As some of you know I do comedy skits featuring Dana Bowman, the main character in my Beyond mystery books. After the most recent skit, which I did with literary fiction author Shane Joseph at my East End Writers’ Group “Creativity from the Stacks” presentation the end of June, I’ve banished Dana to between the covers of Beyond Blood…until the next book in the series, Beyond Faith, comes out in October.
But that isn’t sitting too well with Dana and she’s been straining the book covers. So, I’m letting her out, but in my weekly blog posts only, and only until Labour Day. Dana swears she has a story to tell and it has to be told.
Very well, I’m turning the blog post over to Dana.
Dana: Finally. Oh, yeah. Thanks Sharon. Yes, well let’s get right to it. First, I have to go bring in the weekly local newspaper. Well, it is 1999 and print was still the main way to read a newspaper, although there were some articles posted online.
Dana goes to the front door, opens it, steps out onto the veranda, and stoops to pick up the paper. A large photo of a young woman stares back at her. The headline says Local teacher’s brother suspect in b and e ring.
Dana: What the? .She starts reading the story as she heads for the kitchen and a cup of coffee.
Bast: Anything interesting in the paper?
Dana: Yeah. David’s teacher has suspected criminal ties.
Bast: What? Here give me that paper.
Dana hands it over and Bast starts reading the story.
Bast: The brother of a Thurston grade school teacher is being held by police on break and enter charges. Wayne Dugan, who lives with his sister, Carla Dugan in Thurston, was picked up last night by Cooks Regional Police as he left Morgan’s Hardware on Main. He was carrying a bag of screwdrivers which he had just bought.
Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding who is heading the investigation, claims they received an anonymous tip that Dugan was involved in the current break and enters in Thurston. These break and enters are widespread across different areas of Thurston.Unlike the spurt of vandalism and break and enters that plagued Thurston in August of last year, it is believed that the current burglaries involve more than one person.
In August 1998, Thurston’s burglaries took an ugly turn with dead raccoons being found at the homes of some residences broken into. The situation escalated into the murder of Debbie Sanger during The Attic Investigative Agency’s opening reception. Co-owner of the agency, Dana Bowman’s son, David, was kidnapped that same evening..
Dana: Oh for Christ’s sake. Can’t they leave last year alone. David is having enough trouble recuperating from all that. Here, give me that paper.
Bast hands it back to her.
Dana: It says here that Carla Dugan is proclaiming her brother’s innocence and that the screwdrivers were needed to fix some loose hinges in the front door. Really? I mean the innocent part.
Bast: Innocent until proven guilty.
Dana: Oh, for Christ’ sake Bast, get real.
Bast: I’m just saying.
Dana: Well he is David’s teacher’s brother and they live together. What if the rest of the gang were at their place? What if she is part of the gang? What if…?
Bast, mimicking Dana’s voice: Oh for Christ’s sake…
Dana: It’s not funny. It’s too close to David, especially after last year.
Bast: I know, sis. Maybe you should have a chat with your er, boyfriend.
Dana: Fielding is not my boyfriend.
Bast: Well, your admirer. I’m sure you could get him to talk. I’m sure…
A loud knock sounded at the front door.
Dana: Who can that be? David just left for school an hour ago. And it’s not the agency door.
The two rush to the front door. Bast pulls it open.
On the doorstep stands David. Beside him is the woman in the newspaper photo – Carla Dugan.
David: Mommy, mommy, the police are after Ms. Dugan. You have to help her.
Want more? You’ll have to come back next Thursday..
Sharon A. Crawford