By Claudia Bishop
"Sisters Meg and Sarah Quilliam make certain site visitors believe correct at domestic after they stopover at the resort at Hemlock Falls. positioned in upstate manhattan, Hemlock Falls is a small city well known for its scenic beauty--and scenes of crime . . ." catastrophe moves an insignificant week ahead of the Hemlock Falls Ladies' Auxiliary hosts the once a year Spring Fete whilst the festival's chairwoman--the redoubtable Adela Henry--gives up her task in a huff. Who's going to pass judgement on the justly well known Jell-O structure contest? Or cease the contributors of the Craft Guild from sabotaging their opponents, the artful girls? extra to the purpose, who's received the tact, international relations, and iron will essential to set up the cubicles and settle quarrels over the programming? Hemlock's mayor hopes to guarantee the fete's good fortune while he recruits specialist organizer Linda Connally and her employees to take over Adela's tasks. but if Connally's physique turns up within the trunk of a used motor vehicle at Peterson's automobile, Meg and Sarah are again within the detecting company . . .
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A Fete Worse Than Death (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, Book 18) by Claudia Bishop