Final Curtain (Polly Pepper Mysteries)
Polly Pepper, the mythical megastar of television's golden age, is eventually again within the leisure headlines. She's landed the identify position in a brand new creation of the musical Mame, and although it truly is off-off-off-off Broadway (Glendale, California, actually), Polly's financial institution account--and her ego--need the activity. And if all is going good, the express simply may well visit long island! there is one minor detour, notwithstanding: at the moment day of rehearsals, wunderkind director Karen Richards turns up useless.
Of path Polly's nostril for information must understand, and although Karen was once good beloved, it sort of feels a few last-minute casting alterations from creative director/megalomaniac Gerold Goss did her in. unfortunately, Polly's Suspect number one is her new good friend and co-star Sharon Fletcher, who additionally performs a deliciously sultry undesirable lady at the renowned sunlight hours cleaning soap "It's by no means reasonable Weather." Sharon was once the final individual obvious with the deceased director...and her Emmy suits the dent in Karen's head.
But as Gerold takes over the director's chair, Polly unearths her cast-member-suspect-list achieving epic proportions. may it's Charlotte Bunch, who Karen with politeness corrected until eventually she acquired her Irish brogue correct? we all know actresses should be very sensitive. Or Gerold's sweetly blameless female friend magazine Ryan, who drunkenly unearths that she would not permit whatever stand within the manner of her touchdown an element within the probably Broadway-bound musical? or even even Karen's younger assistant Jamie, who Polly discovers used to be promised a job within the play...after Karen's premature dying?
The extra Polly sniffs, the surer she is that Sharon did not haul off and bash Karen together with her Emmy. however the proof is mounting, and it will take all of Polly's wits--and a few aid again at Pepper Plantation from her ever-dependable son Tim, and their ceaselessly wisecracking maid Placenta--to retailer the jailed cleaning soap celebrity from a homicide rap...and a starring position in a real-life drama tentatively entitled Framed!
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again to the Rolls to scouse borrow a snooze whereas his mom was once operating her butt off less than the dictatorial reign of Stalinist Tatanya. while he arrived on the automobile and unlocked the door, he spotted a white envelope pressed to the glass lower than the driver’s-side windshield wiper blade. He got rid of the envelope and slipped into the automobile. He yawned, desirous to shut his eyes for twenty or thirty mins. however the envelope, which used to be addressed to overlook POLLY PEPPER. own AND private, intrigued him. He.
“I’m parched,” he lied. “While Placenta attracts your tub, I’ll get us either begun on Lush Hour. meanwhile, why don’t you set your toes up and leisure until eventually we’re ready.” Tim moved off towards the kitchen, whereas Placenta climbed the Scarlett O’Hara Memorial Staircase, en path to the master suite suite. Polly heaved a sigh as she checked out herself from quite a few angles within the replicate that hung within the lobby over the desk. “Randy needs to like wrinkles,” she whispered to herself and felt a tinge of.
Stood at army recognition, then made the movement of clicking the heels of his Nikes. He led the right way to the artists’ front to the theater and opened the door. After a quick trade of “good mornings” with outdated George the doorman, and signing in at the day-by-day attendance roster, Polly and group wended their option to the rest room to ascertain her make-up. a couple of minutes later they climbed the steps resulting in the level wings. Calling out in her such a lot theatrical and projected voice, Polly introduced herself.
Deathly quiet. Polly checked out Tim. “Call Karen’s mobilephone back, hon.” Tim flipped open his mobilephone and redialed. “Popular” ricocheted during the large behind the scenes sector. En masse, the curious forged Polly towards the hoop tone. Then, simply because the track ended and the automatic voice message procedure engaged, Emily Hutcherson tripped over a thick electric cable and fell—facedown onto a sandbag. “Holy mom of Christ!” she screamed. while, Tim discovered the sunshine change panel and grew to become.