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Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Book to Die For - 06

We last left off with Investigator Pepper Black entering the station where Sheriff Clayton Nazzaro is trying to get answers out of the parents of the victim, Margie Webster. For some reason Jack Webster didn't want his daughter going to a certain book club and finds out his wife knew that Margie went anyway on the Friday before her body was found. The parents have been separated. And now the snippet:

Pepper closed the door to interrogation room number two where she left Alice Webster with a box of tissues and a female guard. Clayton could see through the glass that Alice would need another box very soon.

"Get anything useful?" asked Clayton.

Pepper sat on the edge of Clayton's desk and slid her pad across to him. "Alice didn't approve of Margie going to the book club either. Not so much the club as the guy running it, Malcolm Sinclair."

"Same here. Jack thought the guy was filling her head with crazy ideas. He didn't say exactly what though."

"Alice said she only saw Malcolm once," said Pepper, " and Jack didn't know about it--still doesn't.

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. Looks like the book club is at the center of an investigation -- delicious! Wonderful imagery Cindy.

  2. Congratulations on getting your Land Rights book published! I know you worked long and hard on it. Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  3. Boxes of tissues-Oh God. I feel her anguish. Stupid choices children make, no matter how old.

  4. I love having the book club as the center of the mystery. Can't wait for more, another great snippet today.

  5. What Jean said. Wonderful choice!

    Congrats on the book release, Cindy!

  6. I simply love that you've made a book club, of all things, the object of suspicion.

  7. And all the people in my book club are so nice! How dare this guy make it something shady...

  8. So what's with this Sinclair guy, hmmm? Darn if you haven't got me hooked again. Your writing style is so engaging, Cindy!


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