Corpus Christmas by Margaret Maron

By Margaret Maron

A relic of Manhattan's Gilded Age, the Erich Bruel residence on Gramercy Park contained 3 flooring of excellent art--and one Christmas corpse. Now it truly is as much as Lieutenant Sigrid Harald to wrap up this murder ahead of the killer moves back during this vintage secret via the writer of "Rituals of the Season."

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Or would he leave his share of the gallery to one of his protégés, someone like Benjamin Peake for instance? She could keep Peake in line if she had to, she knew, shrewdly measuring his familiar, well-proportioned body with her hazel eyes. D. in modern art, she doubted that he was as sharp as Jacob wanted to believe, but allowances were made because Peake had been a close friend of Jacob’s son. They had met as fellow students at one of Meyer Schapiro’s seminars on modern art at Columbia, and after Paul Munson’s plane crashed, Jacob bad transferred his paternal interest to Peake’s career.

He may have lacked his grandfather’s gritty pioneer spirit and his father’s ruthless zest and acumen but he eventually shaped himself into a dutiful businessman and, after the crash of 1893, even managed to recoup most of the losses. Only one child was born of his happy union with Sophie Fürst. In due time Erich junior grew to manhood, attended Harvard like his father, and departed for his own wander jahr in Europe, where he was struck and killed by a team of runaway horses in a narrow Paris street two days before his twenty-second birthday.

Didn’t Mr. Munson expect him to join them? She pushed back the cuff of her cashmere glove and glanced at her watch. Everyone else was there except him. ” she murmured to herself. With her children hundreds of miles away and occupied by families of their own, she had unconsciously transferred her maternal interest to Pascal Grant, who would never completely grow up. And she’d be quite surprised if Rick Evans were a day past twenty. Now what sort of mischief, she wondered, could be keeping those two so long in the basement?

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