Sunday, October 30, 2016

Missing with James Patterson

Even for Private Investigations, the world's top detective agency, it's tough to find a man who doesn't exist . . .Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find. Except it's not just the man who's gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished too. And they aren't the only ones on the hunt. Powerful figures want Moss to stay "lost," while others just as ruthlessly want him found. Meanwhile, a routine background check becomes a frantic race to find a stolen baby and catch a brutal killer--a killer Private may well have sent straight to the victim's door.

My Review

So I am not a huge James Patterson fan. However, it was from his collaboration from that I was introduced to Mr. Andrew Gross, who I am a fan of his books. Thus the reason I will check out other collaboration books from Mr. Patterson. This is the second book I have read in this series. Yet, just like the other book I could not find a connection with the story or the characters. Thus I was just skimming the book more than actually reading it. The only thing that semi kept me sticking with this book is the back drop location. Although, I will tell you that even if I had been into the characters, the main one, Eric Moss, was not really a likable guy; so I would have still had a bit of a lower interest anyways in this book. The ending was alright but kind of predictable.

Another Day, Another Dali

A Fast-Paced, Keep-You-Guessing Whodunit with a Dash of Romance

When a valuable Salvador Dali painting belonging to her grandmother's friend is mysteriously replaced by a forgery, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is called in to investigate. Serena hopes finding the thief will also mean finally measuring up to Nana's expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner's own household, it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won't be winning any popularity contests.

The Dali isn't the only painting that's fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring--one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena's grandfather.

With plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments, "Another Day, Another Dali" gives the plucky Serena Jones--and readers--a new high-stakes case to crack.  

My Review

I am very saddened to report that I did not like this book. It started out good. In fact, I appreciated Serena's intelligence for picking up clues that others were not smart enough to discover. In addition, Serena could handle herself in tough situations. My issues with this book stemmed from the fact that I could not form connections with any of the other characters in the story or the storyline itself. I really tried to stick with this book but after getting to the half way mark I just did not have it in me to keep with this book any longer. However, I would be willing to give this author another try in the future.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet

Evocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island

In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets.
When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

My Review

I have not read the prior book in this series. Although you don't have to have read the first book as this one can be read as a stand alone novel. I enjoyed the setting of Prince Edward Island and the Red Door Inn. Caden had lots of personality. It was funny in the beginning how she did not take any shit from anyone including Adam. Caden showed she is the boss in the kitchen. Adam did have charm about him. He is lucky to have survived the "Taco Bed". I think we have all experienced the "Taco Bed" at some point in our lives. If you have not then count yourself lucky. Yet, as much as I enjoyed this book, that is the problem. I enjoyed the story but I was not in love with it. In fact, it was slow and steady for most of the story with a predictable ending. However, as I stated there were things I did like about this book that would make me want to check out another one by this author.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Unsportsmanlike Conduct + Giveaway

Pilot's Hockey #4
Sophia Henry
New Adult Romance
266 Pgs. |Heat: 3

The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she's found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series "fun and flirty, warm and sweet."

Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it's her last-because it just might be. So when Kristen's parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she's ever met. Pasha's decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he's got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can't resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she's ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.

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My Review

I was looking to read this book on the pure fact that it mentioned hockey. I am a hockey fan. It was lacking on the hockey play or even hockey references but instead I got a really good love story with engaging characters in Kristen and Pavel aka Pasha and exotic location. There is nothing quite like literally running into the arms of a hunky man and kissing him soon afterwards to start off your vacation right. Oh, except the fact that the guy is willing to pretend to be your boyfriend. The chemistry between Kristen and Pavel was undeniable. There were some sex scenes. However, they were hot but sweet at the same time. I fell in love with both Kristen and Pavel even more when I learned their stories. This time I was on the side of Pavel when his secret was uncovered. Yet, I could not be made at Kristen for the way that she handled the situation. I do have to give a shout out to Kristen's father. The conversation they had left me chuckling a few times. Sophia Henry scores a goal with Unsportsmanlike Conduct!

About The Author
Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with a BS in English from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

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“So, what’s your story?” I asked.

“My story?” He lowered his head and gazed at me over his sunglasses.

My heart flittered fast, waiting for him to tell me to move or ask why I had chosen to sit next to him, given all the open seats surrounding the pool. But he didn’t.

Had I really chosen this spot because these were the only three empty chairs next to each other? I could have dragged another lounger next to two others.

“You’re not Greek. I can tell that by your accent.” Under the ruse of trying to figure him out, I twisted my torso and leaned toward his chair. Subconsciously I relished the opportunity to study his features more closely. “So you can’t be one of the Detroit-area Greek singles I’m supposed to be hanging out with.”

“I am. I came here with a friend.”

“Who’s your friend?” I asked, tucking my hair behind my ears.

“Blake Panikos.”

I didn’t recognize that name. And after spending the majority of my life around people in the Greek Orthodox community, I pretty much knew anyone close to my age, whether we went to the same church or not.

“How do you know Blake?” I settled back into the lounge chair, flicking back a corner of the towel that had fallen onto my shoulder.

Adonis’s lip curled into a smirk. “Panikos worked with me when I lived in Detroit.”

“Where do you live now?”

“North Carolina.”

“Really?” I sat up. “My best friend just moved to Charlotte.”

“Charlotte. That is where I live.”

“What a small world. She lives downtown, in the Avenue condos.” I paused to correct myself. “Well, I guess you guys call it uptown instead of downtown.”

“Why did she move to Charlotte? Did she get a job there?” Adonis leaned sideways and picked up a plastic cup from the ground next to his chair. He took a sip of his drink.

“No. She moved in with her fiancĂ©. He’s a hockey player.”

Adonis didn’t respond, but he choked on his drink and diverted his eyes toward the pool.

“His name’s Aleksandr Varenkov,” I added. “Do you know him?”

“No,” he answered quickly, and adjusted his aviator sunglasses, which had slid down his nose. “I never heard of him. Maybe if I saw him, I’d know his face.”

“If the Internet worked here, I’d show you a picture on my phone.”

“The ship has Internet,” Adonis corrected me.

“Yeah, but I can’t afford the hundred dollars a minute they charge to access it.” A hundred dollars a minute was only a slight exaggeration—the ship charged enough that I didn’t feel the need to waste my money. I’d wait until we docked somewhere with a restaurant or a bar that offered free Wi-Fi. “So what do you do?”

His gaze veered from my lips to my eyes before he answered. “I am a Pilot.”

“Really? So you’re always traveling, eh? Do you love it?” I reached over and grabbed my water bottle off the tiny table next to my lounge chair.

“I like to fly. To travel. It is, um, a good job for me.” Adonis took another swig from his drink, something clear with a cluster of crushed ice floating in it. “Where do you work?”

I leaned back in the chair and bent my knees slightly—perfect position to soak up the sizzling sunshine. “I’m the assistant to one of the owners of Motor City Bar Management. It’s a company that owns a group of bars around Detroit. I coordinate all the volunteers and employees for events that our bars host or sponsor.” I finished my water and set the empty bottle on the table.

“What kind of events?”

“Concerts. Bar crawls. Promotional events before games,” I said, rattling off a few of the things I’d helped plan recently.

“Wonder if I’ve seen you around,” he said. “I go to a lot of concerts.”

“Probably not,” I said. “I just started two months ago. Before that I was at Central State.”

Adonis’s eyes darted toward something behind me. “You like the party life?”

“Sure. It’s fun right now while I’m young.” I wiggled my toes, watching the pink glitter polish sparkle in the sunlight. “My goal is to learn the ropes of event planning, then turn it into something more professional in a few years when I don’t want to be immersed in the bar scene anymore.”

Suddenly he sat up and swung his legs over the side of the chair, planting them on the ground facing me. Then he leaned close, his face inches from mine.

Was he going to kiss me?

My heart hammered, excited and eager to accept a kiss from this stranger. I licked my lips and closed my eyes. But instead of feeling his mouth on mine, I felt his breath against my face.

“The guy you are trying to avoid is behind you,” he said.

My eyes flickered open. “Huh?”

“The guy you ran from.” Adonis nodded. “He is behind you now.” He leaned back, resuming his original lazy, reclined position. Then he tilted his cup and drained his drink.

How did this guy already have my heart pounding and my mind begging for his lips on mine? I figured the salty ocean air must be permeating my brain and breaking down my common sense.

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Summer of Love & Murder 

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

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“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!”
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“As always, Lauren Carr brings an action-packed story that is almost impossible to put down. Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. And the action just didn’t stop from the very beginning till the very end.” - Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Reviews

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Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

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Eleven Years Ago—Dixmont State Hospital, Outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Hard to believe this was once a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital,” the young Pennsylvania state trooper said to his partner, an older officer who seemed unimpressed with the long history of the century-old hospital that rested on top of a hill overlooking a major freeway and railroad tracks.
Heavily damaged by fire and decades of neglect, the complex’s main building had once been a historic landmark, a toast to what had been considered cutting-edge psychiatric treatment back in the 1800s. More than a century later, the many buildings that made up the facility lay in ruins, decaying, and the grounds were overgrown and covered in trash left by kids, psychics, and  filmmakers.
“Only goes to show you how quickly the state of the art can become out of date,” the older officer grumbled. “Do you have any idea how many crazies died here? How many are buried in that cemetery?”

“Which is why it’s one of the most haunted places in the world.” The young officer uttered a sinister laugh.
“Shut up.”
An unmarked police car rounded  the  curve  in  the  road that weaved up the long hill from the highway down below. Recognizing the woman driving the cruiser, the older trooper muttered something under his  breath.
“What is it?” his partner asked. “Gates.”
Before the older officer could answer, the unmarked car pulled into a parking space next to their  cruiser.
“Detective Cameron Gates,” the older trooper said in     a low voice as he watched the slender woman with shaggy cinnamon-colored hair climb out of the cruiser. “Was on leave most of last year because she—” He made a motion with his hand to indicate  drinking.
“Good morning, Fred,” she said to the older officer. “I see you’re keeping the new recruits well informed on who to know and who to stay away from, as  always.”
“Detective Gates,” Fred said with a stiff smile before introducing her to his partner. “Detective Gates is with Pennsylvania’s homicide division.”
Struck not only by how attractive she was but also by how young she appeared to be, the young officer shot her a grin. She couldn’t have been much over thirty, if  that.
With a polite nod to the young police officer, she asked, “What have we got?”
“A dead body,” the young officer answered. “A creepy dead body.”
“They’re going to tear the place down,” Fred said while leading her down the battered concrete walkway, around the long main building, and to the abandoned building behind it.

 “I heard all about that,” Cameron said, watching to make sure that she didn’t trip over rocks or the broken cement on the uneven path. “The owners tried to have the place renovated so that they could build a shopping center    a couple of years ago. Ended up causing big landslides down onto Highway Sixty-Five and the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hill. It took the state weeks to clean up the mess.”
“So now they’re just mowing the whole place down.” Fred led her around the corner of the main building. A second abandoned building came into  view.
“This is the dietary building,” the young officer said. “They found the body in the walk-in freezer.”
“A lot of kids hang out here,” Fred  said.
“It’s supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the country,” Cameron said. “An abandoned mental hospital. Legends. No one around. Perfect place to bring girls.  You scare them and then hold them tight and hope to get lucky—or to get drunk.”
“You should know,” Fred said with a wicked  grin.
Ignoring him, she asked, “Could one have accidentally gotten locked inside and  suffocated?”
“Doubt it,” Fred said. “They found the freezer door locked from the outside and a broom handle jammed in the latch.”
“Sounds like someone didn’t  want whoever was inside   it to get out.”
They climbed the steps up to a loading dock. The garage-type doors had been removed, providing a  wide  open path into the kitchen area. Pennsylvania’s crime-scene investigators were already at work examining the area out- side and around the freezer; its rusted-out door, which was wide open; and its cavernous  interior.

Near the activity, three men and a woman wearing hard hats were giving their statements about how they’d made the discovery to a few uniformed officers.
After showing the officers the gold shield she had clipped to her belt, Cameron waded through the officers and investigators and stepped inside the musty walk-in freezer. Taking note of the rotten food that had been abandoned decades before resting on the rusty shelves, she slipped evidence gloves onto her hands.
Having seen more than her share of dead bodies as a homicide detective, Cameron did not think that much could surprise her—until the medical examiner moved aside to let her see the body slumped in the  corner.
Aware of her colleagues around her, Cameron fought to hold back the gasp that wanted to escape from her  lips.
She had expected a decayed skeleton—nothing more than bones and rotten clothes. Instead, the dead body that had been reported was just that—a dead body whose flesh was dried and petrified and the texture of beef  jerky.
“Never thought we’d find a mummy right here in Pittsburgh, Gates,” the medical examiner, an older man, said with a hearty chuckle.
“Not really, Doc,” she said. “How?”
“Freezer is airtight,” he  said.  “Electricity  was  turned off in the eighties, when the place closed down, so it wasn’t on. Sealed tight as a drum so that the elements and insects couldn’t get to him. Body couldn’t decompose. It dried out and mummified.”
Cameron squatted down to peer at him. His thick locks were blond and combed back off of his forehead. Still, even in death, not a strand was out of place. He was wearing  baggy  white  pants  and  a  matching  jacket  with  shoulder pads that had yellowed slightly with age. Dark-brown splatters  across  his  shoulders  and  on  his  pants   indicated

blood. Under the jacket, he was wearing a blue collarless shirt.
“I see blood,” she said. “Cause of  death?”
“Beauty of mummification is that it does preserve evidence.” He pointed to the scalp. “There’s evidence of blunt- force trauma to the head.”
Cringing, Cameron reached down to pick up one of his hands. In spite of the decay, she was able to make out cuts and bruises on it. “Hopefully, for his sake, he was dead be- fore he was sealed up in here. It could have taken days for him to die if he’d  had to wait to run out of air. Any ID?”  She proceeded to search his  pockets.
“None,” the medical examiner said. “No wallet. No money. No driver’s license. Nothing.”
Resting next to his legs was the neck of a guitar. The broken strings hung loose like chopped-off vines. After con- firming that the instrument had already been recorded and photographed by the crime-scene unit, she slipped it out from under the dead man’s  hand and found that the neck    of the guitar had been violently broken off of its body. On the exposed wood of the neck were stains that were the same brown hue as the stains on the dead man’s white  suit.
“Where’s the rest of it?” she asked while searching the floor, and then she spotted the shattered body of the black guitar behind the dead man.
“Could this have caused the head wounds?” Cameron asked the medical examiner.
“Won’t know until I get him back to the  lab.”
Cameron knelt down to peer closely at the victim’s fingers. Despite his condition, she was able to see the callouses on his hands. Pleased to have made one discovery, she sat back on her haunches. She took in his clothes, which at one time—during his life—would have been considered very stylish. But then they were old and  discolored.

“We may not know his name, but I do know one thing about John Doe,” Cameron said. “He was a  musician.”
“Whoever beat him to death couldn’t have been a fan,” Doc said.

v    v    v


Three Years Later—The Russell Ridge Farm and Orchards, Chester, West Virginia

Does she have any idea how close she is to being Monster’s  lunch?
Suellen Russell was staring out the bay window, across the front porch, and out across the lush green yard at Ellie. The plump white cat was lazing on her back in the bright summer sun. Little was the cat aware that Monster, a playful young border collie, had her in his sights. Several feet away, under the cover of the hedges that lined the spacious yard across from the horse pasture, the border collie was bellying his way in the direction of the  feline.
Just at the right moment, Monster launched himself.   On cue, Ellie sprang up from the ground, twisted around    in midair, landed on her feet, and flew across the yard and  up the big maple tree. Her movements were so graceful that they seemed choreographed.
Laughing, Suellen tore herself away from the window and returned to her baby grand piano to work on her next original symphony piece. She so wanted to have it completed in time for rehearsals for the next season at the Philadelphia Philharmonic, where she had been the symphony conductor for the last twelve years. As part of her agreement with the company, the prestigious philharmonic featured and per- formed her original works.
She was living her passion and her  dream.

Don’t worry, Suellen, you’ll get it done before you go back to Philadelphia for the winter season. You always  do.
She cringed at the thought of returning to Philadelphia. Her husband, Clark, had died that spring. Feeling like a zombie, she’d  simply gone through the motions of the last  six weeks of the season before running home to the farm where she had grown up—her favorite place to escape the stress of the big city. As much as she loved the excitement of the metropolis, she was still a farm girl at  heart.
In a matter of weeks, her period of mourning would have to end. She’d have no choice but to return to Philadelphia and to the empty house she used to share with her husband. Her  phone  rang,  which  was  a  welcome interruption.
Turning her attention back to the landscape, Suellen answered the phone.
She searched her mind, trying to put a name to the familiar voice from long ago.
“It’s me, Catherine,” she said. “I’m sorry—”
“Cat!” she said with a giggle. “Cat Calhoun. Used to be Foxworth, back in another lifetime. All of my respectable friends call me Catherine now.”
“Cat!” Suellen replied. “My God. I didn’t even know you had my number out here at the farm. What have you been  up to?”
“Well, you do know that Harrison and I finally got married—”
“About time,” Suellen said. “How long did you two live together before that  happened?”
“Five years,” Cat said. “We moved in together about  nine months after the group broke up. Got married when I got pregnant. We now have three kids. I’m teaching music at a private school here in State College.”

“Is Harrison still an on-air radio personality?” “You mean ‘DJ,’” Cat said with a  laugh.
“Since they don’t use record discs anymore, they’re ‘radio personalities.’”
“Don’t tell me that Suellen Russell is politically correct,” Cat said. “Nope. He gave that up when he became a father. Now he’s grown up, and he owns his own public-relations firm. Can you believe  it?  Two  middle-aged  rock  ‘n’  rollers now driving SUVs and juggling gymnastics and soccer practices?”
“And I’m conducting symphonies and rubbing elbows with the artsy crowd,” Suellen said.
“You always were one of the artsy-fartsy set,” Cat said. “You only pretended to be a rock ‘n’ roller because you knew that that was where the money was. You didn’t have me fooled for a minute.”
Suellen heard a deep sigh on the other end of the line. “What is it, Cat? What’s wrong?”
Cat hemmed and hawed and then said, “Did you ever hear from Dylan Matthews?”
“No,” she said. “As a matter of fact, a few weeks before that last concert, he gave me a binder with a bunch of songs in it, all songs that he had  written—”
“Do you still have it?”
“I think so,” she said. “It was all music. No lyrics. He wanted me to write the lyrics for him. Said he was going to send them in to an agent—”
“Probably the same agent he screwed us over for,” Cat said with a growl in her tone.
“I was really surprised,” Suellen said. “I never thought he was musically talented enough to write  songs.”
“He did teach himself to play the guitar.”
“But he couldn’t read music,” Suellen said. “I never thought—”

“Did you ever look at those  songs?”
Suellen laughed. “As a matter of fact, I didn’t. He gave them to me right before I came back to the farm that sum- mer. I never even got a chance to look at them. After he screwed us at the Fourth of July concert, he cornered me     in the parking lot. Of course, I was madder than a wet hen. Crying. I was a royal mess.”
“We all were.”
“Well, would you believe that he had the balls to ask me to finish the songs for him? He offered me a job as a ghost- writer, I guess.”
“Are you kidding me?”
“I got the impression that he had sent the songs to this agent who had signed him but she didn’t handle instrumentals. There was one song in particular that he really wanted me to put words to. He kept saying that it would be the song that would make him a star. Not us, mind you. Him.” She laughed. “I told him where to stick his job offer. He said he wanted the songs back, and I told him to send me the ad- dress of where to send them  to—”
“Because he was leaving that night to drive to Hollywood,” Cat said.
“But he never contacted me with the forwarding ad- dress, and I never sent the songs. They’re here in the house somewhere.” She paused. “Why are you asking me about him? Did he call you?” She laughed. “Don’t tell me…Is he living under a bridge someplace? Would serve him  right.”
“I think he’s dead,” Cat said in a low voice. “You think—”
“Harrison and I were watching one of those crime- watcher shows,” Cat said. “And they had this segment about a body that was found at that mental hospital out by where we did that Fourth of July concert. No identification at all. They showed an artist’s rendition of what the guy   would’ve looked like, and Harrison swore that the image looked like Dylan. He wanted me to call you to see if you ever heard from him.”
“Couldn’t be Dylan,” Suellen said. “He left for Hollywood right after that concert.”
“And he took his guitar. Right?”
“Dylan took that guitar everywhere with him.” “They found a guitar with the body.”
Suellen was silent.
“Found in an abandoned mental hospital minutes from where we last saw him,” Cat said. “Guitar found with the body. The face in the artist’s picture looks a lot like Dylan’s.”
“Has Dylan ever—” “No.”
“What about Wendy, his sister?” Suellen asked. “I  assume she left with him. Did they find her body,  too?”
“They didn’t mention a woman’s body in that show,”  Cat said. “I’m looking for Wendy but not having any luck. I haven’t seen her since Dylan abandoned  us.”
“He wouldn’t have abandoned his sister. If they found Dylan’s body, then where is Wendy?”
“Maybe she killed him,” Cat said. “She never was wrapped too tight.” She uttered a sigh.  “Suellen?”
“What, Cat?” Suellen’s  mind  was  racing  as  she  tried to remember the order of events after that Fourth of July concert.
At the beginning of the night, they’d all had so much hope for their futures, but the concert had turned into a nightmare that had shattered friendships—all because of the selfish ambitions of one  individual.
“You said it was a crime-watcher show. How did Dylan, if it was Dylan, die?”
“Murdered. They said on that show that based on forensics, he was killed sometime between 1986 and  1990.”

“And the last time any of us saw him was July 4, 1988,” Suellen said. “Right in the middle of that  window.”

“Exactly. Suellen, Harrison and I were talking…Dylan’s been gone all these years. None of us have heard from him.  If it is him, he’s been dead for decades, but no one knew it.  If we tell the police it’s  him—”

“Might be,” she said. “We don’t know that for certain. Dylan wasn’t the only guy with a guitar who ever went missing.”

“What if it is? If we call the police and it ends up being him, the police are going to ask all types of questions. With that big fight after the concert and the things that were said—”

“They’ll think it was one of us,” Suellen said. “You saw the picture, Cat. Sounds to me like you and Harrison are pretty certain.”

“Maybe it’s not,” Cat said. “Point is, I’m thinking that a lot of time has passed since that night. We all have lives now. You married very well. How’s  Clark?”

“Clark died four months ago,” Suellen  said.

After an awkward silence, Cat said, “I didn’t know. I’m sorry.”

“So am I.”

“Clark’s son—”

“Tony is running his father’s company now,” she said. “My stepson and I have a good  relationship.”

“So you have a good life,” Cat said. “So do Harrison and I. It would be a shame if everything that we’ve all built up since Dylan betrayed us got all shaken up because he went and got himself killed. The police will start asking questions. Everything that everyone said in the heat of the moment that night will be dredged up, when for all we know, Dylan picked up some hitchhiker who killed him and stole his van. Or maybe it isn’t him at all.”


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