Out on A Limb

Out on A Limb

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Local bookseller Claire Malloy finds herself dealing with an old friend, retired schoolteacher Emily Parchester, chained to a tree to protest the destruction of a copse of trees, an abandoned baby left on her doorstep, and the arrest of the baby's mother for the murder of her own father, the developer at the center of the controversy surrounding the trees. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave

An environmental protester camped out in a tree and a baby left on Claire Malloy's doorstep are just two of the predicaments that Malloy must face in this latest mystery.


Faberville bookstore owner Claire Malloy is ruminating over the state of her love life when she gets disturbing news. Elderly Miss Emily Parchester is up a tree. Chained to an old oak, packing a thermos of tea and a gun, the retired schoolteacher is ready to go down with the ship, or rather the tree, before she'll let another historic piece of Farberville be bulldozed in the name of "progress," i.e., developer Anthony Armstrong's condominiums.

With Miss Parchester armed, and therefore dangerous, Claire fears this noble act will end tragically. Unfortunately, it does-when someone murders Armstrong. And suddenly Claire herself is out on a limb: a baby has been left on her doorstep, the child's teenage mom is suspect number one in Armstrong's death, and Claire needs to find the real killer fast. Especially when she discovers Miss Parchester knows more than she's willing to tell....



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's, c2002
ISBN: 9780312986322
0312986327
Characteristics: 304 p ; cm

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shrewgirl Jun 18, 2014

Love this cozy mystery series!

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