“I remember Miss Leonie Blanchard,” Gertie said. “I had to suspend her several times for smoking in school.” “I thought you taught third grade,” Fortune said. "I did."
Mary-Alice Arceneaux settles in to Sinful, Louisiana.
The two women headed up the street to where the Baptist and the Catholic churches faced each other across the road. Mary-Alice thought of West Side Story. She envisioned the Baptist ladies facing off against Celia and her friends, both sides snapping their fingers and menacing each other with jazz hands.
Deputy Sheriff Carter LeBlanc was a fine young man, Mary-Alice thought, although a bit lacking in imagination. He seemed to believe civilians had nothing of value to contribute to murder investigations—that their place was to answer questions and otherwise stay out of things. In Mary-Alice’s opinion, he was quite mistaken. Local businessman Buford Fontleroy Deale … Continue reading A New Miss Fortune Mystery Novella: The Pajama Murder