A Crying Shame (Jesse Watson Mysteries, Book 3)
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Jesse and Billy return from their vacation only to discover that Claire is in a state of panic. Her soon-to-be ex-husband, Carl, has kidnapped her children! In Claire’s absence, he convinced her mom to let him take Benny and Carrie into town for ice cream. Minnie, stunned by his sudden appearance, but thankful that he had finally shown some interest in his children, agreed to his request. He had driven all the way from Washington, D. C. to see his kids—what could it possibly hurt? But when Carl fails to return as promised, a late night mission to rescue the children ensues. Billy enlists the help of his three brothers and soon a simple plan is devised. The retrieval is pulled off and Benny and Carrie are reunited with their mother. However, the mission was not without complications. The conversation between Carl and Billy had become heated, and blows were exchanged. Blood was spilled. The next day, Carl turns up missing. Is Carl dead, or is this another one of his practical jokes? Frank Trainum of the D.C. Police Department is determined to find out. With the help of the Charlottesville Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, a full investigation begins. While Billy is dealing with the police, and at the same time investigating an unrelated case involving the death of Vicki Cherry, Jesse and Claire head to D.C. in hopes of unraveling the mystery of Carl’s disappearance. Their intention is to search his house for clues, but instead, they discover the body of one of his business associates. Trouble is not far behind as Jesse and Claire flee D.C. to save themselves from a psychotic killer who has turned her sights on them, and will stop at nothing!
didn’t know how bad the accident had been, but it must have been serious, because I hurt all over. My arm felt restricted as I tried to move. I looked down and saw the reason why. A cast ran from my wrist to the bicep on my right arm. As if a light bulb had just gone off over my head, red flags went up. What about my baby? “Mom,” I moaned as I tried to sit up. A flash of pain shot through my spine, bringing me back down. “Oh, God, that hurts. What’s wrong, Mom? Am I okay? Is my baby okay?
Beard. How or why, it doesn’t matter, because we can’t change the fact that Benjamin Beard is most likely Maisy’s father. A piece of paper proves that.” “Who says it’s real?” “I feel certain that it’s real. Anything that damaging has to be real. And I would think the law would be on his side if he decided that he wanted custody. He probably has every right to take her, even though several people heard Brian tell me he wanted us to take care of her until his return, which we now know isn’t going
know how to handle my neighbors. Most of them are housewives who have nothing to do all day long but gossip. However, when it comes to the women against the men, they stick together.” “That’s interesting,” I said. “Women talk about each other, but pull together against the opposite sex. That’s a strange, but delightful relationship, don’t you think?” “Just because these women are rich, it doesn’t mean they can’t be dysfunctional. We’ll use that to our advantage.” “We must be getting…” “It’s
appreciates it, too. My money says that she probably has a few things to say to Carl.” “I bet she does,” he said as he turned to leave. “I thought you were heartless, but I see now that you were only doing your job, in your own way. I guess you’re not such a bad guy after all.” “Don’t be so sure,” he snipped and then walked out the door. “What is it with that man?” I asked as we all headed to the parlor. “You try to pay him a compliment and…” “That’s just his way,” Abby said. “He doesn’t
have a paternity test done, if he didn’t think he could be the father? That’s a red flag to me. If that test shows that he’s the father, I’d say we have our man. All I have to do is prove it. Belinda said that if his wife found out, she’d divorce him. He was already in financial distress. A divorce would bankrupt him. Belinda also said that he gambles and drinks on the job.” “Why doesn’t she report him?” “I asked her that and she said she needed her job. She said the medical board wouldn’t do