“Try Just Once More is about a woman who retreats back to Saranac Lake NY [think 1980’s Miracle On Ice], where she was born and raised, to regroup after charges that she murdered her husband–a man who richly deserved death in a variety of ways. She’s doing well–except now someone wants her kids dead and the nosy chief of police is getting awfully, uncomfortably close to uncovering her past.”~Kat Henry Doran
Here’s an excerpt:
The woman had more brass than the Marine Corps band. “Look, Miz McGuire, could we start over?”
Her demeanor remained aloof, as if she’d just stepped in something foul. “You’re too late, Chief. Much too late.”
With a regal nod she strode away and exited the building. The staff at the desk immediately sought various avenues of escape. As two nurses slipped past him, one said to her pal, “It’s always a treat watching the Reigning Queen of Man-Haters kick some guy to the curb.”
“Yeah, that Mag,” the other sighed. “She’s my hero.”
“Hero, my ass,” Mike fumed.
After a slow count of three he bolted for the exit door, following McGuire into the parking lot. Now at a distance, he watched her strutting toward a late model sedan in fire engine red, posture military straight, hair flowing around her shoulders in a halo of copper. Despite his agitation he couldn’t help but admire her guts. And her fanny.
“Maggie. Please. Let me apologize.”
Still moving, she called back over one shoulder, “As I indicated before, you’re too late.”
Bitterness, an emotion tied too closely with his marriage, scalded his throat. “You know something, lady? A couple hours ago I couldn’t decide if your beef is with cops or men in general. Obviously that’s not the case.”
She came to a stop, drew back both shoulders, then turned. In that queen-to-peon tone she said, “Who awarded you the right to pass judgment on me?”
The verbal exchange gave him time to reach her side. To get in her face. “Don’t try to convince me that all men rank as a lower life form with you. Not after I saw you hanging all over Investigator Jackson.”
She unlocked the car door. “Clearly my convincing skills need a bit of polishing.”
“I thank you for offering me this opportunity to visit, Tina. It’s been great.” ~Kat Henry Doran