By Katherine Smith

The gorgeous woods of Northern Michigan turn into the atmosphere for violence and lethal ambition?… Cassandra Beaumont desires not anything greater than to place her husband?’s homicide in the back of her. yet rather than having the ability to quietly retire from public existence, she unearths herself immersed in an unpleasant cycle of lies and blackmail. compelled to stand the fellow she betrayed years in the past, she struggles with a treacherous earlier mistake and a not-quite forgotten passion?… Michael Beaumont isn?’t yes whether it is hate, or whatever else altogether that he feels for his beautiful sister-in-law. while a girl is killed and Cassandra is implicated, he fears that an explosion of scandal and shattered illusions will spoil his complete family?… Police Officer Danny Haase?’s fishing holiday becomes a nightmare of homicide and intricate politics as he is helping the neighborhood police discreetly tune down a cold-blooded killer with very excessive connections

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And if, by damn, he was forced into doing this, he was going to do it his way. Maybe it was petty revenge, but there it was. " He glanced up, gratified to see her tugging the comb out of her blond hair and running her fingers through it until it fell in silky waves around her face. Her cheeks were flushed as she stared at him from across the room. She still stood by the door, just barely inside. He said quietly but firmly, “Actually, maybe we should get this straight. " He couldn't help it; a small laugh escaped his throat at her acerbic tone.

Marie would never allow anything so rude as someone taking a call at the table during dinner, so Cassandra headed through the huge and busy kitchen and down a short hallway to the den, where the blinking light on the phone on the desk let her know that line one was on hold. Her housekeeper and Ella were the only people who knew where'd she'd gone, and no one else had the number, which was very, very unlisted. Taking a deep breath, she hoped it was another Tiffany discovery and reached for the receiver.

The constant barrage of sympathy had been more than trying; it had been nerve-shattering. It was the type of thing she'd been avoiding diligently since the accident. She would have avoided this party like the plague, no matter how annoyed it might have made Marie, which was probably why she hadn't been told the truth when she was invited up to Thirty Birches. When would the world forget and therefore let her forget? Slipping into the hallway, she made her way toward the den where her son, and Ashley, now firm friends, were ensconced with a mountain of popcorn and a DVD player.

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