Raiders of the Lost Corset (Crime of Fashion, Book 4)

By Ellen Byerrum

Lacey is busting with pleasure for her first journey to France. She’ll be together with her pal Magda Rousseau, corset writer for D.C.’s wealthiest (and kinkiest) electorate. And—best of all—the trip’s on her newspaper’s dime, seeing that she’ll supposedly be there to document on high fashion. the true explanation for the journey, notwithstanding, is the Rousseau relations mystère: the whereabouts of a misplaced corset coated with jewels supposedly stolen from Russia after the assassination of Czar Nicholas’s family members. yet ahead of the large experience, somebody poisons Magda. may possibly it have anything to do with the worthy corset? to determine, Lacey needs to stick to a thread from Normandy to New Orleans....

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How very form of you to claim that,” Madame Noir stated. Lacey had the detailed feeling that by way of “kind” she intended “stupid. ” Lacey attempted to border a delicate query approximately their love triangle, the who, why, and whilst of that long-ago love affair. “May I ask you a slightly —” yet Madame had her personal questions. “What did she let you know approximately me? Why did Magda are looking to see me now? ” Her eyes narrowed like a cat’s, and Lacey was once afraid she used to be approximately to pounce. “What did she wish? ” “I’m sorry, Madame Noir, I don’t be aware of. i used to be simply going to ac-company her to France. She desired to see you back. That’s all. ” used to be it attainable that Magda desired to reconcile along with her outdated pal? Or did she simply are looking to flaunt her hoped-for treasure during this sour woman’s face? For revenge for an previous wound? And why used to be Madame Noir, the winner of their love triangle, so sour towards Magda, the loser? She had no thought, and now she desired to depart. Lacey picked up bra-and-panty units, one in white lace and the only in sky-blue silk. “I’ll take those. ” “You don't need to aim them on? ” Madame appeared surprised at this American breach of favor protocol, yet there has been no method Lacey was once going to take off her outfits in a dressing room with this malevolent previous crow soaring over her. “I imagine they’ll healthy. ” Lacey fumbled in her handbag for her bank card. Madame Noir stared on the underwear after which at Lacey with a educated eye. “These will probably fit your needs rather well, yet i have to suggest a becoming. ” She grabbed a measuring tape. “I needs to degree you! ” “I need to meet my friends,” Lacey acknowledged firmly. “I’ll take them. ” The previous girl shrugged curtly. “D’accord! i can't be held liable when you are no longer chuffed. ” Madame Noir seized the mer-chandise and carried it to the check in in addition to Lacey’s bank card. “A really nice selection, mademoiselle. My compliments. ” Lacey smiled stiffly. Madame Noir provided her card again after which abruptly grabbed Lacey’s wrist while she reached for it, pulling Lacey’s face as regards to hers. “Magda Rousseau was once a loopy lady! She had loopy principles! She stated her grandfather stole a treasure, many years in the past, within the Russian Revolution. She acknowledged the previous guy talked in his sleep. ” Madame Noir stared into Lacey’s face as though taking a look during her. Lacey became her wrist, however the outdated girl held her speedy. “Magda swore she may locate it someday. She R A I D E R S O F T H E L O S T C O R S E T 197 hated me simply because I took her lover. She swore revenge on me. i'm very bad, mademoiselle. i've got no pension. No husband. i will be able to supply her not anything. you want to inform me: Did Magda locate her treasure? allow her have it, and depart me in peace! ” “I’m sorry, Madame Noir. there's no treasure. I merely got here simply because i presumed you have been her buddy, you will need to know she had died. ” Lacey spoke very evenly. “Now allow me pass. ” “But in fact. ” the lady published her wrist. “Désolée. I disregard myself. Pardon, mademoiselle. ” She curled her mouth right into a chilly smile. She accomplished wrapping the underwear units in floral tissue paper and slipped them right into a small black bag with embossed gold lettering.

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