Welcome back! February was a fabulous month for me with the release of Aegean Intrigue on February 2. The time since then has been a whirlwind of promotion, and I've been so pleased the novella has received positive reviews. In the story, Alex has been hired to find the thief of several priceless Greek artifacts. In this scene, Alex is expressing his doubts about Francie's involvement in the thefts to Zotis, his employer:
Later that night, Alex's phone chirped as he wrote his report. Glancing at the caller ID, he frowned and answered. His employer was nothing if not persistent.
“What have you found?”
“Nothing new. Francie is meticulous at her recordkeeping. I haven't seen any suspicious behavior. It seems she's doing everything she can to make sure nothing is missing.”
“It's a cover. She's guilty.”
“Why are you so convinced of that?”
“She has that innocent face. Nobody can be as innocent as that.”
“So it's just a hunch?”
“Call it what you will. I know it in my heart.”
“What about the professor?”
“He's not cunning enough. He's solidly entrenched in the past. Half the time, he doesn't know where he is, or who he's talking to. There's no way he'd be able to pull it off.”
“Francie is his protégé. She could be doing working for him without knowing it.”
“I don't believe it. She's used to the finer things in life, what with her famous parents. She's probably looking for a way to increase her income while she's studying.”
“But if she made extra money from previous heists, wouldn't she be living in more luxury? Her apartment is in a run-down part of Athens, she dresses simply, and she wears no jewelry. She brought only a small duffle bag with her for the trip. That is not the usual way of a materialistic woman.”
“It's a façade. She's trying to fool you.”
“Why would she need to do that? She doesn't know about the investigation.”
“She's cunning enough to know that people will be watching her even after she's been officially cleared. Keep digging. It's her. Or someone she's feeding information to. She's got to be the link.”
Alex wasn't convinced, but he gave his verbal agreement. Zotis was paying the bills.
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