The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 9: Girls Talk Turkey

I met Wyla in the surgery waiting area. She must have deciphered from the wild look I had plastered on my face that I needed a stiff drink. “You…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 8: Emergency Interrupts

The farmhouse, an American saltbox-style two-story, appeared to have had a significant facelift. The light celery-green paint job with stark white…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 7: Althea’s Run

Althea Roberts, to anyone who would first lay eyes on her, was an African-American beauty possessing a high caliber of physical attributes bestowed…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 6: Rathbone Estate

What transpired next confirmed the nurse Anna’s prediction. Record temperatures of stifling heat and humidity up to 100 degrees blanketed most of the…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 5: Deep-End Dining

Despite Luther’s fiancé giving him the business of taking off on a Saturday on the auspices of an important lead, we headed for Chicago. “Boy, did…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 4: Heat Wave

Evie Fortner had a fight with her husband over her present state of pregnancy. Still light outside, she put her Nikes on and dashed out the back…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 3: Bobber’s Café

Grandpa Pete summoned me for breakfast. His invitations were deemed in delivery as commands, rather than a nice thing to spend a morning meal with…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 2: Four Months Before October

My plan to discredit Melanie Rossen failed in momentum with every lead. I started with the head of the history department at Anderson University,…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 1: The First Victim

I paced restlessly around my apartment, not able to eat dinner or relax with a good DVD. My mind was racing, as well as my pumping heart. It was 7…


Allure Fades

Lara Whittaker focused her sleepy eyes to find recent eye-candy younger guy crush Asher Prather handing her a hot mug of coffee. He softly said,…