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Sandi Webster canâ€™t help grinning back at the bear-sized dog that shows up at her door. However, both of their smiles disappear when strange things start happening in the attic of Sandiâ€™s old house.
At an old house many miles away, a Skid Row type bum is harassing a single mother and her small daughter. The officer who takes reports about the bum canâ€™t catch him. Or is there something more to it than the cop just missing him?
Things arenâ€™t always what they seem. Sometimes theyâ€™re worse.
Donâ€™t they say that ghosties go thump in the night? No, thatâ€™s bump in the night. So, okay, I was safe. It had been a long day; I was tired and probably not thinking clearly.
I was sitting at the kitchen table, drinking a cup of hot tea and reading a report when I heard the noise, and it was late. Much too late for company to appear unannounced. Why would someone be thumping at my back door anyway? Why not knock? And at the front door?
Thump! Pause. Thump!
"Give me a minute.â€ Pushing my long, brown hair out of my face, I shoved the chair away from the table and stood up, spilling papers all over the floor. "Oh, for crying out loud,â€ I mumbled irritably.
Thump! Pause. Thump!
"Okay. Iâ€™ll be there in a second. Hold your horses.â€
I opened the door and, glancing at my visitor, promptly slammed it shut.
Was it my imagination or did that noise sound more insistent? Maybe even threatening. I peeked out the window, but he was still there.
"You go home. Right now.â€
He glanced up at me, but didnâ€™t budge.
"Doggie, I said go home. Now!â€
No movement, except for the tail. It was furiously waving back and forth. The teeth came next. He was baring his teeth at me. Was he going to lunge for the window?
Two things dawned on me at the same time. The first was, he was thumping on the door with his paw. His very, very huge paw. The second, and most surprising, was that he wasnâ€™t baring his teeth at me. He was actually smiling. I didnâ€™t know that dogs could smile, but this was definitely a big, toothy grin--on the face of one of the most gargantuan dogs Iâ€™d ever seen. I was assuming the dog was a he solely due to his size and the dopey grin on his face.
I wasnâ€™t sure what to do, but his expression made him appear friendly. Deciding to take a chance, I opened the door a crack.
"Good doggie.â€ Best to make friends with him right off. His tail wagged faster, and his smile remained in place.
What to do, what to do? Iâ€™ve dealt with men and guns, men and speeding cars, even men and fists. Iâ€™m Sandi Webster, a private investigator in Los Angeles. Iâ€™ve faced danger before, but never in the form of a bear-sized dog. His teeth looked so big. Iâ€™ve never spent any quality time with dogs, and I didnâ€™t know what to expect from him. Should I take another chance?
Marja McGraw, born and raised in Southern California, is a true native of the state with roots going back several generations. McGraw has a background in both civil and criminal law. Author of Secrets of Holt House, A Well-Kept Family Secret and Bubbaâ€™s Ghost, she is currently working on Prudyâ€™s Back! a Sandi Webster novel involving an unsolved crime which took place in 1940â€™s Los Angeles.
Marja and her husband live in Northern Arizona where they enjoy hot summers and boating.
Sandi Webster is a fresh new addition to the ranks of female private investigator. You wonâ€™t want to miss this book or any of the future installments. A Well-Kept Family Secret is actually a little treasure itself. --Dorothy Bodoin, Darkness at Foxglove Corners
A Well-Kept Family Secret: McGraw unleashes Sandi and Pete and a slightly wacky mother to solve a hundred year old murder. McGraw's conversational style makes it a one-sitting read. The book is filled with lively characters and scenes the reader will long remember.--L. C. Hayden, Why Casey Had To Die, An Agatha Finalist for Best Novel
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 316
Paper Weight (lb): 13.2
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