Claire Malloy, now a married woman of leisure, tries her
hand at volunteering but instead lands right in the middle of another murder
Longtime bookseller and single mother Claire Malloy has
recently married her long-term beau and moved out of her less than opulent
apartment into a sprawling, newly remodeled house. Her daughter, Caron, is
making plans for college. All of this leaves Claire with something she hasn’t
had in quite a while: spare time.
When her attempts to learn French cooking start
getting mixed reviews, she agrees to help Caron and her best friend Inez fluff
up their college applications by volunteering as an ESL tutor with the
Farberville Literacy Council. But her modest effort to give back quickly
becomes a nightmare when she’s railroaded onto the board of directors of the
troubled nonprofit. Vandalism, accusations of embezzlement, epic budget
problems, and a cacophony of heavily accented English speakers are just the tip
of the iceberg. Just as she decides that it might be best to extricate herself,
Claire gets a frantic call from her husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen. One of
the students, an older Russian woman named Ludmilla, famed for her
unpleasantness, has been murdered in the offices of the Farberville Literary
Council. For the first time ever, Peter actually asks Claire for her help.
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