Act of Abduction
- Act of Abduction
- by Heather Fraser Brainerd & David Fraser
- José Picada, P.I., Book Three
- Genre Mystery
- Tags Mystery, Paranormal, Detective, Magic
- Release February 2015
- Cover Designer Charlotte Volnek
- Words 54592
- Pages 226
- ISBN 978-1-77127-678-8
Josie P. Cates, P.I., springs back into action when an old colleague from her insurance days calls in desperate need of a detective. A number of his claimants have gone missing, and the police are eyeing him as a suspect. Josie embarks on the case while simultaneously juggling friends and relationships, only to find that the case leads her back to a former adversary. With another foray into the dark and mystical looming before her, will Josie find the strength for one more supernatural battle? Or will she just go for a pizza with her new boyfriend?
We sat at our table for three, finishing the last of our eggs and bakey. At least, I was finishing my breakfast. Geoff and Carrie-Ann had fancy sandwiches.
Al came out of the kitchen to say hello. “Carrie-Ann! Good to see you again,” he greeted her.
“You, too, Al! I can’t believe I haven’t seen you since Thanksgiving. That sure was a heck of a holiday, wasn’t it?”
“It sure was.” Al shook his head at last year’s antics.
“You know,” Carrie-Ann said to him, “I still think of you as Josie’s boyfriend.”
“What?” Geoff said, turning to me. “Al’s your ex?”
“Nope,” I answered.
“They weren’t really dating,” Carrie-Ann explained. “Josie just wanted our whole family to think they were, so she brought him home to Tennessee for Thanksgiving.”
“What?” Geoff’s voice was getting a little too loud.
“It was just a big misunderstanding,” I said.
“She brought his dad along too,” Carrie-Ann said in her chipper voice. “I guess to sort of sell the story.”
“What?” Geoff stood, knocking his chair backward.
“Geoff, calm down,” I said. “It’s not that big a deal.”
“You pulled a con on your own family and it’s not a big deal?” He ran his hands through his hair, distraught.
“I can explain everything,” I said in my let’s-just-calm-down tone.
“Were you really home last night, or was that just another lie?”
Now that ticked me off. “You have no right to question me!”
Al and Carrie-Ann looked back and forth between us like they were at a tennis match.
“You’re right,” Geoff’s voice was quieter, almost sad. “But I can question us.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Do we belong together, Josie? Do I even know you at all? Did I ever really know you?”
He held up one hand. “I need time to think. I’ll be at the Jamison Hotel.”
As he made his grand exit from the restaurant, I had the urge to call out, “And…scene!” Instead, I bit my lip and watched him stalk out in silence.
“Well,” Al said. “That was awkward.”
“I’m so sorry I brought it all up,” Carrie-Ann said. “I had no idea he’d react like that.”
“It’s not your fault,” I told her. “Geoff can be a little…dramatic.”
“Well, I still feel just terrible.”
“Let’s go home,” I said, feeling borderline miserable. “I need a shower. And a drink.”
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