I’m almost finished with the third Leah Norwood Mystery, Dead in a Pickup. The plan is to have it finished by Labor Day, and edited and proofread by the end of September. This book was one of those that just didn’t want to be written. I almost gave up but the story was there and I liked the idea. I can now see the finish line and hope to release it in November. I’m looking for one more beta reader if anyone is interested. In the meantime, here’s a snippet.
“Who else is on your list?”
“What?” I asked innocently.
Griggs rolled his eyes. “Who else are you planning to speak with?”
I shrugged. “I found a few names on her social media pages. I also thought I would talk to Heidi Parker.”
“Why?” Griggs asked.
He knew Heidi well. Being the mayor’s wife, he had a lot of interaction with her. She complained about everything. She had complained to me about one of my products, and she had filed more than one complaint to the police department which was why I wasn’t surprised she had shown up on Brandy’s page as the one person not satisfied with her cleaning service. Her complaints were never life-threatening, but Griggs had to have someone check each of her grievances which took up manpower he didn’t have to spare.
“She gave Brandy’s cleaning service a two-star review. It had been one-star, but she changed it after Brandy replaced the item Heidi claimed was stolen. I don’t really like her, but she doesn’t lie.”
Griggs rubbed a hand across his face. “No, but she reports the most ridiculous things. Once she said she smelled urine in her flowerbed so she wanted us to set up a sting operation to catch whoever was peeing in her yard.”
“Oh my God,” I said with a giggle. “Did you?”
“Cisneros needed some overtime work so I had him sit outside her house a couple of nights.”
“It was a stray cat.”
“I bet that didn’t go over well.”
“No. Heidi didn’t believe us until Cisneros showed her the video he took with his phone. The damn cat walked by three times each night and lifted his leg right in front of her petunias.”