Title: Secrets to Die For
Author: Linda Hope Lee
Genre: Cozy Mystery
When librarian Nina Foster agrees to establish a library at the retirement home where her grandmother resides, she doesn’t count on becoming involved in a murder investigation. But, as the last person to see resident Ellie Larken alive before she’s found floating in Lake Mead, Nina is an important witness, if not a suspect, as well. Newspaper owner Stephen Kraslow is on hand to help. Will they solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?
Outside, under the canopied entryway, the cold air made Nina shiver. She pulled up her raincoat hood and tied the strings under her chin. Her car was in the south parking lot. The path bordering the lake provided the shortest route. Ducking her head against the onslaught of wind and rain, Nina stepped onto the sidewalk, hurrying past wrought iron chairs and benches and round umbrella tables, their closed umbrellas pointing skyward like miniature spires.
Leaving the building behind, she soon reached the lake path. Underneath tall yard lights, the wet asphalt resembled a silver ribbon. Wisps of fog rose from the water and drifted toward the shore. A cold mist enveloped her, and raindrops collected on her cheeks, her nose, her eyelashes, and her chin. Nina shivered and bent her head against the wind.
Her thoughts turned to Stephen and their upcoming dinner date. What should she wear? Something romantic, Jessica said. Her black dress? No, too fancy. Her blue silk slacks outfit? No, the pant legs would get soaked in the rain—unless she wrapped herself completely in plastic. Hmm, not a bad idea...
A dog’s sharp “yip” interrupted her musings. Nina looked up to see Ellie Larkin and Nigel heading toward her. Heavens, why were they still outside? Hadn't she and Jessica watched them return to Marley?
The dog barked again, but his bushy tail, sticking up from behind the yellow coat, wagged cheerily.
“Hello, Ellie.” Nina greeted the woman when they were within speaking distance.
Ellie stared blankly from the depths of her hood.
A chill skittered down Nina's spine. Was Ellie having one of the spells Jessica mentioned?
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Linda Hope Lee writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mystery novels. She also paints in watercolor and collects children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers.
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