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By Lorna Barrett

Book shop proprietor Tricia Miles has positioned up—and submit with—her uninvited university roommate for weeks. In go back, Pammy has stolen $100. however the day she's kicked out, Pammy's chanced on lifeless in a Dumpster, leaving a great deal of questions unanswered.

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Stoneham was ready for the leaf peepers—tourists who came to New Hampshire to enjoy the beauty of autumn. It seemed like every store and home was decorated with red and orange wreaths, pumpkins, and corn shocks, while big plastic spiders in imitation webs covered bushes and inflatable ghosties and goblins swayed in the gentle breeze. Kelly Realty had a stack of small pumpkins in its drive with a sign declaring FREE PUMPKIN WHEN YOU LIST WITH US. Parking for the dedication was more difficult than Tricia had imagined.

Tricia Miles had always considered annoying fixtures to be expendable. Like the stainless steel sink in her last home. The key to a clean kitchen was a clean sink. Water spots became the bane of her existence. So without a hint of remorse, she’d had the sink replaced with a white porcelain one that came clean with a little bleach and very little effort. Other fixtures in her life weren’t quite so easily taken care of. For instance, Pammy Fredericks, her college roommate. Pammy had arrived two weeks before to “stay the weekend,” and had since taken over Tricia’s living room—and her life.

Pammy mentioned the opening of a new food pantry here in Stoneham. ” “Oh, yeah, I heard Stuart Paige is in town to dedicate it,” Ginny said. “Stuart Paige . ” Tricia repeated. “I’ve heard the name. ” “Some rich mucky-muck. He gives away money. ” “I guess,” Tricia said. The circa-1930s black phone on the sales desk rang, and she grabbed the heavy receiver. ” Tricia’s fellow shopkeeper; owner of the Happy Domestic book and gift shop. “I just had a visit from your friend, Pam Fredericks. She wanted to know if I had a job opening.

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