A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island Novella Book 2) by Melinda Leigh

A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island Novella Book 2) by Melinda Leigh

Author:Melinda Leigh [Leigh, Melinda]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: 2018-10-29T16:00:00+00:00

6

Tessa didn’t want to believe Brad could be a killer. She’d always liked the Moores. On appearance, at least, they had the type of marriage everyone wanted. They’d been high school sweethearts and had married right after college. They had two kids attending college on the mainland. Brad still bought his wife flowers for no reason at all. They held hands when they walked down the street. Until recently, the decades had seemed to have brought them closer together instead of pulling them apart.

She was not normally a romantic in any sense, but today seemed different. Was it because her feelings for Logan had become much more than a high school crush? She glanced at him sitting next to her in the SUV.

Interesting.

But even if Logan felt the same way, Tessa had no time for romance. When had her last date been? Before she’d moved back to Widow’s Island. She shoved a piece of hair behind her ear. She had no time for a haircut, let alone dating.

“It’s three thirty. Do you have time to interview Pam and Steve Rhodes?” Tessa asked as she drove north.

“Let’s do it.”

“Can you call Shiny Objects and see if Pam is there?”

Logan lifted his cell phone and made the call. “The answering machine is on.”

Tessa thought about Shannon and all her crying. “Maybe Pam closed the store today.”

Steve and Pam Rhodes lived in a mansion on the north shore of the island. Set inside its own tiny inlet, the house faced west. Two boats, a nimble little runabout and a larger serious fishing vessel, bobbed at the private dock.

Tessa parked in front of the house, and they went to the door. Steve answered the bell. Dressed in worn jeans and boat shoes, he didn’t look like a Hollywood hotshot. His hair was gray and windblown. Tessa introduced herself and Logan.

“Come in.” Steve waved them into a two-story foyer. “I assume this is about the dead artist.”

“Yes.” A gleam of reflected sunlight hit Tessa squarely in the eyes. She looked up. The modern chandelier that hung over their heads was constructed of intertwined silver rods. It was the size of an SUV. Tessa wouldn’t want to be standing under it during an earthquake. “Is Pam home?”

They walked up a flight of steps to the second level. A huge living room spanned the entire width of the house. Like the chandelier, the decor was modern, with pale-gray carpet and darker-gray walls. Two leather couches faced each other in front of a fireplace surrounded by dark-veined marble.

“She’s resting. The news has left her distraught.” Steve led them down a long hall to an office.

“I’m sure she’s upset.” Tessa was content to talk to Steve first, but Pam would have to answer questions too.

Logan scanned a row of framed photos on the wall. “Are these your clients?”

Steve nodded. “Some of them.”

“That’s Jason Welling.” Tessa pointed to a picture of Steve and a tall, thin man standing in front of a race car. “I saw his last movie. It was really funny.



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