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Murder in the House of Beads by Mary Jane Forbes

Catherine Hainsworth may not have much direction, but she always keeps her social calendar full. When the widow puts her creative skills to use in a local craft store, her best friend’s sudden suspicious death sets up her next appointment with the coroner. After her friend’s upright husband is named the prime suspect, Catherine takes on the new task of proving the man innocent. Manny Salinas won’t let the fact that he’s investigating the murder get in the way of reconnecting with his former flame. But when the police captain sees how Catherine looks at the handsome FBI agent who joins the case, he wonders if he can fight for her affections and connect the clues at the same time. Manny’s investigation becomes even more complex when he discovers the prime suspect’s multi-million dollar bid for a housing project and the bitter cutthroat rival with a potential motive… When Catherine accidentally discovers eye-opening evidence of her friend’s betrayal, she and Manny are thrown into a deadly race to catch the killer. As they grow closer, will a merciless murderer crush their hopes of a blissful reunion? Murder in the House of Beads is the first book in the House of Beads romantic suspense series. If you like charming characters, crafty mysteries, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Mary Jane Forbes’ compelling tale.
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