Arabella Carpenter and business partner Emily Garland find themselves in a world of legal entanglements in this newest addition to the Glass Dolphin series, Where There’s a Will. Arabella is hired to do an appraisal of a vintage photograph for the executrix of an estate that includes the old Hadley house, rumored to be haunted. On the plus side, Arabella’s also hired to work on the appraisal of the contents with her ex-husband Levon Larroquette, for whom she still carries a torch. On the negative side, she didn’t realize Emily Garland and her fiancé had put a bid on the Hadley house, recently added to the selling market.
A bidding war ensues between Emily and fiancé Luke and Miles Pemberton of television fame in the show Pemberton on Property, whose production company wants the house for a new television series. Pemberton has huge financial backing but is a bully with many enemies. And the bidding war begins.
What follows are wills—more than one?—real estate hanky-panky, secret drawers in old antiques, oodles of legal issues, and gossip by the online newspaper, Outside the Landing, adding fuel to the rumor market.
Expect the unexpected with lots of twists and turns. But you’ll also find the usual cast of interesting classic characters from small town of Lount’s Landing and the familiar feel of The Hanged Man’s Noose for cocktails and the Sunrise Café for breakfast. Where There’s a Will is a perfect addition to the Glass Dolphin mysteries.
Judy Penz Sheluk is the bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and the Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories appear in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense and Heartbreaks & Half-truths: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, which she also edited.
In addition to writing mysteries, she spent many years working as a freelance writer and editor; her articles have appeared in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications.
She is also a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime-Guppies Chapter, Sisters in Crime—Toronto, International Thriller Writers, Inc., the South Simcoe Arts Council, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors.
She splits her time between Alliston and Goulais River, Ontario, with her husband, Mike, and their golden retriever, Gibbs.