Mariani and her Aunt Tressa have stopped by the Dwardene mansion
to see what was for sale. Looks like just about everything
is for sale except for the antique dagger collection which
has already been sold. The mansion has been sold thanks to
the great salesmanship of Aunt Tressa. Apple runs into Lillian
Bilodeau, an elderly lady obsessed with cats. She has found
a sweet porcelain cat and is on her way to pay for it. Lou
Marshall, the appraiser for the estate, is the cashier for
the sale. He also happens to be Tressa’s latest sweetie.
The weather turns bad and Apple tells Lillian she will give
her a lift home instead of her taking the bus.
stops by to talk to Lou and he gives her something for Apple.
As they are getting ready to leave, the ladies hear a loud
scream. It turns out that Lou has been stabbed in the neck
with one of the antique daggers and the last person to see
him alive was Aunt Tressa! Police Chief Paul Fenton will be
keeping his eye on Tressa for more than one reason. Seems
he also likes her. Looks like Apple will have to appraise
the situation to make sure her aunt is not sold up the river.
Things to ponder: What is Lillian hiding? Why does Darby,
the Santa Claus look alike, keep turning up? What did Lou
and Blake fight about?
finding a new series and getting to read it from the first
book. I see many possibilities for future novels. This was
a fun fast read. I had the pages turning so fast that I was
almost afraid of setting the book on fire. I loved the characters
and can’t wait to see them again very soon. This was
a fun read and I think you will enjoy reading it too.