Twanged (Regan Reilly Mysteries, No. 4)

By Carol Higgins Clark

Every week within the Hamptons will be homicide Sleuth Regan Reilly is employed as a bodyguard for singer Brigid O'Neill, a emerging nation megastar who has been receiving threatening "love notes." Brigid additionally possesses a "magical" Irish mess around acknowledged to be cursed-whoever takes it out of eire may have an twist of fate or face dying. nonetheless, Brigid brings it to the Hamptons, the place her band will practice at a Fourth of July live performance. Chappy Tinka, inheritor to a thumbtack fortune, and his ditzy spouse, Bettina, are their hosts. Regan joins them at "Chappy's Compound," an oceanfront property the place they come upon Bettina's guru Peace guy, Chappy's bumbling sidekick Duke, a feng shui expert passionate about rearranging furniture-and a celebration visitor stumbled on floating face-down within the pool. Is the curse of the mess around actual? Is there a assassin in the home? because the live performance nears, the risk to Brigid grows, and Regan needs to observe the reality sooner than it is too late...

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Chappy sat in a thronelike chair without delay underneath his likeness of over fifty years in the past. Bettina sat at his ft. To Regan, who had taken a spot within the again by means of one of many doorways, the place she may perhaps keep watch over the gang, he couldn’t have appeared happier. “Let’s see that mess around! ” he suggested her. “Play the mess around for us, Brigid,” he acknowledged. “Okay,” Brigid answered. “I’ll play a tune with the mess around, after which i need my band the following to affix me. ” She picked up the mess around with a virtually reverent feeling, Regan suggestion, balanced it on her shoulder, closed her eyes for a quick second, then began to play. energetic tune crammed the room and Regan watched at Brigid’s eyes began to sparkle and her physique started to stream. Her fatigue swept away by way of the track. She loves what she does, Regan suggestion. She’s coming alive. It’s as though enjoying the tune is all that counts. After the 1st music, Brigid stated, “Come on, men, i would like you to play with me. ” “Play your hit song,” Brad recommended. “Coming correct up,” Brigid replied with a snicker. Kieran stood subsequent to her, and Teddy and Hank took their areas within the heritage as they went right into a lively rendition of the track that was once making her well-known. “If I’da identified you have been in jail,” she all started. Brigid’s voice sounded so transparent and younger and clean. the blokes sang backup, with Kieran having a pair strains of his personal, making a song the a part of the unlucky inmate professing his timeless love. They’re fabulous, Regan notion. They’re going to make it. A that second Regan learned anything was once bothering her. She regarded over and spotted that Herbert was once nervously glancing again on the door each few seconds. Louisa was once no longer there. She hadn’t been there for any of the track. She wouldn’t omit this, Regan inspiration anxiously. She moved quickly out of the room and down the corridor to the 2 visitor bogs. either doorways have been open. They have been empty. working father down the corridor, she glanced into the lounge, the place the waiters have been folding the tables. No Louisa. perhaps she went outdoor, Regan inspiration frantically. perhaps she wanted a few air. She moved quickly in the course of the eating room and poked her head within the kitchen door, the place the housekeeper used to be washing dishes on the different finish of the room. no longer eager to waste time asking questions, Regan ran out onto the deck, the place the bins of ice cream have been slowly melting. “Louisa? ” she referred to as into the darkness. the single sound she heard used to be the breaking of the waves at the seashore. Oh God, she notion. these beverages Louisa had have been robust. Taking the stairs off the deck at a time, she raced towards the water after which circled. She wouldn’t have long gone close to the sea, Regan concept. enable me cost the pool. probably she desired to sit down outdoors. Regan’s sandals have been changing into weighed down with sand. She kicked them off and ran to the part of the home the place the pool used to be. every little thing appeared nonetheless, but if she raced up the stairs, the sight of Louisa in her red-and-white caftan floating facedown within the pool sickened her. “LOUISA! ” Regan shrieked on the best of her lungs as she loose her fanny pack, dropped it to the floor, and fast dove in.

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