Last week Berls and I introduced you to the contestants in our Murder at the Reinhart Competition and on Friday we gave you the start to a mini-murder mystery. If you missed these posts, you can go back and meet Round 1 contestants Lynn Cahoon and Lea Wait or read part 1 and part 2 of the story. Today, Lynn Cahoon will let her super sleuth, Jill Gardner, begin to solve the murder of Mr. Reinhart. Tomorrow, she’ll wrap it up and identify the murderer! You ready to see Jill’s take on events? Here we go…
Part 1 by Lynn Cahoon
“For some kind of big shot, he doesn’t look so good.” My aunt moved closer to Gregory Reinhart’s body. We’d made our way through the crowded hallway and downstairs to the main level. We’d found the office where the late Mr. Reinhart sat at his desk, bleeding over his paperwork. His phone still in his hand.
“At least we know it’s not a suicide. The guy was still probably yelling at the caterer about the menu.” I swear, some people worry too much about the little things and our host definitely fell into that category. I looked around the room. “Do you smell clam chowder?”
Aunt Jackie sniffed the air. “New England clam chowder, specifically. Maybe that’s what we’re getting for dinner. They will feed us, right? Even though the guy’s dead?”
“I’m sure dinner will still be served.” I picked up a food invoice from the desk and scanned the information. Then I looked at my watch. “I wonder what’s holding up the cops. Maybe I should call Greg and have him make some calls?”
“There’s nothing a police detective from South Cove can do in this remote area of Colorado. I told you we should have ignored the summons. I don’t even know why he wanted us here.” Aunt Jackie picked up a decorated vase. “I think this is Ming. If so, it’s worth a fortune.”
“So why kill the guy and leave all these valuables lying around.” Using a tissue, I picked up the dead guy’s arm and looked at his watch. It was one of those crazy expensive brands that weighed about five pounds. “The murder had to be personal, not just a robbery gone bad.”
We heard a bang like a box dropping. Looking around the room, there was only one place it could have come from, the closet. I waved my aunt back. No need for her to get shot just because I couldn’t say no to solving a mystery. I pulled open the door and came face to face with an elderly woman holding out an umbrella like a sword. “What the heck?”
The woman screamed and ran past me out the door. She dropped the black umbrella near the desk.
“Who was that? My aunt picked up the umbrella.
I stared out at the hallway where I saw the woman force her way onto a crowded elevator. Our gazes met just before the doors closed. She looked scared to death. I knew who she was instantly.
“That was Charlotte. She’s Angie Curtis’s grandmother.” When Aunt Jackie shrugged, I continued. “She’s one of the investigators that Reinhart had invited up for this weekend adventure.”
“But why was she in the closet?”
As I thought about my aunt’s question, two police officers burst into the room and stared at us. “What are you doing in here? Don’t you know it’s a crime scene?”
Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how Jill solves Mr. Reinhart’s murder! Now hurry on over to Fantasy is More Fun to see how Lea’s sleuth Angie Curtis starts solving the mystery. Tomorrow you’ll get to vote on who did it better! I can tell already it’s going to be hard to choose!