By Andy Rust
From Lorraine Bartlett's A CRAFTY KILLING, the first book in the Victoria Square Mysteries
When I was a teenager, I got into trouble. BIG trouble. With a car. It didn't belong to me.
I don't want to get into all the whys and wherefores, but suffice to say that my first job saved my life -- in more ways than one.
I went to college to be an accountant. Accountants make lots of $$$. I wanted lots of money because I wanted fancy cars. And then one day . . . I didn't. I mean, I still wanted the cars, but I didn't want to work in a stuffy office day in and day out to get them. Wearing a white shirt and a dark tie and sitting in front of a computer from nine until five. I'd sit in front of clients and be lost in thoughts of dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings.
I took out student loans and studied my glutes off and what did I want to do with my life?
I wanted to open a pizza parlor.
But I couldn't do that without money. So I worked an extra year and (with gritted teeth) moved back in with my parents and saved nearly every penny I earned. And when Angelo's Pizzeria came on the market--I gave a lowball bid--AND GOT IT!
PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!
And I went into hock.
Unfortunately, the former owner made enemies of his neighbors on Victoria Square. I inherited that hostility, and . . . then that little problem with the car back in my high school days came back to haunt me. Being persona non grata is not a fun position to be in.
And then my life changed. A great looking babe named Katie Bonner entered the scene . . . she befriended me. Things changed. For the better.
And if you want to know just how . . . well, you'll have to read about it for yourself.
But I'm not above to being bribed.
Lorraine Bartlett not only writes the Victoria Square Mysteries, she writes the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries as Lorna Barrett, and the Jeff Resnick Mysteries as L.L. Bartlett.