A House to Die For (Darby Farr Mystery, Book 1) by Vicki Doudera

By Vicki Doudera

Book Details:

ISBN: 0738719501
EAN: 9780738719504
ASIN: 0738719501
Publisher: nighttime Ink
Publication Date: 2010-04-08
Number of Pages: 328
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

Synopsis from Amazon:

Red-hot actual property agent Darby Farr has spent years attempting to omit her homeland of storm Harbor, Maine-especially the painful thoughts of being raised via her controlling aunt following her parents' tragic deaths. Then one morning, she learns her aunt is death, and the calculating lady has one ultimate call for: clinch the multimillion-dollar sale of Fairview, a panoramic waterfront estate.

The deal turns out easy, yet hassle is brewing at the rocky coast. inside hours of Darby's arrival, an vague deed limit scuttles the sale simply because the backup patron is located bludgeoned to loss of life at the property's grounds. Assisted via good-looking journalist Miles Porter, Darby uncovers darkish secrets and techniques that demonstrate an unsightly scandal . . . or even uglier reasons for homicide. As a brutal hurricane surges up the coast, Darby needs to salvage the deal, locate the killer-and by some means remain alive.

"[Doudera] expertly weaves a story of suspense on a Maine island, the place homicide and genuine property are an explosive combination."-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling writer of The Mephisto Club

"Here's a fast paced and well-told tale with a sensible, savvy actual property agent because the heroine, fixing crimes whereas making revenues. bring about the subsequent one!"-Barbara Corcoran, genuine property contributor for NBC's Today Show and writer of Nextville: outstanding locations to stay the remainder of Your Life 


GoodReads writer Information:

Author Name: Vicki Doudera

Author Description: Vicki has written rankings of journal articles, go back and forth books for individuals drawn to Maine, a CD jogging journey approximately her city, and a brand new secret sequence that includes purple scorching Realtor Darby Farr. First within the sequence, a home TO DIE FOR, has acquired rave reports, and KILLER directory, Darby's moment secret, comes out in April of 2011. (Midnight Ink.)

Vicki loves to say she is "all approximately houses." She writes approximately them in her secret sequence, sells them as a true property agent at the coast of Maine, and is helping construct them via her longtime involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

She is an avid reader, hiker, knitter and skier and enjoys writing the type of books she herself likes to read.

Author URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3064179

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De African church. You talk to Sister Sylvia. You tell her she got to go to Famous Johnson’s crib and get his shit and sell it. She gots my birthday in de church records. I wants a nice headstone. ” Lloyd stood up. ” he asked. ” Lloyd thought of his mother and reached for his rifle, but couldn’t do it. * * * Lloyd ran all the way to 106th and Avalon, composing epitaphs for Famous Johnson en route. His chest was heaving and his arms and shoulders ached from holding his rifle at high port, and when he saw the neon sign proclaiming the “United African Episcopal Methodist Church” he took in last gulps of air to bring his raging heartbeat down to a low ebb; he wanted to be the very picture of armed dignity on a mission of mercy.

Later, he watched through a telescope as she took death’s communion, then gave her two hours of sleep before entering the apartment, leaving the note and turning on the gas. As a final act of love he put a Vivaldi flute concerto on the stereo to provide accompaniment to Elaine’s departure. Blinding memories of other lovers caused his eyes to well with tears as he pictured their moments of culmination: Karen the horse lover, whose house was a virtual testament to her equine passion; Karen who rode bareback in the hills above Malibu and who died astride her strawberry roan as he ran from cover and bludgeoned the horse over the edge of a cliff; Monica, of the exquisite taste in small things, who clad the polio-riddled body she hated in the finest of silk and wool.

It had been many months since the last time, and he attributed this hiatus to the shifting weather patterns that had his head in a tizzy: warm one day, cold and rainy the next, you never knew how women were going to dress, so it was hard to get a fix on one to rescue—you couldn’t feel the colors, the texture of what a woman was until you viewed her in a context of consistency. God knows that when the planning started the little fluxes of her life became all too evident; if he lost love for her then, the resultant pity reaffirmed the spiritual aspects of his purpose and gave him the detachment necessary to do the job.

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