The Night of the Falling, Quinn Moosebroker (1)©

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The body of Big Jim Brady lay in the bed of an upstairs bedroom, dead. His live-in ‘significant other’ had discovered his body when she returned from a shopping expedition in the city and called the police.

Officer Harcourt working the night shift heard the call from dispatch and arrived at the modest estate moments before the EMT’s. It seemed routine, until he opened the doors to the library and the shelved books where now a disheveled pile and some stacked by the door. He had heard of Brady, they said he was the wealthiest man in Clearview Terrace. He heard in conversation with Blake Knightly that he had the largest collection of Henry Farley outside the Houghton collection at Harvard. Harcourt admired the array of old artwork on the dust jackets of the first edition titles lying on the floor of the mahogany lined room. He noted a toppled display case that was now empty but had no way to determine if the contents now lay on the floor amongst all the other books.

Harcourt surveyed the house taking notes. He wondered if Detective DeLaMonte would be sent out to do a preliminary investigation or not. At the end of the hall on the second floor a window seemed to have been forced open. Harcourt noted it and would add it to his report. He wondered if this could be murder. ‘Two murders in Clearview Terrace in a matter of weeks?’ He asked himself. It was practically a crime wave.

The EMT’s were ready. They had removed the body. Harcourt put some, ‘Do Not Cross’ tape across the doorway of the library, told Eleanor Pennyworth, a distant cousin to the Pennyworth publishing business to keep out until a detective cleared the room and then the two emergency vehicles made their way to the Clearview Terrace Memorial Hospital where Jim Brady was pronounced dead.

Officer Harcourt sat at a local donut shop in the early hours of Sunday morning and wrote out his report of his observations at the Brady house. He drank his coffee and enjoyed his crumb donut hoping he could avoid an early morning call from Detective DeLaMonte by filing his report on his way off duty.

By morning all conversation at Millie’s Café and the Frosty Mug were about Jim Brady and who got his money or his art collection or his books.

Phillip Berkeley was ecstatic with the news. Two years earlier he had been in negotiations with Jim Brady’s lawyers for the Brady library. There were many first editions, but first editions were a dime a dozen in his circles. He coveted the Henry Farley manuscript of The Night of the Falling; that and two decades of correspondence between Farley and his publisher and between Farley and his Italian mistress. How Brady had beat out the major Universities for this prize is to this day a mystery to the universities. It meant Phillip Berkeley’s name would be on the cover of at least two volumes likely three. The Correspondence of Henry Farley published in two volumes a year apart and The Catalogue of the Jim Brady Collection, which would make him comfortable in his retirement.

It was sheer good fortune for Phillip Berkeley, that Jim Brady, wanted the material to stay in Clearview Terrance where he had returned after his long distinguished career in publishing. He would wait the appropriate time and make inquiries to the estate about moving the material to Hourglass Trinity College where he was head of the English Department and oversaw collections. He determined in his mind that Monday morning was the appropriate amount of time.

Blake Knightly owner of the local book shop heard about the news while having a quiet Sunday morning coffee at the Frosty Mug. He told the story of how he had long ago read in a tabloid that Ronald Colman and Clark Gable once had a fist fight in a bar over who would play, Read Fraser, the lead role, when The Night of the Falling was produced as a movie.

Blake Knightly sat and drank his coffee thinking he would not get his hands on one book from the Brady house. Pity, he thought. Every vulture within a thousand miles will be hovering over the Jim Brady Estate and there will be some very big vultures.

He turned to the classifieds and saw that the Clearview Terrace Library sale was happening this morning. He glanced at his watch and rushed off to search their offerings. It was a good place to acquire store stock and he was use to bumping elbows with the bookscouts.

Eleanor Pennyworth called her long time friend Lars Bragdon the owner of Stacks, the largest bookstore in Boston and told him of Jim’s passing. She told him the manuscript of The Night of the Falling was missing. She was aware of Jim’s commitment to keeping the manuscript in Clearview Terrace even though she knew both Harvard and Notre Dame would go into a bidding war that could run the price near the $30,000 level.

They talked about the material promised to Hourglass Trinity College but Eleanor assured him that the ephemera would make him salivate. “You would be dealing with his sons, and there are books not on the HTC inventory list,” she told him. He agreed to make the trip.

Eleanor Pennyworth flipped through the leather bound address book in Jim Brady’s study. By the name Moosebroker there was a word in Jim’s writing that said, ‘trusted’. She tapped her finger on her chin. It was just a matter of time before Jim’s sons showed up and invited her to leave. This was the down side of being a significant other rather than a wife. Covington R. Brady was the oldest. He would show up with a lawyer and Matheson Brady would do what he always did when he was in the house and that is guess the price of the things around him.

Detective DeLaMonte of the Clearview Police Department pulled his green Dodge Polaris into the drive of the Brady estate and climbed out of his car. He lumbered to the front door and knocked. Once inside and having Officer Harcourt’s preliminary report in hand looked around while talking to Eleanor Pennyworth.

“You found the body?” He asked.

Eleanor was annoyed; she had just answered these questions from the police ‘playbook’. “Yes.” She told him.

“We are going to have to wait for the Coroner’s Report to see if the death will be investigated as a crime. Is there anything missing?”

Eleanor led him to the library. “It is too early to tell, but there may be some books missing and a valuable manuscript is gone.”

DeLaMonte grunted, and made a note, ‘books’ and underlined it. He would not be spending anytime searching for any damn old books. He closed his notebook. “Thank you Miss Pennyworth. We will get back to you very soon. Keep the department aware of your whereabouts.”

She walked to the back of the house and grabbed two suitcases and brought them to the room sized closet that held her clothes. She began to bring things to the suitcase then paused, grabbed the address book and dialed Quinn Moosebroker’s number. When the phone was picked up Eleanor Pennyworth introduced herself; she mentioned Jim Brady and told Quinn that she needed his help.

He said into the receiver, “Ok, we’ll be right there.” He hung up and looked at Betty and said, “Get dressed, we have another case.”

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Awesome, a new story from Mike. A treat a week is in store for us.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love the names you select for your characters. Quinn and Betty off to solve another mystery. Lots to ponder, who ' dun ' it? Great writing Mike.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Mike, i forgot to mention, the legs are a bit puggy..Hee


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Whenever someone of Brady’s stature and wealth passes, the vultures take wing. The question is…which vulture paid him a visit before he left this earth? “The Night the Falling” has more than one meaning here. An intriguing intro, Mike, to a new mystery that is fascinating.

And hello Ruby! Hugs, dear friend – you have been missed. :-)


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Aha! Another well written mystery to look forward to. The beginning already has me waiting for the next instalment.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mike,

So wonderful to see our favorites, along with some new characters to learn, as we embark on this new and most interesting murder mystery in Clearview Terrace.

Solid introduction with enough intrigue to keep your readers coming back every time.

Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend. It is great to see Ruby, you have been missed, girlfriend. Hugs, mar


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

This time I am taking notes.... Call me 'Quin's Significant Other'....

:)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky and thank you. I cannot promise an episode a week. But we will see what schedule I can keep. I appreciate your continued support.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby. I cannot express how happy I am to see you here. Welcome back. I'll let the artist know that he needs to find slimmer models. lol I actually cut and pasted that couple into the picture and changed their outfits to disguise the fact. Yes, another who dunnit. We will see how this goes.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna. I actually have a better grasp as to what is going to go on in this story. I like the name I had fun creating the title and many things fell into place once I had that. I appreciate you here at the beginning of this adventure, we will all see together how this goes.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi BlossomSB. So good to see you. We are off to a good start here. I have a few ideas as to direction which I am happy about. Thanks for joining into the mystery that we are beginning together.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. Good to see you. Yes, many of the characters that we met in 2nd Street Playhouse Mystery are hot on the latest case in Clearview Terrace. The continuity is very helpful for me. Now it is just a matter of weaving a tale that might hold the readers interest. I feel the dark side of me trying to pry its way in, so we will see how this unfolds.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. Good to see you. OK, you take notes, I may use you to keep take of where I am at. lol This could bring us far and wide. I appreciate your continued support.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

How thrilling to find a newly published mystery with our favorite characters and favorite mystery writer. You're off to a great start with this who dunnit, Mck. I'm intrigued. You've woven some of life's important lessons into this chapter. ("This was the down side of being a significant other rather than a wife." ) I see you've also put your love of books to good use as well. Nicely written. I'm looking forward to the next release.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Yes, I thought I would try my hand at this again. I selfishly placed them into the Book World, where I have some slight knowledge. That reduces my research. I should do a disclaimer about all the characters being fictitious but who would believe me. So far I have made up all of the book titles and will continue in that vein. Tougher than you might think, I had a few I thought were original and then looked them up and there are published books with the very title I made up. OK, I am off to 1972 and the book world.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Love mysteries. These are so like my favorite old time Hollywood who dunnits. Looking forward to more. Passing this on.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

This sounds like another great killer mystery, Mike. So glad you are continuing with Quinn and Betty. I love those characters. I am looking forward to this series and glad you are continuing to write these mysteries. I haven't tried mystery writing. You do such a good job with this genre!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Gypsy Rose Lee. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I appreciate the visit. Thanks for sharing this story.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello suzettenaples. Thanks for the visit. I see by my emails I have fallen behind on reading your hubs. Thanks for the compliment. I am just practicing my short stories. I am happy that a few people are enjoying them.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Lots of people are enjoying them, Mck. You are a fantastic writer and you keep us spellbound with your words. I need this diversion and am truly enjoying the story.

Back for a listen to Classical Gas. Ah, memories.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg. Thank you very much. Classical Gas, is one of my all time favorites. As I creep up on late middle age (side spliting humor) I find I crave the music of the sixties and seventies (that I have read so much about). Even the stories have for the most part been set in the past. I hope all is well and your wards are enjoying your home made soup.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Mck, Things are going well here in suburbia. I have found a friend who'll help out with the Ladies as I've revoked their cooking privileges. Not funny, I know, but necessary. J is ticked that I didn't put them in the NH but my heart just won't let me, so I'm seeking alternatives. Anyhoo, life is good and always beats the alternative. My brother got laid off today after 20 years at a national defense manufacturer. Life is still good.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg. I have the same conversation with my sister about our Lady. We are looking for the same kind of help you found. I am glad that you are there for them. As for your brother, I hope he was one of the smart ones who managed to save for the 'blips' life has to offer all of us. It is tough to hear that a defense manufacturer is having layoffs. Keep me posted - it might be time to teach him the art of Ebay.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi all. Been super busy running to the VA and have another trip tomorrow. Good to hear you're all doing well.

Peg, sorry to hear about your brother. I am happy that you have someone that will help you with the Ladies. It will be a bit easier to get along with help. I used to cook lots when I went to visit my parents and then I would freeze individual size meals for them to microwave. My parents were both disabled and mom had a terrible time standing in the kitchen to cook something. Dad did a bit better and It is a good thing that everyone in his family learned how to cook. 'When we were little, my mom got pneumonia several times in a row, and was in bed a lot. Dad would cook Army food. That is, enough to feed an Army. He made the best potato soup, chili, lima beans with ham, and vegetable beef soup, but that was all he cooked. We all love that stuff to this day, but for awhile there, we got tired of it. He was also working about 50 hours a week then. My sister was barely old enough to heat some of those things up while dad was at work, he worked swing shift. She still was not old enough to cook. A neighbor would come help if we needed it but she had her family with her husband working out of town a lot. Her kids were about the same age as we were.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey Mck. Who is your "Lady"? Is that someone related or a friend? I have been working and working with DADS - Dept of Aging and Disability Services, but you know how that goes - two steps forward, three steps back. Hope you are okay. I had a physical exam today - first since 2008. It's about time.

Becky, Hello! Glad to hear from you. Yes, today was the first day for Linda to cook a meal for them, then I got a call from Mom. "We've got a little problem over here..." Always something. Not a big deal, no hot water. So a plumber is on the upcoming schedule. You had a great Dad who could cook for an Army. My Dad was Navy and cooked when he had to. We had scrambled eggs and grits when he was in charge. I love scrambled eggs to this day. My sister was the cook and my brother and I had KP duty. And we had a church friend who helped out when Mom had some illness that kept her in her room for a few months. Life is interesting, isn't it?


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Becky. All of your stories are so colorful. It sounds like your Dad's plan was to cook a lot and seldom. That is actually smart in a busy world and plenty of kids. It is likely to make you appreciate a meal with plenty of thought given to it. Good to hear from you.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Ya'll,

I have been missing the gang, getting through some busy teaching weeks and stuff on the home front.

Peg, Really glad to hear you have gone to the MD and getting some relief for your ladies. You are so loyal and good to them.

It is cool to hear about your memories, Peg and Becky. Kids are so resilient for the most part.

I enjoyed Genna ( et al) and Ruby's latest hubs just a while ago...hoping everyone has a peaceful night. Hugs, mar


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. The Lady is a close relative. Except she lives 700 miles from everyone and is stubborn to the point of pig headedness. Funny you mention KP duty, I have been on KP duty for lets see, hmmmm....always. Even in the Army, basic training, I pulled more KP than firing range. lol

What a shame about the no hot water. The cost of those water heaters has skyrocketed to ridiculous levels. I actually replaced the water heater in the garage with out I bought from a 'tv show series' parking lot sale when the show folded. Some book scout. lol I hope all the results of the physical come back with great numbers.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Mar. How's it going? Good to hear from you tonight. "Stuff on the Home Front." Sounds like a good book title.

Yes, my Dad was stationed in the Med for 18 months when my Mom had some issues with coping. The three of us had lists of chores with check blocks and etc.. Ah, Good times.

Hoping you are well. I need to find an image for the M and M book for my website. Loved that book and looking forward to more.

Love


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. Great to see you. I also visited both Genna and Always hubs this evening. Good to see Ruby back and her followers supporting her so well. I vaguely remember Genna's story and the collaboration, but I could not identify one word that I contributed. I think a fine editor got in there and cleaned it up.

Stuff always seems to get in the way of writing. Wouldn't you agree?


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mck, you crack me up. "More KP than the firing range." We had a firing range here recently. Yuk yuk. The range was on fire. Hahahha. Oh no, groan. The WH might be as simple as a blown fuse, but the plumber needs to repair the water leak under the sink, too, that the last plumber couldn't seem to fix. Oh Boy. I need another xray for the hip but hoping the other stuff is okay. Had the Ladies to the Doctor on Monday for routine tests. All is well there.

Ah ha, your "Lady". Now I get it. Ahem. Yes, I can relate to the pig headedness aspect. Got cha.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg here is one place you can find the M&M cover. If you click on the arrow going to the left it is quicker to find it.

http://mockingbird-books.weebly.com/book-covers.ht...

Mar has a copy on her web page also.

http://www.marcoujor.com/mars-desk.html


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Haha, Peg, you are so quick. Firing range has taken on a whole new meaning. Fingers crossed about the fuse - except - there is no electrical attached to a water heater. (Unless for some reason there is an electric water heater.) Yes, she is so stubborn and knows where all us 'kids' buttons are.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mck, do we have the same relatives? Mine knows just where my buttons are as well. And yes, the house is all electric so I'm hoping for the fuse fix rather than replacing the 20 year old water heater. Whatever it takes.

Thanks for the website. I have been pinning a lot of stuff lately as I'm told it helps traffic. Also spending most of my time filing DMCA's on copyright infringement. Boring....


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Peg, so sorry that you are being exercised over the copyright issue. I can imagine how tedious that has to be. Is that a google thing?

Funny how those buttons installed years ago can be used to send a shock of pain through you anytime they want. lol

Now a 20 year old water heater could be a check writing event. If J's back was 'younger' I would recommend that he do it. But that is out of the question. Just close your eyes and sign the check.

I don't go on Pinetrest too often. Though I have a page somewhere.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Button, button, who's got your button? Hah. Yep. The WH issue is just easier to write a check. J is in no condition to fix things over there or here at this point anymore. Twenty years is enough. I'm still waiting on flooring for the pantry and upstairs. But, you know, I am patient.

Yes, the Google entity has been helpful in deleting copied content on one so far. And the other scraper seems to be out of Turkey. Copied one of my hubs word for word and used it in their ad. And no, I'm not flattered by that. I've read that most traffic to HP is generated from Pinterest.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My dad wasn't a cook, he just grew up with 12 brothers and sisters, as well as various cousins staying for awhile. Large families are fun, they all had chores and they all took turns helping in the kitchen. He would cook enough food in a big pot and we would eat for several days on it. Then he would get up early to fix us another big pot of food. That soup pot got a workout, while mom was sick. I remember that she was so sick and she probably should have been in the hospital. She felt that she needed to be with her kids though. My grandmother came in when she could, but she was a teacher and the principal; she could not just take off work any time she wanted to.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg, I knew J was in no shape to do the work. I once lifted a WH into place by myself two adults left the house to go to the gym. Go figure. I will not be doing that again or we will have a ten gallon water heater. lol

I am glad you are getting the copying issue resolved, slowly but surely. What hub fit perfectly into somes ad?

I guess I will go post some pitures over at Pinterest. I will have to find my page and retrain myself.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Becky, you have so many rich stories to tell. If your Dad got up and filled that soup pot for everyone then he may just have been the reluctant cook. Nice that your grandmother found time to help and nice that everyone knew what their chores were and got them done.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mck and company,

Evening all. I'm making a huge pot of spaghetti sauce tonight. Hope your dinner plans are delicious. I like to make enough, like Becky's Dad, for an Army, then I freeze containers with enough sauce for a meal for two. That way, all I have to do is boil the pasta and voila...dinner.

Mck, the biggest pain was the hub that has been copied into at least 4 websites that were found by someone who helped me in the forums. See topic http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/118153 and then look at my profile's first featured hub on the revolving thingy. I've spent the last three days trying to file notices, only to find out the website is hosted out of Turkey and requires other measures.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Peg, that is smart to cook the sauce once and have several meals to show for it. Eating is nice, cooking has its drawbacks.

Sorry that you are fighting internationally to recover your work. That hardly seems fair. Seems Hubpages should join in the recovery process.

I will go and check out the link you provided.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Mck, I saw your post to my email concerning the scraped site where HubPages full content is on a London site. Seems like this happened with another site in the past and everyone complained but nothing was done by the site to help. Wonder how this can be allowed when we're all so busy filing DMCA claims.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg, based on our conversation, I googled mckbirdbks. The results show I am all over the place. I have been doing some email marketing to advertise Emerald Wells Cafe. Almost every email appears in a site in Germany, in german. I am not sure what the answer is. I know that you presentations draw traffic and hence you make a little money. I don't understand how those stilling content gain. But there must be a way or they would have no insentive. I wish I had some good advice here, but on the one hand we want our work read and widely dispersed and the other hand we deserve to reap any reward.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Yep, Mck. You are one popular guy. The one I mentioned charges people to "interact" with you on his site. What's up with that? I guess there's one born every minute. I would definitely pursue that guy and report him as he seems to be in our country. Pfffrhmpt. What a revolting development. Maybe ask on the forums for some help on reporting these scrapers.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Peg. When I was writing Emerald Wells Cafe I felt very protective and episodes popped up all over the place. Over the course of the two years, I made so little and had wonderful but low readership. It was then I decided I did not want to spend time chasing lowlifes that stole content. (Theoretically) - I am writing for fun. You and others put so much into your work, that I understand your drive to fight for it. I want to spend my time doing a little editing, a little marketing and trying to help writers get to a level that makes them happy about their writing. I have to admit, I was surprised at how many place my mckbirdbks appeared. Japanese, German, etc.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I know, Mck. Sometimes the highest compliment is to be imitated or copied. I keep telling myself that, anyway. And me too, theoretically. At least that's my story. (groan)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Peg, and it is a great story. Your hubs are always entertaining, well researched and well packaged to draw readers. I understand you you must feel when the whole story is lifted with a 'cut and paste' and brought elsewhere. Maddening is how I guess it feels.

I read a Emerald Wells Cafe episode that had gone through a word swapping software. 'Boots' (a characters name) became footwear, and other funny little things like that made it amusing.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh that is funny. Boots is footwear. I noticed the small things on mine which didn't make any sense either. Lost in Translation? Yup. Thanks for that note of encouragement and boomerang, right back at you. We just have to laugh sometimes. It is the only way to cope.

BTW, the plumber came today and we were blessed to have a breaker tripped on the water heater. Somehow the switch in the back bathroom had been turned off as well. Not sure how that happened but all is well now and he even tightened the sink drain and it no longer leaks. Hooray!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

You found an honest to goodness plumber that is such a valuable find. And high five regarding 'not having to buy' a water heater.

Yes, I certainly search for things to laugh about in this upside down world of ours.

Like your latest, hub, http://pegcole17.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Fold-a-T-...


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks Mck. I laughed when I read your comment on the T Shirt hub. I was in a rare mood today and I'm glad you found it funny. I'm rarely funny these days, but I keep hoping. Upside down world indeed. I'm reminded of our grandparents who used to think the world was going to Hxll in a handbasket. Why these young whippersnappers...


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

You are in rare form. Very nice. Young whippersnappers indeed. Good to let go and just laugh now and again.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

The cover is stunning!

Great opening line!

Interesting intro of memorable characters.

And I love the detailed descriptions of the books and manuscripts.

I feel like I'm entering an area of book dealing that I know nothing about and it's almost as intriguing as the unusual circumstances surrounding Big Jim Brady's death.

Hugs,

Gail


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Gail. I have fun with the photo imagining software. It allows me to build these jackets. I have helped so many with their cover art. It is nice when an author recieves a cover and then uses that cover to represent their work.

This last year I have been almost completely on the sidelines of the book business. But I am able to draw facts from my experience to help me with the details of this story.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Morning Mck. Gail's comment has reminded me to mention how much I like the cover of the book you've used to illustrate this story. That panther is rather subtle and the people remind me so much of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert - ah those old movies, still great to watch.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Creating the jacket was fun. The reason that the couple reminds you of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is because it is. They have been cut out of an old movie poster and redressed like Barbie dolls. That goes for the panther and the tree. The text was also fun, double layered to get that contrast. You caught me red handed. lol


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Very interesting start to a murder mystery. I love the interesting names you choose for your characters. I am starting late, but now I can catch up quickily.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Pamela99. I have been reading a lot of your work lately. Thanks for joinng in on this new murder mystery. I appreciate that.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

It has been my pleasure to join the murder mystery stories. I wish I had discoverd you a long time ago as I believer you are an excellent author.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Pamela, very nice of you to say. I am still being held aloft by my Emerald Wells Café series, that is no longer on Hubpages. Most of my readers followed me to this new story.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Mike, I believe I will enjoy this new series of yours. It looks great, and I like whodunits anyway. I m determined to keep in on the action now! Lovely to read you again.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Vicki and thank you. I know a little bit about the book business. It will help me with some of the details. I also know a little bit about mysteries. My whole life is a mystery. lol Good to see you.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

Oh my goodness. I wonder if this mystery is going to turn out the way I think. This is so very cool. And just curious about the "significant other". Is the person a suspect? Can't wait to read more! Up & Shared..tweet too. :)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Jo. Thanks for joining in on the fun of a Quinn Moosebroker mystery. No fair asking such questions in episode one. Some many have commented about the "significant other".


Ghaelach 3 years ago

Hello to Clearview Terrace.

These things do happen sometimes, but I read number 6 first and it grabbed me by the throat and said hello there are 5 other hubs before this one.

My friend I must apologise and can only say it must be something to do with my age, under 70 and over 60.

You have a very interesting story going and I'm looking forward to reading 2, 3, 4, 5 before number 7 is published. I'm enjoying what I've read so far.

Have a great weekend.

LOL Ghaealch


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Ghaelach very nice to see you here. Thanks for the visit and the compliment. I too fall in the under 70 and over 60 category so I am aware of the burdens. lol I hope you enjoy the series.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hi mckbbks, What a great way to introduce the reader to your world of books, its a gas! Enjoying the characters, love the names.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. What a nice treat to see you here and read your comments as you go through the story on a fast pace. I think it is nicer for the reader not to have to wait. Thank you.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

What an intriguing new mystery series for me to catch up on reading! I just love your stories and characters you bring to life in your creative writing. Looks like you have been very busy and I do not know where I have been during all of this? Glad to be here now!

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I meant to add that I love Classical Gas. My son played that on the guitar and a Magnet School accepted him solely based on his gift of playing! He can just pick up the guitar and play away. I wish I was gifted in such a way.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Faith, How nice to see you here. I do not know where time goes. It seems to escape so rapidly from all of us, so no worries on that count. I appreciate the visit and kind words.

Now, Classical Gas is one of my all time favorites. So happy to hear your son is a natural. Me personally have no musical talents. Even turning on a radio is risky. lol

Hope you enjoy my story.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I started with the first chapter in order to get into your mystery book. I think I'm going to print out chapter for chapter to read away from the computer and make notes at each chapter so I can give a review later. I like reading detective stories in between all my other writings.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Nadine May. Thank you for taking the time to visit this story. This is the first episode of the second story to feature Quinn and Betty. I appreciate your visit and look forward to your review.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

This is an interesting story. I will have to read the rest of it.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello SweetiePie, very nice of you to visit my story. I hope you enjoy it.

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