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After 30 some odd years of success as a director on Broadway, Claire Gray has accepted her first academic position - that of a theatrical director at the richly funded Desert Arts College in Palm Springs. Having lived a largely peaceful life in Manhattan, she is stunned to find herself in the midst of the second murder - and murder investigation - in a matter of months in Palm Springs. This time it's a local aged and ailing collector - who frequently lends pieces to local charity events or dramatic productions - found dead shortly after Claire's friend and neighbor Grant Knoll was there. With Grant a suspect in his murder, along with several others with equally good motives for wanting him dead, Claire decides to look into the circumstances of his unfortunate death.
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"After a long, successful career as a director on Broadway, Claire Gray moved cross-country to head the theater department of the new Desert Arts College near Palm Springs, California. Imagine Claire's surprise - after some thirty years of a largely peaceful existence in Manhattan - when her new life is darkened by a second murder investigation within mere months of her move.". "Stewart Chaffee, an aging, eccentric art collector and society decorator, has agreed to lend Claire an antique Austrian clock that will provide the finishing touch to the stage setting of her first production at the college. When Claire arrives as scheduled to pick up the rare timepiece, she finds Chaffee dead, victim of what appears to be a gruesome kitchen accident. But the police investigation quickly determines that Chaffee's demise was no mishap; it was murder. Tied to the crime by chance and circumstance, Claire decides to match wits with a clever, ruthless killer - racing against time to puzzle out the mystery before it's too late."--BOOK JACKET.
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