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Steamed

Steamed

Titel: Steamed
Autoren: Jessica Conant-Park , Susan Conant
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    STEAMED
     
    A Berkley Prime Crime Book / published by arrangement with the authors
     
    PRINTING HISTORY
    Berkley Prime Crime hardcover edition / March 2006
    Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition / February 2007
     
    Copyright © 2006 by Susan Conant & Jessica Conant-Park.
    Excerpt from Simmer Down copyright © 2007 by Susan Conant & Jessica Conant-Park.
    Cover art by Alana Machnicki.
    Cover design by Rita Frangie.
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    Interior text design by Kristin del Rosario.
     
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    ISBN: 978-0-425-21038-3
     
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    To my personal chef—and husband—Bill, and the best thing he ever helped to cook up, our son, Nicholas.
    —Jessica
     
     
    To my husband, Carter, and the best thing he ever helped to cook up, our daughter, Jessica.
    —Susan
     

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
     
    For generous help throughout the writing of this book, we are grateful to Alexa Lewis and Lillian Sober-Ain. We also want to thank our agent, Deborah Schneider, and our editor, Natalee Rosenstein, for their enthusiasm and support for our mother-daughter project.
    For their appearances herein, many thanks to everyone at Eagles’ Deli, especially Stein and Robert.
     

ONE
     
    ON Saturday morning I woke up at eight, poured a nasty cup of coffee that had automatically brewed itself at 5:00 a.m. instead of the programmed time of 8:00 a.m., and plopped myself at my kitchen table to do some early morning people watching out the window. I sipped my coffee-sludge and peered down at the street. My hope was to catch sight of some miserable soul ambling home after a night of drinking or to witness a minor car accident followed by entertaining screaming and swearing. The good thing about my neighborhood in Brighton,

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