Blood Is Quicker Than Water by Katherine Smith

By Katherine Smith

The gorgeous woods of Northern Michigan turn into the surroundings for violence and lethal ambition?… Cassandra Beaumont desires not anything greater than to place her husband?’s homicide at the back of her. yet rather than with the ability to quietly retire from public existence, she reveals herself immersed in an unsightly cycle of lies and blackmail. compelled to stand the guy she betrayed years in the past, she struggles with a treacherous earlier mistake and a not-quite forgotten passion?… Michael Beaumont isn?’t yes whether it is hate, or anything else altogether that he feels for his stunning sister-in-law. while a lady is killed and Cassandra is implicated, he fears that an explosion of scandal and shattered illusions will ruin his whole family?… Police Officer Danny Haase?’s fishing holiday becomes a nightmare of homicide and complex politics as he is helping the neighborhood police discreetly tune down a cold-blooded killer with very excessive connections

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He ignored that comment. “You're late. " “I know. ” Cassandra stepped into the gazebo and glanced around. The structure was roughly fifteen feet in diameter, eight-sided, and had screens from floor to the peaked wooden ceiling. Maybe fifty feet up the hillside from the shore, the building was designed to let people sit amid the trees and enjoy the lake without the pesky task of staving off hungry mosquitoes. When setting up his makeshift studio, Michael felt the usual acute satisfaction at the fabulous lighting and had simply shoved the chaise lounges aside and plonked his easel in the middle of the room, effectively taking over the place for the duration of his stay.

You'll need to join us there. Ashley Conner said she'd take over with Tim whenever you're ready. ” She ruffled Tim's hair in an off-hand way and went down the hall toward the bedrooms with her usual purposeful stride. Tim was worn out. He nestled in Cassandra's arms in a way that was becoming more and more rare as he got older. “You don't know how much I wish,” she murmured tenderly against her son's soft hair, “I was spending the evening with you instead, Tim. " **** Through the open door, he could see them all gathered: elegant, well-dressed, sipping champagne and about as familial as a pride of lions.

Of course, being born a Beaumont, I had a little less innocence than most children to begin with, so Tim is just a chip off the old block. Not much time with your parents, but hell, what kid wants that, right? We had drivers, nannies, maids picking up your underwear ... anything we wanted. That's all stuff that sticks with you. Surely Robert must have talked about it. " Damn, that had been a cheap shot, but he couldn't regret it. Color came up to awkwardly spot her cheekbones. Her lips, as soft and delicately pink as he remembered, tightened.

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