Business has been slow for Private Investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, but her luck seems to change when a tell-all author hires her to find rock star, Johnny Velvet. Could the singer whose career purportedly ended in a fiery crash almost thirty years ago, still be alive?
And as though sifting through dead ends in a cold case isn’t bad enough, Chaz Wellington Smith, III, a loud-mouthed, strip club owner, also hires Delanie to uncover information about the mayor’s secret life. When the mayor is murdered, Chaz, is the key suspect. Now Delanie must clear his name and figure out why landscaper Tripp Payne, keeps popping up in her other investigation. Can the private investigator find the connection between the two cases before another murder – possibly her own – takes place?
Delanie finished filing a broken nail before she reached for the jangling office phone. “Hey, Robbie,” she said, balancing the headset on her shoulder while continuing to file. “’Bout time you called your baby sister.” Robbie, a bouncer at the trendy Club Echo, kept different hours than the rest of the world.
“Sorry, but you know I work six days a week, and I met someone recently.” It sounded to Delanie that he was calling from his car with the windows down.
“So, do I get to meet this one or is she another Miss Right Now?”
“Very funny. You’re one to talk. Are you dating anyone, or are your dates still pretend because you’re stalking them?”
“Hey, I stalk for a living,” she said, working on the nails on the other hand.
“Okay, so what’s new with you? Anything fun or has it been just all work?” asked Robbie, the athletic sibling. He had a baseball stint in the minor leagues until he blew out his knee, ruining his chances of ever being called up to the MLB.
“One of my new clients is a neighbor of yours, and I wanted to get the buzz on him. His name is Charles Wellington Smith, the third.”
“Oh, Chaz. Run away fast. He’s an idiot. Whatever you do, don’t take the job. He’s been in and out of jail since high school. He’s a trust-fund baby who tries to be a big shot. But I’m guessing, you’ve already taken the job, haven’t you?”
“Uh huh. He seemed okay. He’s having trouble getting permits from the city for the new business he wants to open.”
“It’s a strip club he wants to put in the middle of the Museum district. He’s not popular with respectable folks. Most people avoid him like the plague.” Before Delanie could comment, her brother continued. “He thinks he’s a badass. He throws money around and always has to be the center of attention. He got that stupid face tattoo when he was in juvie jail. I don’t think he ever killed anyone. He’s just trying to look tough and to gain street cred without having to do anything. Be careful. He doesn’t bring out the best in others.”
“I will. You worry too much. It seems like an interesting job, but I’ll be doubly careful.”
“When he goes downtown, he always shows up with a posse. They drive around in a caravan, led by that tacky Hummer. He always travels in a pack, and he likes to make a scene.”
“He seems like a colorful guy.”
“Just remember that I’m the cool brother. If Steve finds out you’re working for Chaz, you’ll never hear the end of it.”
Q & A with Heather:
Thank you so much for letting me visit today. I write mystery novels and short stories. I’ve been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read lots of different genres, but my favorites are mystery, thriller, and suspense. Though I dabble in biography and history every once in a while.
Who is your favorite author to read?
There are way too many to list. I’ve been reading for what seems like forever. My all-time favorites are Harper Lee and F. Scott Fitzgerald. My mystery favorites are Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, John Berry, John Grisham, and Robert Parker.
What is your favorite book?
I love To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. My favorite mystery series are Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books.
Do you have any favorite quotes?
Here are two of my favorites…
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astair did, but backwards and in high heels."
~ Faith Whittlesey
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. Currently, she is President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, and a member of Guppies and Lethal Ladies Write. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is her debut novel.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.
Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.
Website and Blog: http://www.heatherweidner.com
Amazon Authors: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HOYR0MQ
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