Crime Times Two by Julie Howard

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    Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead.

    While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn't talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder.

    As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut…

    She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in?

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 296
    Word Count: 74477  
    978-1-5092-2189-9 Paperback
    978-1-5092-2190-5 Digital

    Excerpt

    Chapter One

     

    The computer screen blinked and faded to black. A half second later, the lights in the small library flickered off. Meredith Lowe stared at the dark screen and groaned. “Oh hell.” She didn’t have time for this.

    The man sitting at the computer station next to hers gave a loud sigh. “Second time this week,” he muttered. “Power company’s doing some work on the road behind here; the men keep hitting the lines.”

    Meredith stared at the dark screen in the dim light coming through the lone front window. She hadn’t saved her homework and it was due before midnight tonight. Only, she didn’t have until midnight. Her five-year-old daughter, Jamie, needed to be picked up from kindergarten in a couple of hours, and there was no computer or Internet access at home. A couple of her Hay City friends offered to let her use their personal PCs which would save her the trip to the Twin Lakes library, but she’d relied on others too often in recent months. It was time she stood on her own two feet.

    “How long until the lights come back on?”

    She glanced at the man, but his head was now on his chest, eyes closed and breathing deeply. All that role-game playing must have tired him out, she thought.

    Meredith peered around the small community library. Forty minutes from her home in Hay City, the place was situated in a decaying strip mall, sandwiched between a former gift shop—now boarded-up—and an insurance office. The place consisted of one reasonably sized room, with two walls of books, a corner dedicated to movies and three computers, and a solitary librarian who continued reading her book by flashlight. Aside from the napping man and the librarian, the only other patron was a sour-faced, middle-aged woman checking out the supply of romance paperbacks.

    Twin Lakes, a small town within the vast area covering High County, was up a steep, winding road tucked in a notch of the Sawtooth Mountains and possessed the county’s only library. The town also housed the region’s only doctor’s office, which was strange because the high mountain location with deep snows at least three months of the year made it accessible only by snowmobile during winter months. Anyone throughout the vast county unlucky enough to break a leg on a ski slope or from slipping on ice would have to drive much farther than Twin Lakes to find a doctor.

    What is a chemical bond?

    Meredith forced herself to think about the question she’d been answering on her homework before the screen went blank. She'd written the answer twice already, deleting the response once before getting the words right, then seeing the text pop into darkness when the power failed.

    Here’s a better question, she thought: Why is a twenty-four-year-old mother of two, living in the middle of nowhere, taking an online college chemistry course?

    It’s because I’m a mother of two, she answered herself. I can’t keep on like this, struggling to make a living. My kids deserve a better childhood than mine. After achildhood filled with poverty and speckled with homelessness, she vowed she'd do anything to prevent her children from repeating that same life. At one point, she even considered murder…

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