Four Dog's Sake

Four Dog's Sake

by Lia Farrell

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Overview

On a hot, humid July 4th evening in Rosedale, Tennessee, a young man is dead on arrival at the hospital where Dr. Lucy Ingram works. Lucy recalls the affable young man, Chester Willis, from an earlier visit. The death is pronounced a suicide from an overdose of the insulin used to treat his diabetes, but Lucy isn't convinced. The man just wasn't the suicidal type. She pushes for another autopsy, and they find an injection site proving that someone else administered the deadly dose. Later in the week his ailing father dies as well. Now there is the matter of the father's will. Who stood to benefit if Chester was taken out of the equation? The easy answer is Chester's brother Rick, who is in debt and has an expensive fiancée. Then there's Brooke, the struggling massage therapist the old man befriended. The will has made her a wealthy woman. Sheriff Ben Bradley and Lucy's boyfriend Chief Detective Wayne Nichols are on the case, along with newly appointed investigator Dory, Ben's girlfriend Mae December, and the rest of Ben's office staff. Soon they must accept that there will be no easy answers. The heat has tempers flaring, and Wayne, Ben, and Mae are distracted: Wayne by his changing relationship with Lucy and by having to cope with dark episodes from both their pasts, Ben and Mae by his reelection campaign and the couple's upcoming wedding. Then there is Cupcake, the new basset hound puppy owned by Ben's son Matthew, who becomes the fourth canine to take up permanent residence at Mae's house. Book 4 of the Mae December Mystery series, which began with One Dog Too Many.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603812467
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/20/2015
Series: A Mae December Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Lia Farrell is the pen name of the mother and daughter writing team of Lyn Farquhar and Lisa Fitzsimmons, who live in Michigan and Tennessee, respectively. Both are life-long readers who are also dog lovers. Lyn owns two Welsh corgis and Lisa has one pug and a Siberian husky. Lisa works as a Muralist and Interior Designer and Lyn is a Professor of Medical Education. Three Dog Day is the third novel in the Mae December Mystery series, which began with One Dog Too Many and Two Dogs Lie Sleeping. For more information, go to liafarrell.net.

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On Lucy's computer screen the message from Dr. Estes read, "Chester Willis, 41, Caucasian, DOA July 4th. Cause of death: drug or insulin overdose, probable suicide."

"What the hell?" Lucy said aloud. She shared the office with other doctors, but there was no one else there in the wee hours to hear her outburst. Something about this wasn't right. She checked her tablet computer for her notes on Chester Willis' visit for the chainsaw injury. There it was: "Brittle diabetic, no known history of alcohol or drugs. Knowledgeable about his condition." She had spent over twenty-five minutes stitching Chester up, during which he displayed no signs of depression. He was the last guy she would have suspected of being a suicide risk.

She quickly wrote an email to Dr. Estes saying she had some questions and would be stopping down to see him about Chester Willis. As her finger was about to hit "send," she hesitated, knowing that the email might come across as challenging the ME's declaration on nothing more than her intuition. She had no evidence, but her gut said that something was very wrong about Chester Willis' cause of death.

She knew that patients lied to her, putting on a front to hide depression or saying they were not drinking or doing drugs when they were in fact using. But not Chester Willis. He had been looking forward to his remaining time with his father. She had seen insulin injection marks on his thighs when she stitched up his injury, but they were in a tight pattern--as diabetic injections should be. Chester had worn a short-sleeved shirt and shorts to the ER, and Lucy hadn't noticed any needle marks on his arms, where recreational drug injection marks would typically show up. Baffled, she hit "send" on the email and then quickly called her boyfriend--Wayne Nichols, Chief Detective of Rose County.

"Nichols," his sleepy voice said.

"Wayne, it's Lucy. Sorry to wake you. Just getting off shift. Something's come up and I want to talk to you about it."

"Okay," he yawned.

"I had this patient the other day; his name was Chester Willis, a diabetic with a deep leg laceration. He was fine when he left here and then came in DOA yesterday. I got Dr. Estes' report on email. He listed the cause of death as a probable suicide, caused by drug or insulin overdose. It doesn't fit. Chester was the primary caregiver for his ill father and knowledgeable about his diabetes. Plus, he didn't use recreational drugs. I've got a bad feeling about it. Could you drop by my house this morning?"

"Sure thing," Wayne said. "I'll see you later."

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Four Dog's Sake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and characters! Who Done it at its better! Next please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed each story. Hope there's more coming