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Look what the cat dragged in,” Millie said cheerfully as I took a seat at her long counter. There was a display of pumpkin doughnuts on hand, something I’d first tasted recently but had quickly found addicting. ” “I can wait. Coffee,” I grunted, and Millie laughed. ” She was too cheerful to have heard about Aaron Gaston, and I dreaded having to break the news to her. “You haven’t heard,” I said as I took a grateful sip of the coffee. It was hot enough to scald, but I barely noticed. The older I get, the harder it is for me to deal with sleep deprivation.

For how long? ” Morton brushed away my questions as if they were circling gnats. “What? I don’t know, but it’s been a while. Listen, why don’t you wait upstairs? ” “Fine by me,” I said as I started out with Esme. The cat was quiet in my grasp, almost nestling inward toward me. Could she sense the presence of death in the room, or was it due more to Heather’s abrupt abandonment? “Wait a second,” Morton called out as I neared the door. “This is it. ” I asked as I hurried back toward him. The sheriff shined his light on part of the electrical cord, and I could see that it was so frayed some of the wiring was showing through.

That’s how I found him. Pearly and I were both looking for the cause. As far as I know, he’s still upstairs. ” “Absolutely. ” As I waited for Morton to grab his flashlight, I was glad to be able to put this in the sheriff’s hands, whether it was an accident, or more unlikely, a homicide. I’d been forced to look into my Great-Aunt Belle’s murder when Morton hadn’t believed that her death had been deliberate, but that had been personal, and I had no doubt the sheriff would be able to handle this particular situation.

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