Beneath the Ashes:: An Alaska Mystery by Sue Henry

By Sue Henry

In a wide ranging land of ice and chilly, dying has come...by fire.In the lingering sit back of the early Alaskan spring, famed "musher" Jessie Arnold confronts the charred continues to be of a favourite neighborhood pub, destroyed through a suspicious blaze that claimed an blameless, unsuspecting existence. This lull among racing seasons is intended to be a time of grueling education and conditioning for Jessie and her dogsled team-but as an alternative it has develop into a time of worry. as the burning has in basic terms started, and its flames will scar and blister Jessie's international in methods she will slightly think. And within the wake of extra loss of life, her subsequent race can be one for survival -- as she struggles to figure out even if a determined pal is a terrified victim...or a killer.

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Becker asked. “Was. The operative word seems to be was. ” Hank Peterson asked. ” “I wasn’t there. ” Becker questioned. “No, I was headed home. ” “Damned incompetent bartender left without restocking. I had to clean up there, too. There’ll be somebody else behind that bar tomorrow. ” “No. ” “Just checking, Mr. Lee. Someone died in this fire. ” “What happened? ” “We don’t know, but an investigator will be here soon. ” “An arson investigator. It looks like this fire might have been set, Mr. ” 28 SUE HENRY “Dammit.

He refused to have a phone—afraid I’d use it to report him. He watched— wanted to know where I was all the time. We only had the truck and he always took it with him to work. He got more and more suspicious—like jealous of everyone: neighbors—though there weren’t more than a few—the checker at the grocery store; the guy who read the electric meter, for God’s sake. And he yelled at me. I never knew when he was going to hit me. “We moved three times in those years—each time farther away from town.

You haven’t changed much,” she prevaricated. “I’m just not tracking too well—didn’t get enough sleep last night—there was a—” “Don’t, Jessie,” Anne interrupted sharply with a hint of exasperation. “I look in the mirror every morning. ” Jessie gave in. ” Tears welled and ran down the coarsened cheeks and mouth that was now twisted with resentment. BENEATH THE ASHES 35 “Greg happened,” Anne said, bitterness spilling over with her tears. “My husband—may he fry in the flames of hell—is what happened to me.

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