Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, No. 5) by Beverly Connor

By Beverly Connor

Clymene O'Riley is in felony for killing her husband-though Diane Fallon is bound she killed one other, and suspects she can have left a veritable graveyard of useless males in her wake. both approach, Diane used to be satisfied to aid placed her at the back of bars. So whilst Clymene informs her that one of many legal guards could be at risk from a serial killer, Diane is suspicious. And while Clymene escapes from penitentiary, Diane turns into the top suspect in a bloody homicide that places her within the direction of an indignant killer who wishes her dead...

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I suppose you will get lots of calls like that,’’ said Kendel. ‘‘Andie will field most of them,’’ said Diane, looking at her watch. ‘‘In just a few minutes I have to face the board. ’’ ‘‘Yes . . ’’ Kendel slumped in her chair. ‘‘In the beginning I was completely sure. This is something I’m good at. But now—I just don’t know. ’’ ‘‘This isn’t like you,’’ said Diane. ‘‘You are always self-assured. ’’ Kendel ran her hands through her hair. ’’ ‘‘That’s awfully quick,’’ said Diane. ’’ ‘‘It started with that first article a few days ago,’’ said Kendel.

Diane stopped to let that sink in. ‘‘And the story has been picked up by other news outlets. ‘‘The consequences to Dr. Williams have been severe. She’s getting hate mail calling her a thief and worse. The University of Pennsylvania canceled her lecture series. Out of the blue, her reputation is in tatters with no proof whatsoever of wrongdoing. ’’ Diane paused. The board members exchanged glances. ’’ Laura asked Madge. ‘‘The reporter told me it was,’’ she said. ‘‘Oh, Madge,’’ muttered Vanessa.

Diane nodded. By ‘‘this’’ she understood him to mean the evidence against Clymene. ‘‘Archer O’Riley was old Rosewood—old money. ’’ Diane had actually met him once at a contributors’ party at the museum. He had come as a guest of Vanessa Van Ross, the museum’s biggest patron and good friend to Diane. Clymene hadn’t been with him. Vanessa was the first to light the fire under the police when he died. For reasons Vanessa couldn’t explain exactly, she had never liked Clymene. ‘‘There was something about her that seemed fake to me,’’ was all she could tell Diane.

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