On Patrol with Pete Adams by Annette Dashofy

Bridges BurnedVance Township Police Chief Pete Adams steered his SUV off Route 15 and toward the new housing development with the grandiose name of Scenic Hilltop Estates. Scenic Hilltop? Yes. The homes perched on a knoll of what had once been a family farm, overlooked scenic rolling pastures dotted with beef cattle and a couple of horses.

But Estates was pushing it a bit. A half dozen houses sided with beige vinyl and a few bricks—different designs, but clearly the same building materials—occupied the existing lots. Not one of them qualified as an estate in Pete’s mind.

He’d received a number of complaints from one resident in particular, including another call this morning. Stephen Tierney lived alone. He’d build a huge privacy fence around his property, which led Pete to wonder if the guy really hated his scenic hilltop view. . .or was he hiding something behind that barricade?

Pete cruised through the opening in the fence and parked in front of the garage. He made it halfway up the sidewalk before Tierney slammed through the front door and strode to meet him.

Rail thin and wearing dark trousers and a pale blue dress shirt, Tierney looked like he belonged in a downtown high rise instead of on a rural hilltop. “Took you long enough.”

Pete ignored the jab. “What can I do for you today?”

“Isn’t it obvious?” Tierney extended both arms as if signifying the entire world.

Pete paused. A quick look around revealed nothing but the pristine lawn and the inside view of the fence. He listened. Birds chirped in nearby trees. Insects trilled in the distance. The throaty rumble of a tractor floated on the air from somewhere up the valley. “Why don’t you just tell me?”

Tierney wrinkled his nose. “Can’t you smell it?”

“Cow manure?”

Tierney waved a dramatic hand in front of his face. “Heavens, yes. It’s awful. Not to mention the flies.”

Pete had been in a couple of dairy barns since he’d moved here from Pittsburgh years ago. The faint hint of manure wafting on the mid July breeze was nothing. But he doubted this guy wanted to hear that. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

“You need to make him stop.”

“Him?”

“The man who’s making that racket.”

Pete assumed Tierney meant the tractor, which was almost a mile away at the moment. “Leroy Moore? His family’s owned that farm for generations.”

“Doesn’t say much for his level of intelligence or education.” Tierney sniffed. “The man should find a more suitable line of work.”

Pete eyed Tierney. “More suitable? You mean something other than providing food for your table?”

Tierney glared at him. “Let someone else do that.”

“Someone…who doesn’t live next door to you.”

Tierney smiled. “Precisely.”

“Tell me something, Mr. Tierney. Did you bother to look around before you built on this lot?”

The smile faded. “Of course I did.”

“You didn’t notice the farm over there?”

“It was February.”

Pete ran a hand over his face. Tierney had the nerve to belittle Leroy Moore’s intelligence and education—which Pete happened to know included a master’s degree in animal husbandry—yet couldn’t think far enough ahead to realize a working farm might be quiet in the winter, but not so much in the summer. “I’m afraid there isn’t anything I can do. Mr. Moore has every right to earn his livelihood the same as he and his family have always done.”

“Don’t I have a right to live where it’s quiet and doesn’t smell like a stockyard?”

Pete doubted Tierney had ever seen a stockyard, much less smelled one. “You could move.”

The man’s face flushed. “I’ll not be run out of my home.”

Pete shook his head. “Mr. Tierney, why did you choose to live in the country when you obviously hate it so much?”

His eyebrows shot up. “I don’t hate it. I love the country. I just don’t want cows smelling up the place and tractors disturbing the peace and quiet.” He jabbed a finger at Pete. “And you’re a peace officer, are you not? Talk to him and make him quit.”

Pete sighed and reminded himself he could be dealing with armed drug dealers in the city streets. He’d chosen to live in the country, too, after all. “I’ll stop in and talk to Mr. Moore.” Pete pictured the conversation and the following belly laugh over the city slicker. Not to mention a glass of Mrs. Moore’s homemade lemonade.

“Good.” Tierney gave a quick nod and turned, leaving Pete standing there alone.

Yes, he could be spending his days choking on exhaust and dealing with drive-by shootings. He much preferred complaints about manure and flies.


Check out Bridges Burned to see a more serious (and deadly) confrontation between Pete Adams and Stephen Tierney. Bridges Burned, the third book in the “Zoe Chambers” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first two books in the series are Circle of Influence and Lost Legacy.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on April 21 for the chance to win a signed copy of Bridges Burned. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

About the author
Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. Circle Of Influence, which has been nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, was published in March 2014, followed by Lost Legacy (September 2014) and Bridges Burned, available in April 2015. Her short fiction includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee featuring the same characters as her novels. Visit Annette at www.annettedashofy.com.

48 responses to “On Patrol with Pete Adams by Annette Dashofy

  1. Oh, I can’t wait to see how the Chief handles this call! Should be fun!

  2. Signed copy would love it.book sounds perfect for me.

  3. This sounds like a fun one. Looking forward to finding out how this turns out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Bridges Burned sounds fun, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  5. This sounds so funny. Would love a copy.

  6. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds like a good read, looking forward to it

  7. Hello, everyone! Thanks, Dru, for having me…or I should say for having Pete!…here today!

  8. Sounds like a great series.

  9. Sounds like a good read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  10. looks great, thanks for the chance 🙂

  11. Barbara Hackel

    This book is intriguing and sounds like a change of pace from many books I read. Thank you Annette and Dru for the opportunity to win a copy!

  12. Lisa Garrett

    I can see no good outcome for Mr. Tierney!

  13. Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I wasn’t familiar with your series, but I would love to win a copy, read it and then backtrack to read the rest of the series!

  15. This is just too cute. For over twenty years starting when my first child was 2 yrs old through three more kids we spent our summer vacations on a working farm and ranch in upstate NY. My kids woke up to the sound of the rooster outside our cabin door. They got to ride the tractor with the farmer and pick fresh corn from the fields.

    I think I’m going to like this one. Toss my hat into the contest ring please Dru.

  16. Always up for a new read! This one sounds very interesting.

  17. This is one I want to read! Thanks.

  18. We have a Route 15 in the area so I could picture this book taking place around here. sounds interesting. thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Having been raised in the country, I’m looking forward to this–can’t wait to see what happens to the city slicker

  20. Looks like a fun series, Dru!

  21. A captivating giveaway and interesting series. Thanks.

  22. This sounds like an amazing book~thank you for a very interesting post!

  23. OMG! I live in the country and have neighbors just like that! Only we are in the middle of the north woods and they get upset when deer eat their flowers or bushes!! Of course, they moved up here to enjoy the wildlife.
    I’ve got to read this book!
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

  24. This is a great series–very well-written with interesting characters. I loved the first two books and would love to win a signed copy of Bridges Burned. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. What a great vignette. I can just see the indignant pout on Tierney’s face, too funny! I’d love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  26. Yum, nothing like the smell of cow manure, especially near a barn after the rain. Thanks for the chance on the giveaway. Definitely adding to my TBR list!

  27. Put me in line for a glass of that lemonade and a good laugh at the fool.

  28. Sounds like it’s going to be a good read, and some laughs too! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  29. I grew up in a small town with three farm houses on the main road. The barns were behind the houses and the animals behind that – except for the pigs! Tierney should live near a pig pen!!!

  30. Book sound like a good read, would love to win, gl 2all

  31. Anita Yancey

    It sounds like a real winner. I would love to read it. Thanks for this chance.

  32. Looking forward to reading more!

  33. Oh man! This sounds so good and brings back memories of my cattle/horse days before my area became “country-gentrified”. I’d love to be one of the lucky winners! A new series for me, any way you look at it!

  34. Sounds like a real fun read,

  35. I love Pete. I love this series.
    agavigan@cox.net

  36. I have been enjoying this series. Congrats on the new one.

  37. I’m looking forward to exploring this new-to-me series.

  38. This sounds like a good one.

  39. Yays!!! Must read!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…

  40. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great one!

  41. OMGosh, the thrill of winning books makes my heart pitter-patter! What a wonderful chance at a great prize! Thank you!

  42. Nice:) Just moved to the country and would be a great book to read on the porch with a cup of tea. Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. This sounds so fascinating from the start! Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. For some crazy reason, you had me at “cow manure”. Maybe I need some laughs.

  45. kayekillgore

    I really liked the first book

  46. conniepsaunders

    Sounds great! Thanks for this giveaway.

  47. I would love to win a copy.

  48. Contest is closed.