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Murder is a deadly way to start a relationship …
Finally back in Coronado and his own apartment but still tired from traveling, Taylor helps a neighbor by closing her apartment door as she dashes back to work. But, as he does so, a smell he’s all too familiar with permeates the air. And he’s plunged into a multiple homicide with no meaning or end …
Midge doesn’t understand what’s happened to her life, … but now her home, her workplace, her neighbors are all in danger and are all suspect. … Taylor is the only piece of normalcy in her world-gone-crazy right now.
But even he can’t keep an eye on her all the time …
Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire! Taylor has just returned from a mission, tired he neglects to close his door and crashes on his couch. Only to be roused by his neighbor who notices the open door.
Midge hasn’t even made it to her own apartment when she gets called back into work. She notices Taylor’s open door and calls out to him before continuing on her way. But Taylor’s door isn’t the only one not closed and what Taylor finds inside has him stopping her from leaving the complex.
This is a favorite scene.
Midge Holloway wouldn’t believe Taylor until she saw it for herself. They now stood in the hallway, outside Midge’s apartment. She stared at Taylor. Then her head started to shake, sending red curls everywhere. Her body followed. She wrapped her arms tight around her chest, but it was hard to hold back her shudders as shock set in. “I barely even knew the man,” she whispered. “What’s he doing in my apartment?”
“I don’t know,” Taylor said grimly. “But we have a very limited window to find out.”
She stared at him, her fuzzy mind confused as she struggled to understand what Taylor was talking about. She glanced up and down the hallway. “This is so wrong. I’ll be in so much fucking trouble.”
“That you are,” he said. “So, somehow, we have to clear you of this.” He stopped talking and looked at her intently. “Presuming you’re innocent.”
Her eyes widened, and she stared at him for a moment before her temper spiked. “I had absolutely nothing to do with any of this. How could you even think I would do something like that?”
“Hey, I hated to ask, but I needed a clear answer,” Taylor said, running a hand through his hair. “I’m short on sleep. It’s been a rough couple of days. Look. In the last eight years that I’ve been in the navy, I’ve seen way too much shit. Not just on a personal level but globally. No, the scene in your apartment is not a new coup taking over a small country and leaving behind only bloodshed, bones and broken dreams. But, on a small scale, it’s really the same damn thing. You’ve got somebody who wanted something, and they’re using people as a way to get it. So you need to tell me how well you knew Gary.”
Just then a door slammed down the hallway, and a guy turned to the stairway without even looking at them. They could hear his footsteps as he went downstairs. She looked at Taylor and whispered, “Did you recognize him?”
He shrugged. “No. I can’t say that I did. You?”
She frowned. “I don’t know,” she said. “I feel like I’m looking at everybody suspiciously. For that matter”— she turned to look at him—“ how do I know you didn’t kill him? Maybe when your door was open, you had just raced away from my place.”
He gave a bark of laughter. “If only I had the energy for all that. You can call Nelson and find out that I just got home like an hour ago.”
“How long do you think the guy has been dead?”
He watched her with respect. “Oh, good question. Because if he’s only been dead forty-five minutes, I could have killed him, but what would be my reason for letting you know a dead guy is in your room?”
She frowned, not sure exactly what his reasoning would be. “Maybe you’re not a nice guy, but you’re not quite the asshole who would want me to come home in the dark and see that either.”
He pursed his lips with a smirk and said, “Good theory but it’s a no on all counts.”
She raised both hands in frustration. “Fine. So what now?”
“We call in the police,” he said quietly. “And you don’t touch anything.”
“I’m not touching nothing,” she snapped. “Except my cell phone. I have to go to work. You know that, right?”
He shook his head. “Tell them an emergency came up.”
“Are you kidding? That’s why I got called in to begin with. Somebody else had an emergency.”
“Let me call the cops first. I’ll see if you can head off to work, but I’ve got a pretty good idea what the answer will be.”
She groaned and paced while he made the call. She heard broken bits of the conversation, but the gist was clear. She’d better stay here, or her ass was on the line.
It made sense, considering it was her apartment and all, but, at the same time, she didn’t want to get into more trouble at work either. Reluctant, but resigned, she picked up her phone and called her boss.
His voice ripped through the air. “Why aren’t you back here yet? I told you that we needed you.”
“I’m sorry, sir,” she said. “But something major is going on in my apartment building.”
“Unless you’re dead, dying or almost there,” he snapped, “you better get your ass over here or don’t bother coming tomorrow.”
She gasped in outrage, but Taylor snapped her phone from her hand.
Dale Mayer. Taylor (Kindle Locations 106-109). Valley Publishing.
With a dead body in his neighbor’s apartment things heat up quickly. Police, Mason, and couple of friends start investigating. Midge works in records and someone has hacked into that system. A very suspicious occurrence on top of a murder.
There are many twists in this book as the investigation into both crimes proceeds with Midge and Taylor right smack dab in the middle of it all.
They also start exploring why they’ve never dated which in itself is a fun conversation.
As with every book I’ve read in this series to date, I couldn’t put this book down!
5 Contented Purrs for Dale!
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!
To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.