CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FIFTY-SIX
“Excuse me for a moment,” Jacob said getting up from the picnic table. “I’m calling my lawyer.”
“Hey, now!” Detective Karowski said. “There’s no need for that.”
“Sure, man,” Jacob said. “I’ll be right back.”
Shaking his head with irritation, Jacob walked into the kitchen only to find Valerie’s best friend and their lawyer, Samantha Hargreaves, sitting at the table eating a muffin and drinking tea with his sister.
“How?” Jacob asked.
“I called her when I got back upstairs,” Valerie said. “That detective seems like a real asshole.”
“She is,” Jacob said. “Thank you for coming, Samantha.”
“Thanks for letting Sasha go to the Marlowe School,” Samantha said. “Heather even dropped her off. And these muffins. . .”
“Sandy’s baking is amazing,” Jacob said.
“Yes,” Samantha said. She stood up from the table. “Let’s see what they want.”
“I should tell you that Detective Stone’s hair just caught on fire,” Jacob said.
“Okay,” Samantha said. “How?”
“Heather warned her not to talk shit about Blane,” Jacob said.
“Well, then, the detective is lucky that it wasn’t worse,” Samantha said. “I mean, that was Athena driving the other SUV right?”
“Probably,” Jacob said. “She’s been here a bunch lately. Some project that she and Heather are working on. But I didn’t see her today.”
“What’s she like?” Samantha asked.
“She doesn’t speak to men,” Jacob said. “You’d have to ask Val.”
Samantha turned to Valerie, who shrugged.
“She’s nice,” Valerie said with a shrug. “Tough, but kind. I like her. I’m sure that she’ll be back. Jill and Honey have classes this morning and then they’re all hanging out this afternoon. When you’re done with whatever the detectives want, you should just stay.”
“I might do it,” Samantha gave Valerie a bright smile. “Come on.”
Jacob followed Samantha out to the backyard.
“Detectives?” Samantha asked. “My client informs me that you have some cold cases from before they took occupancy of this property. Is that correct?”
“Yes, but. . .” Detective Karowski said.
“Yet, you’ve insinuated that my clients had something to do with these events,” Samantha said. “You even included people who weren’t even born prior to taking occupancy of this property.”
“Like who?” Detective Stone asked.
“Charlie Delgado?” Samatha asked. “And what exactly is your issue with Blane Lipson?”
“He has a long sheet,” Detective Stone said.
“I see,” Samantha said. “And when was his last arrest?”
“Uh. . .” Detective Stone said, thumbing through her phone.
“Might it be around the time that the Marlowe-Lipson family taking possession of this property?” Samantha asked.
“Yes,” Detective Karowski said while Detective Stone said, “I’m checking.”
“Let’s be honest with each other,” Samantha said. “Besides eating some of the best muffins I’ve ever had, what exactly are you doing here this morning?”
“The lieutenant set up a contest where the partners. . .” Detective Karowski gestured between himself and Detective Stone, “. . . who solve the most cold cases wins Broncos tickets. We saw that there were eight cases attached to this house. Since I play hockey with Jake and Mike, we came over this morning hoping to clear cases.”
“And the insinuations about my clients?” Samantha asked.
“I. . .” Detective Karowski started.
“You can’t blame us for looking up who lives in a house,” Detective Stone said. “You live with criminals then crimes are bound to wind up on your doorstep.”
“Even though there have been no cold cases attached to this property since prior to their occupancy and ownership?” Samantha asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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