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Saturday, January 9, 2021

#WeWriWa - The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé: Good Riddance to Nick

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I'm sharing a snippet from the 2nd Alex O'Hara mystery novel, The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé. Alex is a P.I. in the small Lake Michigan resort town. She's not as financially desperate as she was in the first novel, thanks to the Feds who rewarded her for capturing an assassin.


She’s at it again. Alex O’Hara just can’t say no to a new investigation. What do a 45-year-old boyfriend, a deadbeat dad, and a teenage runaway have in common? All new cases. With no receptionist, phone and internet problems, and her own boyfriend in the wind, Alex has no idea how she’ll manage. But the question for the past three months is why did Nick disappear. Is this the end of O’Hara & Palzetti? 


Dottie shut up for as long as it took to jog across the drawbridge over the Red Oak River that led out to Lake Michigan. As we headed down to the windswept beach, we angled between the orange snowfences.

“Let’s get back to Nick,” she said.

“No. He’s gone, and good riddance to him.”

As we passed Bonnie Bernacki’s Bed and Breakfast, she blew a raspberry.

“What was that for?”

Blabbermouth Bonnie—the bane of our existence since middle school—hadn’t done anything lately . . . that I knew of.

“She stopped me at Meijer’s and asked me about you and Nick. Right there in the produce aisle, and she made sure her voice carried.”


And the rest of the scene:

I groaned. So far, only three people knew for sure he’d left—Dottie, her husband Jim, since she couldn’t keep anything from him, and Dan Hoesen, Far Haven’s police chief. I’d managed to put off the nosy parkers who didn’t need to know the details of my love life. My former love life.

“Are you going antiquing tomorrow?” I asked.

Dottie loved to hit the antique shops on Saturdays. Me, I’d rather sleep in. Maybe if I got her talking about her weekend plans, she’d stop the questions about Nick.

“Of course, wanna come?”

“I have to work.”

At the Point, where the summer cottages began, we turned around. I was thankful she’d gotten off the subject of Nick the Rat.

“He loves you, Lexie.”

“I told you not to talk about him. That subject is verboten.”

“C’mon, Lex. I know he loves you. I saw it in his face when he—”

“That’s it. You’re on your own.”

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  1. Hmm, I wonder if Dottie knows something about Nick that Lexie doesn't. Intriguing!

  2. To say something or stay silent. That's always hard to decide when a couple breaks apart. You captured the heart-ache and town nosiness very well.

  3. They have good chemistry--an easy friendship. It seems they can both say what they're thinking. Nice job pulling away from the conversation by throwing in details about their surroundings. Creates a visual to draw in the reader. :-)

  4. Your dialogue is delightfully natural.

  5. I so adore these books! More, please!!!

    1. That's what I'm working on--baby step by baby step.

  6. “She stopped me at Meijer’s and asked me about you and Nick. Right there in the produce aisle, and she made sure her voice carried.” <--THIS!!! Small town gossips at their best, and you captured the imagery perfectly.

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    1. Of course, even though he left her. She wants an answer.

  8. Some people don't get when to back off on s subject.

    1. LOL You are so right, Daryl. Thanks for tweeting.

  9. Fun snippet and I liked the sense of the place you give us as the two run through town. Really effective! Enjoying the story...

  10. Excellent description of a small town.

  11. You draw this small town very well through the eyes of those who see it every day. I hope Alex can steer her away from conversation about Nick permanently, although I have my doubts. Great snippet!

    1. Thanks, Jenna. No, Nick is at the top of her mind.

  12. I love their easy friendship. Great banter.

  13. Though Dottie is well-meaning, it seems like she's rubbing salt on the wound--unless she has information about where Nick is.

  14. They've got a great friendship - even if Dottie won't let certain topics go.

  15. The book sounds great, Diane! More power to you! All the luck with this new release. Happy New Year!

  16. Great back and forth between friends. They know how far they can go.


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