She's Hot On The Trail Of A Thief...
When Lisa Claxton starts her own cleaning business on Paradise Island, she may finally profit from her talent for whipping a house into shape--in more ways than one. A valuable Claxton heirloom, a golden bowl, is missing, and Lisa has tracked it down to a local home, which she quickly gets herself hired to clean. But when she arrives she finds a dead body--and flees right into the safe arms of an irresistibly handsome man...
But She's About To Find So Much More...
Injured Navy SEAL Brian Knight came to his grandfather's house to recuperate. He didn't expect to be greeted by a frightened beauty--or to get mixed up in her scheme. But Brian has to pursue the killer who invaded the house--and he's determined to pursue Lisa as well. Soon, the two are up against ruthless thieves whose intentions are more than deadly...
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April 30, 2011
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Excerpt from Deadly Intentions by Candice Poarch
"How are you feeling tonight, Ms. Anna?" the man asked.
"Very well." Anna Price was eightyseven and she enjoyed visitors. Any man under sixty was young as far as she was concerned. She served the young man iced tea and a slice of her sister's peach pie. Her memory wasn't what it used to be. She hoped she'd remembered to add sugar to the tea. Sometimes she forgot things.
She'd sent her niece, Gabrielle, out. It was Valentine's night and a young lady had no business hanging around home with an older aunt who'd had and lost the love of her life. She'd wished she hadn't when a visitor from the B&B stopped by. But he was gone now and she felt better.
"If you need sugar, let me know," she told the young man. "Some people like it sweeter than others." "I know it's perfect," he said. He tasted it and smacked his lips in satisfaction. Anna smiled and took the seat across from him and dished up a piece of pie for herself to go with the tea. She tasted the tea. It was sweet enough.
"Is that your family's bowl?" he asked, nodding to the bowl on the side table.
Anna nodded. "I have to put it up. It's very valuable and I took it out when one of the guests at the B and B asked to see it. He's been coming around here for a long time and I thought it was safe to show it. But he wants to buy it. I won't sell it," she said. "It's a family heirloom. I can't take a chance on him stealing it, either. I was going to wait until Gabrielle returned and have her put it up for me."
"Of course you can't sell it. Do you want me to store it somewhere for you?"
"That would be nice. I have a nice little hiding place for it."
"Tell me where you want me to put it. I'll store it and then we can enjoy our pie and talk. But first may I have a little sugar?"
"Of course." When Anna went to the kitchen for the sugar the man slipped something into her drink and stirred. When she returned, it had completely dissolved and he was standing, ready to help her with the bowl.
After storing it for her, they returned to the living room and completed their snack.
"I'm feeling very tired," Anna said.
"Why don't you stretch out on the couch and take a little nap. I'll stay until Gabrielle returns."
"That's mighty nice of you," she said around a yawn.
As soon as Anna started to snore, the young man carried the dishes to the sink, washed them and put them away. All traces of his visit were erased.
He peeked in on Anna again. She was still knocked out cold. He retrieved the bowl from its hiding place and let himself out the door, making sure it was locked.
Anna would never know that he stole the bowl.
Fourteen months later
Lisa Claxton was on a mission. Jordan Ellis had hired her cleaning service to clean his huge house. It took two maids to get through it, but he had enough money to pay for regular weekly service.
Leaving her helper cleaning upstairs, she crept downstairs to his spacious office and gingerly went through his things. Pulling out the drawers to his desk, she looked in each folder searching for information.
She didn't worry about getting caught. He was out of town. But she didn't want the maid to find her searching through his things and spread the word.
Not that she'd get in trouble. Jordan was engaged to her cousin, Alyssa. And anyway, Lisa wasn't going to steal anything. She only wanted information.
It took nearly half an hour to find what she was searching for. Jordan had discovered one of four people who might have her family's heirloom golden bowl. She found a list of names inside one of the files. A star was placed beside one of the names. He'd mentioned that he'd talked to the others, but Mr. Knight was in Africa and wouldn't return for months. Lisa couldn't wait that long. She was going to have a look.
The Knight household was located in Virginia Beach.