By Jess Lourey
What is so unsuitable with admiring from a distance? Mira's quirky dog love for leader Wenonga, a well-muscled fiberglass statue in her Minnesota small city, may be a more secure love pursuit than on-line relationship. but if the 23-foot leader is going lacking from his cement base, Mira's now not the single citizen to be beaten. town of conflict Lake is celebrating their statue's twenty fifth anniversary and no quantity of blue, sugar-soaked popcorn balls at Wenonga Days can uplift their gloomy temper. but if Mira runs right into a lifeless physique, the city has extra urgent matters. Mira's moment greatest weigh down, natural gardening god and useless ringer for Brad Pitt–Johnny Leeson–has disappeared. Her good fortune with males is operating out, and a killer will be relocating in. With whatever of her personal to conceal, Mira hopes she will be able to stay away from the police lengthy adequate to trace down the thing of her mega-crush–but is Mira trailing a statue-thief, a kidnapper, or a assassin?
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Maybe this was payback for not pursuing a relationship with the post-operative transsexual professor I had been set up with in May. Man, somebody somewhere was keeping a close eye on the score. ” Another riffling of papers. “I understand, Ms. James. You’re happy without love in your life, with no one to take romantic walks with at night or to smile into your eyes as you wake up. ” I had my car keys in one hand and the doorknob in the other. com. ” “Got it. ” “Thanks. And rememb—” I clicked the “end” button, tossed the phone on the couch, let out my calico kitty, Tiger Pop, and Luna, my German Shepherd-mix foster dog, and was out the door.
I knew the town wasn’t trying to maliciously malign anyone, but I also knew how the celebration would appear to the rest of the world. It was only five years ago that Battle Lake finally replaced the high school mascot, a stereotypical Indian warrior chief they called The Battler, with a bulldog, and that change had been hotly contested. Dr. Castle continued. “We don’t want you to stop your festival. ” The whispering crowd suddenly went whip-silent. “Remove …” My voice cracked as I went from observer to participant in light speed.
She shook my proffered hand, warmly and confidently. “I work for the Battle Lake Recall. ” I winced at my own choice of words, considering that there might be a little brain on the Wenonga base. “Sure. ” “How about the Rusty Nail at 7:00? ” She winked and moved toward the front of the crowd as Jed stepped back toward me. ” His normally bloodshot eyes were glowing, and the sun had dried the sweat from his curls, making them wild. “I heard one of the cops say there was a scalp on the post. ” I tuned him out as I wondered how I could find out what Les Pastner, my other suspect, had been up to last night.