Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hallapalooza #20: Keep Following the Trail!

"I had thought we might do lunch today," Sonya Reyes said, looking around the small room with the mirrored wall. "But I had in mind asking you to join me at my club, not someplace like this."

Milla stared at the woman in the tailored suit, pearls, and designer shoes. She certainly didn't look like a crazed drug addict wandering around greenhouses in the middle of the night putting detectives in garbage bags. She also had perfectly manicured fingernails.

"What did you want to talk about?"

"Carla Jordan, of course. I needed to talk with you privately about something Carla told me."

"You didn't want to tell me about your cocaine habit?" Milla dropped her little bomb and waited to see Sonya Reyes' reaction.

The woman didn't deny it, Milla had to give her that. She calmly described several failed trips to rehab and how concerned she was that her little habit was going to be the reason her husband would never reach higher office. She also admitted that cocaine was an expensive habit to support.

"Who were you buying drugs from?" Milla was laying odds it was either the "dead Sunflower" Carla or the "it'll give you wrinkles" Liza.

"Frieda Rosen."

"The caterer? Did Carla know?" Milla supposed that made sense. She hadn't heard any raves about the food, yet the couple was invited to work an "A-list" party?

"I don't think so," Sonya answered. "She was kind of miffed that G. Winston Howard didn't use some caterers she'd picked out."

Milla stood and walked around the room. She knew Fletcher was videoing their conversation. She also knew he'd advised Sonya Reyes of her legal rights.

"What did you want to tell me when you called last night?"

The mayor's wife sighed. "I wanted you to know that Carla had been blackmailing my husband."

"Over your drug use?"

"No." Sonya's eyes met hers. "Over some missing building funds. She thought Juan was padding building contracts and taking kickbacks from Steven McCall."

"Was he?"

The woman shook her head vehemently. "No, no. Juan would never do that. He has too much respect for law."

Milla wondered how much old cop show residuals really paid.

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23 comments:

canyonson said...

This is fun
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Jessy said...

Great fun, thanks for the clue!
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Chris V. said...

Love the book cover! Happy halloween!

DarcyO said...

More and more clues. What fun!

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PK the Bookeemonster said...

Hmmm, Carla had quite the business going.
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Julia Buckley said...

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your Halloween.

Julie Godfrey Miller said...

That is a spooky cover.

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Julia Buckley said...

Agreed, fellow Julie. But the book's not half as scary as the cover suggests.

MaxWriter said...

We're getting close...

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Janel said...

I'm having fun, but certainly haven't figured it out yet!

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Jane said...

Now my head is spinning!!
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librarymom said...

Too many questions and not enough clues!
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Anonymous said...

My head is starting to feel like the cover of The Dark Backward. Clues are giving me a splitting headache! Thanks for your participation in Hallopalooza! Suzy
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clues. I will have to spend some time reading my notes.

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Anne said...

this is great fun.
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brizmus said...

So many clues, so few answers!

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Kris said...

Having a great time!

pennyt said...

Thanks for the halloween entertainment. What fun.
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Char said...

Great way to spend the day! Still don't have the answer yet tho. But, it's entertaining!!


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Tara W said...

I don't have a clue, but I am having alot of fun.
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kaisquared said...

The plot thickens.......






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shirley said...

I'm leaning toward a perp ... have to check fingernails.

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eljay said...

I'm beginning to think I should have taken notes to keep track of the clues. This mystery is deepening.
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