By Laura Childs

Indigo Tea store proprietor Theodosia Browning is attending the historical past Society's Pirates and Plunder express whilst a histroy intern is murdered amidst the gold rings and doubloons. inspite of that on her plate, Theodosia nonetheless has to wait Charleston's meals and Wine pageant, the place she's web hosting a tea and cheese tasting. yet as her concepts preserve drifting to the sufferer, Theodosia understands she'll need to whet her investigative abilities to discover the killer between a schooner of suspects.

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Clearly," stated Tidwell, "the girl isn't any longer lacking. " "But she used to be! " stated Theodosia. "And now she's again! " countered Tidwell. "Case closed. " "But it used to be by no means open! " cried Theodosia. a calming Sarah McLachlan CD at the motor vehicle stereo did not anything to appease Theodosia's frustration and anger as she drove Drayton domestic. "I'd prefer to throttle Tidwell," Theodosia raged. "I name him out on an emergency and he does not even trouble to take it heavily! " Sitting beside her within the dim of the auto, the dashboard lighting gleaming eco-friendly, Drayton was once additionally grim. "He did appear tremendously callous concerning the complete factor. " "You can say that again," stated Theodosia, nonetheless fuming. "But you suspect Nadine was once abducted? " “I completely do," acknowledged Theodosia. "Much as i feel Nadine is completely fruit loops, I nonetheless think her tale. " "But what was once the elemental purpose? " requested Drayton. "Who might abduct her and why could they do it? " "Only something i will be able to imagine of," acknowledged Theodosia. "Because Nadine lied. " Drayton did a kind of double take. "Excuse me? Lied to who? " Theodosia goosed her automobile round a slow-moving truck, then acknowledged, "Nadine lied approximately seeing the killer on the background Society. She lied to Nick Van Buren while he wrote the newspaper article; after which she weaseled round with the police. " "But the single tale the killer knew," stated Drayton, speedy connecting the dots, "was the only he learn within the submit and Courier. " "Bingo," stated Theodosia. "You imagine that is the sole cause Nadine used to be abducted? simply because she advised a fib? " "A fib that the killer believed! " stated Theodosia. "I'm nonetheless having hassle wrapping my mind round this complete thing," stated Drayton. "You imagine Nadine set it up? Fabricated the whole lot? " "Noooo," acknowledged Drayton, slowly. "For something, she's too prissy to really drag herself via dust. " “You received that right," acknowledged Theodosia. They drove for your time in silence, down Church road, previous the Indigo Tea store, then grew to become onto Tradd, heading for Drayton's condominium. They slipped prior an Italianate mansion, a Victorian, and a Charleston unmarried domestic, all lit via old streetlamps and flashing by means of like pictures on an old school stereopticon. eventually Theodosia pulled in entrance of Drayton's small two-hundred-year-old domestic and rolled to a quiet cease. They sat there, darkness surrounding them like a black soft pillow, the sound of the engine slowly ticking down. “Now what are we going to do? " Theodosia puzzled out loud. "About ... ? " acknowledged Drayton. "Flushing out this killer. " "I don't believe we must always try out that at all," stated Drayton. "But if there have been a way," mused Theodosia. "It must be a truly secure way," reasoned Drayton. They sat there for an exceptional 5 mins, either one of them considering. ultimately Theodosia stated, "What time is it? " Drayton introduced his wrist as regards to his face. "Almost 9 thirty. Why? " The wheels have been unexpectedly delivering Theodosia's head, in addition to a emerging tide of panic in figuring out she could be dealing with a time crunch. "I have to name that reporter, Nick Van Buren," acknowledged Theodosia.

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