By: Old Dog Leg Magee, jazz musician
From: The Piece of Cake Mysteries by Jacklyn Brady
Hello y’all. My name is Old Dog Leg Magee, and I’m here to tell you ‘bout my little brother, Monroe. I’m not sure why these good folks want me to talk about him. There sure ain’t much to tell.
I’ll start wid de fact that when we was younger, me and him was musicians. I played de trumpet. Monroe was de bass man for our little jazz band. Had us a gig at the Cotton Bottom and life was sweet. Sweet as it got for folks like us, anyways. But den the durn fool run off without so much as a word of good-bye. couldn’t find hide nor hair of him anywhere. And he stayed away from New Orl’ns for the next forty years. Didn’t even bother to send me a single Christmas or birthday card.
Den one day outta de blue, what shows up in my mailbox? A letter. From someone claimin’ to be Monroe. You wanna know what it says? Not much, and dat’s the truth. Dis here is all I got:
Hey, D, it’s me. Monroe.
Sorry I run off the way I done, but I’m back for a spell. Sure would like to see you if you can forgive me for what I done. I’ll be at this address for a week. Come on by if you’ve a mind to.
Now, I ask you, what kind of a thing is that to send your only brother after all dis time? And on de letterhead of some Bed & Breakfast called the Love Nest, if dat don’t take the cake! I don’t even know what to think about it all.
Oh, sure, it sounds like somet’ing my brother would write, but it don’t take a lot of smarts to sound like Monroe, if you know what I mean. So mebbe it’s him, and mebbe it ain’t.
Thanks to the glaucoma, I can’t see nothin’ so I have no way to figure it out myself. And dat’s why I asked my good friends Rita Lucero and Gabriel Broussard to head over to the Love Nest and find out what’s goin’ on.I sure never meant for dem to get into trouble, but dat’s exactly what happened. But, den, dat’s Monroe for ya. He always was a mess of trouble jest waitin’ to happen. And someone else always paid for his mistakes. Looks like nothin’s changed.
Jacklyn Brady writes the Piece of Cake Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Arsenic and Old Cake is the third book in the series, coming November 6, 2012. Look for the first two, A Sheetcake Named Desire and Cake on a Hot Tin Roof at your favorite book store or local library. Jacklyn is always eager to meet new readers as friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter