At the party Gianni meets François Villeneuve, a business associate of Vincenzo Serafin, a shady dealer in valuable instruments and rescues the socially inept Yevgeney from a pushy music professor.
After a few rocky weeks when Lizzie was forced to stop smoking, she surprised everyone by beginning to thrive physically, though still coping with short-term memory loss.
Unfortunately, Lizzie’s savings had been drastically reduced years ago by an unfortunate investment in a shopping mall venture run by William “Bull” Severn.
Ellis knows there are only five of those signet rings in existence, created as a special symbol commemorating the close connection of five law school colleagues.
Hiding the ring in a secret spot with his own ring, Ellis heads off to the city to check on the rest of the group.
Ellis’s quest for the truth leads him to an uneasy partnership with a young journalist who wrote sympathetically about his fall from grace, and the two uncover some unpleasant secrets of Toronto’s rich and powerful.
The investigation forces Ellis to question his life as a hermit as the human connections reawaken his need for companionship.Willow’s best friend Kaylee and three others have already opened textile boutiques in Threadville, to the dismay of some of the locals, who are concerned that women will soon vastly outnumber the men.Worried about making ends meet in her new endeavor, Willow applies for a building permit to renovate the tiny cottage at the back of her property next to the creek.Now that her mother’s remaining savings have been consumed by the fees at Dryden Manor, Robyn finds herself confronted by the prospect of moving her mother from the home she has come to love, or somehow finding enough money to afford the 00 monthly fee.Mick Hughes, a former jockey turned accountant with an unsavory reputation, and Erika Starwise, a psychic who seems to know more than she should about the father Robyn never met, facilitate Robyn’s plan to kidnap and ransom Sassy, the goat companion for a twitchy racehorse who is Bull Severn’s pride and joy.A budding romance with the builder Willow hires to renovate the cottage and a sense of humor about women eager to embroider everything in sight enliven this debut cosy mystery. Robyn’s mother Lizzie nearly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease two years earlier, and both mother and daughter thought she had only a few months to live.