Traditionally, Old Philadelphians keep a low profile. They
associate with one another and leave life as discreetly as they have lived it.
So Philly Prep English teacher Amanda Pepper, who thinks her only current
problems are keeping her well-meaning family from hijacking her wedding, is
understandably stunned to discover a perfect specimen of the species dying at
the foot of the school’s marble staircase.
It is anybody’s guess what led to Tomas Severin’s apparent
fall and, indeed, why he was in the building in the first place. More questions
arise when Amanda enters her otherwise empty classroom and finds a take-out cup
of herbal tea laced with the party drug her students call roofies. Why would a
middle-aged Philadelphian have a date-rape drug in his tea? Why does he have
Amanda’s name scribbled in his pocket notebook?
Hired by a member of the Severin family household, Amanda
and her fiancé, C. K. Mackenzie, realize that many people felt their lives
would improve if Tom’s life ended—making it seemingly impossible to determine
who’d been harassing Severin with threatening phone calls. Tom Severin leaves
behind angry ex-wives, one recently dropped fiancée, and the current (about to
be exed) Mrs. Tomas Severin. As secrets are unearthed, and cruelties old and
new revealed, it’s apparent that The End of Tom is just the beginning of the
grief he caused.
To thousands of adoring Amanda Pepper fans, Gillian
Roberts’s new mystery offers unmitigated delight. A note to the uninitiated:
There could be no better time for you to meet “the Dorothy Parker of mystery
writers…giving more wit per page than most writers give per book” (Nancy
Pickard). Download and start listening now!