By Tim Myers
Tucked away within the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Hatteras West resort and Lighthouse. Innkeeper Alex Winston watches over the comfy getaway, and site visitors anticipate him to keep up every little thing from uncomplicated maintenance to breakfast. yet he additionally has to keep up the occasional homicide case, too.When a customer is located lifeless on the best of the lighthouse, Alex needs to remedy the secret and catch the perpetrator sooner than the subsequent visitor assessments out.
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Drake patted Alex’s shoulder as the two men looked off into the surrounding hills in silence. Alex kept watching the clouds as they rolled in waves toward him. He loved the sky, and the views his lighthouse offered. Now it looked like his days of enjoying the vista would be tainted forever with the memory of Reg’s dead body sprawled on the upper platform. Alex turned away and started down the steps, suddenly needing to get away from Reg’s body. Drake followed silently; there was obviously nothing else he could do there.
She didn’t wear any makeup that he could see, and her graying hair was tucked up under a badly abused hat. He wondered briefly when the woman had last smiled. Certainly not since she’d come to Hatteras West. He called out, “I’m sorry, Mrs. Matthews. ” The woman spun around and waited impatiently for Alex to join her. When he got within reach, she started tapping him forcefully on the chest with her cherry walking stick. Perched on top of the slender shaft was a cast-metal dragon’s head painted an unnatural shade of gold.
I just heard Marisa’s message on the answering machine. I’m not surprised you’re having trouble with the boiler. ” Alex tapped a pencil on the sparsely signed logbook. “Save the lecture, my friend. ” “Sure, just let me leave a note for Les. You know, it’s getting to the point where I hate coming out to your place. ” Alex sighed. “Listen Mor, if I had the money, I’d buy a new boiler. ” Mor laughed. “That’s not the problem. ” “Mor, it’s a long story, and I don’t have a whole lot of time. ” “See you soon then.