BEYOND FAITH IS COMING THIS FALL
We interrupt this story for an announcement from Dana Bowman, the main character in the Beyond mystery series.
The next novel in the Beyond series – Beyond Faith is coming this October. No spoilers but there are lots of puzzles and murders which I have to solve. And.. oh, oh, my author Sharon A. Crawford is pointing her finger at me to continue with this ongoing weekly story. In a sec – first Beyond Faith takes place the last two months of 1999. And the below story occurs just just before that.Sharon is
Sharon is also saying to check out her website. Updates will be posted there about Beyond Faith
And now my continuing story…
The police have arrived – Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding from Major Crimes and Detectives Stewart and Tractor from Forensics. Dana, Bast, David and Ms. Dugan are sequestered in the Attic Agency Office, waiting for Fielding to question them. Outside the agency door, Tractor and Stewart are doing their forensic job.
Ms. Dugan, pacing around the room: Oh my God, my brother, Wayne, I can’t believe he’s dead. Who would do this?
Dana: Really. He was involved in some questionable activities.
Ms. Dugan: Not now. He was not doing those break and enters. He was going to fix my door hinge.
Dana: Well, maybe or maybe not. He still had some questionable associates as the police would say. I mean he is now dead…
David: Mommy, Mommy, you gotta help Ms. Dugan.
Dana: That’s what we are trying to do here, David.
Bast: Dana, let’s not be harsh. Ms. Dugan
Ms. Dugan: Emily, please.
Bast: Emily’s brother has just been murdered.
David: Mommy, Mommy….
Dana: David, quiet please. Maybe you should go back onto the balcony.
David: Mommy, we gotta help Ms. Dugan. We…: David is shouting now and stands up.
Dana: David. Do you want the police coming in here now? They are going to separate us soon. I’m surprised they didn’t do it sooner.
Bast: There is a body outside the door.
Dana: Right. Okay. So, Ms… Emily, do you recognize that voice from the other side of the door?
David: It’s one of his friends. He did it. He..
Dana: David. Okay, that’s it. (She points to the balcony). Out onto the balcony.
David: Aw Mommy.
David pouts and stomps towards the balcony.
Dana; Leave the door open but keep quiet. Now Ms…. Emily. About that voice outside the door.
Ms. Dugan: Not Wayne. He would have been dead. I didn’t recognize the voice – it didn’t sound natural;
Dana: But it could have been one of his assoc… friends disguising his voice. Okay, we need you to give us Wayne’s friends names and their contact info.
Ms. Dugan: There’s Doug Pinchard, Mike Green, and Steve Sumach. They all went to school together and hung out then and afterwards.
Dana: And got into trouble together?
Ms. Dugan: Yes, juvenile stuff – vandalism, joy riding.
Bast: And as adults?
Ms. Dugan: No!. Oh all right. They did do a few break and enters – but that was three years ago and they did their time in prison for that. And Wayne was going straight. He even just landed a job at fast-food place and was to start next week.
Bast: And the other three? Did they find jobs?
Ms. Dugan: I don’t know.
Dana: Come, come, Emily, you say you are close to your brother..
Ms. Dugan: Wayne didn’t tell me everything.
Dana: But he was living with you so you would know if his friends came round.
Ms. Dugan: Not necessarily. Not when I was teaching.
Dana: Wouldn’t you see evidence of them being there when you returned home?
Ms. Dugan: What do you mean?
Bast, interrupting: Dana means evidence of eating – maybe empty potato chip bags, dirty glasses, cigarette butts.
Ms. Dugan: Yes, I suppose so.
Dana: Come come Emily – either there was evidence or not.
Ms. Dugan: Oh all right. I did find a few dirty glasses – once – and cigarette butts, but Wayne smokes…smoked. Oh, I can’t do this. My baby brother is dead. Someone killed him. (She starts sobbing).
Bast: Take it easy. Do you want some water?
Dana: She might want something a bit stronger, Bast.
Ms. Dugan: Water is fine.
Bast pours some water into a glass from the pitcher on the file cabinet and hands it to her. Dana hands her a writing pad.
Dana: Start writing Wayne’s friends names and contact info – what you have. Also your impressions of each. It might help us figure out what happened.
Ms. Dugan: Okay. (She starts writing)
David charges into the room.
Dana: David, what did I say?
David: But Mommy, someone is climbing up the tree to the balcony.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Sharon A. Crawford
Like Dana says, Beyond Faith is coming. Meantime, there is Beyond Blood – the book before. If you haven’t read it yet, click on the book cover below to find out how.