Buster Healy from MONKEY WRENCH, the fourth in Quilting Mystery series by Terri Thayer
Buster here. This is different. Usually, I never get a word in edgewise. Around these parts, I’m known as Dewey Pellicano’s boyfriend. Ever since Dewey and I got together in WILD GOOSE CHASE, I’ve surrounded by women. Quilters, mostly. Who like to talk. A. Lot.
As an ex-homicide detective, I know how strenuous catching bad guys can be. And how exhilarating. Not that Dewey’s into catching murderers for kicks. Far from it. She’d be happy if she could just run her quilt shop, finish fixing up her house and get married. Did I just say married? Whoops, maybe that’s just me.
Dewey is as loyal as they come. When her friends are in trouble, she will do anything to help. While I’m a loyal guy, too, I understand the dangers she might encounter better than she does. She’s been nearly poisoned, shot at, attacked by a mountain lion. You’d think that would be enough to warn the girl off. Not my Dewey.
Take this last case. She walked into a near riot and stayed because her friend Vangie was there. She talked her way into a pill mill, one of those lowdown places where doctors hand out prescriptions to junkies, to help out her darling Pearl. And the things she’s done for Freddy…don’t get me started.
Thanks for listening. Being a cop can get lonely. Not everyone wants to hear about the rough characters I run into every day. And since my quitling vocabulary is limited to rotary cutter and stippling, my conversations with the quilters can be limited.
I’ll let you in a secret. I’m thinking of asking Dewey to marry me. What do you think? Could I get her to give up her crime fighting ways to be my wife? Should I?
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