By Edward Marston
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When poison from a tropical plant places eight-month-old Acito, whose identify potential "little turtle," right into a San Diego health center, baby abuse investigator Bo Bradley is drawn into her 3rd suspenseful case (following Strawgirl). in accordance with Andy LaMarche, a health center pediatrician and Bradley's decided suitor, Acito's caretakers couldn't have poisoned the infant unintentionally. This casts suspicion on Acito's mom, Chac, a bar singer who visited her son in advance of he fell in poor health. Bo meets Chac in Tijuana and springs to think she do not have poisoned her son, yet this turns into difficult to turn out after the lady collapses and dies on level. because the San Diego police aren't performing on Acito's case and the Mexican police officers don't care in regards to the loss of life of one other ex-prostitute, Bo focuses her full of life interest on Chac's associates and her American husband, who has escaped from from a Louisiana legal. Padgett expertly crafts this secret, placing her sleuth within the needful life-threatening events. What units her tale aside, although, is her description of the workings of public baby safety and her convincing portrayal, from the interior, of Bo's efforts to paintings and dwell with manic depression.
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(Book 3 of the Bo Bradley Mysteries sequence)
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Thomas, his long- suffering valet, was a martyr to Henry Redmayne's vanity. ' asked his master, parading in a lime green coat. ' 'How can they,' complained Henry, 'when they are so different in colour, cut and finish? Damnation, man! Green and red are opposing hues. ' 'Then it must be the green, sir,' said Thomas, ready to agree with him on any choice. ' Henry preened himself in front of the largest mirror, twisting around so that he could see himself from various angles and adjusting his coat as he did so.
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