By Margaret Maron

A relic of Manhattan's Gilded Age, the Erich Bruel residence on Gramercy Park contained 3 flooring of wonderful art--and one Christmas corpse. Now it truly is as much as Lieutenant Sigrid Harald to wrap up this murder ahead of the killer moves back during this vintage secret through the writer of "Rituals of the Season."

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They’re all empty. ” As he trailed Pascal through the cavernous basement passages, Rick was reminded of explorations he used to take with his best friend through abandoned barns and farmhouses back home in Louisiana’s bayou country. There was that same sense of sadness, of human artifacts abandoned to their own devices. On the other side of the scullery were empty coal bins, made redundant by an oil furnace that was itself in need of replacement. Beyond the kitchen lay rooms no longer needed for their original purposes: cold closets with sharp hooks for hanging meat and poultry, bins for food supplies, a laundry room, with deep stone sinks and tall drying racks.

Beardsley’s of an elf escaped from Santa’s workshop. Adding to the illusion was the perennial cloud of peppermint fumes in which he had moved ever since his doctors forbade cigarettes, and his eyes danced with merriment and goodwill beneath his wide-brimmed black fedora. “Mrs. ” A slight German accent underlay his friendly tone. ” She started to escort him toward the director’s office at the far end of the vaulted marble hall where the others were gathered when she suddenly found her outstretched arm draped with Mr.

She considered herself a closet romantic and the square was at its wintertime loveliest tonight. The very sight of it restored her good spirits because she could, she thought, take credit for its beauty—not only for the gaslights but even for the tiny colored lights that twinkled upon a tall evergreen at the center of the square’s handkerchief-size park. The tree represented compromise. Every year the question of decorative Christmas lights came before the Sussex Square Preservation Society and every year Mrs.

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