Karen Berg-Raftakis

"Mike immediately leaned in and began paying extra-close attention to the television. “There is a Chicago-area woman, who the police are now calling ‘a person of interest’ in the case and are taking her in for questioning.”

Two women flashed upon the screen. One was being escorted into the station by two policemen. Her face was blurred out, but you could see she had long blond hair and was wearing a gray “Murdoch Mysteries” TV show T-shirt and denim cut-offs. The other was wearing a light-blue burka that, except for her eyes and a few strands of red stray hairs sticking out, covered her from head to toe. The woman was running behind them as fast as she could screaming, “Riann, don’t you worry ‘bout these damn pigs! I swear, I’ll git you out if it’s the last thing I do!” Mike and Sandra looked at each other, mouths agape.

When the breaking news was over, Barry was the first one to comment. “Well, babycakes, it looks like your daughter’s got herself in one helluva mess!”


Excerpt from Slaughter on Sanibel Island

"Around 8pm, a telemarketer called the newlyweds' home hoping that the head of household would participate in a television survey.  Luckily, or unluckily, as the case turned out, Arianna answered the phone on the second ring.  Unlike most people the telemarketer called, Arianna didn't hang up immediately, or make an excuse to try and get out of talking to her.  Instead, she kept interrupting the lady, by going on and on about exactly why she liked or disliked certain television shows.

“...and how NCIS is still on the air is beyond me," Arianna continued.  "The writing has been horrible the last few years.  Really, ever since Ziva left and they killed off Jenny...” Suddenly she heard a click.  "What the?"  "How rude!" she exclaimed after hearing a dial tone.

“Let me guess, she hung up on you?" asked Mike.


Appearing miffed, she nodded.


"You're the only person in history, I think, who actually gets hung up on by a telemarketer and not the other way around."


Excerpt from Libraries can be Lethal