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Better To Rest by Dana Stabenow
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bookshelves: detective-bounty-hunter, romance, mystery, family
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** spoiler alert ** Wyanet - worried about Liam leaving, to go back to Anchorage for the promotion, unable to give him the words he wants to hear, unable to fully commit - when he brings up buying a bigger bed, she puts him off... and Moses tells her about her birth parents - that he is her grandfather, and he fears she will hear the voices as he does... she's worried about the vices... and a few times she has an 'itch'
at the back of her neck that leads her to throw herself & Liam to safety when part of the glacier slips... and later, to finding the pilot's journal, hidden in the snow... and she seems a bit worried about it...

Liam - though offered the promotion, hasn't said yes or no... he's afraid to talk with Wy - afraid he'll lose her... has the opportunity to see and work withhis father in a more honest way - his doing, not his dad's...

Tim - upset because Wyanet is making him see his mother - after 3rd visit, he finally talks a bit about it with her, instead of just yelling... she tells him she wants him to have different memories of his mom, that is right to be angry, but it's right to see more fully and move on with his life - to not let anger determine who he is...

the mystery - a feisty, sexy, well-liked 74 year old woman is dead in her kitchen... Sylvia - Liam met her the day before when she came in because she saw a buryly guy breaking into her car and she beaned him with a can of sun dried tomatoes... she was a widow, financially well off - as are her 4 children... her husband had been a successful fisherman, and invested well - perhaps... and then 3 days later, her sexpot daughter is also found dead in the mother's kitchen...

and a WWII plane is found in a glacier that is calving (breaking apart?)... hunters fround a forearm & hand... Liam and Prince (his assistant) find out about it when they go to their home after an attempt to 'kidnap' the ATM... and in the bar, where he went to get Billy to swear out a warrent & to store the arm - and the arm tumbles out of the bag, and a 1927 gold coin rolls out of the hand - for the whole bar to see... and Liam's dad shows up wanting to recover the plane - an impossibility in how it mostly encased in the glacier... it ends up that a current general's father was in that plane & there was some question of a traitor on the plane... with a questionable stash of gold...

and it ends up that Sylvia and Eric (currently a town elder), when dating and kissing when they were 16... saw the plane crash, and she insisted on going up to see if there were any survivors... and they found the leather bag of coins... and though they felt uncomfortable about it, they kept them... and Eric enlisted, and when he returned 4 years later, Sylvia was married with one kid... and he thought maybe the kid was his... and didn't bring up the coins... and he married and had a good life... and Sylvia used the coins to finance her husband's boat, etc... and explained how she & the kids were so well off...

and after Sylvia's husband died, she rehooked up with Eric and had 4 months of wonderful... but when he wanted to marry, she said no, and he realized she didn't love him... he started drinking a lot... and when the hand & coin were discovered, he went to Sylvia's house the next day, confronted her, got angry - she wanted to turn in the rest of the coins, he wanted his share... there was some shoving... she slipped and hit her head... and then 3 days later, the daughter called him to meet him at her mother's house - and when he got there, she wanted to know where the coins were - and when he said he didn't know, then she said awful things about her mother - and Eric got angry and wanted to 'tear out her tongue' and strangled her...

And in the end, Liam figures it all out...

and when he and Wy are in the plane, they have their 'talk', admiting a bit to their fears - and declaring their love... and the story ends in her bed - and he says he'd make a bargain - he'd stay if she got a bigger bed... and she agrees, then asks him to marry her... ahhhhh
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