By Margaret Frazer
Within the spring of 1435, Joliffe and his fellow avid gamers are despatched to the village of Ashewell not just to degree performs, yet to discover a few darkish secrets and techniques concerning the town's 3 prosperous households: the Ashewells, the Medcotes, and the Gosyns. A contention has been brewing one of the households, entangling the whole city in an online of seduction, deception, and blackmail.
Matters transcend the verge of collapse whilst anyone turns to homicide to settle their grievances. And if one homicide is sweet, why now not one other? If the entire international is a degree, then it's as much as Joliffe to carry the curtain down in this tragedy—before one other guy takes his ultimate curtain call...
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Quitting the club disappointed my father, but I wasn’t sad about it. Chess became far more fun once I no longer had to worry about my citywide ranking. Kolya stopped at the Kvissisana Cafй and stared through a plate glass window covered with taped crosses. The restaurant inside was empty, all the tables removed, nothing but a linoleum floor and a chalkboard on the wall still marked with August’s specials. “I took a girl here once. ” I said, deeply sarcastic but immediately fearing that he had done exactly that.
You could see that Kolya’s friend had been beautiful before the siege: her dirty blond hair hung to the middle of her back; her lips were still full; and she had a crescent-shaped dimple that creased her left cheek every time she smiled. There was no corresponding dimple on the right cheek, which seemed odd, and I noticed that I kept waiting for her to smile so I could see the solitary dimple again. Kolya had kissed both her cheeks when she opened the door and the blood had flooded her face, making her look healthy for a second.
Don’t know. Wasn’t listening too closely. Sorry, it’s just . . ” The rumor of survivors lifted my spirits. The bomb shelter in the basement seemed sturdy— if people got there in time, they might have made it. Vera and the twins always rushed down to the shelter with their families when the sirens went off. Zavodilov the gangster, on the other hand— I don’t remember ever seeing him in the shelter. He slept through the sirens as he slept through the mornings, with a cold washcloth draped over his forehead and a naked girl by his side.
A Play of Knaves (Joliffe the Player, Book 3) by Margaret Frazer