Bookseller Claire Malloy, her sarcastic teenaged daughter Caron, and Caron's friend Inez are as feisty as ever. It isn't their fault if the gangster-ridden plot is the tiniest bit ridiculous. Still love this series, though. And Claire does finally agree to marry Peter!
Another of the Claire Malloy, book shop owner, series. From the book blurb: "When emergency repair work forces Claire and her daughter Caron to abandon their apartment for a few weeks, they are in no financial position to put themselves up in style and Claire is thrilled to accept a customer's offer to let them stay at her well stocked, well equipped palatial home while she is traveling. Of course nothing is ever that easy. No sooner do Claire and Caron ensconce themselves when disquieting events start to occur - deubious people show up looking for the "traveling" owner of the house, the owner herself turns out not to be who she claimed and is now seemingly on the run, and a dead body keeps turning up - and disappearing - around the grounds of the house. Determined for once to stay out of the mysterious doings, Claire's hand is finally forced when the disappearing body turns out to be only the first corpse to turn up ..."