The Twins, huh? You would ask about the Twins. The Twins are . . .
Swallowing the words I’d like to say.
Taking a deep breath.
The Twins are new residents here on South Bass Island. Riva and Quentin Champion. You’ve heard of them, right? Of course you have! Everyone’s heard of the Champion twins and it’s no wonder. They’re the children of Hollywood superstar, Desiree Champion, and they’ve grown up in the spotlight. They were kicked out of all the best schools, they drive the fastest cards, they host the wildest parties.
Or at least they used to before they got kidnaped by their mother’s business manager who also happened to make off with a priceless collection of Civil War coins.
Fast forward more than a year to what the news simply called, “The Miracle!”
Riva and Quentin escaped from their captor, and the man–and those coins–were never seen again.
So what are the Twins doing here on an island in the middle of Lake Erie? Well, that’s simple. And not to simple. They say they’re looking to get away from the limelight. They say they’re hoping for peace and quiet. They say all they want is to open their inn, Tara, and live the way the rest of us islanders do.
But of course, their inn is so over-the-top (think Tara from the movie on steroids) and their reputations so renowned, tourists are clamoring to stay there. And they keep giving interviews to any reporter who asks. And then there’s their book, of course, and the major motion picture that’s being made out of it.
I’m not jealous, but I am losing business. I’ve got deep pockets, I can keep my own B&B open forever and not hurt financially. But all the hype about Tara–not to mention the rumors being circulated about my inn–are hurting my pride.
It’s enough to make me want to commit mayhem!
Not that I ever would. And besides, it’s not Riva or Quentin who are in danger, it’s Vivien Frisk, island vamp, who’s found dead . . . and one of the Ladies of the Literary League is the main suspect!
Good thing the League of Literary Ladies is reading Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind.” We’re going to need a big dose of Scarlett’s gumption to make sure we don’t blow this one!