nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this
odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .
calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird
feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock
of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar
water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It
also attracts murder.
remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him
a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with
a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is
Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But
while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the
real killer may still be in the bush . . .
I shut off the ignition and hurried to the entrance. A couple of lights were still on inside toward the back. The door was unlocked. I went inside. Several paperbacks were scattered on the floor between the door and the sales counter. The folding chairs were just as they had been. I couldn’t see the signing table because the projector display screen had been moved in front.
“Rose?” I called. There was no sign of her or her daughter or any of the other clerks.
I headed for the table to look for the books Derek had purchased, thinking that maybe Mason had left them there. He’d obviously returned to the campground. Rose came from the storeroom, pulling a long, rolled-up rug the color of a purple finch. She dropped the heavy rug at her feet when she saw me. The plank floor shook. Her eyes flew to her right, and my eyes followed. Mason Livingston was seated at the signing table. His torso drooped forward and his head rested on the table. A pair of scissors protruded from his neck.
Rose bit her lip. “He’s dead. I killed him. And I’m glad he’s dead.”
mystery series, J.R. Ripley is the critically acclaimed author of the
Maggie Miller mysteries and the Kitty Karlyle mysteries (written as
Marie Celine) among other works. J.R. is a member of the American
Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, and is an Audubon
Ambassador with the National Audubon Society.
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