Dead End by Judith Skillings
By Judith Skillings
Rebecca Moore has had greater than her fill of useless males . . . the 1st, her lover David, took his personal existence in her bed room simply open air of Washington, D.C. -- a wholly mindless act of violence that motives a significantly shaken Rebecca to give up her task as an investigative journalist and flee to rural Maryland to run her past due Uncle Walt's vintage vehicle recovery store. Out the following she faces a really various pressure of rampant craziness -- let alone a motley choice of in all likelihood risky, allegedly reformed ex-convict staff she's inherited. As she attempts to settle in, a moment male corpse surfaces, murdered and filled right into a glass beading desktop at the store flooring, the place it has no earthly correct or cause to be. Now, with a horny cop who is extra drawn to her than within the case, and with extra loss of life within the offing, Rebecca Moore goes to need to hotel to what she does most sensible: locate the evidence, finger a perpetrator . . . and someway remain alive.
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18 / Judith Skillings stranger—the stranger she’d been ever since David’s death had closed the cofﬁn on her former life. How had the human resources director summarized it during the exit interview? “A good looker from a good family on the fast track in a demanding career. ” The biddy’s smirk had been belittling, unprofessional. Rebecca had not responded. She’d pocketed the severance check and exited the Post’s headquarters through the main entrance. Eight months later her face still had little expression.
Blood splattered everywhere: fanning the walls, dotting the ceiling, dripping down the black and white photographs framed above the bed— photographs of the Maine coast in fog, ponies wading near Assateague Island—photographs she later mangled, full of rage, because they had watched while David destroyed his life. And hers. The nightmare had left her alone since she moved. It had stayed behind with her ex-job and former friends. In taking 48 / Judith Skillings over her uncle’s shop she’d inherited enough worries to consume her during the day.
Vera reached for the dirty glass and handkerchief. Turning it in her lap, she folded the linen over the lip and into the glass as if wrapping an awkwardly shaped gift. Rebecca wasn’t sure she should hear whatever Vera needed to unload. The widow was stressed and had been drinking, a lot. Whatever she said now she’d regret in the morning. Rebecca should leave. But she couldn’t repress her curiosity. Like the old percolator at the cottage, questions started to burp up slowly and demand attention.