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Forecast for Murder
A Nora Huggins Mystery Series
A Novella by: John Russo
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release: December 16, 2011
Editor: Ellee Braun
Line editor: Valerie Haley
Cover artist: Nika Dixon
While attending her annual Mystery Reader’s guild meeting held on Block Island Nora is quickly engrossed in the murder of the inn keeper. A hurricane prevents the mainland state police from arriving for several days, leaving the local sheriff and his deputy over their heads with the homicide. Being the off-season, the inn’s only guests are the nine members of Nora’s group plus a small staff, the two owners, and a troublesome relative of one of the owners. Stranded by the storm and quarantined by the sheriff, Nora takes advantage of the opportunity to do enough snooping to discover that any one of the staff had the opportunity and motive to commit the murder. Nora’s in her glory as the inexperienced sheriff allows her to question everyone until she ultimately puts the pieces together and points him in the direction of the killer.
A loud commotion in the hall outside their room brought Marci out of her light slumber. “What’s going on out there?”
“I’m not sure,” Nora replied as she came out of the bathroom and headed for the door.
“Oh Nora, it’s terrible!” She was greeted by an excited Lillian Smith andHarriet Howell in the hallway.
“What’s terrible?” Marci was close behind Nora.
“Someone’s been found dead,” Harriet exclaimed.
“I believe it’s one of the innkeepers,” Lillian added. “We were in the lobby having coffee when the young lady who does up the rooms came out shouting for someone to call a doctor.”
“Calm down,” Nora suggested. “Calling for a doctor doesn’t mean a person’s dead.”
Just then, Shelly Newman appeared. “I’m pretty certain he’s dead. From what I could see from the open door, there’s blood covering his chest. They were calling the sheriff as I headed up here.”
“Who’s dead?” Marci asked.
“It’s one of the owners. At least that’s what the chef said after he went in and checked.”
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