After her most recent foray into detection, Sheila Travis is more than happy to concentrate on her job as Director of International Relations for Hosokawa International. Unfortunately, her relative peace and quiet is short-lived. Coming home from an exhausting business trip, all Sheila wants to do is go to sleep. Instead, she is dragooned by her ...Read MoreAfter her most recent foray into detection, Sheila Travis is more than happy to concentrate on her job as Director of International Relations for Hosokawa International. Unfortunately, her relative peace and quiet is short-lived. Coming home from an exhausting business trip, all Sheila wants to do is go to sleep. Instead, she is dragooned by her young neighbor. Sara Sims Tait into a Sims family dinner out in Gwinnett County. Each day, the greater metropolitan area of Atlanta moves a little further into Gwinnett County, and Sara Sims's contentious family--part upwardly mobile, part solid dirt farmers--sees big dollar signs when major developers express interest in Grandma Sims's farmland. Too bad she won't sell. Greed and anger are powerful influences, but when the murderer strikes, Grandma Sims is not the victim, and it is up to Sheila and her irrepressible, aristocratic Aunt Mary to untangle the complicated web of motives, opportunities, and relationships that connect the Sims family to murder.Read Less
UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Tanned edges, 251 pages. Young widow Sheila Travis is reluctantly drawn into the affairs of the extended Sims family by her neighbor, Sara Sims Tait, in the rural community of Snellville. The small Georgia town does little more than straggle along the Atlanta-Athens highway in an endless chain of national franchises. But big opportunities are knocking. The faded glory of the Sims family is about to be restored when major developers offer Grandma Sims ten million dollars for the family homestead. However, the ninety-seven-year-old matriarch won't sell. But that doesn't stop murder from striking down members of the immediate family, and involving Sheila in a web of killings that gives new meaning to the phrase family plot.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-15 Young widow Sheila Travis takes on rural murder in her fourth outing (after Murder on Peachtree Street ). Sheila is drawn into the tangled affairs of the extended Sims family by her neighbor, Sara Sims Tait, following a developer's offer of $10 million for the family farm, within commuting distance of Atlanta. The family matriarch, Grandma Sims, refuses to give up the farm or allow it to be used for any purpose but agriculture. When domineering and unpleasant Martha Sloan Tait, a granddaughter and Sara's mother, is found shot to death in her kitchen, the family looks for an outside killer, but Sheila suspects various money-hungry and unpleasant family members. After Grandma Sims's remaining son, retarded Billy, is found hanged, the Simses would just as soon blame him and quietly close the case. But Sheila, pushed by her formidable Aunt Mary Beaufort, hunts for a killer who is willing to pare down the family to increase an inheritance. Sprinkle has an acute ear for the regional voice and a good eye for depicting rural southern life, but her mystery loses momentum before its resolution. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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