The commissioner banned citizen interference in investigations, but that’s never stopped Donna before and won’t stop her now.
A race yacht has capsized. A millionaire has gone missing. If that and the involvement of a would-be psychic aren’t reason enough to worry, adding Donna’s meddling mother to the mix will jeopardize Legacy’s reputation even further.
Can Donna rein in the chaos before it spells disaster for everyone?
Targeted Age Group:: 14-99
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Readers. I asked if they wanted more of The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries series and got a definite yes.
The fact that Legacy is a coastal series inspired part of it. Can't have a regatta without water.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They can be a combination of various traits of people I know. Some are actually inspired from characters I have created from other tales, too. I take a trait such as being impulsive and quick to jump to conclusions and apply it to a new character who lives in a different locale. Sometimes, I can get a physical description by paging through old yearbooks.
The round golden sun glistened in the pristine blue skies rather like a Christmas ornament, except it was May. The low hum of the waves punctuated with an occasional childish scream of joy as a child met the ocean for the first time provided background sound. Donna Tollhouse, innkeeper, and her sister-in-law Maria stood on The Painted Lady Inn’s wraparound porch while peering in the direction of the ocean, which would have been visible if the trees hadn’t leafed out so much.
“I could help with your regatta-themed dishes,” Maria offered with a grin.
There were a few more screams, not so childish but equally playful. Donna, who had been holding Baby Cici, her niece, cut her eyes to her sister-in-law Maria and asked, “Did they hire another half dozen hot life guards this year?”
“Oh, my!” Maria rolled her eyes and waved her hand in front of her face as if the thought heated her up. “You should see them. I doubt they’ll be here long. Most probably aspire to be models or actors.”
“Well then,” Donna began, then cast a mischievous glance behind her where her husband, Mark, was seated in one of the wicker chairs reading the local newspaper. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken a stroll on the beach.”
Mark lowered his newspaper to reply, “I’ll be more than glad to take a walk on the beach with you. No reason for you to join the mob of Legacy women drooling over boys young enough to be your son.”
A derisive snort erupted from Maria. “There’s a female lifeguard, or maybe two, attracting all the old geezers’ attention.”
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