Sabotage, Yes or No Part One a Tracy Gayle Mystery #DetectiveMystery, #Investigations, #Series

Sabotage, Yes or No Part One a Tracy Gayle Mystery #DetectiveMystery, #Investigations, #Series

Sabotage, Yes or No Part One

A Tracy Gayle mystery

By Trish Hubschman

January 2024

This story is the main one in my 6th mystery book, “More Gayle’s Tales.” It’s the sequel to the previous book, “Gayle’s Tales.” Find out about rock star, Danny Tide’s, rebuilding of an abandoned coal mining town in Pennsylvania while his band is on break and his wife, Tracy Gayle’s, trying to solve a mystery surrounding it.

Tracy Gayle

Okay, here’s my dilemma, Danny and the band were going on tour soon. It’s my place to go with them. Danny is my husband and I’m the band’s Chief of Security. Danny and the band needed me, or so I hoped. I also loved being upfront for my favorite rock band. But I have a case here in Pennsylvania I wanted to start looking into. Danny’s, call it, pet project has been seeing some annoying, to say the least, setbacks.

Let me start this from the beginning. Danny recently purchased an abandoned coal mining town in Northern Pennsylvania called Century End. After extensive ground research by scientists, the land was given an all-clear and was now being built on, or rebuilt, in attempt to return it to the town Danny himself recalled from his youth when he and his mom and brothers visited it during summer breaks. It was a lovely idea and getting quite a bit of support from former townspeople, neighboring townspeople,

and the state itself. But on the unfortunate downside, unexplained oddities were occurring. They could turn out to be nothing at all or it could be something sinister, which I hoped it wasn’t. I was going to look into things. That was my job, not as Danny’s wife, but as a private investigator.

I couldn’t be in two places at once. That was obvious.

“I was thinking of calling Karen Rosen,” I said to Danny. It was just off the top of my head. Karen was a new client. She had hired me a few weeks ago to find a missing uncle of hers. He lived in Ireland. It just so happened that the band was in Dublin at that moment, so tracking the uncle down was easy enough. I took the case and didn’t charge the girl. She was a young lawyer from Georgia. “To do what, I don’t know. She won’t be able to do any sleuthing here in Pennsylvania.” I finished the whole conversation without Danny having to interject anything.

Danny stood in the doorway of my sitting room/home office. His hands were in his jean’s pockets. “You can always ask Johnson. That’s what I pay him for, right, to be your fill-in sleuth at the agency?” he teased. Pulling his hands from his pockets, he came further into the room and plopped down onto a loveseat.

I swiveled around in my chair to face him. I smiled. My husband wanted me on tour with him. “That’s a possibility, yes, but Tiffany’s pregnant and Andrew has school.” School was almost out for the summer and the boy’s biological father lived here in Northern Pennsylvania, so he’d be up here for break. “I can see it. They can stay here at the house. I’ll think about it. I still have a couple weeks left before tour time. Let me see what I can do in the case in the interim.” I turned back to face my computer. “I have an appointment with Jared McAllister this afternoon.” His company was in charge of the building project.

Mike Carson, Danny’s son-in-law/the band’s keyboard player, came into the room. “Hey, Danny, Liz just left to go shopping, you know her.” Mike snickered. “She’ll probably be gone for hours. How about we do some jamming?”

Danny looked at me, his expression dark. I did my best to keep my face blank, though it wasn’t easy. I was dying to burst into laughter. As usual, my husband wanted something. Believe me, Normally, I was gamed, but we had too much to do today. Finally, Danny sighed and slowly rose to his feet. “Sure, man, why not? Doesn’t look like I’m going to get much action here.” Danny said. Both Mike and I burst into laughter. The two men left the room.

When I was able to compose myself, I reached for my cell phone and punched in Karen Rosen’s number. “What’s your location?” I asked when her voice came on the line.

Her tone conveyed excitement. “Mom and I got back to the States yesterday. Dad’s still in Dublin. Oh Tracy, it’s so beautiful over there. Wish I could stay there forever.” She released a sigh.

I laughed lightly. “I know, sad, isn’t it, but duty calls?”

She was laughing too. “Yes but no, well, not duty like you’re thinking.” She said.” She composed herself. “I quit my job with the Atlanta Public Defenders office.”

That one caught me by surprise. I narrowed my eyes. ‘Are you moving back to Dublin?”

“I wish,” came her quick response. “But I can’t practice law in Ireland and I’m a lawyer. I have to figure out what else to do. Right now, you might say, I’m on hiatus until I figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Mom’s staying at Dad’s house with me. She’s trying to figure out what to do on her end to.”

It all sounded interesting and gave me an opener for my proposal. “How would you and your mom like to meet up with Danny and the band in North Carolina?” I asked her and gave her the dates.

I think I heard her sniff. “Sounds cool. Are you going to be there? Why the invitation? Do you need a lawyer?”

I DIDN’T have a specific job title for her. “I guess you MIGHT say I want someone to TROUBLESHOOT with while I’m fulfilling my own job duties,” I said, and then Proceeded to tell her about the possible building sabotage case here IN Pennsylvania.

“Hm, sounds interesting. I have to talk to Mom about it, but I’d pretty much say it’s a go. I’ll get back to you, I promise.” We both disconnected. I next punched in the cell number for my co-sleuth at Gayle investigations. I wanted to apprise him of what was happening. “Danny thinks someone is trying to sabotage the building projects in Century End,’ I said, then went on to elaborate. I told him about the missing equipment and supplies, the undelivered materials and small accidents workers were having on-the-job.

Gunned grunted. I knew what was coming. “That sounds like pretty much run-of-the-mill stuff on any building site, Gayle.”

I sighed. ‘That’s true,” I said. “It might be nothing and I hope it’s not. But it might also be something and It’s better to check into it. If it turns out to be something, we can diffuse it before it costs us more time and money.” Then it already has.”

‘I agree,” he jumped in. “And what’s my role in this?”

“I just want to know you’re on backup in case I don’t get to the bottom of things before the band goes on tour.’

“Not a problem, Gayle. That’s my job,” he replied. “Keep me apprised of what you’re doing, so if I have to step in, I’ll know where to begin, so to speak.”

I agreed. We chatted a little more and I signed off. I had to go drag Danny out of his jam session with Mike. I wanted him to join me at Jared McAllister’s office this afternoon. This was his project and possibly his sabotage scene.


That’s the end of today’s gayle’s Tales but watch this space for more from Trish and Tracy Gayle soon.

In the meantime, check out Trish’s latest release…



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.

Full details of this book and Trish’s four Tracy Gayle mystery novels are on her website here.



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 Author Website here.

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  1. Trish Hubschman Reply
    March 13, 2024

    This story started out as a simple short story I was writing for my writers group. But then the story grew and grew. I’m already up to Part 11 and now it’s working it’s way to becoming the 6th book in the series. My dearest friend, who passed away 2 months ago, Robert Sollars, is a character in Sabotage.

    1. Hi Trish, it’s a great story so far.

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