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Monday, April 01, 2013

A is for adze

Welcome! I’m doing both the Blogging from A-Z Challenge in combo with Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve kind of grown attached to my characters in the Milk Carton Murders, so why create new ones? So this murder mystery will be from before Dave Robertson (my MC from my MCM story) moves back to the rural town of Lamont to live with his widowed dad. To do it any other way would spoil the Milk Carton Murders.

As any writer knows, a lot of edits and revisions are done to a first draft before it is ready for publication. Since I am doing this by the-seat-of-my-pants you are seeing a first draft in progress complete with plot holes. I will try my best to make it work.

Since I just wrote the below about 10 minutes ago it is not the strongest beginning, but I only decided now what I wanted to doso here we go…..


She had been a beautiful woman in life. If it wasn’t for the polka dot scarf around her neck it would be obvious her head was no longer attached to her body.  An adze lay only a few feet away embedded in a partially hewn log. Sheriff Clayton Nazzaro walked over to the hedgerow where the coroner, Herbert Wilde, was crouched down near the body.

“So, the murder weapon you think, Herb?” asked Clayton, with a tilt of his head towards the log.

“I’m not guessing on that one until I get her back to the morgue,” said Herb, “and not until your forensic guys have that adze removed. No mistaking who she is though.”

“Nope. Jack Webster’s daughter,” said Clayton. “Worked up at McCormick’s boat rental last I heard. Quiet girl. What do make of the clothes?”

“Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve ever seen her dress this flashy. Skirt seems a might short for her, and the blouse a bit too revealing.”

Clayton thought Herb was right about that. This wasn’t Margie’s style. And he couldn’t ever remember her wearing a scarf around her neck, let alone polka dots. 

The word choice for the letter A - adze - is brought to you today by Sharron Maxwell. 
If you would like to catch up, here is my 2013 A to Z Mystery Recap. 
The rest of the A-Z bloggers can be found pinned in the links section of my sidebar. Hope to see you tomorrow!



  1. Hi there, found you through the A-Z challenge. Great first post, looking forward to reading more.

  2. great A post! best of luck with the rest of the challenge :)

    A to Z Ninja Minion

  3. Just popping in to say “Hi” from the A-Z Challenge List :)

    Wow, are you going to do a piece of fiction for every letter?

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge :)


  4. Fiction for every letter is tough going. I know, cos I did it for my last two challenges :)

    All the best for your AZ!Replace Captcha with Comment Moderation to receive more comments while keeping your blog secure.

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  5. Hi! I found you through a comment you made on another blog, and I'm sure glad I did. I love your mini-mystery idea for A to Z, and I'll definitely be following every day! Nice start. Very, very nice! I'm hooked already!

  6. Oh, this is really awesome. I look forward to reading this! Thank you for visiting my blog! :)

  7. Excellent, just excellent, HS! :-) Good theme for A to Z :-)

  8. Catching up on A-Z challengers & spotted your blog via a comment you left on Kristen's blog, the name of which escapes me. Now to read B-Z!


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