A Streetcar Named Expire by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

On the market: luxurious Condos, Corpse incorporated only a stone's throw from Judith McMonigle Flynn's thriving Hillside Manor, workmen are busy renovating the elegantly decrepit Alhambra palms into dear condominiums. yet involved contractor George Guthrie fears that well-heeled capability dealers may well blanch once they know about the four-decades-dead physique that was once stashed at the back of the crumbling partitions of the moldy manse. And ever-inquisitive Judith's discovery of a few even more contemporary is still at the premises threatens to se estate values throughout the floorboards--and Guthrie throughout the roof! either her expert detective husband Joe and her partner-in-crime fixing cousin Renie imagine Judith is bonkers to suspect that the 2 killings are hooked up. however, Judith's able to construct a robust case to that influence -- except a few homicidal anyone comes to a decision to deconstruct her first!

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That’s a relief,” Judith said. ” “Of course it’s not,” Renie said indignantly. “It’s like what my father used to say about the singed cat. ” “I’ve thought about singeing Sweetums,” Judith said. ” Renie gobbled salad. ” Unease crept over Judith. ” Renie avoided Judith’s gaze. “I was in a hurry, I had so much to do. ” “You did not. ” Judith demanded. Renie made a face. “A picture? Some copy? ” “Coz .

She turned the mike on and faced the camera. “I’m with George Guthrie of Guthrie Properties who has just identified the body of a woman he says is his exorcist. Mr. ” Guthrie had taken a blue-and-white bandana hand- A STREETCAR NAMED EXPIRE 29 kerchief from his pocket and was wiping his face. “Her name’s Mrs. Carrabas—I forget her first name—and she came here to exorcise this place. It was . ” He paused, glancing at the body. “This is really terrible. ” Judith heard the sirens wind down as they pulled up outside the Alhambra.

I’m almost certain it’s a prank, a stunt to promote the tour. Mrs. Carrabas isn’t dead, she just knows how to hold her breath for a long time. So no more bodies, no more insults, no more overbearing reporters for this kid. I’ll deal with Jeremy Lamar later. ” Renie looked flummoxed. ” Judith pointed to her feet. ” “But my car’s down by the opera house,” Renie protested. “I’ll drive you down there to get it,” Judith said, already heading across the street. “But those six blocks are uphill,” Renie pointed out in a voice that was growing desperate.

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