Charlotte had avoided the task. She hated the cell phone. As soon as she began to understand how to work one model, another one came out and Brenda insisted that she keep up to date on the technology. The two were returning to their home in the small Maryland village of Hopewell on the Choptank River from a few whirlwind weeks near the Florida Everglades, where Brenda was filming in a movie and Charlotte had been hired as a movie consultant because there was an FBI angle to the film.
As it turned out, there was a much larger FBI angle than anyone had imagined there would be, so Charlotte had worked a bit harder in solving a few sticky mysteries than Brenda had in her supporting role. But now the two were returning to the real world of what had once been a sleepy riverside village populated by a collection of local resident eccentrics and equally eccentric well-heeled and artsy-fartsy retirees.
She had only recently returned there in an unsuccessful attempt to retire from the movies—and, largely, from the world. Charlotte and Brenda having found each other was where these two different worlds of the village intersected. But if they just could get some assurances that there is something in the offing— Brenda began to say.
We could well have a theme park on the point. Luckily she had won it under her real name of Brenda Boynton rather than her movie name of Brenda Brandon, but it was only a matter of time before the world discovered the connection and began to think that she already had quite enough money in her life and should be able to spare some for them.
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She was somewhat bemused that she had won; she had just played for the fun and the suspense of it. The land had already been bulldozed in another building scheme. The earlier scheme had involved the New Jersey mafia preparing to build an exclusive—and quite illegal—gambling resort on the land, with the guests arriving and departing on yachts via the river. Before the illegal mob casino plan had been uncovered and scotched, half of the village of Hopewell had already been razed.
Scooter Wilson had even been at Charlotte to sell her own riverside cottage in the village to the developers as it was on the edge of the planned resort development. And Charlotte was pondering moving in permanently with Brenda in her colonial mansion farther up River Street. It was the discussion of living arrangements in Hopewell that had exhausted the two on the flight from Miami even before they were thrown into a longer-than-anticipated layover in Atlanta. What is it that the village council members have messaged you about, Charlotte? I could see you grimace and hear you snort, so I guess whatever they are on to you about is giving you great consternation.
They are the ones suffering consternation. Jason Williams has messaged his dismay. But then he would. As owner of the only garage and filling station in the town, he had been seeing moneybags from the resort plans. Even before you and I left for Florida and as they were tearing cottages down and starting to bulldoze that lot next door to you that you thought you still owned, Jason was already expanding his number of pumps and putting in more repair bays and enlarging his convenience store.
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I can understand him being very upset, but I got a message from the town clerk, Mary Miller, too. I can put ourselves out of our misery just by turning my cell phone off. Brenda sat up straight and gave Charlotte the regal stare she had given so often in movies—a pose famous enough that all conversation stopped in the first-class departure lounge and the eyes of everyone were riveted on the movie star, some of the other passengers only now realizing who was in their midst. She was clearly having Charlotte on.
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Any sign of anything beyond mere friendship between them, and cell phone photos would snap off and Hollywood tabloids would roll out of presses. Nonetheless, it can all wait, Charlotte countered as they heard their flight from Atlanta to Baltimore-Washington International being called. We are leaving the wreckage of international espionage, forty-year-old murder cases, and general mayhem on that movie set back in Florida. A little bit of worry over gas station customers and property tax revenue can hold on for a bit longer. Buy up the property first. All right, then, Brenda said, with a sigh, as she rose from her seat, everyone in the room now following every movement of the screen legend in their company.
I guess first things first. I still think you should have let me park my car at the airport.
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I give this 15 stars!!!
Charlotte had her cold case spinning everywhere. Luckily she had Dave Burch the police in their small town on her side. As Charlotte is the Mayor of the town, she and her partner came back from Florida all kinds of stuff hit the fan in so many different directions, it was frustrating to find out what was going on and why by whom. Old bank heist some 20 years ago, the neighborhood being leveled by a New York mob trying to build a Movie stars lives can be very complicated!!!! Old bank heist some 20 years ago, the neighborhood being leveled by a New York mob trying to build a illegal casino, dead bodies being dug up.
People calling Charlotte screaming for help. Man you have to read it, because there is so much going on I could not say without ruining the book. Holly rated it really liked it Jun 01, Sue Matthews rated it really liked it Jun 08, Simon Mitchell rated it really liked it May 04, Mary Jane Krause rated it liked it Nov 13, Laura rated it really liked it Sep 20, Susanne rated it liked it Oct 11, Ktcatt rated it really liked it Oct 27, Melissa Gessling rated it really liked it Dec 02, Toni marked it as to-read May 03, Pepper marked it as to-read Jul 05, Margaret Dee marked it as to-read Aug 26,