That summer: murder at camp sumac Part 10

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I was back in time again in my dream. All camp activities had been terminated as the police questioned the owners they were charged with obstruction of justice and lying to the authorities about Katie Manning’s death.

Meals were solemn and an impromptu service was held for the little girl in the dining hall. The assistant to the owner was in charge now and got up to make the announcement during our lunch hour.

“Campers, it is with great dismay that I tell you we have to end your session early and cancel the remaining sessions for the year due to the unfortunate death of little Katie Manning.

A collective groan went up in the hall. He held his hands up “yes, I know but the police are investigating this suspicious occurrence. Your parents have been in forms and buses will become to get you in two days. Please begin hacking your things the banquet will be tomorrow night.

I must stress that you do not go anywhere near the chapel area or the Lodge is police are investigating.”

The campers at my table came to the realization that we would miss the camping trip up the French River the next week. Next Sunday would’ve been visitors day. The powwow would be cancelled as was the musical. We were all sad.

After lunch, we gathered in front of our captains and our section director made an announcement.

“Sorry this has to end this way girls. However, we been given permission to have our closing campfire tonight. We all need a little cheer.”

We all groaned and none of us felt particularly cheerfully. Even when camp was to end on schedule, the last campfire was always sad. He had developed friendships and this was my last year at sumac as I was going to join the leadership program to become a camp counsellor on year. However my cabin mates Amy was and she could only hope that there would be a camp to come back to.

I had to wonder how camp owners could explain hiding a murder on their own property. Camp sumac’s reputation would be ruined. How can they possibly come back from this!?

The rest of the afternoon was considered free time. We can swim, go to the library or the sports field but nowhere near the restricted areas. I chose the waterfront a good swim would clear out my head.

I was doing my lapse in the red Pool. I figured swimming would release my stress. I was on my third lap when somebody grabbed me and tried to pull me under. However, I was too strong and I kicked the person off the and then yelled for help.

I looked up and saw Tina Willis at the other end of the pool smirking at me. I knew it was her but could I prove it?

I favourite male counsellor Tim was on duty. “Hey Carrie! Are you okay?” He called from the dock.

I managed to compose myself and I nodded. While I really should have told him what happened I made up a story about a foot cramp. I looked at Tina again and she was daring me to snitch on her.

“It’s okay Tim. My foot cramped I guess that’s a sign I should get out.” With that, I climbed the ladder and walked down the dock towards the beach. I was rattled as I was sure someone tried to drown me, and I knew exactly who.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AND YOU THOUGHT ONLY DR. DOOLITTLE COULD TALK TO THE ANIMALS–MEET MEAGHAN LOST & FOUND: MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS–SHARON LEDWITH

giphyLFMTFFSL.gifThe Fairy Falls Animal Shelter is in trouble. Money trouble. It’s up to an old calico cat named Whiskey—a shelter cat who has mastered the skill of observation—to find a new human pack leader so that their home will be saved. With the help of Nobel, the leader of the shelter dogs, the animals set out to use the ancient skill of telepathy to contact any human who bothers to listen to them. Unfortunately for fifteen-year-old Meagan Walsh, she hears them, loud and clear.

Forced to live with her Aunt Izzy in the safe and quiet town of Fairy Falls, Meagan is caught stealing and is sentenced to do community hours at the animal shelter where her aunt works. Realizing Meagan can hear her, Whiskey realizes that Meagan just might have the pack leader qualities necessary to save the animals. Avoiding Whiskey and the rest of shelter animals becomes impossible for Meagan, so she finally gives in and promises to help them. Meagan, along with her newfound friends, Reid Robertson and Natalie Knight, discover that someone in Fairy Falls is not only out to destroy the shelter, but the animals as well. Can Meagan convince her aunt and co-workers that the animals are in danger? If she fails, then all the animals’ voices will be silenced forever.

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Two worlds collide as three unlikely friends bond over saving a doomed animal shelter.

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WITH NEW FRIEND AND MENTOR, REBECCA , EMLYN HELPS SOLVE A MURDER –IT’S MAGIC

THE MAGIC OF MURDER  BY SUSAN LYNN SOLOMON

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Emlyn recently learned she’s a direct descendant of a woman hanged as a witch in 1692. She has a book filled with arcane recipes and chants passed down through her family. Possessed of, or perhaps by a vivid imagination, she intends to use these to solve Jimmy’s murder before Roger takes revenge on the killer. But she’s new to this “witch thing,” and needs help from her friend Rebecca Nurse, whose ancestor also took a short drop from a Salem tree. Rebecca’s not much better at deciphering the ancient directions, and while the women stumble over spell after spell, the number possible killers grows. When Chief Woodward’s wife is shot and a bottle bomb bursts through Emlyn’s window, it becomes clear she’s next on the killer’s list.

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Second chances are possible but only if the lies and compromises are gone.

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Second chances are possible but only if the lies and compromises are gone.

Martin had lost his first wife and daughter in a horrible car accident and it took him years to fight the sadness he woke up with every day. When he met Elaine everything changed. He married her and their new life made Martin forget all the pain. Once again life was good.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL – Book 1 of the Laura & Gerry Mystery Series by Karen Vaughan had me completely enthralled from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. What does a girl do when she finds the dead body of her creepy ex-boss on her living room floor? In Laura’s case, she uses great sarcastic humor, coupled with the ability to put two and two together, and maintain a presence of self even in the moments she falls apart. 
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