Annie Darling's yuletide preparations have been put on hold because her mother-in-law, Laurel, has taken to chatting up ghosts in the local graveyard. Across Broward's Rock, onetime movie star Marguerite Dumaney Ladson has called together all of her kin and their exes for a gala celebration. Among the honored guests are Annie's father and Dr. Emory Swanson. Ladson has fallen for Swanson's new-age-pseudo-occult gobbledygook. Right after the announcement that she's leaving her fortune to the charlatan's Evermore Foundation, there's a murder. And the finger of suspicion seems to be pointing straight at Annie's recently arrived deadbeat father. Annie doesn't believe for a minute he's guilty. When a second murder occurs, Annie realizes she will need all the help her easy-going P.I. husband, Max, can offer.
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by Carolyn Hart
"This mystery about murder and family conflict during a Carolina yuletide season is part of a popular series about a mystery bookstore. In this installment Annie comes to solve the murders that have taken place in the peculiar mansion owned by an aging actress. Reader Kate Reading's narration is more natural than theatrical. She presents characters with distinct personalities and emotions, particularly an anorexic teenager and the superannuated movie star. While some listeners might feel the plot moves along too slowly, it features an interesting cast of victims and suspects, all well dramatized by Reading. D.L.G. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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