The Dappled Oaks Assisted Living Retirement Community _

Rose Dennison was a crow. And as a crow her eyes could bully. Small and severe – stooped over, rail thin, all hard angles – it was Rose who’d spread the rumor that Earl Kramer poisoned his late wife, Bethany, and then blew the insurance money on the slots before he fell down the basement stairs and his children brought him here: The Dappled Oaks Assisted Living Retirement Community. But what Rose and her tar pit eyes were now proposing even her henpecked septuagenarian boyfriend Walter Kern could not abide. She wanted Earl dead.

When Walter refused to go along with her plan, she cawed. Rose thrust her head up and cawed.

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