By Jean Erhardt
Meet Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and beginner sleuth with moxie galore. In Small city hassle, the 1st in a chain from secret author Jean Erhardt, Claypoole's event starts off as she leaves her domestic within the Smoky Mountains to assist keep her mom Evelyn from bankruptcy. Claypoole leaves in her wake her Gatlinburg doublewide, her eating place, The Little Pigeon and her eating place accomplice and infrequently ally Mad Ted Weber in addition to a budding mystery love affair that's warmer than an Eskimo in July. Claypoole's savior complicated ends up in extra hassle whilst she bumps into an past love in her homeland who asks for her aid clearing her hapless brother of homicide fees. In precise Claypoole style, she will get greater than she bargained for while she will get dragged right into a complex quest to discover the real killer entire with topless tavern dancers, small city police officers, and a circulation of backwater characters. Can Claypoole clutter her manner in the course of the murky depths of this strange homicide secret ahead of it's too overdue? With biting humor and wit, Small city difficulty will depart you guessing what's round the subsequent nook within the quirky lifetime of Kim Claypoole.
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She voiced the opinion that I was an ignoramus. I had to concur. I promised her I would lay off gambling and concentrate on the very important MacAullif’s daughter case. I also told her I was defraying my expenses by knocking off photo assignments for Richard. That mollified her somewhat. I was glad. It sure as hell didn’t mollify me. I got off the phone and went back to take up my vigil. Nothing much seemed to be happening. The front of Harold’s office building looked pretty much the same as it had when he’d gone in.
The only blackjack I’d ever played was for fun with friends at college, and I’d always lost. I’d played roulette once. That was the only time in my life I’d ever been in a casino. That was an illegal casino, though. This was my first time in a legal 26 Parnell Hall—Favor [e-reads] one. In the illegal casino I’d lost fifty dollars. That time, of course, the wheel had probably been rigged. I figured the wheels in here probably weren’t. I also figured it probably wouldn’t make any difference. The odds are for the house, so eventually you’re going to lose, one way or another.
I gave her my best smile. ” “Out for the day,” she snapped, and immediately turned to attack the page in the typewriter. I went out the door, wondering if the secretary could be considered an improvement over Wendy and Cheryl or just a change. I decided I would have to observe her for accuracy before I could make a proper judgment. I also went out with my obvious theory having been tested and having proven true. Harold Dunleavy had hired the Weasel to spy on his wife. I went back to my post outside Harold’s office and called MacAullif.