Monday, January 29, 2018

Character: Lionel Kelley
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early

Lionel Kelley here.

I know you’ve heard from Hank McCall before, and just in case he said anything about me, I’d like to set the record straight.

Yes, it’s true that he asked for my resignation in my first year on the East Aurora police force, back when he was still chief of police. He might have said he fired me, but it was more of a mutual separation. He seemed to think it acceptable to shirk his duty and not enforce all the laws. And when I did my job, I was let go. If I was more litigious, I might sue him for unlawful termination. After all, when the law clearly says, “It is illegal to congregate in public with two or more people while each wearing a mask or any face covering which disguises your identity,” why should it matter that it’s October 31st? I still say those were good busts. (Mom agrees.)

But it worked out all right. My experience on the force, however brief, qualified me for head of security at the new conference center. Better hours. Not nearly as dangerous.

And then the train and toy show came to town. At first I thought it would be fun. After all, I might have a little collection of my own.

Okay, it’s true. I have a passion for Ponies.

But since not everyone understands the appeal of My Little Ponies--the camaraderie and the positive ideals--I remain a closet Brony. So I did my shopping after the show was technically closed. Big deal, right?

But then Hank McCall comes in and second guesses my job. And everybody fawns over him as if he’s Matt Dillon.

You bet I was out of there. I don’t need that mess. Mom has been after me to start my own private investigation firm. She volunteered to fund the start-up costs. (Gotta love mothers!) So I picked up a catalog from Spies R Us. There’s some neat stuff in there.

This could be a big adventure...and tons of fun!

Lionel Kelley appears in Murder on the Toy Town Express and will return in Death of a Russian Doll, coming in October 2018.

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