A Real Basket Case (A Claire Hanover Mystery)

By Beth Groundwater

THE FIRST booklet within the CLAIRE HANOVER secret SERIES
An Agatha Award Finalist for most sensible First Novel


Feeling missed by means of her workaholic husband, forty-something present basket fashion designer Claire Hanover joins an aerobics classification on the urging of her ally Ellen. Divorced and bitterly unsatisfied, Ellen and many of the different girls within the classification upload a bit vicarious pleasure to their lives by way of flirting with the good-looking teacher, Enrique. In a second of weak spot, Claire has the same opinion to enable the captivating Enrique come to her condominium to offer her a therapeutic massage. She realizes she has made a dangerous mistake while Enrique is shot and killed in her bed room and her husband Roger is arrested for the murder.

Determined to transparent Roger’s identify and keep her marriage, Claire units out to discover the true killer, encountering drug buyers, jealous ex-girlfriends, and offended law enforcement officials alongside the way. 

“A annoying, interesting debut.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Will attract determined Housewives lovers and those that like cozies with a little spice.” ―Booklist

“A genuine winner! Don’t pass over it.”―Maggie Sefton, bestselling writer of Knit One, Kill Two









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You'll disclose anything inadvertently that might undermine Roger’s case. ” She bristled. “I’m no longer silly. I’ve already been keeping off journalists, and that i definitely don’t intend to speak to that guy. ” “Good. Sorry approximately that. He stuck me off protect. ” Dave wiped his forehead then opened his briefcase. “I’ve alerted a high-stakes bail bondsman i do know. He’ll submit the 500 thousand, given your resources. ” He passed her a section of paper. “We desire those records. How quickly are you able to assemble them? ” Claire scanned the checklist. Roger’s passport used to be saved within the secure deposit field. The brokerage and loan statements she may well locate at domestic. “About an hour and a part. Why do you want all this? ” “As the pass judgement on acknowledged, Roger has to relinquish his passport. The statements are for the bondsman. you furthermore mght have to get a cashier’s payment made out for thirty-five thousand to the bondsman. ” She couldn’t think she heard him correct. “Thirty-five-thousand money? ” “Be joyful it’s in simple terms that. He’s prepared to take seven percentage rather than his ordinary ten, given proof of your web worthy. ” “Do we get the cash again whilst Roger looks in courtroom? ” “No. ” He positioned his hand on her shoulder. “Being accused of against the law, specially homicide, is pricey. ” “I by no means dreamed—” “Nobody does. ” He flipped a web page over on his felony pad and scanned a sheet coated with handwriting that Claire well-known as Roger’s. “Roger indexed a funds industry account that has sufficient in it to hide the fee. ” Her throat tightened. yet one more brick in what was her well-organized global had simply crashed to the floor. “That’s Judy’s collage account. ” Dave glanced up and, upon seeing her face, his positive aspects softened a piece. “Yeah, good for now, it’s Roger’s freedom account. ” “Of path. ” Claire flushed, feeling silly below Dave’s scrutiny. “We’ll work out Judy’s funds later. ” “I have to see Roger. ” Dave positioned a enterprise card in her hand. “Once you’ve received the files, meet me at this handle. It’s correct round the nook. ” Dave led her out of the courthouse. With a curt wave, he despatched her on her errands, then strode towards the detention center. ___ With the files and cashier’s sign up a folder at the motor vehicle seat subsequent to her, Claire drove again downtown. She handed Acacia Park, its stately elm and oak bushes naked, and its benches empty aside from a few homeless males with greasy mismatched garments sitting slumped on separate benches. Claire figured they’d most likely been booted out of town guard, as they have been each morning, to spend the day trying to find paintings. those should have selected to nap within the sunshine prior to manning an area highway nook with an open palm and a hand-lettered cardboard signal proclaiming whatever like “Veteran, Please support. ” rather than giving them handouts, Claire selected to donate cash to the take care of, which provided activity and substance abuse counseling to consumers who sought after it. She drove by means of a gaggle of kids, most likely among sessions at Palmer highschool, located subsequent to the park.

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