Happy Wednesday!! It's time to play Guess the Mystery and this week's host is Alyssa Maxwell. The winner may pick any one of my Gilded Newport Books: Murder at The Breakers, Murder at Marble House, Murder at Beechwood, or an ARC of Murder at Rough Point. Winner will be chosen on Saturday. Leave answer and email in the comments below. Good Luck!
Our conversation had turned to lighter topics—Grace’s winter in Italy, her spring in Paris, and the excursions, parties, and shopping she had enjoyed. Neily had been present throughout most of those months, which she termed a happy, carefree time. In spite of the Wilsons’ lack of open ostentation, they lived nonetheless luxuriously, and I schooled the incredulity from my features as Grace spoke of their extravagances as casually as I spoke of the weather.
Yet I paid careful attention to the details, and her chatter provided me with ample information to rule out a number of young ladies as having potentially birthed a child in recent weeks. The delay in reaching the house also provided me with an opportunity to broach the subject foremost on my mind, yet without revealing too much about the baby in my care. It’s not that I had cause to distrust Grace, but this sudden friendship of ours, if that was what it was to be called, had yet to be fully tested. I thought it best to err on the side of caution and not mention my newest visitor at Gull Manor.
“There have been rumors among members of the press,” I said to her, not liking to lie but seeing little alternative, “of an indelicate nature . . .”
With just those words, she understood my meaning. “Do tell? Who, may I ask . . .”
I happily fell back on the truth as I explained that I hadn’t yet discovered the identity of the woman in question, but that not only could an inheritance be at stake, but the child’s welfare as well, and for that reason I wished to ascertain his origins.
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