Saturday, February 17, 2018

WeWriWa - 17 February 2018 - Without A Clue

17 February 2018

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors I have another snippet from Without A Clue. A romantic mystery/suspense set in the City of Light and Love--Paris, France. This snippet continues shortly after the one I posted last week. Enjoy!

Without A Clue
By Chris Grover
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          Luc turned off the cordless phone and put it down beside him on the bed. Paula's call had sent his brain into overdrive, making sleep impossible. He reached for a cigarette from the crumpled package on the bedside table. For the next several minutes he lay on his back, deep in thought, the unlit cigarette dangling between his fingers while he thought back over his conversation with Paula.
          His informant was frightened and therefore unpredictable, but it hadn’t occurred to him she’d make things worse by attempting to contact Paula directly. What in hell was she thinking of? Didn’t she understand there was a very real possibility she could get them both killed.
          As far as he knew the two women had never met, but he wasn't completely sure. He couldn't ask Paula, and he couldn’t force her to go home. He just had to keep the two of them apart.

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Nine months ago, within hours of purchasing a valuable antiquarian diary for their grandfather, Paula Sinclair's brother, Eric, was killed by a car bomb and the diary disappeared.

Private investigator, Luc Dupré, along with the police, insist the diary was destroyed in the explosion. Paula isn't convinced. No trace of either the diary or Eric's briefcase was found in the rubble, and she takes it to mean the diary was stolen. The diary wasn't insured and with the bank still owed half a million dollars, Paula cannot sit idly by and watch her beloved grandfather forced into bankruptcy.

Following a mysterious phone call and a series of cryptic postcards, Paula returns to Paris to hear a rumor that the diary is being offered for sale by secret auction. She also finds out that the diary once belonged to Luc's family. When her relationship with Luc takes a sudden change from business to personal, she's positive he's using her and his job to get it back.
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  1. Oh, sounds like things just got much more difficult. Nice snippet!

  2. Thank you! And it's about to get a whole lot worse. Worserer? :)

  3. He's got his work cut out for him! Balancing two determined women . . .

  4. I’m intrigued to know more. Great imagery in this scene with the cigarette and his thoughts about the situation.

  5. Hmm, I think he has quite a task on his hands - great scene, I could imagine him dangling it between his fingers!

  6. The cigarette being unlit is the perfect detail to show h ow distracted he is.

  7. Great scene. So vivid. I'm curious how he will keep the two apart.