By Barbara Allan
Spring has sprung an enormous leak in far-from-serene Serenity, because the Mississippi River drops in for a longer remain. With houses and companies flooded, how higher to assist town get well then by way of staging a church bazaar? Brandy Borne is familiar with her mom Vivian's plan, how-ever is likely to lean towards weird and wonderful, specifically whilst she hears mom wheedle a reclusive Russian heiress into donating the final Faberge egg ever created! whilst the profitable bidder turns up mortally scrambled, Brandy and mom prepare dinner up a plan to crack the case of this killer...Who is one heavily undesirable egg.
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I looked slowly down the row of bidders, seated near me in front of the lectern. Resting on my lap was a legal pad with their names written down, along with a column for their bids, so that I could prompt Mother if (make that when) she got lost in the process.
Mother jack-in-the-boxed up, rushed over, and bent the microphone neck to accommodate the tiny woman, in the process making a loud, amplified THUNK! After mother returned to her chair, and I did my best to crawl inside my skin, Madam Petrova—looking even more frail than she had during our visit—began to speak, sharing with the attendees the history of the Fabergé egg and how it came to be in her possession, much as she’d related to us at her home. Honestly, I didn’t hear much of what she said, caught up in anticipation about the potential disaster that would soon follow in the form of auctioneer Mother.
He raised a lecturing finger, which also seemed like a threat. “Understand, I don’t give a damn about that egg … but I do give a damn about my aunt! ” Mother looked puzzled. “What do you mean? ” he asked. “Next comes a lawsuit … and scandal. ” I spoke up. ” Ashland shrugged. ” Mother shrugged. ” “That’s not good enough,” Ashland said flatly. ” I asked, “Is there someone with expertise who could examine the egg? ” Ashland stoked his chin with one hand. “There was an expert from Chicago, who appraised the egg some years ago—for insurance purposes.