Ginger Barnes is prepared for almost anything when she volunteers to shepherd Bryn Derwyn Academy's most infamous student into the city for a "scared straight" session with a Philadelphia judge. But she didn't expect to discover her childhood babysitter, professor Charlie Finnemeyer, on trial for forging a priceless oriental rug- or to learn that the expert witnesses against him were mysteriously dying off left and right. Even worse, her investigation soon turns up a gallery of suspects with scandalous secrets to hide- and far too much to lose.
With time running out, Gin must face off against an ambitious TV celebrity craftsperson; the formidable head of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious universities; a hip art dealer; and Charlie's suspiciously overprotective wife, whose skill at being in the wrong place at the wrong time isn't helping her husband's case. Now it will take all of Gin's savvy to gather this case's slender threads in hand if she is to trap one exceptionally crafty, ruthless killer.
Original title: Lie Like a Rug
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur