By Jennifer Blake
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Now freelancing from south Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns to Richmond, Virginia, town that grew to become its again on her 5 years in the past. Investigating the dying of a tender lady, she needs to stick with the twisting leads and tune the unusual info so that it will make the lifeless speak-and to bare the unhappy fact which may be greater than even she will endure.
A farmhouse destroyed through fire
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He liked farming, enjoyed the smell and feel of the earth. The backbreaking labor in sun and rain and the intrinsic uncertainty didn’t bother him; the constant challenge kept him on his toes. There was no place on earth he’d rather live than on this modern plantation with the lake at the back door of his big, old West Indies style house, and the swamp beyond that crowded right up to the levee of the Mississippi River. Turn-Coupe was right down his alley as well. A sleepy little town dating back to before the Civil War, it was big enough to supply his needs, but not so big that people didn’t nod and speak when they met.
He backed up a couple of quick steps as he stared up at the roof of her house. A frown drew his brows together before he called to her, “You lost a few roof slates in the storm the other night. I noticed when I drove up since I’ve been replacing the casualties at Chemin-a-Haut. ” She had a small one in the stair hall and a more drastic one in the back bedroom upstairs. They were none of Luke Benedict’s business, however, like the rest of her life. ” “I could take care of it for you. Roofers charge an arm and a leg for patching these big old houses, you know.
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