The Matador's Crown (Rogue Angel, Book 38)

By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf

A call for participation too impossible to resist to refuse from the Museum of Cadiz leads archaeologist Annja Creed to the sun-drenched southern coast of Andalucia, Spain. In a zone wealthy in Moorish and Roman ruins, she leaps on the probability to hitch a dig around the Bay of Cadiz, the place she finds a bronze bull statue that makes the complete journey worthy each minute. till the day after her discovery, whilst she sees an identical artifact beside the physique of a useless Spaniard, killed through the estocada, the ultimate sword thrust utilized by bullfighters to convey down the bull.

Whoever killed the guy left transparent symptoms of getting taken anything. And but the bronze bull remained. What was once so worthy the assassin selected it over a useful artifact? How had her locate come into this lifeless man's arms? With few leads and a becoming physique count number, Annja's research takes her via a colourful international of flamenco and bullfighting to a popular matador and an illegal—and deadly—collection of Visigoth votive crowns.

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If no longer suspicious. ” “He was once lifeless ahead of I arrived, Officer Soto. Even with out a forensics historical past i may confirm that, as I’m yes your investigating officials additionally did. ” “You didn’t take any photographs of what were within the crate? ” “There wasn’t something within the crate while I arrived. ” “You can have got rid of proof. ” “I didn’t take whatever. I offer you my observe. ” His brow lifted in a depressing chevron underneath the hat brim. He didn’t understand her from a vacationer. Or a thief, for that subject. “Who was once the guy, if i will ask? ” Soto studied her with gradual calculation. “He was once a guitar participant from a neighborhood membership. ” “His identify? ” “That’s now not public info. ” She nodded. It were worthy a shot. “Although, you’ll examine quickly adequate. It has already leaked to the clicking. ” He eyed her as though she’d simply spat at him. The tobacco bulge shifted from one cheek to the opposite. “I hate the clicking and all kinds of media. ” “They have a role to do. I’m definite they can’t all be undesirable. ” He winced and back shifted the tobacco to the opposite cheek. “You a few type of celeb? ” the idea strategy that had generated this type of query baffled her. She hadn’t pointed out her paintings with Chasing History’s Monsters to the opposite officer. however, webhosting the cable tv exhibit infrequently certified her as a film superstar. “Why do you ask? ” “I did a look for you on the net. whatever a few monster chaser got here up. ” stable outdated Google. “It’s a cable tv exhibit that explores the evidence in the back of monsters, legends and different myths all through history,” she defined. “I am one of many hosts. As an archaeologist, I provide a different viewpoint. yet i'm faraway from what you’d ponder a film famous person. What does the tv convey need to do with this situation? ” “Just pondering what kind of exposure goes to increase in case you begin beginning your mouth. ” “I—” That were a transparent hazard. She may perhaps think his condemning stare penetrate her cranium. “I’ve no goal of talking approximately this to a person. I’m hardly ever capable of be allotting information on a homicide case. in truth, I’m headed out of city quickly. I’ve been operating with the town museum, having a look over a up to date acquisition of Greek cash present in Egypt. In one other day I’ll have the entire notes i would like for my venture, after which I’ll hop a flight again to manhattan urban. ” “Then I want you a very good trip. ” He tipped his hat to her. “Thank you for the knowledge, señorita. Please supply your touch mobile quantity and the positioning you’ll be staying at after leaving Cádiz with my secretary. you're witness to a criminal offense scene, . ” “Of path. ” She slung the backpack over her shoulder and provided her hand to Soto, which this time he shook. “Luck with the case. ” After conversing with the secretary and signing the document of the knowledge she’d given, Annja pulled out her cellphone and dialed Roux. It used to be a spur-of-the-moment determination. the fellow had connections all over the world. She recalled hearing him and Garin wax over their visits to Spain within the Nineteen Fifties and the way they’d enjoyed the rustic and the bullfighting.

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