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A Plague O’ Both Your Houses:

A Bard’s Bed & Breakfast Mystery

by Sara M. Barton

Published by Sara M. Barton at Smashwords

Copyright Sara M. Barton 2012

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Chapter One –

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a messy guest at the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast. Oh, I’m not talking about the people who leave wet towels on the floor of the bedroom, when there’s a perfectly good linen hamper in the en suite bathroom, any more than I’m talking about the guests who like to spice up their romantic interludes with whipped cream between the Egyptian cotton sheets I launder for them. I’m talking about the visitors who bring their plug ugly baggage with them when they come to stay.

Linda Romano was one of those who managed to both fascinate and repel me at the same time. Squat, cantankerous, and physically unappealing to all but the hardiest of souls, she arrived with a black cloud above her head and a trail of stink that permeated my guest house long after her body was removed in a body bag.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking -- that yet another guest was murdered at the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast in some foul plot to rule the world. Hardly the case here, my friend. No, Linda died of natural causes -- she needed hospice care at the end of life and the CIA was concerned that some hostile intelligence service would take advantage of a dying woman to extract national security secrets from her as she took her last breaths. That’s how she came to be a guest. The CIA used Ben as both watch dog and wet nurse. He oversaw her nursing care team, vetted each Florence Nightingale and Dr. Kildare that came to the house, checked her medical equipment for signs of tampering, and supervised her round-the-clock palliative care.

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