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 non-public institution in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. without doubt the money that looks to be lacking from cash accrued to help sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will happen. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have came across 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 good friend Sasha’s stepmother has simply dedicated suicide–although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, particularly now not whereas having a drink and donning a crimson silk shirt and pink sandals with four-inch heels.

Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly concurs to aid examine the woman’s dying, notwithstanding the proof for foul play is slender. precise, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and she or he bored her neighbors 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 girl is located useless in Phoebe’s condo, it turns into transparent that anything is certainly murderously amiss, and masses in the direction of domestic than Amanda or someone 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 pleasing. Amanda’s farewell event 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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So much for anything ever being under constant surveillance. The ninth graders were still in the semi-cowed phase, still slightly tinged with the shame of being the babies of the bunch. Some began copying the vocabulary words into their notebooks while others were still finding their seats. They’d done such things in September and October with a worried, dogged obedience, listening attentively to any cues and clues that would help them survive the next four years. By November, they were picking up a little attitude, and now, with winter break looming, the more precocious among them were practicing how to look bored with and slightly annoyed by anything that goes on in a classroom.

Soliloquy. Inexorable. Epoch. I was so tired that I stared at “epoch” as if it were a word I’d never seen before. A silly-looking word, too. I finally turned around. Margaret’s expression, which she’d obviously carefully maintained while I wrote on and studied the whiteboard was, if not quite withering, then a combination of having been betrayed and outraged. Eddie’s expression was more discreet, but no less unhappy with my reaction. “Okay, you’re sure,” I said. “Sorry. I’m not great at math, and the collections came in somewhat randomly, I think, so I’m always ready to believe I’ve made a mistake.

Okay, I bite,” Mackenzie said, and he finally did, on the injera. “This is good,” he said with audible surprise. “Gingery. I could do with a good story and a few laughs. ” “You judge. Somebody Phoebe liked, a friend, had acquired a stepson via a recent marriage. Got that so far? An artist. Divorced, available. And since I’m a photographer, divorced, and available, when she heard about him she was sure it was a match made in heaven. ” Sasha shook her head, her eyes lowered in mock horror. “I met him that night.

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