Special excerpt for B.L. Blair’s Dead in a Park

Today is a special excerpt for the romantic mystery novel Dead in a Park, by B.L. Blair. This is the second in the Leah Norwood Mystery series.

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A little
bit about the author:

B.
L. Blair writes simple and sweet romance and mystery/romance stories. Like most
authors, she has been writing most of her life and has dozens of books started.
She just needs the time to finish them.
She
is the author of the Holton Romance Series and the Leah Norwood Mysteries. She
enjoys reading books, writing books, and traveling wherever and as often as
time and money allows. She is currently working on her latest book set in
Texas, where she lives with her family.
A little
bit about the book:
When
Leah Norwood finds the body of Donald Collins in the city park, she doesn’t
know he is a distant relative. Young Donnie was a jewel thief and a career
criminal. Hidden in the lining of his suit jacket was an exact replica of a
ring that has been in Leah’s family for over a hundred years. After her home is
burglarized, the sexy chief of police is convinced the ruby ring has something
to do with the murder.
Leah wants to find
out what happened to Donnie, but why would someone kill for a hundred year old
ring? She discovers a connection between Donnie and the drug-dealing Cantono
family, between the Cantono family and a jewelry appraiser, and between the
jewelry appraiser and one of her own employees. Chief Griggs might be onto
something. All clues lead back to the family ring.
Excerpt from Dead in a Park:
 “According to my grandfather, who was Albert’s
oldest son, Arthur refused to give Albert his share of the money and after
Arthur died, Rose took off with it. After Rose disappeared, Albert changed and
he refused to discuss the money or Rose ever again.”
“If she took the money, my
grandmother never saw it.”
“She didn’t take the money,” Wade
said.
“You seem very sure of that.”
“I am. My grandfather died five
months ago. He lived in the same house all of his life. It had been Albert’s
house as well. When we were cleaning it out, we found a box with a letter from
Rose and a sketchbook.”
“Really?” I asked excitedly. My
grandmother had often talked about her father’s sketches. She had been nine
when he died, but she remembered looking through his books and watching him
draw.
Wade nodded. “The letter was dated a
month after Rose disappeared. She told Albert that the money was gone, and that
she had left the gems where Arthur had hidden them. She said they had caused
their family nothing but pain. She begged him to leave them and her alone. With
the letter, she sent the sketchbook.”
“When Arthur died, his jewelry was
in high demand. Those sketches would have been worth a good deal,” I said. “He
never sold them?”
“No,” Wade replied. “As far as I can
tell, they’re all still there. The letter and the sketchbook were wrapped in an
old cloth and stored in a box. The letter was postmarked Dallas, Texas.”
We were both silent as I took it all
in. When I looked back at Wade, he was watching me. I smiled slightly. “He let
her go.”
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