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Mrs. Quigley's Kidnapping

Jean Sheldon



Mrs. Quigley's Kidnapping

Smashwords Edition


Copyright 2010 Jean Sheldon


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Prologue

Vagabond shifted from foot to foot, swinging his great head with displeasure as Diana Quigley mounted. Surprised by his uncharacteristic protests, she stroked his neck and tugged the reins softly to direct him toward a familiar grove of trees. “What’s the matter, old boy? Don’t you want to ride today? I promise we’ll keep it short. I need to be at the museum this afternoon for the arrival of some new paintings, one of which looks very much like these woods.”

The area surrounding the Quigley estate that so pleased Diana offered more than a pleasant view. It provided sun and soil to a wide variety of plants and trees including century old eastern white pine and craggy black oak that stretched skyward over a hundred feet and beckoned visitors with leaves twice the size of a human hand. Those monuments to nature’s patience and endurance offered refuge to white-tailed deer, muskrat, raccoons, mink, screech owls, songbirds, red-tailed hawks, and others. Two-legged visitors found the quiet, natural paths a perfect place to relax and reflect.

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