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Sunday, April 03, 2016

A Book to Die For - 08

Previously, Sheriff Nazzaro and Investigator Pepper Black separated the parents of the victim. Both parents thought something was fishy about the guy leading the book club where her daughter was last seen. With Clayton's permission, Pepper has decided to influtrate the book club. She went home to get ready. This is Pepper's scene. And now the snippet:

Pepper had four hours to decide what to wear to the book club and the persona she wanted to adopt. Should she go for the hot erotica book reader type or maybe the quiet librarian look? Sheriff Nazarro wasn’t much help. Although he knew Margie Webster it was just to say hello or small talk when he had seen her out and about with her parents. Clayton had known Jack and Alice Webster for years through different town organizations, but not the daughter. The sheriff was single with no kids so he never crossed Margie’s path socially and the parents didn’t seem to know the real Margie.

Pepper grabbed her badge and clipped it to her belt, along with a few accessories—notepad, police radio, and her Sig Sauer 380. Her day old coffee sat thick in the pot. No time now to brew a fresh one and she didn’t feel like stopping at the Stop-n-Shop to grab their version of coffee. She poured the sludge in her mug, diluted it with a bit of tap water and put it in the microwave—nothing a good dose of sugar wouldn’t cure. 


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. Eew, Cindy! Day old coffee sludge...

    Enjoyed the scene, though ;-)

  2. She's not going to the book club with the gun and badge showing though, right? Enjoying the mystery as always with your books, SO intriguing.

  3. Interesting- I guess the persona she chooses for the book club could make quite a difference. And that coffee, EWWW! :-)

  4. I'd snazz her up a bit and have a hot book in her hand, pre-read a chapter or two-forget the coffee. As for the gun and badge-use a fanny pack where it won't show. A Lady Smith works fine.

    1. Yep. Got to have a book. A particular book actually. :) she finishes getting dressed in the next paragraph which I may just use as the lead in next week instead so I get to the good parts.

  5. Microwaving day-old coffee - yep, she's a caffeine addict, all right! I like her musings about the persona to adopt - I'm assuming she's not going to have the gun and badge in full view!

  6. Thanks everyone. She's not fully dressed yet. I stopped at 10 sentences. Gun gets hidden in boot, she ends up going with a book which is a key part of the mystery. You guys are awesome for digging into it like that!

  7. Glad I just finished my coffee! LOL! Good visual!

  8. I love her gourmet approach to coffee!

  9. Oh my, coffee of champions. :-) lol

    This will be one interesting book club meeting. :-)

  10. So sad that no one seems to have really seen this girl.
    I don't drink coffee, but that sounds terrible!

  11. You know, if it's high-quality coffee, I can drink it at a day old. The cheap stuff suffers though.

    Now I'm wondering if any of Margie's family really knew her, was she trying to hide that part of her life or just looking for something different from the same-old same-old? A lot of questions that keep pulling me along!

  12. Nice, this reminds me of my first book club event. Love the story, interesting meeting. :)


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