My guest today is Anne K. Albert. Anne’s award winning mystery and romantic suspense stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. When not at the keyboard she loves to travel, walk on a beach, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her beloved and much cherished Kindle 3G. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pinterest, Amazon and her blog.
story of Frank, Incense and Muriel
takes place the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough
to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team
up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal
with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s
zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted
D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only
Here's an excerpt:
My cell phone blared from the confines
of my purse. I dug to retrieve it, and then picked up. “Hello?”
“Muriel,” Aunt Val said. “Come home.
Quick. I think I accidentally killed someone."
“What do you mean ‘accidentally’?”
Frankie accelerated, steering the Envoy into the outside lane of highway 290
and zooming past everything in sight. Including a police cruiser.
“How should I know?” I said. “Val hung
up before I could ask for specifics.”
“She’s at your house?”
“I think so.”
“You think so?”
I checked the rearview mirror for
flashing lights. “Slow down. You’ll get a ticket."
“You’re more worried about a traffic
violation than the fact you’re aunt just killed somebody?”
“She thinks she killed someone. Big
Ten minutes later, we arrived in my
driveway. The Christmas lights I’d put up that morning stretched the full
length of the front of the house and twinkled on the snow-covered shrubbery
with wild abandon. I might have been impressed with my handiwork if not for Val
and Big Boy standing guard beside the garage. In the shadows, I saw a body at
I climbed out of the Envoy and dashed
to their assistance. Problem was I had no idea what to do. Dead bodies were new
to me. As were missing persons, kidnappers and ransom demands. But I was
“Are you okay?” I asked, as Frankie
“I’m fine.” Reigning Big Boy in by his
collar, Val toed the body that lay face down in the snow.
“Don’t know about
“I took Big Boy out for his evening
constitutional. Got as far as your driveway, noticed you’d put up some lights
and stopped to admire them. Then, I spotted someone crouching by the side of
the garage. I figured he was a burglar, so I let Big Boy loose and, well, one
thing led to another.”
“Such as?” Frankie knelt down to
examine the body.
“Big Boy lunged at him. I thought he’d
tear the guy to pieces. Turns out all he wanted to do was sniff his crotch. You
know how dogs are.”
Yeah. We knew.
“Anyway, this guy wasn’t all that
obliging. He tried to push Big Boy away. Big Boy pushed back. Then the guy fell
backwards into that drift and I think he hit his head on Muriel’s gnome. See?”
She pointed to a mound of snow. “It’s right there. You can see the top of its
head. It’s the ugliest gnome I’ve ever seen.”
Frankie looked up at me. “You’ve got a
“Gargoyle. And it’s supposed to be
ugly. To ward off evil spirits.”
“Doesn’t ward off thieves or
burglars,” Val pointed out.
Frankie placed his middle finger on
the man’s throat. “He’s alive.”
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