Sabotage Yes or No Part Five by Sponsoring Member author Trish Hubschman

Sabotage Yes or No Part Five by Sponsoring Member author Trish Hubschman

Sabotage Yes or No Part Five

By Trish Hubschman

February 2024

Tracy Gayle

“Tony Miller quit the band,” Danny said to me. His tone was so matter-of-fact, I almost missed what he said. Tony was Tidalwave’s longtime drummer.

”Oh,” was the first thing I thought to say. We were in the car, Danny driving. We were headed to Baltimore to see what we could find out about Dean Sollars. “I’m sorry. He was a good drummer and a good friend,” I said. “I know there’s been some problems of late.” I didn’t know any specifics on that, but I sensed the tension there. “What are you going to do now? The band’s going on tour in less than two weeks.”

Danny sighed heavily. “Jack’s taking care of it,” Danny said. Jack was the band’s manager. “He’s putting an all-out call for an immediate fil-in drummer, whether temporary or permanent. The guy can be a session man. That’ll be fine.” He shrugged.

I smiled. I was playing with Danny now. “You know, your new drummer can be a woman.”

Danny shot me a dirty look. “Sure, they can, but do you really want us four guys sharing a room with a chick on tour?”

Okay, I put my foot in my mouth. I laughed. “Of course not, I agree with you, the new drummer can be a session guy.”

“I knew you’d see the logic in it,” Dany teased.

I wanted to swat him, but I didn’t. He was driving.

We reached the hospital a little over an hour later and went in. A young sheriff’s deputy met us in the lobby. He was with an attractive older woman. Cole Owens introduced himself. “And this is my wife, Gwen Callahan.”

My eyes widened. I knew her, or rather, I’d heard of her. She had been a tough Baltimore police officer, retired now. She had made a name for herself in my business, private investigations.

Without missing a beat, Danny introduced himself and me. “We’re pleased to meet both of you, deputy, Ms. Callahan,” Danny said, holding out his hand to Cole. “We want to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible.”

Gwen and I were smiling dubiously. “You’re a musician , Mr. Tide?” Gwen said easily. ‘How did you find your way into the private investigation business?”

Danny gave his winning rock star smile. “I am, yes,” he replied, flipping his hand to me. “It’s simple. I fell in love with my partner In PI work.” We all laughed again. “Now, what’s on the plate with Dean Sollars?” he asked Cole.

“We’re waiting for my partner, Artie King, to get here. He and I are going in to interview the patient.”

“I’d like to join you,” I jumped in.

Cole was confused, but Gwen looked pleased that I asked. She put her hand on his arm. “It’s a wonderful idea, darling. Tracy is a part of this investigation from her end.” He was still undecided. “I’ll stay out here and enjoy the company of Tracy’s gorgeous, rock star husband.”

I leaned toward her and, in an audible whisper, said, “Your guy is pretty hot too.” We both giggled.

I think the guys were blushing.

. .

The five of us sat in the hospital cafeteria, drinking coffee and discussing the case. Deputy Artie King had pulled a chair over to the table to join us. He sat between me and Deputy Owens. Since the doctor would only allow two people at a time into Dean Sollars room. Artie and I were the chosen two.

“Sollars doesn’t remember being attacked,” I announced. There were intakes of breath. I held my hand up. I wanted to continue before anyone interrupted with questions. I looked at Artie. He nodded. The floor was mine. “When Dean’s car broke down somewhere on the interstate, he called AAA. Five minutes later, someone pulled up beside his car.””

Danny narrowed his eyes. “Sollars thought the guy was from AAA?” Danny noted. “That’s pretty fast, I would think.”

I turned to Danny. I smiled. “Dean thought that too, but he asked the driver if he was from AAA and he said he was.”

“Sounds like Mr. Sollars set himself up,” Gwen added. She was right. “He should have let the driver speak first, offer him help, state who he was or what he wanted. People don’t just stop on the sides of roads to help others in Baltimore. It’s not safe.”

I agreed with her. “It’s not safe anywhere to do it that way, but Dean wasn’t thinking. It was dark, late and he wanted to go home. He was headed to Baltimore to check out a job site someone wanted him to see.” I held up my hand again, “let me finish about what happened when he got into the car.,” I said. All eyes were on me. “He was zapped with a stun gun.”

There were more intakes of breath.

”’Who zapped him with the stun gun?” Gwen asked.

I shook my head and shrugged. “He doesn’t know,” I replied.

She pushed on. “Was there anyone else in the car besides him and the driver?”.

I shrugged again.

“Who wanted Dean to go down to Baltimore in the first place?” Danny asked.

That was the question I wanted to hear. “Richard Highland,” I said. The others had no idea who Richard was, so I explained. I also told them about the three possible suspects I already had under consideration. “Richard is the brother of the president of the bank that’s backing the rebuilding of Century End, Danny’s project, in Pennsylvania. I don’t know why he would want to sabotage his own brother’s show, but it’s a possibility.”

Artie interjected. “With that in mind, I’d consider Julie Sollars a suspect here too.” Four sets of eyes stared at him. “i’m sure she wouldn’t have done anything intentionally to hurt him,” Artie added. ““These things generally get out of hand and go too far.” He glanced around the table.

“The job is on hold until we find a new foreman.” Danny said. “But it will continue when we find someone. Putting Sollars out of it won’t stop it.”

Why does anyone want to undermine this rebuilding to begin with?” Gwen asked. “The whole thing sounds like a lovely plan to me.”

Danny looked at her and held in thanks.

I spoke, “That’s the big question, Gwen, but none of us knows the answer. But we definitely have a problem here. And we’re limited in time on solving it”

. .

Gayle’s Tales: Tracy Gayle Mysteries

by Trish Hubschman

Copyright December 23, 2022

The book is for sale from Smashwords (e-book only) and from Amazon in e-book ($3.99), paperback ($8.50), and hardcover ($16.50).

175 pages in print.

Find full book details and more on Trish’s Website here.

Synopsis:

Gayle’s Tales is a collection of Tracy Gayle mystery short stories.

Everyone’s favorite couple, Tracy and Danny, are still going strong, romantically and professionally, rocking and rolling and solving crimes.

Tracy has to locate missing persons who vanished decades earlier.

She gets tangled in murder investigations she hadn’t anticipated.

She digs into a coal mining town that’s been uninhabited for 40 years and discovers secrets and skeletons.

In the end, she brings long–lost family members and friends back into each other’s arms and lives.

Through all this, she and Danny are planning their wedding extravaganza at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Tracy narrates her own adventures in these tales, as she does in the books.

About the author

Trish Hubschman is the author of the Tracy Gayle mystery series: Tidalwave, Stiff Competition, Ratings Game, Uneasy Tides, and Gayle’s Tales.

Trish is a graduate of Long Island University’s Southampton Campus and has a bachelor’s degree in English-writing. She is deaf-blind and lives in South Carolina with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Henry.

Visit Trish on her Website here.

2 Comments

  1. Trish Hubschman k Reply
    June 12, 2024

    This has turned into a full lenth book. I’m so excited about it. I’m hoping everyone’s enjoying the story. Tracy and Dannyt have become myt best friends.

  2. Hi Trish. I’m working on an interview for you, Tracy, and Danny. That’s going to be a blast.

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