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Saturday, February 27, 2021

#WeWriWa - The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé: Johnny on the Spot

 Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week. I'm sorry I didn't get to everyone. I'm having trouble with time management. On the bright side, the sun has been shining for most of last week. And--drumroll, please--I got my 1st covid vaccine shot.

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 near Grand Rapids. I'm continuing from where we left off last week when the stranger announced he was her new receptionist.

Some changes were made to the original.


He shrugged off the trench coat and tossed it onto the visitor chair. I almost yelped at the casual way he handled a $2,000-plus overcoat, especially when it slipped to the floor. After picking up the coat, he added his suit jacket to the pile. OMG, was that Armani?

So how does a small-town girl from West Michigan know about expensive men’s clothing? Unlike my knowledge of women’s fashions, I didn’t have a friend in the business. I’d gone online to get a really special Christmas present before discovering I couldn’t afford such an extravagant gift for the man in my life. The former man in my life. Nick Palzetti. How could Pop’s partner Tony raise such a jerk?

Now for a little more:

While I silently fumed about old Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Palzetti, Pete loosened his tie, slipped open the top button of his shirt, then carefully rolled up the sleeves. Two turns, very precise.

“Now what seems to be the problem?” he asked. “I’m a whiz at telephone systems.”

“Wait, wait, wait. What do you mean you’re my new receptionist?” I’m not usually so slow on the uptake. I must be tired, or his expensive clothes had engaged my brain. Okay, not all of my brain. Nick Palzetti’s desertion occupied the majority. As it had since Christmas Eve.

“I saw your ad and knew you needed me.” He picked up the telephone receiver and listened for a dial tone. I could have told him there wasn’t one.

“That ad just came out this morning.”

He gave me a slow smile. “Then I’m Johnny-on-the-Spot."



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? 

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  1. Well, he's definitely quick, and making himself quite comfortable. Great snippet!

  2. A little TOO on the spot, it you ask me!

  3. I didn't trust him early on. :-)

    Just finished The Case of the Meddling Mama. Looking forward to the next!

  4. Hmm - can you trust a johnny-on-the-spot???

  5. Hmmm, something's not adding up here (in the style of the best detective stories)...but I'm truly enjoying the story! It's delightful...great snippet. Congratulations on the COVID shot. I got my first one and had an immediate allergic reaction, not sure I can have the second but at least I'll have some protection!

  6. Well, he's quite full of himself to just assume he gets the job. And what does such a well dressed man need with a receptionist job, anyway? So many questions!

  7. This was such a fun and amusing snippet. I'm just as curious as everyone else about Mr. Johnny-on-the-Spot! And yay for your Covid vaccine!

  8. There's something fishy about this guy. Hopefully, though, he's not dangerous.

  9. And now why am I completely suspicious of this guy? Somebody who's already able to afford this clothing either doesn't need a job, or needs one that will pay better than Alex. I'd keep my eye on him! Great snippet!

  10. I'm confused and intrigued as to why he wants the job. By the way he's dressed, it doesn't seem like a job he would want or need.

  11. He's either come along at just the right time to help or he's up to something fishy. Strongly leaning towards the latter!


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