Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rotten Apples


by Gil Harper from SKETCHER IN THE RYE, the fourth book in Sharon Pape's A Portrait of Crime Mysteries
                                                                      
It's a dark day when a father suspects someone in his family has turned traitor and is sabotaging the family business.I worked hard to make Harper Farms the success it is today. It's not only a working farm, but 

also a popular family destination with an indoor farmer's market and 

bakery, a petting zoo, pony rides, a carousel, pumpkin picking and a 

tricky corn maze. It has even become a sought-after venue for children's 

birthday parties. Hundreds of cars fill our parking lot every weekend from April until the first hard freeze of fall.The problems started with what I'd call industrial espionage. Our largest competitor kept getting the jump on our new ideas  and implementing them before we did. But it wasn't long before things turned a lot uglier.

Seeing as how only family members are involved in business decisions, I have no choice but to investigate the lot of them. How had we come to this? That's the question that  runs through my head whenever I look at the family portrait, hanging on the wall in my office. With our bright eyes and carefree smiles, we appear to be the perfect all-American family. Casual observers would certainly think we had it all. I did too, before this whole miserable episode began. Now I lie awake at night, trying  to figure out where it all went so wrong. Did we spoil the kids too much? Yeah, probably, but what parent doesn't want to give his children the things he didn't have? I loved being able to make their wishes come true - a pony for Christmas, a car for high school graduation, travel to exotic places, designer clothing, every new electronic gadget and gizmo. Did we spend enough quality time with them during their formative years? Lord knows it isn't  easy when you're trying to make a living, and farming is never a nine to five gig. Unfortunately there's no going back to fix the past. In life you don't get do-overs.  My only option is to try to salvage the future.
Since I'm way too invested in the situation to be impartial, I hired a professional. Rory McCain is a former police detective and sketch artist turned private investigator. She's made the local headlines by closing several murder cases before the police could. I may not like what she uncovers once she starts digging, but that's the price you pay when you start looking under rocks.  Regardless of the outcome, I suspect our lives will never be the same again.

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36 comments:

  1. No children, but many spoiled pets over the years. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  2. Nieces and nephews I have to overflowing, but children of my own I have none. I kind of like being the favored aunt, but my animals rule my life.

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  3. My pets are my kids and are totally spoiled
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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  4. Spoiled children - of course!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  5. Yes, we have spoiled both our children and our pets. dbahn@iw.net

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  6. No kids, but 4 very spoiled cats. This sounds like a great book!
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  7. I am an aunt and great aunt and I try to spoil them all when I get a chance.

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  8. I do have spoiled children.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  9. I don't have any human children, but I take every opportunity possible to spoil my wonderful little kitty-boy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  10. My two legged children would say that I spoil my four legged children far more than I do them. But I know they are all spoiled.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  11. Yes, spoiled children and 2 spoiled dogs as well.

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  12. MY children are always spoiled and the small dogs indulged.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Yes, there were times when all six children were spoiled, but I am sure they think they deserved it all. But now they have children of their own...

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  14. Thankfully we weren't in any position to spoil our four kids. For the most part they know how to squeeze nickles and get quarters. I love this series and would love to add this particular title to my collection (because I don't own it).

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  15. I don't have any kids to spoil but if my niece had lived close I probably would have spoiled her.

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  16. I suppose one would have to define "spoiling kids". My kids usually got things they wanted (and I thought they needed) but there were conditions that came along with them. They earned those things by doing extra chores or getting really good grades, etc. The knew they had to work to earn their own money when they got their driver's license. They are good young men now with their own businesses.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. No

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  18. My sons were not spoiled too much, but I must confess that I do spoil my grandsons quite a bit.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  19. I'm afraid I do spoil my kids, sometimes without even knowing I am. They've been to WDW several times along with Yellowstone and Alaska, but they have wonderful memories.
    Kim j
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  20. Spoiled my kids? Me?! Sure, to a degree.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  21. No I didn't spoil my kids because they have to learn from the time they are young that you don't always get everything you want.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. Depends on how you look at it, some people say my kids are spoiled because they have video games and dvd's and such. I say no because they don't demand it and expect it, and they are were taught to appreciate everything they got.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  23. As I was feeding my sweet dogs pieces of my imported cheese today, I reflected on the fact that they are well and truly spoiled.

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  24. I spoil both my human and fur kids.
    I try to instill (in both) that they get rewarded for good behavior, but then I am a soft touch when they make me laugh,

    wismom works @gmail .com

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  25. We don't have any kids---but we sure do spoil our beagles---they even sleep under the covers in our bed.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  26. I don't have any human children. I do spoil my furkids, to a degree.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  27. I definitely spoil my furbabies and wouldn't have it any other way! :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  28. I absolutely spoil my kids & grandchildren! I know I shouldn't, but I just can't help myself! Karen S.

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  29. I did spoil my daughter to the extent I could and now she spoils her furry friends. monstercreed@yahoo.com

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  30. I have a very spoiled corgi and four very spoiled cats. I tried hard not to spoil my daughter, but...

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  31. My children are not too spoiled. They never seem to expect anything real expensive. But others would say they are spoiled.

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  32. My girls are definitely spoiled.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  33. Yes, looking back we did spoil our children. They are now 43 and 39, and fortunately do not show too many adverse effects from it. The children got away with behaviors they should not have, and they were allowed to do and have things they probably shouldn't have.
    I think our granddaughter is more spoiled. She knows if she needs anything, Papa is going to get it for her, or do for her. But she also has turned out pretty good. She's 22 now and a lovely young lady - both in looks, personality, and character.

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  34. My daughter was and is definitely spoiled, but she is an intelligent hard-working Social Worker living on her own and working towards her Masters degree so to say I am proud is an understatement. Kuzlin@aol(dot)com

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  35. Yes, guilty of spoiling my kids

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  36. I know that I've spoiled my children. It's way to easy to do when you love them.
    rmkrejsa(at)aol(dot)com

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