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᠔ Text כֿ Hitting the Books download ᡮ Book Author Jenn McKinlay ᢂ ᠔ Text כֿ Hitting the Books download ᡮ Book Author Jenn McKinlay ᢂ This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof Copyright 2018 Jenn McKinlayChapter OneHe was whistling At five oclock in the morning, the man was whistling Lindsey Norris grabbed an extra pillow and plopped it over her face, making a sandwich out of her head It blocked out the chipper sound coming from the bathroom, but it also made breathing a challenge She shifted and tried to make an air duct for her nose and mouth without letting in any sound Sucking in a breath of cool early morning air, she tried to get back to her blissful unconscious state.Her brain refused to be lulled It was too busy being irritated What sort of person whistled first thing in the morning Her boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, thats who The man woke up before the sun rose every day, even on days he didnt have to It was positively unnatural Lindsey had moved into Sullys house several months ago, and while she loved him and she loved living with him, there were just a few things that made living together a bit tense, not the least of which was Sullys egregious habit of greeting every day whistling like a songbird at sunrise.A former navy man who owned his own boat touring and water taxi company, Sully was used to being up and out before anyone else Lindsey was not She was the library director for their small town of Briar Creek, and as a public servant, she kept bankers hours, with an evening and rotating weekends thrown in just to keep it interesting.Great, now her mind was on work Lindsey did a quick mental rundown of her day, hoping that by thinking it through, she could put it aside and fall back to sleep She had a meeting at nine oclock with the library board, which had been in transition since its last president had been murdered She hadnt yet gotten a read on the new members and what their expectations of the library were Mostly, they seemed relieved after every meeting to still be alive She wasnt sure what that said about her as a library director She decided to bring muffins and hope that relaxed them a bit After all, everyone liked muffins.At lunch, she had a crafternoon scheduled This was a weekly Thursday meeting where they shared lunch, did a craft, and talked about a book Lindsey wasnt a crafty sort, so this weeks string bracelets were not really her thing, but her library assistant, who was in charge of the craft, assured her that the worst that could happen would be that shed suffer a small burn Lindsey made a mental note to put some antibiotic pain relief ointment in her purse.Lastly, she had a late meeting with the mayor to discuss making the library a environmentally friendly space by changing out the current lighting with energy efficient LEDs The mayor was all about the bottom line and never welcomed ideas, even good ones, that would cost money in the immediate election cycle His ideas for the future didnt run much past getting reelected She was going to have to come up with a compelling reason for the change to get him to listen to her Maybe she could convince him that this would get him the youth vote in the next election.Today was definitely a look professional day Pity She would have preferred to wear her book lover pajamas to work, comfy flannel pjs covered in a repeating pattern of eyeglasses and flying books It was April in Connecticut, still on the chilly side in the morning, but the afternoon would be warmer Her navy blue business suit with the pencil skirt and tailored jacket would work She wondered whether shed gotten her jade green blouse back from the dry cleanersthat would lighten up the severity of the suit but still give her executive polish.How much time had passed since the whistling started Why hadnt she fallen back to sleep Could she fall back to sleep now Lindsey tried to gauge her level of tiredness Her brain was fully engaged sleep was going to remain a memory for the rest of the day Darn it.Her nose twitched What was that smell Mmm Coffee She peeked one eye out from under her pillow Freshly showered and shaved, Sully was approaching with a steaming mug of coffee in one hand He carefully put it on her nightstand The man brought her coffee that was the definition of true love in Lindseys book His unfortunate whistling was immediately forgiven.She reached out from under the covers and grabbed his hand before he could escape He allowed her to pull him down, and he crouched beside the bed and peered under the pillow.You awake in there he asked.Lindsey tossed the pillow aside Good morning.Sully studied her with a small smile on his lips Good morning I cant believe youre awake.Really she asked She didnt mention the whistling.What time did you finally put the book down last night Lindsey glanced at the floor, where the book shed been reading had landed when shed fallen asleep One thirty, maybe two.In the morning Sully asked He ran a hand through his reddish brown hair, making the curly waves stand on end.I was suffering from OMC syndrome, she said.OMC, is that some sort of insomnia Sort of It stands for one chapter.Book nerd, Sully teased Then he leaned forward and kissed her on the nose before standing up.Lindsey yawned Yes, I am, and I have no read grets, not even for missed sleep The book was that good.Is that another made up word he asked Lindsey nodded Fine, then heres one for you If you dont get moving, youre going to have to break the read o meter to get to work on time Its already eight fifteen.What I thought it was five You always get up at five.Not today, he said I have a late boat tour, plus I was tired because somebody keeps their light on into the wee hours of the morning.Gah Lindsey lurched from the bed, dislodging her dog, Heathcliff, from where he was resting his head on her knee She grabbed the hot mug of coffee and slurped some as she hurried into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her.You look awful, like someone left you out in the rain, tossed you on the floor of their car, where you were stepped on for a few months, and then they stuffed you in the book drop and pretended they had no idea how you got into such bad shape, Beth Barker said She stared down at Lindsey, who was sprawled on the couch in the crafternoon room at the back of the library.Gee, thanks, Lindsey said She opened her eyes and glanced at her best friend, who was also the childrens librarian That means so much coming from a woman who is dressed like a pigeon.Wearing an oversize gray sweatshirt that had big, round eyes and a beak sewn onto the hood, Beth flapped her arms, which had been fashioned into wings, and then clasped them in front of her in a begging pose Please, can I drive the bus Ill be your best friend.Lindsey snorted No one could act out Mo Willemss Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus better than Beth.Youre already my best friend, she said Which is why I forgive you for saying I look awful.Its a book hangover, isnt it Paula Turner entered the room, pushing a cart full of craft materials Was it A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, our discussion book today No, I finished that one a few days ago This was one I picked up on the way out of work last night I couldnt put it down, Lindsey admitted.Thats the worstthe best, but also the worst, Beth said She plopped down on the couch.Lindsey draped her arm over her eyes It wasnt that she wished her friends would go away exactly, but she had almost managed a fifteen minute power nap She had read somewhere that fifteen to twenty minute naps could refresh a person without sending them into such a deep sleep that they were groggy all day Oh, how she wished for that right now.What was it A thriller, romantic suspense, murder mystery Paula asked She tossed her thick blue braid over her shoulder while she set up the large table at the side of the room Im looking for a good read.Thriller, Lindsey said But the author killed off one of my favorite characters at the end, and all I could think was No, take me instead I hate that, Nancy Peyton said as she entered the room It destroys me when an author kills off a character Im fond of, especially in a series.But sometimes it has to be done, Violet La Rue said as she followed her best friend in You have to trust the author to be true to the story they need to tell.Not if it breaks my heart, I dont, Nancy insisted Her bright blue eyes sparked with a fierce light as she tossed her short bobbed silver hair as if emphasizing her point I will break up with an author over something like that.Nancy Peyton had lived in the village of Briar Creek all her life, making her a true Creeker Shed been married to Captain Jake Peyton, and when his boat went down in a storm, she had never remarried or left her home, choosing to make their captains house into a three family apartment building Lindsey had rented the third floor from her before she moved in with Sully.Nancys partner in crime in all manner of shenanigans was her best friend, Violet La Rue Violet had retired to Briar Creek after a long career on the Broadway stage With her dark skin and warm brown eyes, she was still a great beauty, and with her silver hair scraped back into a bun at the back of her head, her cheekbones dominated her heart shaped face, which had delivered famous lines from the likes of William Shakespeare and Sam Shepard to appreciative audiences all over the world.Youre being thick, Violet said Think of all the great works of literature and how they would be different if the author didnt follow their vision Take Romeo and Julietit had to end the way it did.Did it Lindsey asked Couldnt they have communicated better and ended up living together in some faraway land Then again, maybe it would have ended exactly the same if theyd gotten married and Juliet discovered Romeo was a morning person who whistled really loudly while he shaved, and one morning she just snapped.The room became quiet as her friends stopped talking to stare at her.What she asked.You and Sully have been living together for six months, right Violet asked She sat in an available armchair by the couch, and Nancy did the same.Something like that, Lindsey said.Nancy exchanged a look with Violet and nodded Its over.What No cried Beth How could it be over It took them forever to get together She bounced forward on the couch and reached for Lindseys hand, looking devastated I mean, if you and Sully cant make it, Aidan and IAre still in your honeymoon phase, Violet interrupted Relax Youre fine.Oh, thank goodness Beth sagged with relief and dropped Lindseys hand Ive barely gotten used to being Mrs Barker Im not ready for things to go sideways on us.Sully and I are fine, Lindsey insisted Its just that living with someone, even an awesome someone, isAnnoying, irritating, exasperating, all the ings, Nancy said I remember the first few months I was married to Jake, I fantasized about clobbering him with a frying pan times than I can count.Communication is the key, Violet said But thats just what Ive been told I was married to my career, so Im not really a go to person when it comes to relationship advice.What about you, Paula Beth asked You and Hannah have been living together for the same amount of time as Lindsey and Sully Is she getting on your nerves, too Paula glanced at Lindsey She cringed and shook her head Sorry But maybe Im getting on her nerves Ill check and get back to you.Lindsey laughed Thanks, but I wouldnt want to stir up any trouble Probably, my reading until two in the morning gets on his nerves, but Sullys too polite to say anything.He is very nice, Nancy said.And hes a man, Violet said They have different expectations.The two women exchanged another glance, and Lindsey turned to Beth, who shrugged She and Aidan Barker had gotten married just a few weeks ago, and shed been walking on clouds ever since In other words, she was useless.All right, people, I have the craft supplies set up Where is Ms Cole Isnt she in charge of food today Paula asked.The lemonerMs Cole was in the staff lounge last I saw, Beth said Ms Cole was the newest member of their crafternoon group During the first two years that Lindsey had worked at the library, Ms Cole had been full of disapproval, and her puckered disposition had caused Beth to dub her the lemon.But theyd been through some dire times at the library, and Ms Cole had softened toward her fellow librarians and had actually asked to join their book club and invited them to call her Ginny The new name didnt take, however, and she remained Ms Cole to themand occasionally, when she was being particularly rigid, she was still the lemon But there was affection there now, too, which made all the difference.She was loading up a cart full of food, Beth continued I really hope she made her charlotte russe to go with the book I love that ladyfinger, raspberry gelatiny goodness that she made for the last holiday staff party.Should we start on our craft then Paula asked.Beth popped up from her seat first, and the ladies made their way to the craft table.Are we late I tried so hard to get here on time, but babies have their own schedules Mary Murphy, Sullys younger sister, hurried into the room with a baby in a sling across her chest and a padded bag the size of a small car strapped to her back.As if she knew she was the topic of the conversation, the wee person strapped to Marys front shoved a tiny fist into the air and then let out a not so delicate wail.Josies here Nancy clapped her hands in delight.Simultaneously, she and Violet rushed forward as if they were in a race to see who could get their hands on the baby first Given that Violet was the taller of the two women and her stride longer, she beat Nancy by a grabby hand.Mary plopped the baby into Violets arms and dropped the bag onto the floor She then collapsed onto the couch, looking like she didnt intend to move for the rest of the hour.Both Beth and Paula moved forward to get in line for their turn with the baby Lindsey did not She loved little Josie Murphyafter all, she was Sullys niece and hands down the cutest baby Lindsey had ever seenbut Lindsey was not really a baby person She didnt have any younger siblings, just her older brother Jack, and had never babysat while she was growing up While a clean, sleeping baby was an adorable thing to gaze upon, when they got messy or wailed she found them somewhat terrifying.She backed up to allow the others access to the baby Little Josie did not seem to mind being passed around like a hot dish at the dinner table, but still, Lindsey knew what was coming Someone was going to try to hand her the baby, and Josie, knowing full well that Lindsey should never be entrusted with such a delicate being, would begin to wail, desperate to be rescued And Lindsey could not blame her one little bit.She turned away from the group and studied the scene out the window as if she were tracking an incoming storm from the bay Short of running out of the room, this was her best defense against having the baby passed to her Just the thought of holding the infant made her hands start to sweat, which convinced her that shed drop the baby and shed smash like an egg No, Lindsey figured shed wait on the holding thing until Josie was walking or talking or, even better, driving.Big white fluffy clouds filled the sky Lindsey scanned them for any distinctive shapes She saw one that resembled a dragon, but shed noticed that big cumulus clouds always looked like dragons The early afternoon sunlight danced on the water in the bay She gazed at the pier Sullys tour boat was out, taking visitors around the Thumb Islands, an archipelago of over a hundred islands of all sizes that filled this small coin pocket of Long Island Sound.She saw Dennis Greaves and Sam Holloway, two of Briar Creeks retired residents, across the street in the town park that was on a narrow patch of land between the town beach and the main road They were sitting at their usual picnic table, enjoying a game of checkers as they did every day around lunchtime.Lindsey knew Dennis was a big Tom Clancy reader, while Sam came into the library only if he was looking for car repair manuals He was always fixing up vintage cars, and the library had manuals going back into the nineteen twenties The only reason Lindsey hadnt thrown them out was because Sam used them every now and again.Across from Sam and Dennis, Theresa Huston, the local tennis coach, was power walking through the park in her bright turquoise running suit She was one of Lindseys favorite patrons, as they shared a love of poetry, particularly Emily Dickinson Lindsey waved, but she doubted Theresa could see her.A pack of five bicyclists pedaled down Main Street, interrupting Lindseys view of the park, and her gaze shifted to a group of women down on the small town beach They were having a picnic with their toddlers, who were racing up and down the sand, kicking inflatable balls almost as big as they were Adorable She recognized most of them from Beths story times and wondered whether theyd just enjoyed her portrayal as the Pigeon.Seeing all of the activity, Lindsey felt her sleepiness lift Spring was here and summer was coming The sound of tree frogs would fill the nights, and the days would get longer It was hard to sustain a grumpy mood in the face of such happy activity.She started to turn back to the room when she caught a movement out of the corner of her eye A car was speeding down Main Street, going way too fast for the pedestrian friendly area Lindsey glanced back at the park and saw Theresa step into the crosswalk, where pedestrians clearly had the right of way Lindseys heart thudded in her chest She had the sick feeling that the car wasnt going to stop.She glanced to the right, thinking surely the driver would see Theresa and slow down, but he didnt Instead of hitting the brakes, the driver sped up Horror flooded Lindsey as she realized Theresa was going to get hit She cried out and slapped her hands against the glass window as if she could push Theresa to safety just by willing it She couldnt.With a sickening, bone crunching thud, Theresa was struck by the car Lindsey watched as she collapsed back onto the sidewalk and the car took off.Dennis Greaves and Sam Holloway abandoned their checkers game and raced across the grass as fast as their geriatric bones could carry them The women on the beach gathered their children and stared wide eyed at the park above them.Lindsey spun away from the window and ran from the room, yelling, Call nine one one Theresa Huston was just hit by a car.Chapter TwoLindsey dashed down the hallway She was forced to take small steps since she was in her pencil skirt and heels, which was just as well, as she had to swerve around two patrons in a tug of war over the latest Stephen King novel and a mom pushing a stroller with twin babies Then she was out the main door and running down the sidewalk with Beth on her heels.When they reached the street, they stopped to check both ways, and Beth, gasping for breath, asked, What happened No cars were coming Lindsey cut across the road, not bothering to use the crosswalk.It was a hit and run, Lindsey said Theresa stepped into the road, and a car came out of nowhere and hit her and then sped off.Oh my God cried Beth.Together, they reached Theresa She was lying on her side, curled up into a ball and rocking ever so slightly back and forth She was gasping and panting, and high pitched moans were coming from her throat Dennis and Sam were kneeling beside her, looking as if they were afraid to touch her but wanted to comfort her.Theresa, weve called an ambulance What can I do for you Lindsey crouched down beside the woman.My leg, Theresa cried Oh, my leg It hurts It hurts so bad I think Im going to be sick.A sheen of sweat had beaded up on her skin, which was a sickly shade of gray.I think shes going into shock, Dennis said I saw this when a buddy of mine had his arm blown off in Vietnam.Her leg is definitely broken, Sam said Look at the weird angle of it.Lindsey glanced at Theresas shin and felt her stomach lurch It was bent forward Shins werent supposed to go that way She felt her own stomach roil and knew the pain Theresa was feeling had to be excruciating.I think Im passing out, Theresa said Her eyes rolled back into her head, and her entire body relaxed.Oh, crap cried Beth She hunkered down beside Lindsey Is it okay if she passes out What if she also hit her head There could be a traumatic brain injury happening, and passing out would be a definite no no.Youre supposed to raise a persons feet when they pass out, Sam said.They all glanced at Theresa leg Lindsey shook her head No one was willing to touch it and risk causing damage or hurting her.Shes breathing, Dennis said He moved closer so he could see the rise and fall of her chest I say we let her be, but maybe you should talk to heryou know, reassure her.Its going to be okay, Theresa, Lindsey said She brushed back a hank of thick dark hair from Theresas forehead Were here, and we wont leave you until help arrives.Theresa blinked twice, and Lindsey took that to mean she could hear her A shudder rippled through Theresas body, and her teeth were chattering.Here, she might be cold from the drop in her blood pressure Sam unbuttoned his wool cardigan and handed it to Lindsey to drape over the injured woman.The sound of a siren was just audible, and Beth said, Ill flag them down.She jumped up and stood on the side of the road, shoving the hood off her head so she looked less like a pigeon and like a person She bounced up and down and waved her arms The ambulance driver homed in on her and pulled over In seconds, two EMTs, a male and a female, were out of the vehicle and tending to Theresa and her leg.Lindsey stepped back to give them room She stood with the others as they watched the man and woman go to work checking Theresas vitals and preparing her to be lifted onto the stretcher.What happened the woman asked She glanced up at the group while she opened her medical kit Her name tag read Annie.Hit and run, Lindsey said The words fell like stones falling from her mouth A hit and run, here in Briar Creek in the middle of the day It seemed so unthinkable So unlikely She glanced up at the sky The same fluffy white clouds shed been admiring before were rolling by, but suddenly they felt ominous instead of pretty She shivered.Maam, can you hear me the male EMT said to Theresa Im going to have to move you just a bit.Theresa whimpered, and Lindsey turned her head away She couldnt bear to watch She noticed the others did as well.Keep everyone back the order was barked from the sidewalk, and Lindsey saw Emma Plewicki, the chief of police, directing one of her men, Officer Kirkland, to keep people away from the area.It was then that she noticed a crowd had gathered across the street This was not surprising, given that everyone in the small town kept track of everyone else This community closeness had seen them through hurricanes, blizzards, summer tourists, and property tax hikes.Lindsey, what happened Emma demanded as she joined them.Theresa Huston was struck by a car when she stepped off the curb to cross the street, Lindsey said It appears her leg is broken.And the driver Emma asked.Sped off, she said.Emmas lips compressed to a hard, thin line Emma Plewicki was a good looking woman with a heart shaped face, a head of thick, glossy black hair, and a curvy figure that distracted from the raw muscle beneath the swerves And most of the time she wore a wide, warm smile that greeted the residents of Briar Creek even while she mediated their difficulties That smile was gone right now, and in its place was a look of cold fury Emma took crime in her town personally.Can you describe the car Emma asked She pushed her narrow brimmed police hat back on her head and surveyed the scene, taking in the tire marks on the road and the bent iron fencing that encircled the park Officer Kirkland was standing on the far side of the road, keeping the gawkers over there while asking questions and canvassing the crowd for any information.It was a sedan, four doors, white, Lindsey said She glanced at the others Right Dennis nodded but Sam shook his head.It was a two door, Sam said.No, it wasnt, Dennis argued.Oh, what do you know Sam asked You were about to lose to me at checkers.I was not I was about to triple jump you for a king.Puh.The two men looked like they were about to square off for a shoving match Lindsey eased her way in between them and sent Beth a desperate look She gave Lindsey a slight nod to let her know her message had been received and slid in betwwen the two men as well, creating a nice two person buffer between them.I only saw the back of the car It was definitely white, she said Honestly, I just followed Lindsey when she ran out of the building I wasnt even sure of what was happening.Were about ready to roll out, Annie, the medic, said to Emma.They loaded Theresa onto a stretcher Her right leg had been braced, and she was strapped down Annie held up Sams sweater, and he took it from her with a nod.That was quick thinking, she said.Sam shrugged like it was no big deal, but Lindsey could tell he was pleased to have been able to help.Im going to follow them, Emma said Lindsey, can you give me a quick rundown of what you saw Theres not much to tell It happened pretty fast Theresa was walking through the park She stepped into the road to cross the street, when out of nowhere this car appeared, and before she could get out of the way, it sped up and hit her.Emma frowned Youre certain it sped up when Theresa stepped into the crosswalk Positive, Lindsey said I was standing in the back room of the library, looking out the window, and I had just turned away when I saw the car out of the corner of my eye Thats what made me look While I was watching I heard the engine rev as the driver sped up.I saw it, too, Dennis said I even said to Sam, Whats that fool doing He did, Sam agreed He pushed back his baseball cap and scratched his head Is Ms Huston going to be all right I dont think well know for sure until shes had some X rays, Emma said Back to the vehiclewas there anything distinctive you remember about it Dents, mismatched tires, broken windows, bumper stickers, anything Lindsey shook her head The others did the same.Did anyone get a look at the driver Emma asked.Lindsey glanced at Sam and Dennis Theyd been closer than she had, but they were elderly and she had no idea how good their eyesight was Plus, like her, they had probably focused on Theresa and not the car.Sorry I didnt get a good look, Sam said.Me neither, Dennis said Hell of a thing to have happen.Were taking her into New Haven, the male EMT said to Chief Plewicki He looked as if he was about to say and then thought better of it Instead, he helped lift the stretcher into the back of the ambulance and shut the doors.Lindsey suspected hed been about to tell them how badly her leg had been broken He didnt need to She doubted shed get the visual of that weirdly bent leg out of her mind for a long time to come.Im right behind you, Chief Plewicki said.She turned and strode toward her squad car.Theresa Oh my God, Theresa They all turned toward the street to see Liza Milstein pushing through the crowd with two students about the same age running beside her She was a petite young woman in her early twenties with light brown hair that she wore in a ball on top of her head She was clutching a stack of textbooks in her arms, and her backpack was unzipped and hanging off one shoulder as if shed been interrupted in the middle of her studies and hadnt bothered to put her books away A set of headphones dangled around her neck, but she seemed oblivious to all of it as she ran toward them, looking frightened.Meredith Lane and Zach Stoliwicz were right behind her Lindsey had come to know all three of these college students, along with Toby Carter, who wasnt with them at the moment, as the four students had formed a study group that met in the Briar Creek Public Library two years ago when they began commuting to college in New Haven.Theresais Theresa Huston in there She waved her hand at the ambulance Liza was panting for breath, and Zach grabbed her backpack before it fell to the ground.Maybe, Emma said She paused beside the distraught young woman Are you family No, maybe, sort of Is she all right What happened cried Liza.Emma gave her a hard stare Unless youre family, Im not at liberty toShes my tennis coach, and shes engaged to my father That makes me soon to be family You have to let me see her She has a right to know, Meredith said She supported her friend by putting an arm around her shoulders.Emma hesitated Larry Milstein, Lizas father, was well known in town, as he owned one of the largest furniture franchises in the country and was always good for a donation whenever the town was having a fund raiser for new school equipment or a new cruiser for the police department Emma nodded at the driver, and he opened the doors.Liza Theresa lifted her head with a wince She glanced at the young woman standing by the open door Im all right Please dont worry your father Im fine.Worry him Liza said Look at youhes going to go mental.She didnt wait for an invitation but climbed into the ambulance She turned around and took her backpack from Zach with a quick nod of thanks.You dont have to Theresa protested.Yes, I do I wont leave you alone, Liza interrupted She glanced at the driver and scowled Cant you see shes in pain Lets go Lizas command got everyone moving The driver shut the door and hurried to the front of the vehicle.All right, Im off If any of you think of anything you feel is important, call me, Emma cried over her shoulder as she dashed to her squad car.Of course, Lindsey said.They stood motionless as the ambulance flipped on its lights and sirens and sped out of town with Chief Plewicki right behind it The silence that followed their departure felt heavy, as if a large hand were pressing down on the small seaside community, pushing out the air and making it hard to breathe.I have lived here all my life, Dennis said And I have never seen anything like that A hit and run, can you believe it Right here in the center of town in broad daylight.What is wrong with people Sam agreed He didnt slow down or stop or anything He had to have seen her He intentionally swerved into the bike lane to hit her.He Lindsey asked Did you see that it was a man Sam frowned, then shook his head He had a hat on I just assumed it was a man.Did either of you recognize the car She glanced between Sam and Dennis.It was a Chevy, Dennis said.No, it was a Honda, Sam argued.What sort of hat was he wearing Beth asked.Lindsey gave her an approving nod Good question.Baseball hat, Sam said A Mets hat.No, it was a Yankees hat, Dennis argued.Either way, you should tell Chief Plewicki that the driver was wearing a hat, Lindsey said Thats the sort of detail she was looking for Did you see anything else, anything at all No, they said together.Lindsey glanced at Beth She looked as discouraged as Lindsey felt She supposed this was why eyewitnesses were frequently considered unreliable Three of them had been watching, and they couldnt agree on the type of car or the type of hat the driver was wearing, none of it, and they had all seen the exact same thing.Hey Toby Carter, another student from the study group, jogged toward them Did I just see Liza climb into an ambulance Is she okay Shes all right, Meredith said She turned to face Toby But Theresa, her dads fiance, was hit by a car Thats who was in the ambulance.Oh no Toby frowned Is she going to be all right Zach shrugged It looked pretty bad We saw the crowd gathering from the library window, and Liza recognized Theresas sweat suit and came running out here Where were you You know we were supposed to meet up to study, right Yeah, sorry, I spaced on the time, Toby said He glanced away, taking in the calm water of the bay before turning back to his friends Did anyone see the driver I mean, who would drive like that through the middle of town Thats what I want to know A crazy driver almost took me out in front of the Blue Anchor, and he was coming from this direction Charlie Peyton, Nancys nephew who worked for Sully part time as a boat captain, strode toward them His shoulder length black hair hung over his face, and when he pushed it back out of his eyes, Lindsey noticed his fingers were shaking.You all right, Charlie she asked.He put his hand on the back of his neck Yeah, Im just a little shook up Id just finished my lunch at the Anchor when I heard a car screech I stepped out to see what was happening, and the guy almost hit me I had to dive out of the way.He gestured to his jeans, and Lindsey noticed one knee was torn and his Doc Martens were scuffed He was sweating profusely for a day that was on the brisk side of cool, and his eyes were wide, as if he were stuck in a permanent state of surprise.White car Lindsey asked.Charlie nodded.Theresa Huston was crossing the street and was hit by a car, a white car, just a little while ago, Beth said Im sure it was the same one that almost hit you.Oh, thats awful one of the women from the beach said as she joined their small group We could hear the commotion but couldnt see anything I was afraid to come up from the beach in case it was some sort of nutjob on the loose.Whats worse is the driver took off, Sam said.Dennis looked at Charlie You didnt recognize him, did you Charlie shook his head No, but Ill remember his hooked nose and beady eyed stare for the rest of my life If I did know him, Id have chased him down.Good thing you didnt then, Beth said Clearly, the person is disturbed If they didnt stop when they hit one pedestrian, they werent going to stop for a second.Charlie was shockingly pale, and Lindsey could tell he was trying to shake off the adrenaline surge that had left him shaky She gave him a bracing hug.Im glad youre all right, she said Charlie hugged her back hard, and Lindsey felt the breath get squeezed out of her lungs As if realizing he was holding her too tight, Charlie quickly released her and stepped back Sorry.Its ok Lindsey was cut off by an imperious voice coming from the curb.Officer Kirkland, you will let me pass, or I will take down your badge number and file a formal complaint.They turned as one to see Nancy Peyton nose to nose with Officer Kirkland, who was doing his best to cordon off the area with some plastic yellow crime scene tape.Im sorry, maam, but I cant have people traipsing throughThat is my nephew, Nancy declared If you want to keep me from him, youll have to arrest me.They stared at each other for several seconds, and the Kirkland grunted In the battle of wills, Nancy had forty years of sharply honed endurance on him He didnt stand a chance.Fine, but walk around and not through the area where the victim was struck by the car Officer Kirkland rolled his eyes toward the heavens as if seeking patience.Charlie, are you all right Nancy cried as she jogged around the crime scene perimeter and reached for her nephew She wrapped him in a fierce hug, and then leaned back to study him You look like you were in a fight.Im all right, Nanners, he said He hugged her back, and Lindsey noticed he looked less shaky Im in better shape than Theresa Huston, at any rate.Another squad car arrived, and Kirkland ushered all the bystanders out of the area so that the police could investigate the scene Lindsey glanced at the dented railing and wondered whether they would call the state police crime scene unit to come and collect paint scrapings or note any tire marks that might help identify the car that was involved.Her curiosity made her want to linger, but Lindsey knew the most helpful thing she could do was to get out of the way Besides, it was possible that someone in the library had seen something, and maybe she could get some information for Chief Plewicki.Lets head back to the library, she said to Beth We should tell the others what happened.Right, Beth said And maybe if were lucky, one of our patrons saw something that will help the police out.Lindsey glanced at her, and Beth shook her head Dont even pretend you werent thinking the same thing.Oh, I was thinking it, Lindsey admitted Im just surprised that you were.Clearly, Ive been spending too much time with you, Beth said Being a buttinsky is contagious.Lindsey laughed She knew her need for information was usually her downfall Over the past couple of years, shed had several harrowing episodes, such as boat chases, being held at gunpoint, and locked in a storage shed in the dead of winter All of these things should have nipped her curiosity, but no Instead, she took comfort in the fact that in each instance, the criminal had been caught because she hadnt been able to ignore pursuing the facts She felt the same need for answers right now.It was like an incurable disease She desperately wanted to know who was driving that car Why had they sped up when Theresa stepped into the road Was it an accident or on purpose Where had they gone Were they drunk or uninsured Had they just panicked It didnt feel like it to Lindsey From what she had seen, the car had appeared to be aiming for Theresa Was Theresa the target, or was the driver out to hit anyone who got in their way The questions spun through Lindseys mind, ending with the most concerning of all If Theresa was a target, would the driver come back and try it again Lindsey knew the events of the day would plague her until she had some answers, and what better place to start asking questions than the library Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Library Lovers MysteriesA sparkling setting, lovely characters, books, knitting and chowder What could any reader ask Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling authorTerrificintelligent, 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    • Hitting the Books
    • 4.5
    • 850
    • Format Kindle
    • 304 pages
    • Jenn McKinlay
    • Anglais
    • 08 January 2017

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