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A Clarice Campion/Miss Letty Mystery Fifteen-year-old Connie Kittredge disappears in 1953, presumed drowned, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Almost forty years later, her skeleton is discovered in the disused dumbwaiter of historic Belgrath House, situated on an island in the tidal Halifax River. The discovery coincides with the thirty-five year reunion of Connie's Class of '57. Clarice and Otis Campion function as caretakers of Belgrath, newly restored and opened as a B & B. Clarice, along with their permanent guest Miss Letty, ninety-year-old star of the silent screen, decides to investigate the mystery. Could the murderer be one of Connie's classmates, now respectable citizens? A rejected boy friend? A jealous girl? Connie, a sneaky child, loved the power of finding out secrets; perhaps she found one just too dangerous for her to live. At a wake for Connie held at Belgrath House, someone collapses from iced tea laced with cherry laurel, proving that the murderer is still around - and dangerous. Complications cloud the picture in the form of suspicious bed and breakfasters, restoration society members, University of Florida freshmen...and a certain pelican. Clarice and Miss Letty re-double their efforts at sleuthing. The death of Connie Kittredge is tied directly to the history of the house, they learn. The house will ultimately reveal its secrets, but not before exposing Clarice to danger. Inadvertently left behind during a forced evacuation due to Category Four Hurricane Aphrodite, Clarice finds herself confronting a killer - and a rising tidal surge.
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Leslie Talley is the product of basically three states, Kentucky, Missouri, and Florida. She grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and graduated from a diploma nursing school in St. Louis, her parents' birthplace. She transferred her credits to the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats) and received a B.S. in Nursing. After working briefly for the St. Louis County Health Department, she married Luke, an engineer with McDonnell-Douglas and fellow Wildcat. They have lived in Titusville, Florida ever since. When she turned forty, she returned to school, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she changed majors and received a B.A in English (Literature) and an M.A (Creative Writing). She taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and Creative Writing there as an adjunct for ten years. Her husband and Leslie, both retired, have two grown children: daughter Terri, a CPA and Wild Child Publishing author of Carbon Copy, and son Damon, a former Education Specialist with Kennedy Space Center and now employed by Harris Corporation. They have given them four grandchildren. She enjoys water aerobics, oil painting and drawing, writing and reading mysteries, and messing around on Google Earth.
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