Recently, my life has been just about perfect. I love being the Clover Ridge Library’s head of programs and events. I have a great boyfriend and wonderful friends. And then my father, whom I haven’t seen in years and happens to be a thief, shows up at my cottage wanting me to help him get his half of a heist of gems from his crooked partner. As if I would ever do anything like that!
What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?
When my father’s partner-in-crime is found murdered, my father becomes suspect number one. Now crooked as his is, my father is no murderer and I feel obliged to clear his name. I must find those gems before my father or any of the several people searching for them finds them.
Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
Yes, actually, since I helped solve a cold case and a recent murder in my community a few months ago.
Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?
I’d say Lieutenant John Mathers, the police chief of Clover Ridge Police Department, would rather I didn’t get involved in his cases. John is a good friend of my Uncle Bosco and he worries about my safety.
Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
Some of us have grown up in a dysfunctional family as I did, but that’s no reason to let it interfere with having a wonderful, worthwhile rest of your life. Try not to be bitter; allow yourself to have loving, caring relationships. Unless it would be toxic to let a family member back into your life, be willing to give this person another chance if he/she has changed.
What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?
I realized how much I love my father. Growing up, I was very hurt because he was never around, even when he wasn’t in jail. Spending time with him as an adult, I saw that he loves me and shows it as best he can. Much as I’d like it, I cannot expect him to behave like a typical father.
If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?
You Can’t Choose the Members of Your Family
Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?
I intend to continue sleuthing when the need arises. To be perfectly honest, I LOVE sleuthing. It’s challenging and exciting!