Madeline (Mac) Maclin loves her husband Jerry, but that doesn’t stop her from worrying about him. Good-looking, musically gifted, rich-boy Jerry had a short career as a con man. Since Mac and Jerry moved into a house that Jerry inherited in little Celosia, North Carolina, Jerry has been at loose ends. He needs to work or he may get into some mischief. When one of Jerry’s former associates comes to town, Mac starts to worry–about Jerry’s commitment to reform and his commitment to their marriage.
Jerry’s been thinking about the marriage too. He loves Madeline with all his heart, and he wants them to have a baby. Madeline is not sure that she’s ready for children–both her detective business and her art career are just getting off the ground, and Jerry still has some emotional scars from his childhood. Plus, Jerry doesn’t really work and doesn’t want any of his family’s money, so the Maclin-Fairweather family budget is already stretched. And, they are both busy. Jerry will play in the local production of Oklahoma, Madeline has a new case, and the whole town is abuzz about a new art gallery that will be opening downtown.
When Madeline tags along to a reception for the new gallery owner, she gets an earful of backbiting comments. It seems that the local arts community is a hotbed of personal rivalries, long-remembered slights, and sharp elbows. The new gallery owner, Wendall Clarke, is not surprised by this. He’s a local boy who went off to make good. Now he’s back with lots of money and a new wife. His ex-wife, Larissa Norton, is at the reception, ready with verbal jabs for one and all. When Wendall is found murdered the next day, Larissa is Suspect #1. But as Madeline soon finds out, there is no shortage of people who wanted Wendall dead.
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