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Dime if I Know
     

Dime if I Know

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by Maggie Toussaint
 

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Cleopatra Jones wants to get married‚ but her golf pro boyfriend‚ Rafe Golden‚ prefers the freedom of dating.

With three puppies‚ a St. Bernard‚ two teenage daughters‚ a free-spirited live-in mother‚ a kooky best friend‚ and an accounting firm to run‚ Cleo's life is busy.

To top it off‚ her best friend

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Cleopatra Jones wants to get married‚ but her golf pro boyfriend‚ Rafe Golden‚ prefers the freedom of dating.

With three puppies‚ a St. Bernard‚ two teenage daughters‚ a free-spirited live-in mother‚ a kooky best friend‚ and an accounting firm to run‚ Cleo's life is busy.

To top it off‚ her best friend is running for mayor‚ and Mama is wearing the engagement ring Cleo longs for.

When Rafe's red Jaguar is spotted at a homicide scene‚ the cops are sure Rafe committed murder. Cleo's just as certain he didn't.

Rafe's been keeping secrets from her‚ but are they deadly secrets?

Dime If I Know features fast-paced family life and Southern humor. Cleo&rsquo's troubles with golf contrast with her nose for following the money.

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Accountant Cleopatra Jones shifts into overdrive when her boyfriend is accused of murder. Cleo's relationship with Rafe Golden was supposed to be casual: a little golf, a little flirting, a little steamy sex. But the lovebug has sunk his teeth into the sultry redhead, and now all she can think about is how to get the handsome golf pro to take their affair to the next level. That's too bad, because Rafe faces bigger decisions than how many carats to offer Cleo. His ex-lover Starr Jeffries has been shot to death at the seedy Catoctin View Motel a little after Rafe's red Jaguar was spotted there by approximately everyone in town. Rafe insists that since he didn't kill Starr, he has nothing to worry about. Police detective Britt Radcliff thinks otherwise. Cleo knows Britt isn't always right. After all, he wrongly accused Cleo's mama, Delilah, of killing fellow churchgoer Erica Hodges (On The Nickel, 2011). So how can she get Rafe to accept her help? She hires him a lawyer, attends Starr's funeral, even questions Starr's sister Jenny Kulp, discovering that Starr has a 5-year-old daughter named Kylie. As Rafe refuses to return any of Cleo's increasingly urgent phone calls, she frantically plots ways to get him on board. It isn't until his overbearing sister Regina turns up that a window opens into Rafe's family history. Cleo begins to see Rafe as a product of his dysfunctional environment, and Rafe begins to see Cleo as an asset. Still, it takes two to tango, and while Charlie, Cleo's ex, proposes at every opportunity, Rafe continues down his own path. As Toussaint makes her third entry into the sassy-working-girl-with-messed-up-love-life-solves-mysteries race, you keep hoping that someone will send Cleo a copy of He's Just Not That into You.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432827182
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/11/2013
Series:
A Cleopatra Jones Mystery
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Dime if I Know 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
How much of a relationship problem is there in keeping a secret? Cleopatra Jones has a life full of fun, family, and solving her friend’s alleged crimes.   Being an accountant by day and sleuth by night is starting to get on Cleo’s last nerve, but no one is going to take a friend of hers and build a case against them.  Love may make you blind but it does not leave without the ability to ask the right questions. This time her boyfriend, Rafe is under the spotlight and Cleo is having a hard time getting him to  take this seriously.  A friend and former lover is murdered after a quick visit from Rafe where all arrows point to his motive.  Rafe has always been secretive about his past, family, and life before he met Cleo, but regardless of what he is not saying she knows he is innocent. The stress may getting to Cleo on this one because Rafe is not cooperating, his family turns out to be a loaded mess, her ex-husband wants to reconcile seeing Rafe as the roadblock and always  being the strong one is wearing Cleo down.  One of these days she just going to go to work and  nothing will happen, keep dreaming. Every book Maggie Toussaint writes is full of fun, mystery, great characters, and a wonderful storyline.