Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
by Susan Boles
Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
Argent Ocean Publishing (November 10, 2017)
Paperback: 216 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0771PXNYD
On the fourth day of Christmas,
In Mercy, Mississippi….
Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body.
It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.
For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?
But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.
I spotted Mildred in Dixie’s chair and I knew her regular wash and set was on Wednesday afternoon. But at least she was a regular customer. As I pushed open the door, the bell jingled and Dixie looked up. When she saw it was me, and knowing me well, she cut her eyes to the crowded waiting area and gave me a no-nonsense keep your mouth shut look. I nodded to let her know I got the message.
All the women squished into the waiting area up front looked up at me, then back down at their magazines like some kind of freaky synchronized act. I halfway expected them all to suddenly turn a magazine page in unison.
“Well. Looky who’s here. Lily Gayle will have all the news straight from law enforcement headquarters.” Mildred cackled as she caught sight of me. “Come on over here by me so I can be sure I hear all of it.”
Before I could make a move in any direction, the Stepford wives up front all looked up again. This time with a glint of interest in their eyes. I shuddered inside. Acting like I didn’t even see them, I made my way back to Dixie’s chair. Not to fill Mildred in on anything. But so I could get a feel for when Dixie might be done and could step outside with me to chat.
TALK ABOUT THEIR CHILDHOOD WITH VLAD AND ALSO THE ARGUMENT LG OVERHEARD OUTSIDE THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.
She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.
Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upsidedown and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.
Susan writes mysteries set in the big city of Memphis, TN and the fictional small town of Mercy, Mississippi.