My hero, Peggy Lee
By Shakespeare (her Great Dane)
My best friend is a woman named Peggy Lee. She is also my hero.When I was very young, Peggy saw a man being mean to me, and she took me away from him. It wasn’t easy either. He wanted to be mean to her too. But Peggy is a human who is dedicated to taking care of people and things. And me!
Peggy loves her garden. She lets me run through it chasing birds and squirrels. She doesn’t try to hang on to me much when we’re out there anymore because of a silly incident where I accidentally pulled her through some bushes.She’s not the kind to hold a grudge, though. She still loves me, even when I jump on her at the door. I’m so happy to see her sometimes, I can’t hold back. Now that I’m an adult, you can imagine that she has a harder time standing up when my paws hit her shoulders!
But she doesn’t care. She loves me the way I am – unclipped ears and all.I love it when she drops the ball down the stairs for me. I can chase it through the whole house, sliding across the wood floors, almost not stopping!
Peggy goes out a lot to work. I wish she wouldn’t, but I know she has to make money to buy my food and toys. She lets me hide in her basement when strange people come to work on her house. I don’t like strangers. They remind me of the mean man.I really like when Peggy takes me to her garden shop with her. There aren’t many squirrels or birds there, but I like her friends who work with her. Sam always has a treat for me. Selena gives great belly rubs.
That’s why Peggy is my hero. I wish she could get a medal for loving me and taking care of me. But it’s okay. When I curl up next to her sometimes in bed, it’s enough that I have her, and she has me. That’s what’s important.
Part-time garden shop owner/part-time forensic botanist, Peggy Lee is trying to discover if the death of Ann Fletcher 20 years ago was an accident – or foul play. In return, she hopes to receive more information about her first husband’s death. She knows John Lee was murdered, but questions have arisen as to why he was killed. She is working with a private detective who stumbles across his own feet, but her Internet friend, Nightflyer, says that Harry Fletcher has the answers. When Harry is murdered by convallatoxin, from the lily of the valley plant, Peggy begins to understand her role in everything. Now she has to stay alive long enough to prove her theories – and keep her son, Paul out of trouble too!
About The Authors
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
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