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The morning was dragging. A meeting with Fr. Pete, more photos of the safe with the display case that had housed the relics, a call to the company to have its specifications sent, and sitting around waiting on three interviewees – all three of which didn’t show up – one forgot and the other was out ill and he couldn’t reach the third. He was going a little stir crazy. He had especially hoped to talk with the cook but she was fighting off a sinus infection. Working that closely to the back alley, he hoped she might have seen something before the theft. If it wasn’t the driver in the black limo, someone might have been casing the place a day or so ahead of time … or maybe he needed to return to the idea of it being an inside job. He was just about ready to take a lunch break when his phone vibrated.
“Dan? I’m assuming I can call you Dan? This is Liz Levine, OMI,”
“Of course, I’m hoping you’re going to tell me that Swiss Army Knife was just loaded with prints and you have a name for me.”
“Better than that. Did I catch you at a bad time? I’m hoping I can lure you out to the lab over lunch. I’m good for something from the food truck as long as you like Mexican.”
“Sure. If you can spring for some pork tacos, I’ll reimburse.”
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It’s Christmas in St. Augustine, where Dan and Elaine Mahoney are taking an extended honeymoon. But not all is sunny in Florida when Dan’s company sends him to investigate the theft of 1.2 million dollars’ worth of religious relics from the famed Basilica. Immediately, he knows it won’t be easy to track down the missing items—far too many people had access to the safe where they were stored when not on display for the parishioners. And although the church and rectory were filled with people, when Dan questions them, it seems no one saw a thing.
Adding another wrinkle to their newlywed life is the fact that Dan’s mother has moved to a small town up the road. Dragon’s Bend is known for the fact that everyone who lives there is involved in the spiritual realm—from seers to gurus. Most are sincere practitioners in their beliefs, but some … not so much. Is Maggie Mahoney’s new job giving tarot readings at the Center for Spiritual Learning a legit way for her to help those who want to find deeper meaning in their lives? Or is she becoming caught up in something far darker?
A visit from Elaine’s son Jason brings the family together for a fun Mahoney Christmas, but not before there’s a murder in Dragon’s Bend. The clues finally come together and the scope of the crimes goes far beyond anything Dan could have imagined.
Author SUSAN SLATER
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at ‘The Purple Booker‘. Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!