Hidden fields. Top charts. Professor Olive Twist has come to Zinnia, Mississippi to study a mysterious grave wherein lies the Lady in Red, a perfectly preserved and stunningly beautiful but unnamed and unclaimed body. Olive claims she can not only identify the corpse, she can also prove the woman's scandalous role in the nation's history.
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On the first day of their island adventure, they take a historical tour led by Angela Trotter, a young woman well-versed in local lore, including rumors of pirate treasure hidden somewhere on the island. In fact, Angela confides to Sarah Booth and Graf that her father, a sailor and treasure hunter, was murdered just when he thought he was closing in on the treasure. Angela's convinced that the wrong man was imprisoned for her father's murder, and she manages to persuade Sarah Booth to take the case. And Sarah Booth soon realizes that there's much more going on than meets the eye.
Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. The ambience was wealth mingled with a green thumb.
Gertrude knew her clientele. And one of her guests, a distinguished-looking fellow with salt-and-pepper hair and a small, Clark Gable mustache, seemed very interested in either me or Dr. He pretended to read a newspaper, but he watched us.
With a Long Island iccd tea in front of her and a Bloody Mary at my fingertips, I started out casually. I have a rip-roaring tale that will translate into bestsellerdom.
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So my assistant can film. He held an expensive piece of equipment trained on the preening historian. Is it the heat that makes you Southerners so slow? Honestly, I think if I stayed here six months my brain would turn to goop, too. I suspected Dr. Twist was one of them. Do you even read? Facts are my stock-in-trade. She might not weigh a hundred pounds, but she sure could Hoover down a drink.
Ring any historical bells for you? A would-be actor, a theater, a gun. Whatever else Dr. No relation to my family, I assure you. Have any family branches from Maryland? No, not at all. I know your type. Defend the family honor no matter the truth. Is that true, Ms.
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Money came in a distant second to honor in my book. Or your friends. Besides, I have Boswell.
He provides every service I need. The one with the camera. He loves to please me. I wondered what had made her such a sour person. I signaled the barkeep for another round for her. She drank like she had a hollow leg. Slander or, worse, libel is not a good idea. Twist could have been a real beauty, if she had better taste in clothes and a foot transplant. No one in Zinnia had anything to do with that. She is the mastermind who plotted the murder of Abraham Lincoln. Mary Surratt was falsely accused and executed. It should have been the woman in that grave, Tilda Richmond or Tilda Falcon, who swung from the gallows.
But I will. I opened and closed my mouth like a guppy, unable to form words. Her accusations and leaps of logic were so astounding, no sane person would give them credence. The Lady in Red, an unidentified female, was accidentally disinterred on Egypt Plantation in Cruger, Mississippi, in The details of the incident were well known, at least in the Delta.
Few folks outside the region knew—or cared—anything about a mysterious grave. A backhoe operator unearthed the sealed coffin of a beautiful lady wearing a red gown and gloves.
The glass-topped coffin had been filled with alcohol and sealed so that the body inside was perfectly preserved. No one identified the body. No one claimed her. She was reburied at a local cemetery, and the plantation owner erected a monument inscribed: Lady in Red, Found on Egypt Plantation, — Her birth date was presumed, based on her clothes and age.
The year was when she was accidentally dug up and reburied. No real facts were known. The grave was a local attraction for teens and tourists for years—for those who could find it.
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When she tried to signal for the barkeep, I grabbed her wrist. Lincoln had one cabinet member, Edwin Stanton, who loathed traitors, and he viewed all Southern sympathizers as such. He kept tabs on a woman who fits the description of your Lady in Red. A very handsome young man had walked up. Light brown curls topped his six-three frame, and clear gray eyes met me head-on. He held an expensive digital camera in his hand. He nodded a hello.