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Travel Writer Mystery Book 1

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Patricia always viewed the world from the end of her pen. Her feet hop from place to place; her exotic experiences are filling the pages faster than stamps on her passport. Someday, she aspires to land a big-time publishing deal.

At a stopover in Atlanta, she is shocked to discover the body of a local businessman, Peter, dumped in a camp in the outskirts of the city. For the first time, her wings are clipped as the lead detective; Brian Johnston launches an investigation into Peter’s death – firmly suspecting that cause of death was murder.

Patricia and Brian band together in his murder investigation, slowly uncovering leads to a shady underbelly behind Peter’s flashy ‘successful’ exterior, and the illicit dealings he was determined to keep from prying eyes. As the details begin to piece together, someone intends to step in and silence them. By any means necessary.

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Chapter One

Patricia rolled down the window of her RV as she drove south into Georgia and breathed in the warm spring air. Patricia had left cold, snowy New York City yesterday morning and after one night at a campground in Roanoke, Virginia the night before, she was happy to see the green landscape around her, crawling with kudzu and bursting into flower.

She sang along with the radio, her curly red hair waving in the wind, enjoying the freedom of life in her RV. There was nothing better than this, Patricia knew—the excitement of hitting the open road whenever she wanted, off on an adventure where she would explore a new place. Patricia was a woman with a gypsy soul who loved meeting new people and meeting new adventures head-on, which was why her career as a travel writer was so satisfying to her.

            Patricia was coming to the end of a fourteen-hour drive. Her editor and publisher had planned out her travel writing assignments and wanted her to write a long feature article about Atlanta. Before New York, Patricia had been in Philadelphia researching a similar feature, and, despite the cold, she had had a blast doing it. She took a deep breath of the warm, fresh air blowing in through her window now and could hardly wait to see what Atlanta had to offer her.

            Patricia kept her attention on the highway, humming along softly to the classic rock song playing on her radio. A small sporty car zoomed past her on the right. Patricia smiled. I’ll probably see them pulled over in a few minutes, she thought. Sure enough, a few miles down the road Patricia saw the sleek red car next to a sheriff's car with its lights flashing. Patricia’s RV could manage a good speed, but she generally kept to the posted limits. As a young woman, she had worked a clerical job at a police station processing tickets and citations, and she had a healthy respect for the law. She had no desire to add a speeding ticket to her life achievements.

            Of course, once she had been promoted to administrative assistant to the detectives there, she had wished to add plenty of things to her life achievements. Her writing skills and people skills were unparalleled—she had her degree in English and Psychology to thank for that—but she lacked the credentials to do more than help out occasionally with investigations. “You have talent, kid,” a detective sergeant had once told her. “Call me when you’ve got a badge to back it up. Until then, stick to your paperwork.” It stung. But truthfully, Patricia knew she would be a little miserable if she went to the police academy. Her free spirit longed for something more. That very same week she had begun hunting for travel writing jobs, then sold her car to buy the RV not long after that.

            Patricia knew she had made the right choice in life because when she saw the “Welcome to Georgia” sign, her heart sang. Patricia was almost at her destination. She would be staying at a campground next to a tourist attraction called Stone Mountain. There was plenty to explore there, plus a bus line ran from the park to Atlanta and nearby suburbs. That was perfect for Patricia, who relied on busses, taxis, and Ubers to get around.

            A couple of hours later, Patricia was awed to see Stone Mountain rising tall in the middle of flat land and highways. It was beautiful. Patricia pulled up to the ranger station by the entrance. The ranger gave her a map showing her camping spot and welcomed her to the park. Patricia thanked him, and he wished her a good day in a sweet Georgia accent that made her grin.

Driving through the campground, the lush green trees rose on every side and families and couples walked along the paths. She found her space, parked and got out. Patricia hooked up her RV to the electric station and decided to stretch her legs after her long drive. The generator could charge while she took a walk. After donning her favorite floppy straw hat to keep the sun out of her eyes, Patricia hopped out of her RV and locked the door. Even though campgrounds were generally safe, Patricia knew she was better safe than sorry. She may have a gypsy soul, but she also prided herself on being a savvy, careful traveler.

Patricia consulted the map of the park and set out toward a good walking trail. She walked along the small paved road and saw a young couple setting up their RV in a space nearby. The young man looked up and waved at Patricia. Patricia waved back.

            “Hello,” said the young man. He was dressed in shorts and a polo shirt. He had wavy brown hair and a friendly look.

            “Hello, neighbor,” responded Patricia. She stopped to chat, and he walked over. “I’m in the next lot over. My name is Patricia.”

            “My name is Tom,” he said as they shook hands. She saw chairs and a table set up by the firepit. A pretty young woman walked up, her brown hair framing her face in fetching natural curls. “This is my wife, Valerie.”

            “It is nice to meet you both,” said Patricia, and Valerie shook her hand warmly.

            “Did you just arrive?” Valerie said.

            “Yes. I just drove down from Virginia. Are you enjoying Stone Mountain so far?” Patricia asked.

            “Yes,” said Valerie with a huge grin. “We love it. We’re on our honeymoon,” she said and blushed a little, reaching out to hold Tom’s hand.

            “Yes, we are traveling all around the United States,” Tom explained. “The RV was a wedding present from my uncle.”

            “How wonderful,” exclaimed Patricia. “Congratulations on your wedding.”

“How about you? What brings you here to Georgia?” asked Valerie.

“I am a travel writer, so my work brings me to Atlanta. My friends always tease me how much I love the RV life. My job is perfect for me. I guess I’m just a gypsy at heart.” The young couple laughed.

            “This seems like a really nice place to start your research. Quite a lot of things to do around the park, even before you head into Atlanta,” said Tom.

            “I thought so too,” said Patricia. “Well, it was nice meeting you both. I am just stretching my legs on the trails. I’ll let you get back to setting up.”

            “Okay,” said Valerie. She hesitated, then added, “Later on we are headed to the famous Dekalb Farmer’s Market. Would you like to join us? If it won’t keep you from your work, that is.”

            “Thank you,” said Patricia, touched by the friendly gesture. “I would love to join you. The Dekalb market is actually on my list of must-see places.” She could tell Valerie and Tom were the kind of campground neighbors she would enjoy making friends with.

            “Great! Does four pm work?” Valerie asked.

            “That works for me,” said Patricia. “See you then.” With a wave, she headed off toward the walking trail.

            Patricia had read about Stone Mountain online and knew it would be a great hook for her article about Atlanta. Anyone could write about Atlanta, but Patricia loved the unexpected angle of starting out a city visit from a secluded, lush park in the country. She was excited to see the famous carvings on the mountain, but the trail was so beautiful she almost forgot what was waiting for her at the top. The cherry tree blossoms wafted a delicate scent on the afternoon air, and purple blooms of wisteria draped on a grove of pecan trees along a creek by the trail.

Patricia climbed up the steep, smooth mountain trail. About thirty minutes later, she reached the top and caught her breath. Her hike was worth it. Patricia gasped at the sweeping view of the Atlanta skyline. She saw the Appalachian Trail and the lake below the mountain and stunning views in every direction.

Realizing it was nearly time to head back, Patricia noticed a cable car platform by the gift shop. She walked over and was told she could use her park pass for free rides up and down. I wish I had known that before I hiked up here, thought Patricia ruefully, but then realized she was grateful for the exercise. This way she could also describe the experience better in her article. Patricia rode down in the cable car, which provided a view of the carved monument.

When she reached the bottom, Patricia sauntered along the trail toward her RV and observed the wildlife. A small lizard scurried across the trail and it was followed by a slightly larger black snake. Patricia gasped a little, but she had done her homework on the wildlife of Georgia and she knew the black snake was non-venomous. Besides, snakes ate campground pests like mice and rats.

Back at her RV, Patricia hopped into the shower. While she scrubbed off the remains of travel and hiking, she reflected on a cute family she had seen at the top of Stone Mountain. Two boys wearing I Survived the Stone Mountain Climb t-shirts had made goofy faces while their parents took their pictures in front of the cable car sign. One boy took out a cell phone and took a selfie in front of the view and his brother held up two fingers to give him rabbit ears at the last second. Patricia laughed, remembering it.

She headed over to Tom and Valerie’s campsite still thinking about that family, and she realized she knew exactly how she would start the write-up about Stone Mountain: When’s the last time your family took a selfie on a cable car 825 feet in the air? She grinned.



When Tom pulled the car up to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, Patricia was surprised to see it was a rather unexciting brown warehouse, but when they stepped inside the doors, she gasped with surprise. Flags from every country in the world hung from the ceiling and aisle after aisle was lined with colorful bins of local produce and flowers from all over the country, as well as imported foods and delicacies.

What a sight. They even had a small buffet-style restaurant in the market that featured food from the marketplace. Patricia was overwhelmed by the variety of food available, but she gripped her shopping cart and got to work, waving merrily to Tom and Valerie who set off in the other direction. She started down the dry goods aisle and picked up some hibiscus tea, then in the produce section, she found prickly pear cactus next to the baby bok choy. Patricia’s mouth watered, remembering an omelet with stir-fried cactus she had eaten in Las Vegas. She added it to her cart, determined to recreate that dish.

By the time she found Tom and Valerie again, her cart held bagels that rivaled the ones she had eaten in New York City, homemade quiches, organic milk in a glass bottle, and farmer’s cheese.

“This place is amazing,” Valerie gushed, coming over to admire Patricia’s finds.

Tom was waiting for some lamb kebabs to be cut up and packaged at the meat counter.

“Tom always buys enough to feed an army,” said Valerie with a laugh. “Patricia, you should join us tonight! I insist.”

            “You’re too kind. How about I bring the dessert?” said Patricia. Tom and Valerie thought that sounded delicious and agreed.

            Valerie and Patricia walked side by side with their carts, chatting amiably about dinner plans, when suddenly someone knocked into Patricia hard, jostling her shoulder. Patricia exclaimed and stumbled into Valerie. She rubbed her shoulder and looked up to see a man glowering at her as if it was her fault.

The man was tall with a shock of wavy brown hair that fell over his forehead. His serious blue eyes frowned down at her. “You should be more careful,” he said in a warning tone.

            How rude, Patricia thought. “Excuse me,” she replied, mustering all the politeness she could manage. “You stumbled into me.” She boldly stared him down.

            He seemed surprised by her reply. But then he walked away, his eyes darting around in the crowd. As an afterthought, he said over his shoulder to her, “You should watch your purse, miss. There are pickpockets here sometimes.” She watched his tall figure disappear swiftly into the market.

            “What was that about?” Valerie said in bafflement. Her husband had picked up on the stranger’s meaning, however.

            “Check your purse,” Tom said to Patricia with concern. Patricia was surprised to find her purse zipper open. Her pulse jumped in fear. She knew that pickpockets often tried to distract their targets while taking something.

“Well, if he’s a thief, he’s a really bad one. Nothing is missing,” Patricia said with a sigh of relief.

            “He didn’t even apologize for knocking you over,” said Valerie.

            Patricia thought for a moment. Perhaps they were jumping to conclusions. He had simply warned her, after all. “Maybe we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” she said.

They headed for the check-out lanes. Patricia thought to herself that she would rather have a rude stranger than a thieving pickpocket, any day. Still, it left a sour feeling in her stomach, and she was happy when they were back in the car returning to the beautiful campground.

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