The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Set just published. This boxed set contains all three published Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries—Too Quiet in Brooklyn, Missing Brandy, and Whiskey’s Gone. And it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Available on Amazon.
Here’s an excerpt from Missing Brandy, the second book in the trilogy. The scene is pure Brandy, a thirteen-year-old student who is missing. While searching Brandy’s room, Fina finds her diary. After reading a few paragraphs, the detective will do anything to find her.
Me? I’m an everyday kind of teen with curls so tight on damp days they stick to my scalp. I can feel them winding up. They move like baby snakes, all slithery, while I reach for my alarm clock. That’s why I don’t always pay attention in class—especially History. My kinks and my zits drive me wild, to say nothing of the braces. I’ve had them on for a year and will probably need them for most all of high school. That’s what Dad said before he decided to die.
You’d have loved him. He took me to ballgames. We’d walk to Borough Hall and take the subway to 161st Street, and when we got to the stadium, we’d hold hands, swinging our arms high and fast. It was like taking a ride on a high-flying machine, that’s what Granny called it. Dad bought me hot dogs and soda and talked about winning and losing and when winning’s important and when it’s not. When I was seven, I could name all the Yankee pitchers, but now I’ve lost touch.
First Dad died, then Aunt Caroline moved to London. The wrong ones went away and left me, and now I’m alone with Mom. Except for Granny Liam, of course, but she goes in and out.
Photo: Cover, The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Set, Volume 1. Design, Avalon Graphics.