“Three bodies and a ghost. Sounds like a Netflix movie.”
“So pick these up. They will do great things for your heart. Stupendous characters who love each other in a cottage complete with cat and crazy neighbor. The plots are terrific, the writing marvelous, and all things combined…makes these the cosies of your heart. Don’t miss out. I highly recommend them one and all.”
“If you put naked gnomes in your garden….” Reggie trailed off, seeming completely at a loss for how to finish his sentence. “Can you not antagonise the woman?”
“I could.” Valor had no intentions of stopping their gnome wars. He thought it a perfectly passive-aggressive punishment for their nosy and bigoted neighbour. She disliked them because of their relationship and Bishan’s ethnicity. “But I won’t. Not going to apologise either.”
“Fine.” Reggie shook his head and chuckled. “I’ve already spoken to her about it. I did point out the gnomes are in your garden.”
Valor reached down to grab a stray frog, tossing it over the fence. “Unlike her amphibians.”
“What are you doing?”
“Making it rain?” Valor snickered with the detective. “Sorry.”
“Don’t lie to the police.” Reggie laughed. “She’ll send another complaint, and I have better things to do than write reports about flying frogs.”
“Really?” Valor wondered if he could get a copy of one of those reports to frame and put on the wall. “Could I—”
“No, I’m not making copies for you.” Reggie glared at him, proving how well he’d gotten to know them. “Why don’t we have tea inside? Prevent Mrs Harris from pelting you with frogs.”
“Will rivers of blood be next?” Valor wandered into the cottage with Staccato and Reggie following close behind. “Bish?”
“Made tea.” Bishan waved at Reggie and plucked Staccato off the floor. “Did you chuck another frog over the fence?”
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~ A brief excerpt from After the Scrum ~
“No, Sherlock, stop it. You uncivilized mongrel!” Francis Keen, interior decorator extraordinaire, tripped over his own feet and his dog’s leash. He landed in a heap on the walk outside his home. “Damnation, you obstinate creature, heel. Do you even know what the word means?”
“Having trouble, love?”
“No, Gran.” Francis straightened himself up, running his fingers through his now thoroughly mussed-up mass of light brown hair. He ignored his beloved grandmother’s tittering giggles while attempting to glare balefully at his Shetland sheepdog, Sherlock, his beloved and the bane of his existence. “Have a good day, Gran.”
“Try to stay on your feet, love.” She waved at him with another laugh then headed up the walk to their shared home.
Oh, the humiliation.
He’d gotten a smaller dog to go with his own more slender frame. He didn’t fancy being dragged off by a monster of a mutt. Sherlock didn’t appear to understand his purpose in life. Even for a smaller dog, he managed to yank his owner off his feet quite frequently.
The sheltie served other purposes, besides companion and best friend. Francis simply didn’t advertise what Sherlock’s training actually entailed. He didn’t want the sympathetic stares.
“One morning, Sherlock, just one would be nice. I’d give you the largest beef bone in the world if you could allow me to preserve my dignity once.” Francis fumbled with the keys to his only prized possession—a turquoise Fiat 500 from the seventies that had been painstakingly and lovingly refurbished. He patted the dashboard reverently once he’d situated himself and his insane canine. “Well, Watson, time to take the world by storm. Are you ready?”
“This story was full of humor and fun with two families “encouraging” two scrooges to enjoy Christmas and each other. Recommend reading.”
“The two main characters are perfect for each other…they support each other in every way and their love and affection for each other is genuine.
The mystery is wonderful. The clues come fast and furiously as they try to whittle down the list of suspects.”