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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my current work in progress. The book is titled Tarnished Silver, and I have no official blurb to share. The set up is like this. 

My heroine Brittany Granger is a private investigator who has been summoned to the home of the Silver family. The Silvers operate The Silver Firm, a prestigious law practice. They are famous, rich, and some say unscrupulous. She has no idea why they want to see her.

Last Week: This is a WIP so if something grabs you that I need to change please say so. 

Brittany sat down and waited, admiring Silver’s polite formality in a casual world.

“Did you have any trouble getting to Greenville, Miss Granger?  The weather is terrible, and Fairfield is an hour away.”

“No, it wasn’t a bad trip at all.”

“Good, good.  I expect you’re curious about why I wanted to see you.”

“I imagine you want the services of a private investigator, but I have no idea why you’d pick me.”  She shrugged. “Don’t get me wrong.  I do a good job for my clients, but I’m still small potatoes.  You could have anybody you wanted.”


He certainly could.  One of the richest, most powerful men in the state, Bradley Jonathan Silver also had numerous contacts in Washington.  Some people said he could pick up the phone and speak to the President.

“Your agency is young, Miss Granger,” he said, “but you have an excellent reputation.  Everyone says you get results which is what I’m interested in.”  Silver passed a photograph in an ornate frame to Brittany.  “This is my grandson, Bradley Jonathan Silver III.”

Brittany studied the photo, which had been taken on a beach.  Shadows from an umbrella partially obscured the man’s face.  Even so she could see his resemblance to Mr. Silver.  “He looks like you.” 


Ed Hoornaert said...

Silver's explanation of why he chose such a small agency seems a bit glib. Is there something more at work here -- maybe something sinister?

Shari Elder said...

Definitely getting interesting. There are more questions here than answers.

Jenna said...

I wonder if he's looking for his grandson if he believes Brittany would be the best choice because she's also young? It's still a thin excuse for hiring her, but it almost makes sense. Enjoying this story very much!

Jessica E. Subject said...

With all those complements, I'm sure he's expecting great results. Now, what is it about his grandson?

Veronica Scott said...

I like his logic but yet something seems off to me about him picking her to do the job...but I mean that in a good way! It's your skill as the author, unwrapping the story slowly. Great snippet.

Diane Burton said...

Okay, he's researched her well. Still, what does he want? Can't wait to find out.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

He sure has done his homework regarding her. I'm intrigued to know more.

Sue Barr said...

My spidey senses are tingling. When a high profile, powerful, connected man hires a 'small potatoes' P.I., well... it doesn't fit. Will be interesting to see what happens next.

E.D. Martin said...

There's definitely motivation he's not sharing with her. I hope he's not setting her up for something dangerous.