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Sunday, April 23, 2017

#WeWriWa - #8Sunday The Case of the Meddling Mama: The Mother


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

My snippet is from my newly-released The Case of the Meddling Mama an Alex O'Hara Novel, third in my PI mystery series. Apologies for the creative punctuation, which was done to keep within the sentence limit. 

From Ginnie, I learned the following about Karl Trimmer: thirty-two, computer programming consultant, worked at home—in a new condo in Country Club Estates, a new development north along the lakeshore.
“Where did he live before that—an apartment?”
“No, he lived at home.”
Although I was surprised, I had to remember how bad the economy had been a few years ago—a lot of people fresh out of college or who’d lost jobs moved home.
“I wondered about that, too,” Ginnie tapped her short, no polish nails on the chair arm, “His mother has health issues, and since Karl’s an only child, he took care of her.”
“And what changed that he moved out—did she die, or move into a nursing home?”
“Oh, nothing like that, he hired a homecare worker to stay with her during the day--his mother can get around with a walker, and Karl got her one of those medical alert necklaces, so she can call for help if she needs it.”
“Are you concerned about her disability?”

“Maybe a little, she’s only fifty-two and I don’t understand her illness, but Karl said it can be debilitating, and . . .”

The Case of the Meddling Mama released last Monday. It's available at:



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This is the last snippet from The Case of the Meddling Mama. Next week I'll introduce a new story. Be sure to check out the other WeWriWa authors.  


33 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty reasonable, but I guess it's Alex's job to find out if it really is.

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    1. Intuition or "something" makes Alex dig deeper. What she turns up is often a surprise.

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  2. Sounds like Karl has a lot on his plate with his mother. I wonder if Ginnie's met her, or only knows what she's heard from him. Always intriguing! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jess. Boys and their mothers...

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  3. Very interesting. A son must take care of Mom and where does that leave her?

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  4. Interesting background details, gives us quite a picture. Enjoyed the excerpt!

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. And that's just the beginning. Alex always takes what a client says with a grain of salt.

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  5. Sounds like Karl's come up financially in the past few years. I'm wondering if that should be a point of concern. And what is his mother's health concern? Could be more to him than meets the eye!

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  6. A concerned and caring son. Karl just went up in my books!

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  7. Interesting - a hint his mother might not really have a health problem, or Ginnie doesn't quite believe she does.

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    1. That's what Alex needs to find out. And if the client doesn't always tell the truth or leaves out something...

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  8. A lot of red flags here. Lol. I'm reading your book now. Just got started!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Cara. Red flags or herrings??? LOL

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  9. I love this series. I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my list!

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  10. I enjoyed how you presented the information on his background. It could be taken in more than one way, which make him more of a mystery.

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  11. Lots of information here that may, or may not, be relevant to the remainder of the book. You are building an excellent picture.

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  12. It was nice of him to take care of his mother. Great background on his character!

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin. Alex has to start with what the client tells her, then she starts digging.

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  13. Sounds like another great one. Congrats on the new release1

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  14. I was thinking his mother was in her eighties. She's only fifty-two? Makes me wonder what her illness is.

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  15. Hmmm...we have a mystery illness now to thicken the plot... Good hook, Diane!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. Gotta keep the reader guessing.

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