There are days in my life that I’d be happy to repeat, sort of like the movie Groundhog Day. The day I married Pete, the love of my life. The first day I had one of my articles make the cover of Newsweek magazine. The days when my two kids Caleb and Jenny were born, although I’d be happy to skip the 10 hours of labor that preceded each of those special days.
And then there are the days that I want never to have happened. That day 18 months ago that Pete went out for his usual morning run and never came home. Plowed down by a hit-and-run driver, he was left to die alone on the side of the road. I want a do-over on that day. I want Pete to come home, sweaty, smelly, and oh so alive.
So here I am: Two kids, a dead husband, a mortgage to pay, and a lot of (younger) competition in the shrinking news business. I couldn’t go back to the fast lane. The kids needed me close by, and the truth is, I didn’t have the fire in my gut anymore. It had died along with Pete. So I landed a job with the Sound Shore Times, a small local paper. I cover bake sales, Little League games, and village meetings. It’s a far cry from my days in a war zone, but it’s a paycheck and regular hours.
One day started out simply enough. Carpool, baseball practice for Caleb, Girl Scouts for Jenny, walk the dog, laundry (always, always laundry) – and a straightforward assignment to cover a public hearing. A big New York City developer wanted to build an outlet mall in a neighboring town, much to the consternation of the local folks in my upscale village. There were some semi-interesting legal issues and I figured that maybe the article would be a great clip for my resume, for you know, when the time came. But somebody was willing to do anything to block the mall’s construction, maybe even murder.
When I found myself in the crosshairs of a killer, I worried that the next time my name was in print, it wouldn’t be my byline, it would be my obituary. Pulitzer Prizes are over-rated, unless they can stop bullets.
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Meet the author
The author of Murder Off the Books, Murder Takes the Cake, Riley Come Home, Moonlighting at the Mall and The Brianna Sullivan Mysteries e-book series, Evelyn David is the pseudonym for Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett.