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By Julie Hyzy

A visit to Italy’s Tuscan nation-state is a dream come actual for curator and supervisor of Marshfield Manor, Grace Wheaton. no less than until eventually her boss—and benefactor of this whirlwind excursion—becomes the objective of a murderer…

When Grace and her boss, Bennett Marshfield, happen on the Italian villa of 1 of his oldest pals, they’re bothered to find that the majority of his friend’s outstanding paintings collection—including a prized bronze cranium crafted via Picasso—is faux. anyone has been promoting the genuine bargains and exchanging them with expert forgeries.

Unfortunately, Grace and Bennett need to fly domestic the following day, so there’s no time to enquire. yet their problems are not often over. at the airplane, Grace catches a lady attempting to poison Bennett. the girl, after all, isn’t speaking, yet by way of the top of the flight, there are lifeless our bodies. Now Grace has to wing it to discover a mile-high murderer—especially considering she suspects Bennett remains to be at risk

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Certainly. ” The uncovered wood eaves, the piles of . . . stuff . . . have been like my attic at domestic. like several attic, rather. yet this one went on and on. Bennett stored relocating ahead, pulling lightbulb chains to light up the realm as we improved. whereas the home windows and low skylights helped, there have been many hidden corners that have been too darkish to work out into essentially. I couldn’t cease myself from pointing to all of the bins, “This is all of your stuff, too? ” He grew to become to offer me a penetrating glance. “Are you suggesting i've got too many possessions? ” “Far from it. I’m pondering what a treasure trove this can be. i may spend a month up the following. ” Rotating in position, I took all of it in then amended, “More like 3 months. ” “I’m happy you approve,” he stated, then gestured. “Over the following. ” Bennett led me to a huge oak bookcase that was once at the least 8 ft extensive and 6 ft tall with glass doorways each twelve inches or so. He moved to entry one of many cabinets, yet i ended him. “How on the earth did whatever this large get in the following? ” I requested. “There’s no method it healthy during the door we got here via. ” Bennett winked. “I’ll let you know later. For now, let’s take a look. ” The oak-trimmed door opened with a goose-pimpling squeak. “It’s been some time seeing that you’ve been up the following, I take it? ” Bennett didn’t solution. He reached in to tug out a light crimson leather-based album, the canopy of which have been tooled in gold with the kin crest. “I used to maintain scrapbooks for every year,” he stated, giving a self-conscious shrug. With the part of 1 hand, he wiped off many of the dirt. “Why is it up the following? ” I requested as I peered round him. “Are there extra of them? ” He part became to provide the bookcase an appraising look. “Probably twenty, I’d say. ” “But why—” “Marlis didn’t like whatever round to remind her of Sally,” he acknowledged. “Most of those scrapbooks are from the years earlier than she died. ” “Ah. ” That defined much. I’d heard approximately how jealous Marlis have been of Bennett’s dating together with his first spouse. “I’m joyful I didn’t bend to her calls for that I throw them away. ” “What? ” I requested, incredulous. “She sought after you to offload them? ” “Burn them, to be particular. ” He scratched the again of his head. “I must have realized,” he acknowledged absentmindedly, “this was once a compromise. one of the. ” I bit my tongue. It wouldn’t do good to talk unwell of Marlis. She’d been long gone for a few years, even though her character it seems that lived on in her daughter, Hillary. Bennett dusted off the facet of a steamer trunk and sat down. I joined him, taking one other fast look round ahead of turning my awareness to the album on his lap. What different valuable mementos from Bennett’s lifestyles have been kept up right here, forgotten through the years? He paged during the early a part of the scrapbook, operating his hand alongside each access as if caressing it. He lifted and grew to become each one thick web page with no remark, yet as his gaze lit upon outdated black-and-white pictures, postcards, and clippings from newspapers, he alternately smiled and appeared wistful.

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