By Margaret Maron

A relic of Manhattan's Gilded Age, the Erich Bruel condo on Gramercy Park contained 3 flooring of excellent art--and one Christmas corpse. Now it really is as much as Lieutenant Sigrid Harald to wrap up this murder earlier than the killer moves back during this vintage secret by way of the writer of "Rituals of the Season."

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This particular angel had been blown from a pearly, opalescent glass and its features then hand-painted in soft pastels. Its robe was pale green and, incredible after so many years, fragile glass hands still held to those rosebud lips a gilt paper trumpet stamped with stars. ” marveled Melissa High-smith. ” Her wrinkled fingers sketched a circle around the trumpet’s flare without actually touching the tattered edge. “Do be careful,” Mrs. Beardsley warned. Her words were meant for the man, who was trying to set down his load of boxes without tipping them, but Mrs.

A lady fireman, was it? Or dog catcher? Something unusual anyhow. Leave it to Oscar. Mr. Breul had arrived in Europe in the summer of 1879, but nearly three years were to elapse before he presented his compliments to the Swiss branch of his grandfather’s family in Zurich, where the Fürsts had been burghers since 1336. In later years, Mr. Breul enjoyed to speak of that first encounter with his fair cousin, Sophie. Fresh snow had begun to fall as the young American crossed the park to the Fürst villa on the right bank of the lake.

That’s what my friend called me, my friend at the training center. That’s where I learned how to fix things. ” “Sure,” Rick said automatically. “I’ll get us some soda,” Pascal decided. He fetched two cans from the kitchenette, and upon returning, stretched across the bed to hand one to his new friend. Rick continued to read the titles of the tapes as he sipped from the can. ” Pascal Grant sat down on the other side of the bed and began pulling out his favorite tapes. “I like it,” he said simply.

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