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Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Book to Die For - 07

Last week Investigator Pepper Black and Sheriff Clayton Nazzaro split the parents up to question them. Alice, the victim's mother, had seen her daughter Margie once with Malcolm Sinclair, the head of the book club. He went through the motions of interest in Margie, but not as interested as Margie was in him it seems. Jack, the father, wanted his daughter no where near him or his book club. Now the snippet. A conversation between Sheriff Nazzaro and Investigator Black, Piecing Malcolm's motives together:

"So you think this guy Malcolm, found her important for the purpose she served, to him anyway?" asked Clayton.

"That's how I see it.," Pepper answered.

"That's something like what her parents implied when I first got them in here. Said his attention towards their daughter wasn't on the up and up so Jack insisted she drop the book club."

"Obviously she didn't take her dad's advice."

"Suppose we better have a talk with Mr. Sinclair to see what he was up to last weekend," said Clayton.

Pepper had a cat that ate the mouse look on her face. "Better yet, I haven't read a good book in a while. Know of a club around here I can join?"


If you've liked my posts of The Milk Carton Murders, you should like this tale too. It was written to predate MCM and includes Sheriff Nazzaro and Pepper Black as well as other characters, from MCM.

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  1. Hmm. Hopefully she stays the cat, and doesn't end up as the mouse!

  2. I hope Pepper knows what she's up to. I love the description of Pepper's expression!

  3. Great set-up for a lot of intrigue, which you're so good at! We gotta wait a whole week before finding out more? Sheesh! LOL!

  4. Kids. They never listen. And now Pepper goes in to inspect the unsuspecting book club leader. Innocent or Guilty? I ask you.

  5. Oooh, going undercover in a book club! I could get on board with that kind of sleuthing. :-)

  6. I like it when people get sneaky :)

  7. There's some strange things going on in that book club for sure! Hope her undercover work can put a stop to it.

  8. You've got me wondering what she's planning on doing at the book club.

  9. Pepper can be quite impetuous. :)

  10. Hmm... I'm wondering if everything is at it seems with the parents... :-) Dang, you write great mysteries, Cindy!


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