Incriminating Evidence by Amanda Stevens

Incriminating Evidence by Amanda Stevens

Author:Amanda Stevens
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 2019-03-12T20:10:24+00:00

Chapter Nine

Catherine hurried to answer the knock at her door, thinking that Nick might have news for her. She ran a hand through her still-mussed hair as her smile faded. “What are you doing here so early?”

“I wanted to catch you before you left for work.” Louise Jennings held up a pink, striped bag from Catherine’s favorite bakery on Rutledge. “Truce?”

“A truce? Are we fighting?”

“No, but things got a little tense last night. I couldn’t go into the office until I knew everything was okay between us.” She dangled the bag. “Fresh cinnamon rolls, peach muffins, blueberry scones. Take your pick.”

Catherine stepped back so that her aunt could enter. “Great timing. I just made coffee.”

Louise sniffed the air appreciatively as she followed Catherine into the kitchen. “Smells wonderful.”

She got down plates while Catherine poured the coffee. As usual, Louise was stylishly put together but comfortable in slim black slacks and flats. Her red hair was pulled back from her face, highlighting the freckles across her nose and cheekbones. She would be fifty-five her next birthday, but looked a decade younger. Good genes and a disciplined diet kept her trim. She artfully arranged the assortment of pastries on a plate and then sampled the maple icing on a cinnamon roll. “Oh, my God.”

“See what you’ve been missing?”

Louise broke off a piece of the roll. “This will go straight to my hips, but maybe it’s worth it.”

“Trust me, it is.”

They sat down at the small table by the window. Outside, the sun hovered over the treetops. The raindrops clinging to the leaves shimmered in the early morning light, turning the garden into a fairyland. Last night’s terrors were already starting to fade, but Orson Lee Finch’s warning still echoed. Catherine tried to shut out his ominous words as she helped herself to a muffin.

Louise smoothed a napkin across her lap. “When did your power come back on? The trucks were just leaving my neighborhood when I got home. Must have been around ten.”

“That sounds about right. I took a shower, went to bed and slept until my alarm went off this morning.”

Louise gave her a critical appraisal. “You do look more rested than I’ve seen you in days. I’ve been worried about you, Cath.”

“You shouldn’t be. I’m fine. I’ve been on my own for a long time now. I can take care of myself.” She picked at her muffin. “Let’s just leave it at that, okay? I don’t want to get into anything unpleasant this morning.”

Louise was still watching her. “The last thing I want to do is upset you, especially now. You’ve been through so much. We both have. Losing Laura was a devastating blow. I keep thinking it’s all just a bad dream. She’ll walk through that door at any minute. She was such a good person and she loved you so much, Cath. She’d want me to look after you. You know she would. I can’t sit back and do nothing while someone takes advantage of you. It pains me to see you exhaust yourself on this nonsensical investigation.


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