A Fit of Tempera by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Van Gogh-ing...going...gone!Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she wishes is a much-needed holiday from the pains of working Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they're having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. apparently anyone has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version beginner sleuth isn't really approximately to take a seat nonetheless for this , as she and her cuz canvas the nation-state looking for a killer. Judith is sure the wrongdoer are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic international. however the cousins may be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and environment themselves up for one more deadly artwork attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she desires is a much-needed holiday from the pains of working Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they are having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. it seems that an individual has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version novice sleuth is not approximately to take a seat nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the geographical region looking for a killer. Judith is sure the wrongdoer are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic international. however the cousins may be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and atmosphere themselves up for an additional deadly artwork attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she wishes is a much-needed holiday from the pains of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they are having a broom with the neighborhood legislation. it sounds as if anyone has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version novice sleuth is not approximately to take a seat nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the geographical region looking for a killer. Judith is sure the wrongdoer are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic international. however the cousins might be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and surroundings themselves up for an additional deadly paintings assault.

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I dealt with his agent initially. What is his name? Silvanus? ” “That’s up to Iris,” Judith replied. Dewitt nodded once. “And family? ” There was. Judith remembered that, along with the fact that Riley’s parents had been dead for years. She also recalled that he had been born in Indiana, on a bulb farm, and had gone west as a very young man in the fifties. He had heard the call of the Beat Generation and had hit the road. Making the North Beach scene had strengthened his resolve to become an artist, but the Bay Area hadn’t suited him.

Fifty next month,” murmured Iris, apparently equally dazed at the thought. The youngsters were neither dazed nor distressed. “SweetStix! Sweet-Stix! ” They spoke in unison, hopping up and down on the tarmac, tugging at their mother, and waving their arms. She ignored them and reached out to Iris, enveloping the taller but much slimmer woman in her arms. “There there, you poor thing! ” Mrs. Morton crushed Iris to her coral bosom. The children kept on hopping and shouting. Judith and Renie eyed each other with pained expressions.

Crouched in front of the sofa, Renie caught the empty glass as it fell from Clive’s limp hands. “We’ve got to get him out of here,” she whispered. “He’s going to pass out and we’ll be stuck with him. ” muttered Judith, giving Clive another, harder shake. “Wake up! Mr. Silvanus! ” But it was too late. Clive fell away from Judith, his head nestled on a pillow Grandma Grover had covered in crimson corduroy. He began to snore. Softly. “Great,” said Renie, getting up. ” Judith was still perched on the arm of the sofa, chin on her fist.

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