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Double Trouble (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Twelve) Sneak Peek – Chapter One

From Double Trouble  Chapter One Chapter One To-Do: Throw Laurie’s birthday party. Organize pantry. Repack hospital bag more efficiently. Clean bathroom. Fix crooked poster in nursery. Vacuum everything. Vacuum everything again. Find a case? No, not this month. No time.   “Girl’s day!” shrieked my best friend Paula, clinking an imaginary champagne glass as the automatic doors opened in front of us. “Time for a shopping spree!” I tugged at a red shopping cart nested inside another cart. “Well, the budget is exactly two hundred dollars, so I’m not sure how much room that’s going to leave for spreeing.” The shopping cart didn’t budge. I grimaced and pulled harder. Paula threw out her arms, looking far too fashionable in her belted teal shirtdress and brown ankle boots. “Conveniently, my friend, you happen to know an event planner extraordinaire. I can throw the world’s best first birthday party on even the most shoestring of budgets.” Shoestring budget? I jerked, startled. It’s Laurie’s first birthday party, not the Met Gala. Shouldn’t two hundred dollars be enough? Am I . . . shortchanging my baby girl? Someone tapped my shoulder, and I waddle-pivoted to find an elderly Hispanic gentleman offering me a cart. “Here, señora,” he said in a thick accent, his gaze flicking to my heavily pregnant belly. “For you.” I let out a little sigh of gratitude and accepted the cart. “Thank you.” I was almost thirty-six weeks pregnant with the twins, and a lot of everyday tasks weren’t coming as easily as they used to. Gripping the handle, I leaned forward to let the cart bear the brunt of my extra...