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A Hooker in the Choir

Radiant in the morning light shafting down through the gloomy nave, Celeste Howard sang with joyous ease, her voice soaring into the vaulted heights of old St. Paul's church. Seated in the last pew, John Colburn leaned back and watched her profile in the distant choir facing the lectern, the long blond hair curling down to her waist, the amber half-glasses down her nose, the songbook open in her hands. Serenely devout, brainy, poised, he thought. And he thought of angels and he thought of women. If only he could prove himself worthy of her, poor lonesome widow, defending herself against evil encroaching from every direction upon her purity and grief. She had described her life to him, how wariness and care and precious memories made it so easy to hold all the eager men at bay. Then she asked, won't you come and hear me sing on Easter morning? And after a hesitation, her eyes level in his gaze, she raised him above all others at the moment with a teasing promise: You just might prove to be my resurrection...

Read Chapter one of "A Hooker in the Choir."

Burnt Offering

Each morning now he, John Powers, comes fully awake out of nocturnal struggles with an old grief, to find a widow in his bed beside him sleeping peacefully as the morning light begins to lift, she of a pearly white glowing, his condolence, a gift delivered to his side by ironies from hell, through long suffering and anguish. Two murderers on the mountain, here in ski country, plotting to murder each other have wrecked other lives, delivering her, elegant little Millie, from the clutches of an abusive husband on his 100th conquest and she finally has her revenge. John Powers, world famous author, busy at the resort writing a history of lovers and a history of murder, meets and falls in love with a queenly lady, but loses her to illness and to the plotting and deceptions of the two murderers, one of whom kills out of greed and the other uses a very skilled organization adept at concealing murder as a natural occurrence.

Read Chapter one of "Burnt Offering."

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