Jewel Bay Observer, July
An employee of the sheriff’s office accidentally called 911.
A hound dog named Elvis was taken to the animal shelter.
A woman called the sheriff’s office to report a call from the Publishers’ Clearinghouse demanding $500 to collect her million-dollar prize. She was advised that the call was most likely a scam.
Three mules and a goat were seen walking down the Eastshore Highway.
A man told authorities he had failed to appear for court because he was attacked by a grizzly bear who hit him “like a Volkswagen of stinky fur” and mauled him. He did not seek treatment for his injuries, and Fish and Wildlife officials received no report of the attack.
A caller on West Ridge Road Way complained that his father had been giving out his phone number to missionaries.
A man allegedly poured what appeared to be yogurt on a caller's vehicle. The caller told Pondera police Falls Police that he believed it was the same man who he had reported regarding a road rage incident the week before. He believed that the man was "possibly on drugs or something."
A deer was reportedly seen near a high school running track with some type of metal wrapped around its neck. The deer did not appear to be in distress and was simply making a fashion statement.
What’s new in your neck of the woods?
Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.
Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident?or did someone even the score?
Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
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