Behind the Frame by Tracy Gardner (Shepherd Sisters Mystery #2)
English | 2020| Cozy Mystery| ePUB | 3.4 MB
When art in the park
leads to murder in the dark,
the Shepherd sisters
have another crime to solve.
Savanna Shepherd, an art expert turned elementary art teacher, is planning the Art in the Park festival for her hometown of Carson. But apparently, someone isn’t happy that Carson got to host the event: the beloved statue in the park is destroyed. Not long after, Savanna finds the dead body of one of the people on the planning committee.
Savanna and her sisters are convinced that the arrested murder suspect didn’t do it, despite strong evidence to the contrary. With the help of Dr. Aidan Gallager, Savanna’s new romantic interest, they uncover hidden resentments and intrigue. Several people in Carson had a motive for the murder. Can they find out which one of them is behind the framing of an innocent person?
Skylar Shepherd entered, out of breath, and tapped the smart watch on her wrist. She wore matching pink-and-navy workout gear and running shoes, and her shiny blond hair was pulled back into a short ponytail. Two years older than Savanna, four older than Sydney, Skylar was always perfectly coordinated, whether on a run or in a courtroom trying a case. She joined them at the table.
“You look cute today,” Savanna told her. “As always. I’ve got to go. You’ll be at the banquet tonight, right?”
“Wouldn’t miss it. Where are you running off to?” Skylar waved off the cinnamon roll box Sydney pushed over to her.
Savanna straightened the black, 3/4 sleeve blazer she’d worn today over a bright yellow shell. “I’m meeting a few folks from city council and the state committee in the park; we need to have the festival tables and thoroughfare mapped out before tonight. Can Fonzie stay, Syd?”
Sydney scratched Savanna’s little Boston terrier behind the ears. “Does it look like he wants to go with you?” He was lying on Sydney’s feet, chewing on a stuffed green lizard.
“Not even a little.” Savanna smiled. She and Fonzie had returned home to Carson, Michigan last fall from a decade spent in Chicago, after breaking up with her fiancé and quitting her job on the same day. Starting her life over at thirty wasn’t something she’d planned, but Savanna loved being here with her family as much as Fonzie did.
Savanna grabbed her coffee and the Art in the Park notes. “Hey, hold on!” Skylar said. “I wanted to hear how things went with Aidan yesterday. How was your dinner date?”
“Thank you,” Sydney said to Skylar. “Savanna never tells me things. How was your date with Dr. Gallager?” She drew out his name in a sing-song voice, cocking an eyebrow at Savanna.
Savanna rolled her eyes. “I don’t tell you things because you do that.—We had to reschedule.” She tried to keep the disappointment out of her tone.
“What? Why?” Syd’s voice carried enough disappointment for both of them. “Oh Savvy, that stinks.” Her expression was all pout and concern.
“He got stuck in New York. They had a trauma case come in, and he had to stay.”
“Until when?” Skylar asked.
“I didn’t want to ask. I mean, we only had a couple of dates before this whole flying-back-and-forth stuff started. He doesn’t owe me any explanations.”