Sorry I’ve been missing in action but I had a big case in the day job that was sucking me dry and it finally went to trial so I have a bit of a breather now.
When last I posted, I was working on my murder mystery called Overkill. I’m still working it. This week’s tale picks up with a second search of the murder victim’s office. The word prompt is paper.
They went inside and Maggie headed directly to Anne’s desk. She pulled some latex gloves out of her pocket and opened the top drawer.
“What are we looking for?” James asked.
“Not sure. All I know is the victim’s secretary was at the station today desperate to get in here and get something. I’m curious about what she could want.” Maggie rifled through the drawers but didn’t see anything suspicious.
“Do you think she participated in the murder?” James was going through a cabinet.
“I have no idea yet. I’ve not really made any suppositions thus far. To tell the truth, this one is a convoluted mess. I mean, how often do you see someone attacked in so many ways, all at once?”
“Are you leaning toward some kind of conspiracy? I mean, really, how could that have all happened on the same day? I think someone could decide to poison a person, easy. And I think some guy could decide to shoot another one but for those to be done at the same moment seems a stretch, doesn’t it?”
“Exactly.” Maggie moved on to look inside the credenza where a number of photos and a laser printer sat. “I think it had to be something along the lines of an attempt to poison her and when she didn’t succumb, someone stabbed her. She got away and outside the building. At that point, it became a crime of opportunity. Some unknown person who had a grudge against her saw their chance to shoot her and when she still didn’t go down, she was strangled.”
“And no one saw anything? What about the gun? Angela said that came into the lab yesterday but I haven’t heard about any results yet, have you—Well, hello.”
“What?” Maggie glanced up, thinking he was greeting someone coming in but he was holding up a small vial with some white powder in it.
She stepped over to him and peered at it. “What do you think it is?”
“Not sure but since it was hidden behind six reams of paper and inside an empty box of staples. I think it’s going back to the lab with me for some tests.” He pulled out a baggie and put the vial inside, dated and initialed it.
“Could that be our poison?”
“Maybe. Or it could be cocaine. I don’t want to open it here but it looks like the same consistency.”
“I don’t see either of them as cokeheads but I guess you never really know.”
“Until I get it to the lab.” James laughed. “Let’s see what else we can find.” He moved to the bathroom. Maggie could hear him plundering around in there.
“I think that room was checked pretty thoroughly,” she called out.
“Now that I’ve found that little gem hidden away, I’m on a quest to see what else that woman may have cleverly disguised.”
Maggie shrugged. Let the new guy recheck the area all he wanted. Who knew, he might get lucky again.