Smoke in Mirrors by Jayne Ann Krentz

By Jayne Ann Krentz

From the writer of the hot York occasions bestseller misplaced & chanced on, hailed as "a pleasant secret from a professional seasoned" (People), comes a brand new novel of romantic suspense. A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast-and died younger. Now it kind of feels Meredith's final scam-embezzling greater than one million funds from a school endowment fund-is coming again to hang-out Leonora Hutton. An electronic mail has simply arrived within which Meredith-in worry for her life-explains that the cash is looking forward to Leonora in an offshore account . . . and a safe-deposit key's at the means. Leonora wishes not anything to do with the contaminated funds. She's already been accused of being in at the robbery through Thomas Walker-who, it sort of feels, used to be a sufferer of Meredith's knack for either scams and seductions. wanting to turn out him improper, Leonora units out to gather the money and hand it over. yet she discovers different goods within the safe-deposit field. One is a booklet approximately reflect House-a mansion choked with old mirrors, the place Meredith engineered her ultimate deception. the opposite is a collection of newspaper tales a couple of thirty-year-old homicide that happened there-unsolved to today. Now Leonora has a suggestion for Thomas Walker. She'll surrender the money-if he is helping her work out what is occurring. Meredith had defined Thomas Walker as "a guy you could trust." yet in a funhouse-mirror global of phantasm and distortion, Leonora should be out of her league.

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Elissa got divorced, herself, last year. ” Ed took a swallow of coffee and lowered the cup. “Don’t think it’s working out. Kern’s got a problem with the bottle. ” Everyone in town knew that Dr. Osmond J. Kern, distinguished professor of mathematics, was slowly drinking himself to death. Bethany had been a great admirer of Kern’s and had always spoken highly of him. The professor had made his name and reputation nearly thirty years ago with his work on an algorithm that had won prestigious prizes in mathematics and had proved enormously important to the computer industry.

None were very valuable but Gloria liked a lot of sparkle. Leonora considered Gloria a role model. She planned to dress just like her when she got to be eighty-something. She had decided years ago that she would never go too far wrong if she patterned her own life after her grandmother’s. At the very least, she would never be bored. “That’s how it sounded to me,” Leonora said. ” Leonora ate a shrimp while she contemplated the question. “Yes, I think he meant it,” she said. ” The comment startled Leonora.

The comment startled Leonora. “Desperate? Determined would be more accurate. Think of an ocean liner. ” Gloria’s eyes brightened. “Oh, my. Is he a big man, your Mr. ” Gloria took a sip of her pink zinfandel and put down her glass. ” “I got the same impression. I doubt if the affair lasted long. ” There was a short silence. Leonora occupied herself with her baked potato. “Well, well, well,” Gloria said very softly. Leonora looked up sharply from the potato. ” “Nothing,” Gloria said with a suspiciously airy tone.

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