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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Milk Carton Murders 29

This is much later after Hal's questioning. Dave has boxes he pulled from their attic. One has Friends of Foster Families files, the other two, photographs from over the many years. Dave and Pepper are trying to match pictures of the children in their files with any photos in the box. 

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

Dave took the lid off the first box. Inside were old black and whites, a man in a civil war outfit, some tintypes, and photos of both his parents when they were children themselves—even their baby pictures. At least someone had the good sense to write on the backs of most of them who was who. Unfortunately, there was nothing that was relevant to the case. He put the lid back on, pushed it to the side, and pulled the other one in front of him. This box of photographs held more promise, they were in the right time frame. There were a few of himself as a kid.

What? No baby pictures of our little, Davy? That’s weird, don’t you think?  


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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.

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  1. Very strange, the plot thickens and I am enjoying this very much!

  2. So Hal is not even Dave's father, oh my!

  3. That *IS* weird. So intriguing. Great eight!

  4. Cindy, you've really got the mystery-writing thing *nailed*! I get exponentially more interested with every excerpt :D

  5. Hmmm...you always leave me pondering. Nice Cindy!

  6. Definitely strange. Such a tangled web you're weaving here, Cindy. Well done! :)

  7. Boomers can certainly identify with the box of old photos.
    I suppose those boxes will disappear with the digital age.
    Nice 8!

  8. I'm with The Voice, that is weird. Hmmm.....this story is so intriguing. Another terrific snippet to keep us off balance!

  9. OMG! No pics of little Davy makes all of us nuts.Spill, Cindy. Spill.

  10. Interesting twist! Dave's inner voice certainly seems to understand what's happening. Love that dialogue.

  11. oooh great job. I'm definitely wondering why there aren't any baby pictures of him. I sure hope he asks his father what's up with that.

  12. Dave's inner voice sounds pretty sharp. Still, I'd rather not be in his shoes.

  13. Sometimes the discoveries one makes of their past is not always comforting. Nice 8.

  14. Interesting discoveries. Wonder what his digging will reveal, and how much does he not want to find out?

  15. I love the way you play with things that could be so innocent (Dave knowing the color of the dog last week and no baby pictures this week) and make them potentially dangerous.

  16. Makes me wonder if dave himself is one of the foster kids.

  17. No baby pictures is a little weird. I wonder what happened? Nice little mystery inside a bigger one. :)

  18. Cindy! Just when I think I'm getting a picture, that I have the facts, then you toss in another and another... You were meant to write whodunit!! I can hardly wait to read this book! :-)

  19. So, it seems someone is not telling the truth about the family and he might not be their child.....

  20. Strange indeed.


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