by Carole Brown
I shared last week what people are saying about the third book in my Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series: Undiscovered Treasures. This week I wanted to share the first chapter with you. Enjoy!
Andy whistled as he poured coffee in his favorite cup, grabbed a Greek yogurt and headed to his studio. It was early, but not too much so. Perfect lighting to work on his latest painting.
He nodded at his new assistant, but didn’t speak, and shoved open the door to his work area. His gaze circled the room—as it always did. His favorite place in the whole world. He sucked in a deep breath, inhaling the faint smells of the paints and turpentine, but he kept moving toward the window in the back of the room and stopped.
It was already open.
Had he shut it last night?
There was nothing disturbed that he could see, so…he shrugged. Time to get to work.
Andy took a sip of his coffee and flipped back the cover from his latest—and best—
painting of Caroline Gibson.
The painting leered at him, as if it was a caricature transformed into monster life. Slashed into ribbons, with dashes of red, jarring paint splattered over it, his work was ruined. Beyond saving.
Belatedly, Andy set his cup down on a nearby table, and with a shaking hand, reached toward the damaged picture. He stepped back and wondered if this was the worst nightmare of his life.
True, he could paint another one, but she’d never see the passion he’d put into this one,
see his heart in every stroke, and see the love he’d painted in every color.
Why would anyone do this? It wasn’t valuable—except to him.
Worse, who hated him so much he’d wreck this kind of havoc on him?
Was there a grudge-bearing individual in the small town of Appleton who had hoped he
would hurt him by doing this?
If so, then they’d succeeded.
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