Creeps Suzette by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

THE REAPER'S AT CREEPERS

The low season blahs, a pyromaniacal mother, and a lately retired husband who's always underfoot have terrible Judith McMonigle Flynn going stir loopy at Hillside Manor. So the harried R&B hostess leaps at cousin Renie's advice that Judith accompany her to Creepers--the stately property of kindly previous Leota Burgess. the rich senior is bound that somebody is decided to do her in for money--most most likely considered one of her disreputable relatives--and Judith and Renie have agreed to seem into her allegations. And after they bump into Leota's bruised yet nonetheless respiring physique on the foot of the grand staircase, they observe the outdated lady's fears might be well-founded. however the decidedly lifeless corpse mendacity on most sensible of Leota--his head bashed flatter than the proverbial French pancake--suggests that there is extra to those homicidal doings than meets the attention. And now it truly is as much as the cousins to keep on with the clues to the creep who is creeping round Creepers with homicide at the mind.

 

THE REAPER'S AT CREEPERS

The low season blahs, a pyromaniacal mother, and a lately retired husband who's regularly underfoot have bad Judith McMonigle Flynn going stir loopy at Hillside Manor. So the harried R&B hostess leaps at cousin Renie's recommendation that Judith accompany her to Creepers--the stately property of kindly outdated Leota Burgess. the rich senior is bound that somebody is set to do her in for money--most most probably certainly one of her disreputable relatives--and Judith and Renie have agreed to seem into her allegations. And once they bump into Leota's bruised yet nonetheless respiring physique on the foot of the grand staircase, they discover the previous lady's fears will be well-founded. however the decidedly useless corpse mendacity on best of Leota--his head bashed flatter than the proverbial French pancake--suggests that there is extra to those homicidal doings than meets the attention. And now it truly is as much as the cousins to keep on with the clues to the creep who is creeping round Creepers with homicide at the brain.

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Renie was lighting a cigarette. ” “Definitely,” Renie replied. “Mrs. Burgess probably doesn’t allow smoking in her mansion. ” Judith sighed. “Okay, but open your window. ” She waited for Renie to comply, then continued speaking: “And Joe’s right. You do look terrible. I don’t mean the outfit—it’s very sharp. ” “It is,” Renie said as they reached the crest of Heraldsgate Hill. ” Judith’s head swiveled as they drove along the avenue, which was flanked by commercial enterprises, churches, apartments, and an occasional residential holdout.

Along Evergreen Drive, however, almost every architectural form had been used. There were sprawling Italian villas, small Moorish palaces, English Tudor, French chateaux, Dutch Colonials, and variations on contemporary Americana. Some of the homes dated back to the early twenties; at least two others were still under construction. ” Renie asked as the road seemed to wind on forever. “I don’t think so,” Judith replied, gesturing to her left. “That house is called Evergreen. ” “Probably,” Renie replied, craning her neck.

The doctor gave Renie a kindly smile. “I’ve been in practice for many years, my dear. ” Looking off toward the front entrance, Judith noticed that Kenyon was hovering behind the lace curtains. ” “Since I started my practice. ” The smile grew grim. ” With a sigh, he excused himself and headed for the front porch. ” “Our mothers are older than dirt,” Judith responded, gazing up at the second, shorter and stouter tower. The whole house seemed to glower down on the cousins, and Judith suddenly felt as if they were being watched.

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