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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Milk Carton Murders 24

Last week Dave was having a bit of a meltdown when his dad, Hal, was accused of the 20-year-old murder of one of the girls who was found by the creek-- one of the many foster children that passed through Dave's house as a child. Dave's voice in his head is more intrusive and he is answering it out loud--something he had never done before the bodies were found.  Hal agrees to go to the station to try and explain his side. The Sheriff allows Dave to bring him in his own car. We are a little ahead in the scene after Dave has composed himself, and speaks first below.

As always, words in italics is the "other" voice in Dave's head.

“Thanks Sheriff, I just want to make sure he has his coat and his medicine. I don’t want the stress raising his sugar level.”

“And don't forget the foster files box,” his father said.

“Are you sure that’s a wise idea, considering?” Dave asked.

Considering you would be handing them evidence to hang daddy Hal with?

“You’re right,” mumbled Dave, “it could convict him.” Dave stopped himself---his father's quizzical look snapped his mind into focus.

“Pay attention, son," Hal said, "you know the answers could be in that box and I’m not going to be able to have this make any sense without it.”

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When three small coffins are unearthed near the Wiscoy Creek during a routine dredging operation, it’s the last thing DAVE ROBERTSON, of the Lamont Weekly Times, expected. Pinned to the skeleton’s clothing are pictures from milk cartons of missing girls.

Dave is stunned to find that one of the girls is Sally―a foster child his parents had cared for through the Friends of Foster Families (FFF) program. Cold case files reveal the girls disappeared over 20 years ago. Knowing his house was the last place he saw Sally alive, he can’t help but suspect his dad.

How can he write the biggest story of his career if his father turns out to be the killer? If the voice in his head would shut up and let him remember, he might figure it out before he loses his mind and his dad is charged with murder.

Full blurb and snippet recap here.

 And in other news: Although I am in the edit phase of the MCM, I do have my cover. So this week you all get to see what it is. TA DA!

My cool cover design is by Brigid Gorry-Hines. You can see some of her other amazing covers on her Facebook page, Cover Creations. I like the black and white, sort of mud from the Wiscoy Creek on milk, you know? Also, I think the B&W adds to the cold case aspect of the story,  I'm quite pleased with Brigid's concept.


  1. Wow, Hal and Dave have a very different vision of the situation.

  2. Sounds like Dave is finally on the cusp of falling apart . . . Man, this is a tension-filled read!

  3. Congratulations on the cover! I agree with you that the black and white scheme supports the cold case feel. Another great excerpt, I'm so confused inagoodway about what's going on with Dave. Can't wait to read more - terrific 8!

  4. Good excerpt- stressful situation.
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  5. Cindy, your cover is amazing. I really like how your characters interact and communicate with one another. I'm looking forward to reading this in it's entirety.

  6. I do like the cover, and the story excerpt is great too. Poor Dave, this is really taking a toll on him. Am super curious what Hal is going to say at the station.

  7. Good character interaction. That must be a special box, and I like the way Hal describes its significance. I also agree with the other comments, the cover is amazing.

  8. This does sound like characters are clashing in their interpretation of events. It's a lot like real life, isn't it?

  9. Cover is great and so is the snippet! The voice is driving me nuts, wanting to know more about it!

  10. Great snippet. Very intriguing. :)

  11. It's such a mystery and add to that the two conversations going on, it's really interesting. I love the cover. Congratulations. :)

  12. Oh, interesting! I suspect the other voice knows more than it's letting on!

  13. Cool cover and a wow of an eight.Thanks.

  14. I'm getting more and more suspicious of Dave.

  15. LOVE THE COVER!!!!

  16. Love the tension here and the conflict set up!

  17. The other voice, his inner voice. Nice snippet and very nice cover. The black and white create an effective contrast.

  18. Oh my, this has me all kerfluffled...and sounds like Dave feels the same way! Love the Cover, it's fantabulous!

  19. Wonderful cover, Cindy. I can hardly wait to read this!! :-) Another great 8--enticing your blog visitors. :-) Well done!

  20. Nice snippet. They all seem torn by what's going on.

  21. Dave is maybe falling apart a bit? Cool book cover choice.

  22. Another intriguing eight there. Now I want to know what's in the box.


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