Hello, Dear Readers!
As we approach the launch of Book 2, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse, on October 20, I am continuing the excerpts, in chapter order, for you.
So, get a clue, Readers. I hope you enjoy these ongoing tidbits!
From Chapter 11, “Down the Cellar Steps”
Moki, one of the detectives, asks Isabela about Madame Ronescu, Isabela’s casita renter visiting from Romania:
“I’m just happy we haven’t had any more strange noises or footsteps since the other night. Those unnerve me.” Goosebumps rose on [Isabela’s] arms.
“Speaking of unnerving,” Moki said, “has anyone seen Madame Ronescu lately?”
“I saw her yesterday afternoon while you kids were gone, and I was in the garden,” Isabela said. “Madame was apparently returning from some errands because she was carrying a large shopping bag. She took a short-cut through the cathedral churchyard. I saw her walking past the area near the crushed daisies.”
“Broad daylight, Moki,” Lexi said quietly with a smirk. “Convinced now she isn’t a vampire?”
From Chapter 12, “Going on a Lion Hunt”
The detectives are following up on a clue pertaining to “lions on moonlit perches” from the Puzzle Poem. Lanny has a plan:
[Lanny says], “. . . we’re going on a lion hunt all over the house and grounds to see if we can find lions on some kind of ‘moonlit perches.’” . . .
[Isabela says], “Well, there certainly are a number of lions on the estate in the forms of statues, tiles, and paintings. They’re the symbol of my great-grandparents’ favorite movie studio, so they added them to the décor of the house. I don’t have a clue about the ‘moonlit perches,’ though.” . . .
Lanny [says], “. . . we have to use our time wisely–and not only because of the intruder. Don’t forget that we also have a case at the ARC. So, Moki, let’s get busy. How about if you and I scout around outdoors? Would you girls be okay with starting on the first floor? If you have time, head to the second floor. When Moki and I finish out here, we can take the third floor.”