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Today I’m on the ‘Framed’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. Meath loves writing about little or unknown people, places and events in history, rather than relying on the typical stories and settings.
It’s a deadly game of who’s who, and who isn’t.
Things get pretty sticky for PI Jax Diamond and his courageous canine partner, Ace, when their best friend, a cop, is framed for murder. And not just anyone’s murder. The victim is the fiancée of the most notorious gangster in the city, Orin Marino, Jax’s worst enemy.
Laura Graystone, the budding Broadway Star and Jax’s new squeeze, proves to be an ingenious partner as they sift through clues trying to find the real murderer. But when Jax is pinched for another crime, Laura and Ace are forced to go undercover.
Hang on to your seat as Jax, Laura and Ace take you on another crazy, whodunit ride during the Roaring Twenties. Where no one is who they seem, and those who do, aren’t. Anything goes during an era of fun and frolic, song and dance, speakeasies, gangsters, bootlegging, and bribes.
Tim counted the money as they drove away from the Thirteenth Precinct. “There’s two grand in here, Jax. I don’t get it. What did you mean by a payoff? A payoff for what?”
Jax groaned. “Take a few deep breaths, Murph, and think about it. I know it’ll come to you.”
Tim’s dark eyes suddenly grew wide and aghast. “For murdering that woman? Aw, Jesus. First, they try to kill me. Now, they’re trying to pin the murder on me?” He threw the envelope on the floor, leaned forward, and held his head in his hands. “This just keeps getting worse. All I wanted was to get some dirt on Marino. I can’t believe it all exploded like this. Why is Marino coming down on me so hard, Jax? He stopped Evie before she had a chance to tell me anything.”
“Maybe he thinks she gave you some information over the phone. Outside of that, he knows you’re not just going to let last night go without digging deeper into it. But look at the bright side. If he’s trying to frame you for Evie Becker’s murder, he’s not out to kill you anymore.”
“Right now, I’m not sure which is worse.” Tim sat upright. “Where are we going?”
“It’s after eleven o’clock, and Rizzo’s is open now. You said there were other customers there last night. I’m hoping we can find someone who knows what really went on in that alley and is willing to back up your story. Give me some of that dough.”
“What? No. I’m giving it all to Captain Ryan when I talk to him.”
“Well, he’s not available right now. Look, Murph, Marino sent that money to you at the police station for the sole purpose of making you look guilty in front of your fellow officers. But that, alone, isn’t enough proof. You can be sure he’s got a few more clever ideas. If we can find a couple of solid witnesses to back up your story, you’ll be in the clear when you talk to Captain Ryan.”
Tim folded his arms in front of him. “I’m not giving you any of the money, Jax. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
“Ace, get the envelope,” Jax told him.
Ace wiggled his way up front, snatched it off the floor, and dropped it in Jax’s lap.
Tim looked shocked. “How the heck did you train him to do that?”
“I didn’t teach him anything. He’s just smart.”
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