Higgins Hotel

Higgins Hotel

by Carla Coffman


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Published in Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


A string of crimes takes people by surprise in the southern coal fields of West Virginia where women struggle to make a living and raise their children. A real estate company receives a helping hand from Higgins Hotel. Their glass offices inside the hotel lobby is like living in a fish bowl, and Agent Cindy gets caught in a dragnet when her coworkers think she's dating a gangster. Blossom gets a promotion, and Nikki meets an interesting new guy, but Cindy's luck is running out. When Jack's wife comes back from Florida Blossom makes her move.

Sample Chapter

It was late when Cindy got back from chauffeuring everyone to see all the new real estate listings. She didn’t see Blossom’s car parked in her usual spot and wondered about what happened. When she got home around five Blossom’s car wasn’t in her driveway either. The red painted dirty word on the side of her trailer was gone, though, painted over so that you couldn’t even tell it now.

Jason was doing his homework when she walked inside.

“Hi, Sweetie. Did you see Blossom today?” she asked Jason.

“No,” he said. “Why?”

“I’m supposed to clean for her today.”

Cindy got a couple cans of soup out of the cabinet and a box of crackers.

“I’ll make us some tomato soup and grilled cheese. Okay?”

“Yep. What is this word, Mom? T-H-E-O-R-Y,” he spelled out the letters.

“Theory,” she pronounced. “It’s a speculative idea based on belief rather than concrete evidence. I have a theory that if we eat this soup and sandwich, we’ll have enough energy to clean Blossom’s trailer.”

“Ah, Mom. I want to go to the gym and play basketball,” he said.

“Okay. I’ll take you to the gym after you finish your homework and after we eat, then I’ll pick you back up after I finish cleaning for Blossom. Is that a deal?”

“It’s a deal, Mom,” he said.

After they ate she drove Jason to the gym at their school which was left open for the students during the evening until seven-thirty. It was a separate building from the school.

“I’ll be back by seven-thirty, that’s an hour and thirty minutes,” she said. “Don’t leave with anyone and stay inside until I come in and get you.”

“Okay. Thanks, Mom,” he said and got out of the car and walked into the gym.

Cindy went back home and looked over at Blossom’s trailer. Her car still wasn’t there. She parked and walked to Blossom’s and lifted up the mat and found the key and let herself in to clean. She saw dirty dishes in the sink and on the table and started clearing off the table. She picked up a card. It was red, white and blue with a round coffee cup stain on it. It was Jack Higgins’ Medicare card. She set it on the middle of the table under a salt shaker and washed the dishes and wiped the counters. She found the broom and mop in the corner and swept and mopped the kitchen floor. She found the vacuum cleaner in the coat closet and vacuumed the living room. She dusted the coffee table and picked up magazines and emptied ashtrays. She started up the hallway vacuuming, then stopped and took some clothes off the washing machine and sorted through them and put a load inside to wash. She looked, and the dryer was empty. She went into the bathroom and picked up the dirty towels and put them into the washing machine. She opened up the cabinet and found washing powder and a can of scrubbing powder. She then scrubbed the basin and bathtub and the tile up around the shower. She found the toilet scrubber and used it to clean the commode. She pulled the vacuum cleaner up the hallway and into the bedroom at the end of the trailer. She was startled to see Blossom lying on the bed.

“Blossom,” she said. “Are you asleep?”

Blossom didn’t respond. Cindy thought she may have been crying after what happened and glanced at her watch. It was seven o’clock. She didn’t want to wake her and set the vacuum aside. She quietly let herself out and went back to the gym to pick up Jason.


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Author Profile

Carla Coffman

Carla Coffman

I wrote Higgins Hotel based on my experience in the real estate business. Writing isn't my full time job but a passion of mine. I like to write about things conceived in truth but not necessarily reality or about current events. We are all in pursuit of happiness, but looking back is how we move forward into the future with confidence rather than foreboding. Some people live beyond their hope or expectation of happiness not realizing that a lesson learned is a lesson earned.

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