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A Solitude Holiday Skeleton by Sandy McKee (18th in the Amish Country Murder Mystery Series)

Published by Saundra McKee at Smashwords. Copyright 2012. Saundra McKee

50% of the author's proceeds will go to UMCOR Hurricane Sandy (United Methodist Committee On Relief) for victims of Hurricane Sandy

All characters and events in this story are fictional. Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental. While some of the places mentioned actually exist, they are used in an entirely fictional manner.


Late October

It had been a disastrous hurricane season. The National Weather Service was going through the alphabet for the second time for names by mid October. It was Hurricane Dana that brought some of the worst winds and flooding to the Northeast in over twenty years. On the coast, sixty lives were lost and destruction was in the billions of dollars. Even portions of central and western Pennsylvania suffered downed trees, power outages and millions in property damage. Even the peaceful community of Solitude suffered in the wake of the horrific storm. Miraculously none of the Amish homes or farms had sustained any damage. The friendly Amish community as always reached out to the many people that did face blown off roofs, fallen trees, flooded basements and a medley of other discomforts. The electricity was off for over a week which presented no problem for the Amish who lived without it daily. Those who required it for their televisions, computers, microwaves and lighting were in a frenzy.

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