Desert Winter by Michael Craft
A Claire Gray Mystery

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After 30 some odd years of success as a director on Broadway, Claire Gray has accepted her first academic position - that of a theatrical director at the richly funded Desert Arts College in Palm Springs. Having lived a largely peaceful life in Manhattan, she is stunned to find herself in the midst of the second murder - and murder investigation - in a matter of months in Palm Springs. This time it's a local aged and ailing collector - who frequently lends pieces to local charity events or dramatic productions - found dead shortly after Claire's friend and neighbor Grant Knoll was there. With Grant a suspect in his murder, along with several others with equally good motives for wanting him dead, Claire decides to look into the circumstances of his unfortunate death.

About Michael Craft

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Michael Craft is the author of six previous mysteries featuring journalist Mark Manning as well as the previous Claire Gray mystery, Desert Autumn. He divides his time between his primary home in Kenosha, Wisconsin and a retreat in Palm Springs, California.
Published February 11, 2003 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pink fluff, that gourmet treat concocted of Jell-O and Cool Whip, is the favorite snack of retired Palm Springs decorator Stewart Chaffee, but it's also an excellent description of theater director Claire Gray's second dalliance with murder—the murder of Stewart himself.

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Mark Manning, the star of Craft's long-running gay sleuth series (Hot Spot, etc.), and his nephew, Thad, who's performing in one of Claire's plays at

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Her boss, college president Glen Yeats asks Claire and the head of costuming Kiki Jasper-Plunkett to attend a party he is hosting so that he has friends with him when his second ex-wife Felicia arrives to cause havoc over a landmark Santa Barbara house she gain ed in the divorce settlem...

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