A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 10th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .
The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.
More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .
When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.
Someone is watching Sennie’s every move . . .
Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue . . . if they can find them in time.
As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?
My name is Sennie Lacefield. My family owns the LacefieldMountain Lodge.
My favorite place is the swing on the front porch. It’s the onlyplace where I can have time to myself. Time to think. I need that time, especially since my best friend, Reatha Alcokerdisappeared.
One minute we were watching fireworks, and the next minute she was gone.
Another girl went missing. Two boys found her floating in Craneneck Slough, a swampy, snake infested area. I didn’t want to believe it. Why would anyone want to kill someone as sweet as Sue Stimes?
What does this mean for Reatha? Milo Durham called me. He is Reatha’s boyfriend. He wants to team up, track down the person who took Reatha, and bring her home.
There is nothing I want more.
I’ve searched the town of Mayrose. I made a list of suspects. If Reatha is still alive, we WILL find her.
There are some people that I don’t trust . . . could never trust.
#1 is Rex Cackley. His father is the sheriff of Mayrose, making him think that he is above the law. I’d love to wipe that smirky grin off his face. His best friend is Ottis Ferris. That boy is so disgusting. He has a long face with rotten horse teeth. He leers at me as if he could eat me alive. I wouldn’t put anything past those two.
There are others that I don’t trust.
#2 Sheriff Cackley He might be the sheriff, but he’s so lazy and uncaring that Sue’s death and Reatha’s disappearance were just a couple of inconveniences for him. Whenever I meet him on the street, he licks his fat lips and practically drools. No, Sheriff Cackley cannot be trusted.There are others in town on the suspect list.
#3 Fred Heller Fred and his wife run the café. He’s got a temper, making him questionable.
#4 Dr. Phillips, the town dentist. Anyone who enjoys yanking out people’s teeth as much as Dr. Phillips does has got a few screws loose.
#5 The three McKillips’ brothers Gus, Ralph, and Kerry work at the gas station. Kerry is wild. He flirts with all the girls.
#6 The Kaplans They work at the lumberyard and spend their time whistling and shouting lewd things at the girls on the school tennis courts. Any one of these people could have taken Reatha.
I miss her so much.
I’ve had too much loss in my life lately. Patrick Devon, the boy I loved, was killed in a car accident while he was away at college. His brother, Lonnie, has grown reclusive. I tried to reach out to him, but we got into a fight at Patrick’s funeral, and he hasn’t really spoken to me since.
Miss Pearleen Alcoker, Reatha’s grandmother, and I have bonded over our loss. She bakes me cookies, and we talk about Reatha. We are never going to give up hope.She even gave me the recipe of her famous Cocoa Chocolate cookies.
3 tablespoons Cocoa
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 ¼ cups flour
½ cup oatmeal – ground in a food processor
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter – softened
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Mix it together. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes.
When I find Reatha, we’ll bake a batch of these.
That day can’t come soon enough.
As a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt's family spent nearly every summer visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A Killing AmongFriends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and operating Kindred Books for seven years.