The Best Laid Plans [NOOK Book]

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"Sex, drugs, and murder--thank heavens we don't have to worry about that in Riverport." But Aunt Henrietta's claims prove to be premature.

Jessie Schroeder, fleeing from St. Louis after a devastating divorce, has returned to live in her hometown of Riverport, a small community on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Her struggles to adjust to small town life and re-ignite her career as a successful author of children's books become secondary ...
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The Best Laid Plans

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Overview

"Sex, drugs, and murder--thank heavens we don't have to worry about that in Riverport." But Aunt Henrietta's claims prove to be premature.

Jessie Schroeder, fleeing from St. Louis after a devastating divorce, has returned to live in her hometown of Riverport, a small community on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Her struggles to adjust to small town life and re-ignite her career as a successful author of children's books become secondary as she is thrust into the middle of a gruesome murder case.

Her involvement intensifies when her gardener and handyman, Willy Bachmann, is accused to the crime, and Jessie finds herself alone in defending him. Even Sheriff Gil Keller is convinced Willy is guilty. This is particularly galling to Jessie, because she and Gil are two-stepping their way around a fledging relationship.

When Willy is found dead, presumably the victim of a flash flood, the Sheriff announces "case closed." Jessie still refuses to believe Willy is a murderer and begins her own investigation. She soon irritates many townspeople, especially the Mayor and members of the powerful Industrial Development Authority (IDA), with her efforts to uncover evidence about the real killer. Starting with a single critical piece of evidence, Jessie uncovers a maze of political malfeasance, including a major scam involving the construction of a highway, which places her life in jeopardy. In her quest for truth, Jessie rediscovers her capacity to live and love again.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014445863
  • Publisher: Untreed Reads
  • Publication date: 5/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,256,585
  • File size: 599 KB

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful regional mystery

    When her husband dumps her for one of his graduate students after many years of marriage, Jessie Schroeder returns to her hometown of Riverport, Missouri to lick her wounds and make a new life for herself. After months of writer¿s block , her muse returns as she begins to create the next tale in her children¿s series ¿Emily Says ¿¿. She even hopes that Sheriff Gil Keller asks her out, a welcome change from fearing he would. --- The era of good feelings does not last very long when Jessie¿s gardener Willy Bachmann is accused of killing Margaret Benson, wife of a conman and backer of a controversial industrial park development that hinges on a highway extension through the town. After joining AA and becoming a born again Christian, Jesse believes that Willy could not harm anyone. Not long afterward Willy is found dead apparently he drowned in a flash flood.. The autopsy reveals he had a high alcohol content in his system. Jessie believes someone is getting away with two murders and used Willie as the most believable fall guy. --- THE BEST LAID PLANS is an enjoyable amateur sleuth tale that gives readers an opportunity to see what it is like to live in a small Missouri town where everyone knows everyone. Some locals believe the heroine is plain rude because of her loyal obstinacy to her beliefs that she can read a person¿s inner traits readers will consider her as a charming eccentric. Janet Majerus provides audience with a wonderful regional mystery. --- Harriet Klausner

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