A Bundle Of Deceit POD Print

By Stacey Watts

It was a string of bad luck and unfortunate circumstances that led Lucy Jennings to show interest in the two grandmothers that sat across from her desk. Six months ago Lucy discovered her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, and promptly decided that a major lifestyle change was in order. She dumped her steady job as a Police Officer, and opened up her own Private Investigation Agency.

The only thing the ladies could offer her was $250 and a letter from The Wishful Hearts Adoption Agency. The elderly ladies seemed to think the Agency had something to do with their grandson and his family's sudden disappearance, and Lucy knew a couple of phone calls would clear up the matter quite nicely.

A simple visit to Wishful Hearts, however, turns this minor blurb in the newspaper to front page headlines and the office manager, Duncan Michels, turns her world upside down with his stunning good looks and flirty behavior.

Thrust into a scandal that sees the death of a key witness and blackmail in the highest parts of city government, Lucy must protect a young family and a man she would prefer not to fall head over heels in love with in A Bundle of Deceit.

Romantic Suspense

Sensuality rating: 3

Cover Art by Blaise Kilgallen


Front cover of A Bundle Of Deceit by Stacey Watts
Author: Stacey Watts


    The bills were mounting up on Lucy Jennings’ desk. She saw the crazy plan she had so hastily jumped into might have been a mistake now. Life was beginning to hit her hard and she wasn’t sure she had the energy to fight back.

Opening the compact mirror she took from her purse, she didn’t even recognize herself. Talk about a reinvention gone bad. Of course, at the time it all seemed like a brilliant idea. It was one of those crazy spur of the moment dreams you have when life is putting pressure on you to come up with a new game plan.

Sassy Lou’s Hair Emporium was her first big break into freedom. Why, she just marched on in and told Miss Sassy Lou to chop off five inches of her hair. The bob was cute but better yet, it annoyed the one man that needed to be horse tied and dragged out to pasture. Walking out of Sassy Lou’s gave her a great sense of empowerment for the first time in her life.

Life shouldn’t just stop there for her. Lucy could do more to free herself from the heartache she felt. She stormed into the police station and marched into her boss’s office and informed him that she no longer accepted the lying, cheating, scum Kirk Dobson as her partner. She even popped her shades on top of her head like she was finally somebody. When the chief looked at her, he began to laugh.

“Are you insane? Maybe it’s that time of the month,” he said.

Everyone thought she was crazy so she did what any self respecting woman in her situation would do. She slammed her badge and credentials on the desk and walked out. No job is worth this much hell, Lucy thought to herself.

The new found change was exhilarating. She was now ready to chart her new course. She sold her car and most of her furniture. She bought a two-story red brick building with the money Aunt Bertie had left her when she died. She was going to become this town’s best and only Private Investigator. She would outshine the Sentry’s Boys Club—the Sentry Police Department. The good part about this little adventure was she could live downstairs and make the upstairs’ space her office.

The only thing she needed was a car. Checking her bank account, she realized it was close to depleted. Most people would have taken it as a sign to regroup. But oh no, not Lucy. She went right down to Harold the Junkman and bought a car. Three hundred dollars got her a sweet little multi-colored car. Everyone needs a car with blue and yellow doors, she told herself as she sputtered away from the junk yard.

     With her last twenty dollars, she placed an ad in the Morning Sentry News promoting her new business. It was like a dream come true. The week was hers and nobody would ever take ownership of her life again.

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