By Detective Ryan Ashburton from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany
Not again! Once, just once, I’d like to have a murder case in West London Massachusetts that doesn’t have Gemma Doyle sticking her cute little nose into it. That woman is a magnet for trouble.
Or maybe it’s just that she’s so scarily smart, and she see sees things that other don’t see, and remembers details that others don’t even notice, that she feels compelled to ‘give me a hand.’ I’d never admit it, but sometimes the police (meaning me) need a hand.
But sometimes she goes too far. Case in point: she managed trip over a second body in her search for the person who’d killed at the museum’s silent auction charity tea. Did she call 911 and sit quietly waiting for the police to arrive? Of course not, she ran out of the house and across the lawn in pursuit of the suspected killer. It was late at night, no one else around, and she chased a killer on foot. He got away on the city streets.
When the police dog arrived it found the trail instantly. Tracked the trail out of the house, across the lawn, to the street. And then followed it back to the house. Right up to Gemma Doyle’s feet.
Oops, she said.
What could I do? I threw up my hands and walked out.
Find out more about Gemma Doyle and if she’s able to repair her somewhat strained relationship with Detective Ashburton in A Scandal in Scarlet, the fourth in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany.
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