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Writing History & Mysteries

When I'm not delving into historical research, I'm planning a character's demise.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

A Book to Die For - 02

Well I skipped a few weeks of Weekend Writing Warriors due to edits, but now the new mystery continues! 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.
The docks at Silver Lake, NY and the inspiration for Spirit Lake in my mystery.
 We last left off in the first installment of A Book to Die For with Sheriff Clayton Nazzaro and Coroner Herbert Wilde leaning over the decapitated body of a young woman found along a hedgerow between two farm fields. They identified the girl as Margie Webster who worked at McCormick's Boat Rental, but they were confused by the simple girls flashy clothing. Her body was taken to the morgue to be identified by her parents. Sheriff Nazzaro is thinking below. And now the snippet:


Sure, he had to notify parents before, but not like this. There was no easy way to tell them their daughter had been beheaded—so he didn’t. He told himself the reason was that he didn’t want that piece of information to end up in the Lamont Weekly Times.

Alice’s hands wrung the sides of her dress into tight balls. She didn’t look up. Her husband had his arm around his wife's shoulder holding her close but Clayton doubted she was cognizant of it. Clayton would have to handle this next part as delicately as possible. How to start?

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  1. I love how real your characters are, Cindy. Even though you spend a lot of time researching sort of "dry" things like land grants, your fictional people sparkle. Still looking forward to the release of MCM :-)

    1. Aww. Thanks. Now that the other book is done Ivan have some fiction fun and redo my ending of MCM

  2. Really nicely written excerpt. The emotion in this scene is palpable. Great work, Cindy! :)

  3. Couldn't they brace the head back on, and uncover just her face? I don't think her parents need to see their daughter in two separate bits!

  4. You've done an excellent job conveying the sheriff's feelings about telling the girl's parents.

  5. Your mysteries are always so fascinating and different. I feel sorry for the sheriff, won't be an easy conversation at all. Excellent excerpt, so much to ponder....the clues....

  6. Uh yea - how to start. That's a conversation I don't ever want to be around -I pity the sheriff.

  7. Nice job, Cindy. It was so easy to visualize the mom and the shock she's in. Marcia's right. Your characters are so real!

  8. So many people losing their heads these days. The "Land Rights" book sounds interesting.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

  9. Just dropping by to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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