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Gems & Gunshots

A Presley Thurman Mystery

By Laina Turner

“Presley, I wouldn’t have this as a back up plan if I didn’t feel it would work. I need that money and nothing is going to stand in my way. Hopefully for you Greg will pay up and no harm done. You will just spend a few uncomfortable hours in the trunk,” she said and walked over to the trunk of her car and opening it.

I looked at her, my hands on my hips. “You can’t be serious!”

“I know it’s not ideal but I need to make sure you’re in a place where you can’t escape, until I have the money. And I think you probably already know, these two can’t really be trusted.”


Chapter 1

“Whoo-hoo I’m going to California!” I yelled to Jared, my best friend and roommate, as I hung up the phone.

“What?! That’s not fair. Details, Chic, details,” he said walking over and flopping down to our overstuffed, chocolate brown Pottery Barn couch looking at me expectantly.

I sat down facing him. “That was Cooper. He has been nominated for some award. Something in his field, I don’t know all the details, but anyway that’s not the point. He wants me to fly out and be his date for the event. Not only am I thrilled about seeing San Diego, but also this thing is black tie so I even get to buy a fancy dress. Isn’t that great?” Cooper was my on-again off-again boyfriend. We had gone to high school together and recently reconnected. I live in Chicago and he lives in San Diego, so the long distance thing was making it difficult to have a relationship, but we were trying.

“I’m jealous!”

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