A Lothario’s reunion with his former lovers is spoiled by his murder.
Journalist AnnaLise Griggs (Dead Ends, 2012, etc.) is dumbfounded at Dickens Hart’s plan to gather all his former lovers and their children at his palatial estate over Thanksgiving weekend. AnnaLise has barely adjusted to the news that Hart is her biological father, and though she wants no part of his vast fortune, the idea of meeting potential siblings makes her queasy. As Thanksgiving approaches, out of a list of 63 potential baby mamas, only three show up: 70-year old Rose Boccaccio, Dickens’ first love, who brings along her 50-something dentist son, Eddie; former cocktail waitress Lucinda Puckett, accompanied by her 35-year old stockbroker son, Tyler; and Sugar Capri, who busted up Dickens’ marriage to Joy Tamarack, his third wife. Except Sugar’s teenage daughter, Lacey, couldn’t also be Dickens'; Joy confided to her best friend, AnnaLise, that her husband had a vasectomy when they were married. AnnaLise’s relationship to her possible co-heirs becomes fraught when she learns that her mom, Daisy, has no health insurance and has already racked up $83,000 in uncovered medical bills. It hits the boiling point when Dickens is discovered in bed, conked by a bottle of Dom Perignon. Now the police suspect that AnnaLise may have taken out her dad before he could put anyone else into his will. Can she clear her name by finding the real killer?
AnnaLise continues her bracing run in Balzo’s third Main Street Murders entry.