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By J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney

J. D. Robb's Missing in Death investigates a feminine tourist's disappearance in the course of a ferry trip. Detective Eve Dallas wonders...if she did not bounce, and she's no longer on board, then the place on the planet is she?

In Patricia Gaffney's The puppy Days of Laurie Summer, a lady awakens to a well-recognized but unsettling international.

In Mary Blayney's Lost in Paradise, a guy locked in an island castle unearths desire for freedom in an enigmatic nurse.

And Ruth Ryan Langan's Legacy belongs to a tender lady who finds a kinfolk mystery buried at the grounds of an impressive yet enforcing Irish fort.

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I’ll sit down tight. ” Sam hung up. I felt his eyes on me, and pretended to be asleep. may possibly I simply say, escaping via a excessive basement window is child’s play in comparison to sliding a try out of a paper clip on a three-page stapled record with no disarranging the papers or leaving any drool. consuming the money was once even more durable simply because for a few cause it tasted like fuel. yet a puppy does what she has to do. I felt undesirable for Ron. You couldn’t lose a ten-thousand-dollar deposit payment with no heavily queering the deal, whether the client was once moderate, and this one didn’t sound like he used to be. How did i do know? intuition and event. fortunately Ron used to be the boss, so at the very least not anyone may fireplace him. He known as again quicker than I anticipated. Spoke very softly; I couldn’t listen a specific thing. Sam stored apologizing, attempting to make him consider higher. “Geez, I’m sorry. I don’t know the way it could’ve occurred. So even if he may placed a stop-payment on it, he doesn’t . . . ? sincere to God, it’s now not the following. I’ve appeared numerous instances, passed through the entire . . . good, hell, it’s no longer your fault. Don’t fear approximately it, heavily. It’s ok, we’ll simply begin over. put out of your mind it, Ron, I suggest it. It’s only one of these issues. It’s a secret. ” probably it used to be my accountable moral sense, yet after he hung up i assumed Sam checked out me unusually. Suspiciously. I thunked my tail and grinned at him. We had a staring contest, Sam’s gaze squinted and looking out, mine blinky sleepy and blameless. I received. “Let’s opt for a walk,” he acknowledged, status up. “Want to move for a stroll? ” open air, i realized a brand new spring in his step, a lightness on his finish of the leash. It wouldn’t final forever—Ron Lewis was once too solid a salesman—but in the intervening time, there will be one much less factor for Sam to suppose unhappy approximately. as a result of me. reliable puppy. within the week that undefined, break out used to be the very last thing on my brain. in its place i used to be a version of courtesy and decorum. I sat, lay down, and shook on command, I got here whilst referred to as, and in any respect open doorways I halted, ostentatiously anticipating a call for participation to continue. Butter wouldn't soften in my mouth. through Sunday, Sam’s belief had rebounded so thoroughly, with out a moment suggestion he granted me the article i needed such a lot: permission to wait Benny’s party. unfastened, untied, jogging round within the backyard similar to one other visitor. in basic terms hairy and higher behaved. The afternoon was once ideal. great point, simply because 8 sugar-saturated six-year-olds caught in our small lounge on a wet day would’ve been a catastrophe. (We discovered that final yr, on Benny’s 5th birthday. ) The subject was once loopy hats—everybody needed to put on a loopy hat, and candy Benny’s used to be the crimson and white striped stovepipe from Dr. Seuss. He seemed adorably goofy. He was—and i used to be no longer one bit prejudiced—absolutely the cutest, most endearing baby on the celebration. yet strangely—I beloved them, in fact, yet I’d by no means been indiscriminately wild approximately different people’s children—strangely, in this day i discovered myself in love with them all. i will say I’ve by no means had as a lot enjoyable in my lifestyles as I did operating and chasing and romping and twiddling with Benny and his associates.

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