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Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick - Romance>ContemporaryFire Investigator Sadie McGregor has been called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire, which claimed the life of a local college student.
Sadie loves her job and the challenges that come with it, but this case may turn out to be her toughest as she if forced to come to terms with the fire that destroyed her family when she was a little girl.
Quinn Harrington is no stranger to grief. After losing his wife to cancer, his strong faith helped him through that dark valley. When he meets Sadie and learns about her past, he is determined to prove God still loves her.
As they team up to solve the case, Quinn and Sadie must determine if the fire was accidental, an insurance scam gone horribly wrong, or something even more sinister. The answer may cost one of them their life.
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Excerpt:It was late afternoon before they arrived at the address the Ingram's had given them. Quinn parked his truck across the street and glanced up at the three-story brick building. "Third floor, right?"
Instead of an answer, Quinn heard Sadie's door close and looked over just in time to see her crossing in front of the truck, as usual, taking the lead. He smiled, grabbed the keys from the ignition, and reached for the door handle.
The sound of squealing tires caught Quinn's attention. He looked out his windshield as a black sports car pulled away from the curb. Shifting his gaze to the street, he saw Sadie was directly in its path. He jumped from the truck and yelled, "Look out!" then saw Sadie dive onto the hood of a parked car.
Quinn's heart pounded in his chest as he raced across the street. When he came around the front of the car she'd dove onto, he found her sitting with a dazed look on her face. He knelt beside her, "Are you okay?"
She blinked her eyes. "I definitely need to visit the gym more often."
He chuckled, relieved she was all right and that her humor was still intact. "I don't know I haven't seen a move like that since Starsky and Hutch."
"Will I need to call my insurance agent?"
He rose on his toes to peer across the hood of the late model Buick and saw a fairly good size dent in the hood. "I'm afraid so."
He offered his hand in assistance and she stood on wobbly legs. "Whoa!" She grabbed hold of his arm.
He steadied her by slipping his arm around her waist. "Are you sure you're okay?" Beginning with her forehead his eyes worked their way downward.
He spotted a dark stain near the left pocket of her jeans. "No you're not. You're bleeding."
"It must be my elbow, it's beginning to sting."
He gently raised it. Sure enough, blood seeped out of a one inch cut just below the bone. He took both her forearms and guided her backwards to lean against the Buick. "Stay put, don't move." He ran across the street to his truck, removed his first aid kit from behind the seat. When he returned, Sadie was nowhere in sight.
Fire and AshBy: Anne Patrick