Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin #2
On Sale: March 13, 2018
Featuring: Maggie Detweiler
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
The New York Times bestselling author of More
Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Death at
Breakfast delivers the second installment in her clever
romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and
dark-hearted murderâ€”a novel set at a girlsâ€™ boarding school
in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share
Since retiring as head of a famous New York City private
school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a
team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls,
she will determine whether, in spite of its fabled past, the
school has a future at all. With so much on the line for so
many, tensions on campus are at an excruciating pitch, and
Maggie expects to be as welcome as a case of Ebola virus.
At a reception for the faculty and trustees to "welcome"
Maggieâ€™s team, no one seems more keen for all to go well
than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and
respected in spite of her afflictionâ€”that she can never stop
Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the
school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie
arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing.
Florenceâ€™s husband, Ray, an auxiliary policeman in the
village, seems more annoyed than alarmed at her
disappearance. But Florenceâ€™s sister is distraught. There
have been tensions in the marriage, and at their last visit,
Florence had warned, "If anything happens to me, donâ€™t
assume itâ€™s an accident."
Two days later, Florenceâ€™s body is found in the campus
Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and
inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. Maggie
obviously knows schools, but she also knows something about
investigating murder, having solved a mysterious death in
Maine the previous year when the police went after the wrong
suspect. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend
Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club
anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.
What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a
run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to
do with the school board treasurerâ€™s real estate schemes?
And what is up with the vicious cyber-bullying thatâ€™s
unsettled everyone, or with the disturbed teenaged boy whom
Florence had made a pet of? And is it possible that someone
killed Florence just so sheâ€™d finally shut up?
Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin
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