes. Under a canopy of shade trees, an ice-filled copper washtub held an assortment of canned soda, fruit drinks, bottled water, and beer. Off to the far right, on an apron of flagstone, sat an oversized stainless-steel gas grill. Picnic tables with bright, floral-patterned cloths had been strategically placed in close proximity to the white, ivy-covered gazebo.

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