Child of Silence by Abigail Padgett

By Abigail Padgett

Assigned to the case of a tender boy discovered deserted close to a neighborhood Indian reservation, baby abuse investigator Bo Bradley realizes that there are humans rationale on killing the boy below her charge.

(Book One within the Bo Bradley Mysteries sequence)

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I grinned at her. " "Not that I'm soft and sinful. " She laughed. " She had been dabbing at the orange makeup and painted eyebrows with the rag in her hand, and had almost completed removal of the paint. Consequently she turned to face the dressing- Page 44 Wailing Frail, A Shell Scott Detective Mystery table mirror and remained standing, but bent forward to dab at her cheeks. This changed the view into something only slightly less appealing than before, but still so fetching that it almost fetched me over there to her.

He looked at me as if that wasn't near enough. There wasn't much more he could tell, anyway. He hadn't seen the short man again, nor had he seen the second man in the light; he had merely seen the short form and a larger one going out during the show, which had struck him as odd. People, he said, especially men, didn't often leave while the show was on. It struck me as odd, too. Before I left him, I asked where the manager's office was. He pointed to the door I'd Page 40 Wailing Frail, A Shell Scott Detective Mystery thought was the ladies' restroom.

But her voice was high and gasping, carrying a choking fright through the sound of the orchestra. The music stopped suddenly. Lights came on in the club, and at the nearby tables men and women jumped to their feet. I still didn't know what had happened to Stone. But I could see him clearly now, and I knew he was dead. A moment after the lights went on I was kneeling by him, my fingers searching for his pulse. I knew there wouldn't be any. There wasn't. " somebody cried beside me. " Satin stood almost touching me, staring down at Stone's body.

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