By Margaret Maron
A relic of Manhattan's Gilded Age, the Erich Bruel condominium on Gramercy Park contained 3 flooring of wonderful art--and one Christmas corpse. Now it really is as much as Lieutenant Sigrid Harald to wrap up this murder prior to the killer moves back during this vintage secret through the writer of "Rituals of the Season."
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The Breul House doesn’t do that sort of thing,” Jacob Munson snapped, yet curiosity piqued him. ” The old man smoothed his thin gray beard and shook his head. ” “He might if you asked him,” said Lady Francesca. “My dear lady, I haf asked him. ” “Don’t look at me,” said Hester Kohn. “I’d love to mount a comprehensive retrospective of Nauman’s work, but Jacob’s right. ” asked Thorvaldsen. Munson gave a palms-out gesture. “I think he’s superstitious,” said Hester Kohn. “Some artists are. ” exclaimed Thorvaldsen.
If you approached him, too, Lady Francesca,” he said gallantly. “I’m sure you could make him agree. ” Her smile did not falter, thought Jacob Munson, and the old man gave her full marks for self-control. Nauman tried to keep his personal life private, but the artist was a public figure and rumors did get around. Jacob was under the impression that Oscar’s affair with Lady Francesca Leeds had ended more than a year ago. He seemed to recall that there was a fresh rumor making the rounds now. A lady fireman, was it?
Pascal exclaimed. “It’s on the player. ” Balancing his soda, he pulled himself over the billowing cushions and punched buttons until Krupa’s hypnotic drums filled the room. ” breathed Rick. He pushed a couple of cushions into a stack and leaned back on them. Pascal did the same at the opposite end of the bed so that they sprawled heel to head, facing each other as they drank and listened to the pounding intensity of one of the greatest outpourings of spontaneous jazz ever recorded. The music, the warmth, the rich reds and golds and purples of the room, the vibrant posters—Pasc was right, he thought, somehow they did look like jazz would look if you could paint jazz themes—everything about this moment combined to make him feel safe and unthreatened for the first time since coming to New York.