DESERT SPRING by MICHAEL CRAFT
After a long and successful career as a theatre director in
Manhattan, fifty-something Claire Gray succumbed to a
tempting offer to establish the theatre department at the
new and very well funded Desert Arts College in Palm
Springs. It has proven to be an exciting opportunity for
Claire but now she's facing the end of her first academic
year with a measure of melancholy. Not only is the spring
production about to end but her student and clandestine
lover, Tanner Griffin, is about to leave school for
Hollywood. The person responsible - renowned producer
Spencer Wallace - spotted Tanner in an earlier school stage
production and signed him to a role in his next film, Photo
Flash. Now with the closing performance of the spring
production completed, the cast party at Claire's house
promises to be a bittersweet affair.
What Claire gets, however, is more than she bargained for
when, in the middle of the very crowded affair, Spencer
Wallace turns up dead in Claire's pool. To make it worse,
Claire herself is one of the most probable suspects - with
means, motive, and opportunity to have committed the deed.
But Wallace is a man with a past and a reputation - and
there are far more than a handful of people with better
reasons to wish him harm. Now, with time running short, it
falls to Claire to figure out who is really responsible
before someone else gets away with the crime and leaves her
holding the bag.
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