This murder-romance will keep you laughing, crying and rooting for the tough but tender-hearted Lainey Kelso—truck driver, cynic, and part detective who’s utterly torn between her independent, carefree lifestyle and the ups and downs of conflicting magnetism that comes through a possible life with Detective Boone McCraw. Lainey hurls head-first into a tangled whirlwind of murder, fear, intrigue, romance and complicated feelings that disrupt her calm, peaceful, single-woman, lonely truck-driving life.
Ribbons of asphalt wove around the mountainside that Lainey Kelso often
referred to as her home-away-from-home. The spray twenty-seven-year old
had traveled up and down highway 69 in her trusted 18-wheeler for as far
back as she could remember, shifting gears, hauling freight, and
communicating with fellow truckers on the CB or cell phone.
Yet, each curve in her journey held a fascination as she looked down the
ravines, at the rivers, lakes, through trees, and past expensive homes
that dotted the forested hillsides. It was a lonely life on the road,
but she never felt totally alone. After all, she had two happy
companions: Meeker, a strong, protective German Shepherd, and Shasta, a
Golden Retriever mix that kept her company on the long, tiring drives.
On one particularly hot day in July, Lainey opened the window and
cranked up the stereo—a trick truckers use to help them stay awake.
Pavarotti’s Aessum Dorma blared throughout the rig, and she sang along
with him, not caring that her voice was weak in comparison to his strong
tenor. The dogs took turns sticking their heads out of the window,
letting the warm summer breeze cool them off.
The mountains in northeast California were not super friendly to
18-wheelers, forcing Lainey to pay particular close attention to the
road. Some of the curves were so tight that she had to down-shift to a
crawl. She never knew what to expect around the bend: an accident, kids
walking along the edge of the road, bicyclists dressed in red, yellow or
orange spandex acting like they owned the road.
Excerpted from "Tangled in Life: A Lainey Kelso Mystery" by Mary M Meckler. Copyright © 2017 by Mary M Meckler. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Mary M Meckler
Mary M Meckler has been keeping her muse busy with a variety of genres: children's picture books, poetry and short stories. She has been writing since she was a child. Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA with a bachelors degree in Sociology and minor in English. She and her husband, Marty, now live in Reno NV with their-all around American-Canine, Lacy. They raised two boys and now have five grandchildren. She has published three picture books and looks forward to more publications for children along with more mysterys about Lainey Kelso,
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