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Gayle’s Tales is a collection of Tracy Gayle mystery short stories.
Everyone’s favorite couple, Tracy and Danny, are still going strong, romantically and professionally, rocking and rolling and solving crime.
Tracy has to locate Missing Persons that vanished decades earlier.
She gets tangled in murder investigations she hadn’t anticipated.
She digs into a coal mining town that’s been uninhabited for forty years and discovers secrets and skeletons.
In the end, she brings long lost family and friends back into each others arms and lives.
And then there’s he FBI.
Through all this, she and Danny are planning their wedding extravaganza at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Tracy herself narrates her own adventures in these tales, as she does in the books.
I read many of these stories when Trish posted them on the email list for Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which we belong. It was fun rereading them. Many of them are connected. Like the other books in this series, these stories are short but packed with comprehensive plot twists.
Not all of these tales involve murder. My favorite is the first story in the collection, in which a mother is reunited with her daughter who ran away from home ten years earlier. The last story in the book will leave you wondering. Will there be a sequel?
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Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?