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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 40

Another Weekend Writing Warriors. This photo is one of my inspirations for my Milk Carton Murders World-Silver Lake
SETUP: We are still in the county sheriff's office where Dave is looking at files and photos pulled from his attic kept from when his mother and father were foster parents to several children. Last week Dave answered the voice in his head out loud, and Pepper heard him. The voice pointed out it was weird there were no baby pictures of "Davy," as the voice calls him. What can't Dave remember?


 

AND NOW THE SNIPPET:

She heard him. He focused back on the collection of dog-eared prints then stopped at a pile of familiar faces.

“Yes,” Dave said, "it's weird." Agreeing was the easiest way out of his latest faux pas.  He paused a moment and took a closer look at a group photo. “Pepper, can you put the Center for Missing Children's photos of Samantha, Lisa, and Rachael on the table?”
   
Pepper pulled them out from one of her files and laid them out in a row above where Dave had placed several old photographs.“I see we have some matches here, Dave.”


 
 


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BLURB:
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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22 comments:

  1. yay! I'd missed Dave and Pepper! :-)

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  2. He is getting out of this one easily. But it's so weird that he is nowhere to be seen as a child and she is going to notice that at some point.

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    1. Yes Pepper is observant, even when she doesn't say anything. :)

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  3. Missing children's photos - great tease.

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  4. Intrigue and ominous foreboding in this snippet. I remember Dave and Pepper well!

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  5. A pivotal moment, eh?
    I remember Pepper, too. Was the first name "Cayenne" or was the last name "Black?" :-)

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  6. I want to read this SO MUCH, Cindy! I gotta KNOW . . . :D

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I can't wait to have you read the whole thing too!

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  7. Tease! I'm on the list with Sarah. I can hardly wait to read this book!! :-)

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  8. Your sentences are great, and your picture is gorgeous.

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    1. It is my favorite place to write or think. A mini story I did with Pepper (that precedes this story) is set at the lake.

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  9. Always enjoy a new piece of this mystery! Excellent excerpt!

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  10. ooh! What next, what next! Will Dave or his dad be arrested? Holy crap, CIndy, you sure have suspense down to a fine art :D

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  11. Thank you all. I'm glad the story still interests you. :)

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  12. Always enjoy your snippets, getting more and more intense. See ya next week.

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  13. Some matches? o.O That can't be good. One missing girl could be a coincidence, but several? Something is definitely wrong.

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  14. Can't wait for next week! Great snippet!

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  15. The plot thickens. Stir in a few more pieces of the puzzle and perhaps they will fit. Will Davy be one of the missing children or what? Serious tease going on here.

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  16. Interesting. There is such amazing atmosphere and great characterization in such a short snippet. Fantastic writing and I love Pepper already.

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  17. Nice. It feels like we're about to have one of those moments of discovery.

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