Cryptic Cove Mystery Series
Uma’s Umbrage (Book 1)
Chapter One Excerpt
“Who sabotaged your mother’s swing?” Tillie blurted, as if she couldn’t hold in the question any longer.
“I don’t know.” Uma opened her eyes to look at the three dear faces that surrounded her. “But Wiggie said she had me trained for safety, so I could someday discover exactly what happened, if that was what I wanted to do. She wanted me to know how to defend myself, and to give me the wherewithal to make that decision.”
Tillie shook her head. “But why would anybody want to kill you and your mom?”
Uma blinked, still numb, and so confused. “My father was wealthy. Maybe one of his extended family members wanted those riches?”
As they waited in the crowd for their turn to exit, they were silent. Obviously her sisters were contemplating her situation.
“Was there anybody else who could have raised you for the past ten years?” Sally asked. “Although I’m selfish because I’m so glad you stayed with us at the orphanage.”
“Me, too,” Tillie said. “I wouldn’t have gotten to know you because that would have been around the time I arrived to live at the orphanage.”
“True,” Uma replied, absently, her mind still swimming with all the news about her past. “My stepmother and step-uncle are all that are left. And Wiggie said the sheriff wasn’t positive that I would be safe with them.”
All of them were finally able to step out onto the street, the late September evening unusually cold. As Tillie gave the valet the ticket to retrieve their carriage, Sally turned to Uma. “What are you going to do?”
She hadn’t known until this moment. But discovering the secrets of her past was what she’d been training for, thanks to Wiggie. All along her fate had been to discover who had deprived her of her birth-mother’s love.
“I’m going to go to Cryptic Cove, California. Find out who in blazes murdered my mother. But there’s one thing I’m not going to do.”
“Oh? What’s that?” Sally asked.
She gave them a grim smile. “Answer by my birth name.”
Rebecca cocked her pretty head. “Which is?”
Note: Uma’s Undoing is book #2 in Cryptic Cove Mysteries, scheduled to be released in the Fall, 2019.