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Saturday, November 19, 2016

#WeWriWa - #8Sunday: The Case of the Bygone Brother


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Writers share an 8 to10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other writers. You can find them here.

The snippet this weekend is from my PI mystery, The Case of the Bygone Brother, a contemporary cozy takes place in a small Lake Michigan resort town, similar to the one where I live. Alex (Alexandra) O'Hara has taken over her dad's investigation agency, struggling to keep it going. Last week, she fell off the filing cabinet and landed on top of Nick. A potential client came in. This snippet picks up a few minutes later.
 
Mrs. Yoder, an attractive woman in her mid-seventies who hadn’t let age keep her from being trim and stylish, lingered in the doorway to my office, disapproval fairly shouting from her. “I believe I have made a mistake.”
I put on the matching jacket to my gray skirt, saying, “Ma’am?”
“The, uh, scene I interrupted . . .” She pursed her lips, giving me that ‘you Jezebel’ look, yet I saw hesitation in her expression, too, and uncertainty.
“I apologize, I fell off the cabinet and he caught—” Pop’s caveat zinged through my brain, never explain, never complain. “Appearances aren’t always what they seem, but I will understand if you choose to go elsewhere.” Please don’t, I need the work.


Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.

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51 comments:

  1. How fun!
    Good luck and God's blessings Diane
    PamT

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    1. Thanks, Pam. I need all the blessings I can get.

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  2. I've read this cozy and really enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

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  3. Good luck with this and I tweeted.

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  4. This is a great read! Loved this book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kara. So glad you loved the book.

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  5. I love this book, too. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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    1. Thanks, Leah. I'm working, I'm working. I hope to have the 3rd book out soon.

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  6. Yep, she has it right. Never apologize in a situation like this.

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  7. What a sour old biddy. Too bad she needs the work so badly. She ought to tell that woman she doesn't need her business.

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    1. Wait until next week to see why the older woman is there. :)

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  8. Dad was a smart man.

    Super excerpt, Diane. Looking forward to reading much more.

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  9. Dad was a smart man.

    Super excerpt, Diane. Looking forward to reading much more.

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  10. What fun. A compromising position at the wrong moment. Nice writing.

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  11. Great snippet! Can't wait for more. :D

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  12. I love her internal dialogue here! Fabulous snippet! :)

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  13. Okay - she caught herself from making another mistake.

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    1. Sometimes she actually thinks before jumping. :)

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  14. Jezebel. *giggles* Can't blame the woman for thinking it, though. ;) I hope she gives Alex the benefit of the doubt. Great work, Diane!

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  15. Good motto, never explain, never complain. I hope the older woman decides to stay, despite what she thought she witnessed.

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  16. I get the reasoning behind that saying, but if you never explain, how will people know what happened? Let people imagine things, and who knows what will happen!

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    1. You're probably right. But sometimes when a person explains, it's like making an excuse.

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  17. lol - what a delightfully messed up situation :-)
    Tweeted.

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  18. Enjoying this story very much and I think she's right not to try to explain too much. Great snippet!

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  19. I love this story and want to read more. I hope Mrs Yoder gives her the benefit of the doubt

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  20. I loved her response. Perfect move on her part.

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    1. Thanks. How would she explain the whole thing???

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  21. I'm with Caitlyn. I would have explained. Or at least said, "It's not what it looks like."
    Or maybe it's just me--I've had to defend myself too may times.

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    1. I understand where you're coming from. Alex says "Appearances aren’t always what they seem." That is a theme throughout the book.

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  22. Haha, I love where this is going. Very realistic!

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