Antiques and Alibis – Wendy H. Jones

Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?

 

 

Extract

I hope you enjoy this extract and want to read the whole book.

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Eagal leaping up and the harsh squeal of the office door broke my concentration. My best friend, Lexi, catapulted through the door and spread-eagled herself against the wall. No mean feat for someone six-foot-tall and weighing as much as a pregnant highland cow.

“Cass Claymore, when will you do something about that canine health and safety hazard.” She used all her power to shove Eagal’s face away from hers. He managed to perform one more all-encompassing lick. Never one to shy away from his duties, he made sure any passing human got scrubbed clean.

I kicked the remains of the bone against the skirting. This had him bounding back, all thoughts of Lexi flown from his head. Not only is he badly behaved, he’s also the thickest hound since time began.

“Sorry, Lex. Short of a tranquiliser gun, I’m not sure what to do. I’m spending all my hard-earned cash on treats. Talking of cash…”

I announced the news of the case to her.

Her eyes lit up at my mention of how much hard cash I had to deposit in my bank account. Her face said, ‘great stuff’. Her words screamed ulterior motive.

“Excellent. You’ll need an assistant then, darling. That’s worked out just perfectly.”

An unexpected visit from Lexi usually meant my life would change in some major way and not for the better. I loved Lex dearly. Twenty-three years’ friendship does that. But she always managed to coerce me into doing something I objected to.

“Assistant? Hang on, Lex. I didn’t say anything—”

“I’ve got just the person. Quill possesses every skill required of a PI.”

This did not bode well. Lexi’s chosen profession is a Community Justice Support Worker. The fancy moniker is what used to be called a Criminal Justice Officer. She specialises in finding ex-cons jobs. One was about to be palmed off on me.

“No. Absolutely not. I’ve barely enough work for me.”

“All settled then. He’ll be here in the morning. Ciao, darling.”

“Lex, how can you translate no to yes?”

She blew me a kiss, darted out the door and dashed down the stairs. Her footsteps were astonishingly quiet for one so large.

“What in the name of heavens am I going to do with an assistant?”

Eagal sat up, gave one booming wuff, and settled down again.

His look said, “More people to play with.”

My look said I needed to improve at refusing. I barely knew what to do with myself never mind an employee with a ‘past’.

Thank you, Wendy H. Jones and LoveBooksGroup.

 

About the author

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

 

 

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