By Carolyn G. Hart
A typhoon sweeps towards Chase Prescott's deepest island, marooning a bunch of deadly suspects and the only girl who can variety via all of them: Prescott's former lover, retired newshound Henrietta O'Dwyer. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
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I took time to glance at my mail and substitute fresh clothes for soiled ones. Before I closed the suitcase, I took out the two framed photographs I always carry with me. I glanced at the picture of my late husband, Richard, and wished that he was here now, with his grave thoughtfulness and quick, steadying humor. It was Richard who had first called me Henrie O. He claimed I packed more twists and surprises into a single day than O. Henry ever did in a short story. The studio portrait of my daughter was recent, and it captured Emily's beauty, glossy ebony hair, vivid aquamarine eyes, a finely boned face.
Dead Man's Island Henrie O - One by Carolyn G Hart Prologue I don't consider myself an angel, avenging or otherwise, but I can't always accept fate as the answer. Timing makes all the differ- ence. There exists a rather charming school of thought that the motorist who looms out of the fog at precisely the right moment or the fatherly old man who takes a lost child's hand and leads her to safety are heavensent messengers. Unknown to themselves, of course. It was the episode in the hotel lobby that made me, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, ponder the imponderable and my role in it.
Guests at a multimillionaire's secluded retreat. We were an intriguing as- sortment: an actress, a stepson, a son, an employee, a lawyer. A journalist turned novelist. But it couldn't be as aimless as it appeared. In some fashion these particular people met a certain criterion. I wondered if Chase was going to tell me what that was. Or whether I should have to find out for myself. On that thought, known only to me, of course, I excused myself, professing much pleasure with both the tea and the company.