From the Author
Melanie Hart responds first:
Why would you want to be a small-town journalist, someone once asked. For me the answer is simple. It's because of my dad.
All of my life I've watched him cover the county, fairly, accurately, and without fear or favor to anyone. He treats a down-on-his-luck drifter with as much respect as he lavishes on the rich movers and shakers in town. They all count as equal in his book.
And that's why I live here in Dad's house and work for a salary that would shame nine-tenths of the students in my graduating class. I want to follow in Dad's footsteps. I want to make the world as fair for those struggling up life's ladder as it is for the highborn.
Given Father's high principles, how could I let a murderer walk away free?
Meanwhile, Ginger Black comes at the question from an entirely different point of view:
Well, Melanie might get all noble about this. Maybe even win an award for her high standards, who knows? But you ask why I want to track down crooks? I'm in it for the fun.
I think it's super when the scumbags in life get what they deserve. I enjoy seeing that happen, and if I help bring their downfall about, better yet. That's why I encouraged Melanie to team up with me to solve crimes. I believe she's got the smarts to figure things out. Plus, I know a whole lot of people, cause I party a lot. United, we make one dang, good crime-solving team.