by Justin Halbertson, Police Chief of Destiny,
, in the Superstition Mysteries
memorialized by Linda O. Johnston California
Hello, my name is Justin Halbertson, and I'm the chief of police of Destiny,
One thing I want to tell you right away is that I, and my police department, are very capable in law enforcement. That's one reason I'm rather concerned that Rory Chasen, who started out as a visitor to our town and now manages the Lucky Dog Boutique, seems to be solving the murders that have been occurring locally.
On the other hand, I consider Rory a very special person and unofficially appreciate her help.
Now, Destiny has a lot of quirks to it, since it's all about superstitions. It was founded after the California Gold Rush by some forty-niners who discovered gold at the end of a rainbow and decided to found a town right there, or at least close by.
I used to be a deputy police chief in another
California town but was hired a while back as police chief of
Destiny. I was delighted, since I
thought Destiny to be an enjoyable place to live despite, or probably because
of, its quirks. Martha Jallopia, who
owns the Lucky Dog Boutique, soon became one of my closest friends there,
almost like a second mother to me. She's
the person Rory's lucky black and white dog Pluckie discovered ailing in the
back room of the Lucky Dog, and as a result I even urged Rory to stay and help
Martha by managing the shop as she recuperated.
Rory had worked as an assistant manager at a chain pet store in , so that
seemed like a good idea. Los Angeles
It still does. In fact, I think a lot of Rory. If you haven't guessed yet, I'm even interested in her romantically, although I know she came to Destiny to learn about superstitions after her fiancé walked under a ladder and died, so she may not be ready for another relationship, at least not yet. I'm hopeful for the future, though. At least her dog Pluckie and Killer, my Doberman, get along great.
The first murder to occur in this town since I became police chief occurred a few weeks ago. The victim was Kenneth Tarzal, who wrote The Destiny of Superstitions, the premier book on superstitions, and was also half owner of the Broken Mirror Bookstore, the store next door to the Lucky Dog Boutique. My department investigated it officially, but I was surprised when Rory was the one to figure out which suspect was the murderer. That situation was described in the book Lost Under A Ladder.
As much as I appreciated Rory's help, especially since Martha had become our primary suspect, I was concerned for Rory's safety. I thought she agreed never to do such a thing again.
But then her friend Gemma Grayfield arrived for a visit to Destiny and wound up managing the Broken Mirror Bookstore. Then one of the men interested in a romantic relationship with her was murdered--the town's Public Affairs Director Lou Landorf. Gemma became our main suspect, and Rory jumped in again to help clear her friend.
Once again, Rory was in danger at times. I worried about her--and I also didn't much like that she was trying to outdo my department. But darned if she didn't solve that murder, too. That situation is described in the new book Knock on Wood.
Anyway, as much as she frustrates me, I really am beginning to care for Rory, and I think she feels the same about me.
We will see--but I hope Destiny has seen its last murder forever.