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Retired soap opera actress Veronica Walsh leads a fulfilling second act in herAdirondack hometown of Barton. Her boutique, All Things, is thriving and she enjoys a romance with Professor Mark Burke. She has neither the time nor the desire to be an amateur sleuth. Trouble finds her when architect Scott Culverson buys a vintage box at the annual village flea market and discovers a valuable painting and love letter inside. The awe over the masterpiece, a 1920s portrait of Barton’s main street, turns to rage when a fierce argument ensues. The seller of the box insists the painting was not included in the sale, while Ella andMadeline Griffin, whose mother received the painting as a wedding present,demand that Scott return the painting to their family. The artist?s daughter,the formidable Leona Bradshaw Kendall, later joins the battle over OrchardStreet. When Scott is stabbed to death and the painting and letter stolen, theGriffin sisters ask Veronica to help clear suspicion from their hot-tempered great-niece, Regina. Despite a vow to stay out of the investigation, Veronica’s loyalty to her friends draws her into the case. Veronica crosses paths with a shady contractor, brassy hairdresser, overwrought lawyer, and adoring Czech housekeeper as she searches for both killer and work of art. Whom can Veronica trust, and who will lead her to the brink of death?