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Saturday, March 13, 2021

#WeWriWa - The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé:

 Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors 

Sorry for missing last week. Time management is not my forte. With so much sunshine lately, I feel like I can get more done. 

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 the week before last when the stranger announced that she needed a receptionist, and he was it.

Some changes were made to the original.

Snippet: 

“Have you called the telephone company?”

“Of course.” How dumb did he think I was? I didn’t ask. “They said there’s no problem on their end.”

After putting his hands on my shoulders and moving me aside, he knelt on one knee. “Oh, my. What a mess.” He looked up with a sheepish grin. “I didn’t mean your housekeeping—although you should talk to your cleaning service. I meant all the wires.”

 

And a little more:

I didn’t tell him I was the cleaning service. With the new year, I went into belt-tightening mode along with the rest of West Michigan—the adage about thrifty Dutch still holds true, even if I’m not Dutch—while we paid for holiday expenditures. Thank goodness for the windfall from the Feds for capturing an assassin last fall.

“Have you been having other problems with the phones?” The man was still under the desk lying on his back the way I had as he played with the wires connecting the phones and computers.

Along with no landline service, I still had no internet. And no RJ to fix either.

With his knees bent, his pant-legs had hiked up, grazing his long, gray socks. Not the athletic kind, either. Holy cow. Were they silk? Couldn’t be. Who wore silk socks?

“According to RJ, my tech guy, the phones are supposed to interface with my computers. I don’t understand all that. Anyway, please get up. RJ will be here shortly, and he can sort everything out.”

“Nonsense. Why pay for a service call when I’m here?”

“Listen, Mister Cuddy. I—”

“Pete.” He scooted around and wiggled the wire that went into the wall jack. Then he reached up between the desk and the wall and did something I couldn’t see.

“Okay. Pick up the phone and see if there’s a dial tone now.”

I did. “Dial tone.” I felt like an idiot. Never mind the jack was the first thing I’d checked. I’m not totally inept. When he’d reached up, he must have fixed whatever was wrong.

 

Blurb:

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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24 comments:

  1. He's going to make himself indispensable before she even hires him.

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  2. Nothing like a sexy, competent man to make even the most self-sufficient woman helpless.

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  3. This was a fun scene to read, loved all the details and could really picture it. Enjoying the story so much, another terrific snippet!

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  4. Julie Evelyn JoyceMarch 14, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    An attractive man lying on his back, fiddling with wires. He could be fiddling with something else instead. :D Loved all the details, even the fact that she noticed his socks. Great snippet!

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  5. He's obviously what she needs, but I'm still so curious as to where he came from. Great snippet!

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  6. He's a good find, but why is he there?

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  7. Can you please send Pete to my house? A handsome man who can fix computer issues is priceless.

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    1. LOL Yeah, I'd like him to be my secretary, computer fixer, gofer.

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  8. Every comment I thought about leaving contained a spoiler. lol I really like these books, Diane!

    I need to backtrack and read the very first, yet. :-)

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    1. Teresa, you made my day! I had so much fun writing Alex's adventures.

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  9. Well dressed and handy. What a great combo. :)

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    1. Enough to make a girl's heart go pitter-patter, esp. when her true love disappeared.

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  10. Great snippet. Like Julie, I was wondering what else he might be doing.

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    1. I guess you'll have to keep reading. :) Thanks for stopping by, Natalie.

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  11. I'm a bit suspicious about how quickly he fixed the phones. When something is too good to be true, it usually isn't. And this guy is too good. Waiting for next week's snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna. You are just too suspicious. ;)

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  12. Do you think he planted a bug? I'm devious that way, so it seemed natural to me.

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  13. He's handy guy to have around unless he's a plant.

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