Who says a Gen X hipster cannot clear up old-school mysteries?
Harley Jean's a failed university scholar. Her short occupation in company banking went up in flames. She cannot locate Mr. correct and can accept Mr. improper. She's twenty-six-years old--staring down the barrel at thirty--and now she works as a travel consultant within the whacko land of Elvis. She's named after a bike. Her dad's an Elvis impersonator. Her mother talks to spirit courses.
Someone kidnaps her family's dog--named King, in Elvis's honor. there is a ransom note.
And then, issues fairly get bizarre.
Memphis journey consultant Harley Jean Davidson is set to get pleasure from a unprecedented day without work while her mom and dad name with information that King, their border collie, has been dognapped. Harley Jean's mother insists the wrongdoer is Bruno Jett, their round the corner neighbor. Harley Jean might relatively run over her personal foot with a motorbike than consult him. he is drop-dead gorgeous--with a deadly perspective she'd wish to stay away from.
But King needs to be rescued, so she units off to discover him. Harley Jean will get greater than she offers for while she unearths a physique, besides. Bruno Jett is easily concerned, yet how?
The Memphis P.D. desires to pin the homicide on Harley Jean's dad. Now it really is as much as her to transparent his identify . . . and steer clear of turning into the killer's subsequent sufferer.
Leaving company banking for a role freed from rigidity have been an issue of survival. So right here she was once, in her overdue twenties and burned out, yet eventually in a task she did not have to take domestic along with her at evening. It was once a great trade-off--most of the time. not less than, while she did not have to accommodate a really horny attainable assassin . . .
The basement door opened. taking a look up, she observed Jett in the course of the cracks within the wood stairs.
For a second he simply stood at the most sensible step, the door propped open together with his foot, then he permit it shut softly in the back of him yet remained nonetheless and silent. He knew anyone used to be the following. The lighting . . . she'd left the lighting fixtures on. She slightly breathed, simply shallow breaths to maintain from passing out, afraid he'd listen her. Bruno Magli sneakers descended to the second one riser. She in brief closed her eyes, innovations of O.J. and his notorious sneakers reverberating ominously in her mind. without doubt, it used to be coincidence.
The sneakers descended one other step, then one other, and she or he held her breath until eventually her ears rang and her lungs ached.
The footwear stopped at the moment from the ground stair. She observed denim although the gaps, darkish socks, lengthy legs--she seemed up and her gaze locked with darkish blue eyes peering at her during the risers. Oh rattling.
He smiled, however it wasn't a really great smile. "Well," he stated, "I appear to have an uninvited visitor."
"I . . . uh, was once simply searching for you."
"And now you might have came upon me." He reached the ground and grew to become to examine her the place she'd edged out from underneath the steps to consider for an break out path within the concrete block walls.
"Why yes," she stated, conscious she spoke too brightly, "here you're. Now that you are domestic, i will simply be going."
"No, i don't believe so." He moved a number of steps nearer, close to sufficient she may perhaps see the chilly, risky gleam in his eyes. Uh oh.
"Oh, i do not mind," she acknowledged, "really. i feel I pay attention my mom calling me."'
"They're now not home."
She stared at him suspiciously. "And how are you aware that?"
"Because that obscene, puke eco-friendly van is long gone from the driveway."
"Oh." That sounded logical. in spite of everything, it were Bobby's first clue. So possibly Jett hadn't performed something to them or was once answerable for them leaving. Maybe.
He loomed over her. "I do not like you being the following, and that i do not like my privateness violated. frequently, I are likely to get nasty approximately such things as this."
Uh oh. certainly not a promising conversation.
Virginia Brown is the writer of greater than fifty novels, such a lot lately the bestselling Dixie Diva Mysteries and the acclaimed mystery/drama, darkish River Road.