Copyright – ALPINE ACRES PUBLISHING – 2018
For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.
Penelope Penright is one of only four women in the Department of Detectives in the Portland Police Department, but she is the Queen of the Roost. Sophie begins to upset this balance upon her arrival when she solves cold cases with regularity. A byproduct is a sudden increased workload for Penelope.
Here is an excerpt:
“She is not even active!” Penelope groaned to her detective friend Liz as they leaned on a nook near the coffee machine. “I mean she is just throwing the whole system into chaos. Lord knows what she will be like if they ever give her real cases.”
“You’re right,” Liz agreed.
“I mean I heard she cracked up out there,” Penelope said jerking her thumb back over her shoulder to indicate she meant the other side of the country. “What if that happens here? Our guys or the two of us could be in jeopardy.”
The women hushed their talk when they noticed Sophie and her partner, Tom Welling approach. What they didn;t know was their little alcove was one of those quirky architectural marvels that basically broadcast sound for a great distance. Not only had Sophie and Tom heard them, the whole detective pool caught every syllable.
“Don’t listen to her. She is just steamed because you are cutting out her time to stream her soaps!” Tom said gently elbowing Sophie as they passed.
Tomorrow we will revisit Quetsch, Sophie’s challenging Georgia Police Academy instructor and see the special connection they share at this point in Sophie’s career.