Death Waxed Over by Tim Myers

By Tim Myers

On Founder's Day, Harrison Black, proprietor of At Wick's finish, has a stand close to Gretel Barnett. while she's killed in the course of the festivities--and fogeys begin suspecting Harrison--he needs to determine who extinguished his largest rival.

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I can’t believe this happened right under our noses. ” “Come on, I already told you, I know you didn’t do it. ” “I don’t have a clue. It could have been anybody. With all those firecrackers going off and the crowds milling around, it would be so easy for the killer to fade back into the mob. ” Heather said, “You’re joking, right? ” “Why? Let the police handle it. ” “So you’re willing to let your candleshop die, just like that? Harrison, there’s something you don’t understand. Just the implication that you had anything to do with Gretel’s death could be enough to destroy your business.

Most likely I was in for another round of accusations before the night was over. Surprisingly, things were quiet as Heather and I dismantled our tables. She said, “It’s been like this all afternoon. ” “I’m sorry,” I said. ” “It’s not your fault, Harrison,” she said. “I can’t believe this happened right under our noses. ” “Come on, I already told you, I know you didn’t do it. ” “I don’t have a clue. It could have been anybody. With all those firecrackers going off and the crowds milling around, it would be so easy for the killer to fade back into the mob.

If you’re here to buy candlemaking supplies, welcome. ” a woman asked from the back of the store. ” I suddenly had a thought. ” That caused a run on the shelves, and I saw Eve shaking her head in obvious disapproval. So be it. It was my candleshop, and my choice. I walked to the register as the line started to form. ” She said meekly, “I don’t have one. I just wandered in to buy a kit. ” “Of course it is,” I said, feeling my face flush. ” She grabbed the bag from Eve and scurried out, hesitating to look back at me before she bolted through the door.

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