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I'm sharing snippets from the 4th Alex O'Hara cozy mystery, The Case of the Wedding Wrecker. I'm picking up where we left off last week. Alex is talking to Nick in jail. He tells her why the authorities think he killed Mike Amerson. He had motive. He continues.
“Then there’s means. My gun was found at the scene.” He snorted. “As if I’d be stupid enough to leave my weapon behind, if I did kill someone.”
“But you always keep your gun locked in your duffle.”
I didn’t know that. “That means someone broke into our apartment to steal it.”
“Uh huh. You might want to check into that.”
As if I wouldn’t check the logs with our security service.
“And, of course, my fingerprints are on the gun.”
“I don’t know.” He gave a sharp glance at Deputy Jenny who was now leaning against a wall. “They won’t tell me. Worse, supposedly I called Amerson and told him to meet me at the cottage where his body was found.”
“What do you mean supposedly?”
“There’s a message on Amerson’s phone. From a burner, but the message appears to be from me. And last, but not least, opportunity—I can’t tell the chief where I was between the time I left Ma’s and when I got to your apartment.”
“Okay. It’s ten minutes from Maria’s. What could you possibly do in ten minutes?”
Nick leaned in close and whispered, “It was more than ten minutes. I left Ma’s at one.”
“Oh, dear God,” I blurted then slapped my hand across my mouth. My turn to whisper. “Two hours? Where were you?”
“I can’t tell you.”