The Mesdames of Mayhem’s crime fiction anthology, Thirteen, launched today, and it includes a Pat Tierney short story, “The Sweetheart Scamster.”
The Mesdames is a collective of — you guessed it! — 13 Canadian women crime fiction writers, founded by Madeleine Harris Callway. The collective has put together a deadly mix of tales of greed, mother love and revenge. You can read more about these authors, many of them award-winners, on the Mesdames’ website.
My story, “The Sweetheart Scamster,” finds Pat Tierney, financial planner protagonist of Safe Harbor and Black Water, working with an elderly client who has found herself a new beau who she thinks is Mr. Wonderful. But Pat knows that when someone seems too good to be true … perhaps he is.
Here’s a short excerpt:
“Mrs. Sullivan is here for her appointment,” Rose Sisto, my administrative assistant, announced at my office door.
I looked up from the papers I was studying as Trudy Sullivan slipped into the chair across from my desk. “Good morning, Pat,” she said.
I smiled at my client. Trudy’s silver hair had been cut in an attractive new style. She was wearing more makeup than usual, and it accentuated her high cheekbones and deep blue eyes. And she was sporting a smart fall suit. New hairdo, new makeup, new clothes. She looked fabulous—and far younger than her seventy-four years.
“A new man in your life, Trudy?” But as soon as the words were out of my mouth, I wanted to bite them back. Trudy had been mourning her husband’s death for the past three years. I wasn’t sure how she’d take my flip question.