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Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Milk Carton Murders 10

Sorry for the two week delay. I was involved with Camp NaNoWriMo and Blogging A-Z, and it was hard to keep up with.

We last left off two weeks ago (MCM 09) With Dave Robertson (reporter for the Lamont Weekly Times) and Investigator Pepper Black looking over old photos of missing children on milk carton pieces from the 1980s. Dave's mom and dad were foster parents to one of the victims and his dad also worked at the dairy in the printing department. To the best of Dave's knowledge, Pepper doesn't know these two facts yet. Pepper showed Dave copies of the three carton pieces from the remains they found in comparison to one from the Milk Carton Campaign. Dave notices the ones printed at Wiscoy Dairy (local milk plant) have a different font than the ones from the actual center. We now pick up with that conversation.

Pepper flipped the carton pieces back around to look. "Damn, you're right---I wasn't even talking about that either; I was talking about the dates."

"I see it," said Dave. "Our three all went missing the beginning of April, different years, but close in days; the 3rd, the 7th, and the 8th." He wondered if they were all the same day of the week.

"Now I'm more curious about the fonts," Pepper said.

Dave vaguely remembered his dad being away during Easter vacation. "I think the dates are significant."


You can read the synopsis for the Milk Carton Murders and catch up here if you'd like.

If you'd like to read one of Pepper's adventures previous to this one, I did a whole story on this blog for the Blogging A-Z Challenge and Camp NaNoWriMo in the month of April. You can check it out on the recap page here.

The link to the other Weekend Writing Warriors is here. You're bound to find something to pique your interest.

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  1. I am so glad that you are back! I wonder what is happening with the relationship between father and son during this investigation? I wonder how the father explained his Easter absence during the time of the killings?

  2. Poor Dave. He is in such a bad place! To tell or not to tell. Difficult. Great job of building his dilemma, Cindy. :-)

  3. You got me wondering what's going on in this story, since this is the first snippet of yours that I've gotten to read so far. Very nice. ;)

  4. This story has me completely hooked! I'm wondering if there was a Full Moon or just a specific day of the week linked to those dates . . .

  5. Welcome back--and LOVE the dialogue!

  6. This gets more interesting with each snippet! I'm intrigued!

  7. What a fun and interesting concept for a book. Now I need to go read the synopsis.

  8. Thanks for your comments all. Yes Dave is in a bad place and it's going to get much worse for him as he remembers.

  9. Great job building tension and a sense of excitement over the discovery.

  10. So glad you're back! I've been missing this story. Great job doling out the clues a little at a time!

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

  11. This story is so intriguing, really loving it and each snippet just ups the ante. Excellent excerpt as always!

  12. Every time Dave thinks he's found a clue that leads to his dad, I really want to know if his dad is guilty or if you're going someplace with this :D I've gotten so intrigued with this!

  13. AnonymousMay 05, 2013

    Sounds like a serial killer/kidnapper? Well done.

  14. Ah yes, it does go some place. :) This is actually a finished story in editing phase.

  15. Love following this plotline! Can't wait to see what was REALLY going on during Easter!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Yes, book 1, A HEART ON HOLD, is available on iTunes! You can find all the buy links here: www.5princebooks.com/buy.html. If you choose to buy on kindle, it is 99 cents :-)

    Yes, it was a nightmare :-)

  16. A clue! And excellent dialog. Good job.

  17. I've been following this story from one blog event to another and I have to gulp each time another piece of the puzzle is revealed. I'm so sharing Dave's doubts about is dad. Fantastic writing!

  18. Having doubts about his his dad can't be easy. Enjoyed the ongoing snippets!

  19. Nicely done, Cindy. I'm hooked already and I feel so sorry for Dave. Great snippet, :)

  20. Uh, oh. Doubts about his father. Not good. Great way to drop clues.

  21. Thanks for your comments everyone. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

  22. Interesting. Makes you wonder the significance of the dates. Do they mean something to the perpetrator of these crimes? Birthdates of his/her own missing children? Restacking the deck? Only the doer knows for sure. Now, is the font a red herring or a clue? Inquiring minds...


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