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The Excerpt …
Here is the context to this extract: Tarah, the main protagonist, is dealing with a mass of cancellations at the holiday apartments she manages following a negative review. Patrick, a guest, has been found dead. The police have ruled it natural causes, but Mr Bob her guinea pig, is acting strange whenever Patrick’s name is mentioned. Jorge, her boss, says Mr Bob can sniff out trouble and told her she needs to look into what really happened to Patrick.
I sit and stare at the screen. Was that the right thing to do? Did it look suspicious we didn’t make it public knowledge? What do other places do? What about big hotels? Do they make announcements if a guest dies?
I try calling Jorge. It rings and rings and goes to voicemail.
Who else might know about Patrick? I drum my fingers and crunch on my pen anxiously. The plastic weeps with my saliva and within moments I’ve chewed the blue lid into a misshapen mould of my teeth. Mr Bob stares at me, his face screwing with irritation at my incessant nibbling. I eyeball him back – he’s such a hypocrite – he keeps me awake many a night chewing and chatting. Diego remains an ever-faithful discreet presence, playing quietly with his phone (volume off) while waiting for me.
I look at the review again my blood boiling. Shit, no wonder so many people are now cancelling. But this is so unfair, we can’t be held responsible for the death of a guest. It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t cause it, we weren’t negligent. I stare at the screen searching for answers. I don’t get it, it was so early in the morning when the ambulance came and nobody was even up by the time they left, so I’m not sure who would’ve seen anything. Most people were asleep. And anyway, with the exception of Miriam, nobody’s asked me about Patrick’s death. It’s not like I’m trying to keep a secret or hide anything.
A gnawed piece of plastic catches on the side of my cheek mid-chew. I poke my tongue on the rough spot trying to sooth the scratch. Unless I’ve missed something? Unless there was something we could’ve done? Something we should’ve done. Was Patrick’s death somehow avoidable or preventable? Was there something somebody knew that I didn’t and we could’ve done something? I resume my manic chomping, my mind going over all the events from that night and the morning when Pauline called me. Was there something we’d overlooked; a really important detail we’d forgotten?
About the Book
Sun, sea and… murder in Fuerteventura!
Boring. Going nowhere. That was Tarah’s life in the UK, before she moved to Fuerteventura to start a new adventure. But things came unstuck quicker than she’d planned. A dead guest on the holiday complex she manages threatens to pull apart her hoped-for dream life.
If she wants to keep her job and save the reputation of the business, she’s got to find out what happened to Patrick. Did he die of natural causes – or was he murdered?
Tarah’s pet guinea pig, Mr Bob, has a knack for sniffing out trouble and he suspects foul play. The mission is on: Who Killed Patrick?
With the assistance of Mr Bob and Diego, a local plumber, Tarah turns amateur sleuth to find out the truth.
Can Tarah and Mr Bob find the murderer before it’s too late? Will they be able to save the business and protect their blissful new life?
About the Author
Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company – my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)
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