My name is Carol Childs and my life is a balancing act. I’m a single, middle-aged mom, I work at a talk radio station in Los Angeles and I’ve recently started dating Eric Langdon, an FBI Agent, who professionally I know I shouldn’t be involved with, ‘cause sometimes things can get sticky, particularly if we’re working different sides of a story. So, I do the best I can to keep work and play separate.
But, this morning, when I got to the station, I found this yellow post-it note on my computer. My boss Tyler Hunt, KCHC’s boy-wonder, needed to see me, ASAP. He wants to talk about this murder I’m covering that concerns the sudden death of a well-known Hollywood talent agent, who just happens to be my next door neighbor’s aunt, Pepper Millhouse. Not a problem, except I was on the phone with said neighbor, Samantha Millhouse, at that very moment. She was concerned the investigation surrounding her aunt’s death may be heating up and that I might be beginning to think – just a little bit anyway – that she’s somehow involved.
“Only it can’t be,” she says, “‘cause my twin sister’s setting me up.”
I didn’t want to put the phone down, not on that note, but Eric has just texted me. The FBI’s been called in to investigate Pepper’s murder. The coroner has ruled the official cause of death to be a poisoning, possibly the result of product tampering. Hence the FBI been called to assist LAPD with the investigation. Then written in all caps: TWO MORE BODIES FOUND IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD.
A chill runs down my back. Since Pepper’s death, a former client of hers, a Hollywood psychic, has been reaching out to me – don’t even ask – to tell me she’s been communicating with Pepper Millhouse, and that she, Pepper, has told her, they’re going to be more murders, unless I do something.
Do something? Me?
Tyler tells me I’m the world’s oldest living cub reporter in need of a good story. He’s given me three months to prove I can handle this job. I’m six weeks into my probationary status and looking at a future of doing nothing but traffic reports and recording mindless station promos unless I can come up with story of my own. I’m torn. Samantha’s a loyal friend and like her aunt, a talent agent. She’s been my source for a lot of industry news, and she even looks in on my son Charlie when I work nights. But the more investigating I do into Pepper’s murder, and the more I’m required to report, the more I fear she’ll be judged in the court of public opinion as a cold hearted gold digger, or worse.
Like I said, my life’s a balancing act.
You can read more about Carol in Shadow of Doubt, the first book in the new “Carol Childs” mystery series, published by Henery Press.
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Meet the author
Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio helped her to develop an ear for storytelling. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some Los Angeles busiest radio newsrooms. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes and books. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010. In December, Henery Press will roll out the first of Silverman’s new Carol Childs Mysteries, Shadow of Doubt.