Friday, April 15, 2011
Leave My Sister Alone!
From L.L. Bartlett’s Bound By Suggestion, #4 in the Jeff Resnick Mystery Series
Being the oldest of three sisters means that I will be looking after my siblings for the rest of my life. Mind you, it’s not always appreciated, but that saying about being sisters for life is right on target.
My youngest sister Sandy married well. She’s got two adorable sons and a successful husband who runs a fence company. Her life isn’t quite as perfect as my own (I married a dentist), but she’s got a lovely home, her kids are in the right schools, and she travels in the right social circle.
On the other hand, my sister Maggie has had it rough since the minute she entered puberty. Bad choices after more bad choices. Boyfriends, her ex (gay) husband, and then there’s that idiot she thinks she loves.
I knew that guy was trouble the minute I heard his name: Jeff Resnick. He was mugged in Manhattan, badly injured (too bad he didn’t die), and came back to Buffalo to recover. Maggie had the misfortune to meet him while at her job. (I still think he had something to do with her being let go by the bank.)
He always seems to be mixed up in shady dealings. Like when Maggie’s boss was murdered.(#) And then he had something to do with the killings in Ellicottville.(&) It was his lousy driving nearly got Maggie killed when they were on vacation last fall in Vermont.* And then Maggie got clubbed while babysitting his sister-in-law who was dealing with a stalker!+ I did NOT want to invite him to Christmas dinner, but Maggie insisted, and . . . she is my sister. We couldn’t have Christmas without her. But then he even ruined that for us all.**
I’m not done molding Maggie. (I wish she’d let us call her Margaret--it’s so much more sophisticated.) Mark my words, Maggie and Doug two will be engaged before the Fourth of July. I’ll continue to work my magic and we could be looking at a September wedding. I’ve already picked out the invitations. I think the Park Club would be the perfect setting. I’ve got everything planned.
Now to hope that idiot bartender doesn’t screw things up. Again. Watch out, Mr. Resnick. I am taking care of my little sister from here on out.
For more information about the Jeff Resnick Mysteries, please visit L.L. Bartlett's web site.
* Murder on the Mind
& Dead In Red
# Room at the Inn (not yet published)
+ Cheated By Death
** Bah! Humbug.