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April A to Z Challenge ~~ The ABC’s of Death

The April A to Z challenge is upon us! As I stated a few days ago, my theme is writing another DeeDee Watson, PI story. Each chapter will go through the alphabet A – Z in order.

Don’t worry, the chapters will be relatively short. So, here we go!

ABC'S of Death book cover (4)


I’m sitting in my office with a cup of joe and my dog Tee. Both of us on the edge of boredom when my phone rings. Now, it’s not unusual for my phone to ring, what is unusual is the caller’s name that was showing up.

Angela Michaels. I haven’t heard that name since my college days. We used to be roomies back in the day. Haven’t heard from her since just after graduation. The only way to know what she wanted was to answer the ringing phone.

“DeeDee Watson.”

“Dee? This is Angela Michaels.”

“Hey, Angela, been a while. How you doing?”

“I heard you were a Private Investigator now. Is that true?”

Ah yes, Angela always was one to skip the pleasantries. ‘Cut to the chase Angela’ we used to call her. She never was one for small talk. That’s OK, I’m not good at it either.

“Yeah, I’m a PI now.”

“I need your help Dee. Can you come to Ashville?”

Ashville was about a five hour drive north of here. Nice size town, known for its waterfront condos and upscale community. In other words, rich people lived there.

“That’s quite a drive Angela without me knowing why.”

“I own a real estate business here. My friend Tony is dead! They said it was suicide, but I know that’s not true. Tony would never take his own life! I need you to find out who killed Tony!”

Angela was not her usual unshakable self. Unless she changed a lot since college, which I doubt, she was really upset about her friend Tony.

“Calm down Angela.”

I hear her take a deep, unsteady breath. “I’m sorry Dee, but this has really been a bad week for me. Can you come? I’ll pay your expenses and put you up in one of the best hotels here.”

It took me all of ten seconds to decide. What the hell. I always liked Angela. “I’ll be there by five this afternoon.”

“Thank you, Dee! Go to the Hilton on Main street. I’ll reserve a room for you. Call me at 555-8833 when you arrive and I’ll meet you there.”

“Got it. I’m on my way.”

I stick the phone number I had just written down in my pocket. Time for Tee and I to get moving on our next case.

Feel free to leave comments, helpful criticisms, or just say hi! 

28 thoughts on “April A to Z Challenge ~~ The ABC’s of Death

  1. Woo-hoo, here we go! Great start to another DeeDee Watson story. I think I’m going to like it here this month. (Not that I don’t like it here all the time. 🙂 )


  2. Here you reintroduce/establish the main character (and personality) and establish the new character’s personality and that they have some history in the past.
    “Ah yes, Angela always was one to skip the pleasantries. ‘Cut to the chase Angela’ we used to call her. She never was one for small talk. That’s OK, I’m not good at it either.”
    So much in such a short space. Nice

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  3. A great start, my friend! I really already like her after the Fedora story. Looking fwd to more…and even if I’m probably not reading every single day(need a blog-free day here and there), I’ll read them in the correct order 🙂 Bravo!! Happy Easter to you, Hubs, Sam and the cats. Hugs!

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    1. Well I will have Sundays off this month, no blog posts then, unless I feel the urge. LOL So glad you like the story Tiny. I’m enjoying writing it. Happy Easter to you also! Big hugs!


  4. When I first spotted the title of your post I thought you were going to be writing something heavy and dark. So glad to see it’s going to be a fun mystery! 🙂


  5. I so want to read further right now but felt it would be an injustice if I moved on without complimenting ! Its wonderfully written !! I am so lucky to stop by!


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