Into The Mist: A LaShaun Rousselle Mystery by Lynn Emery
LaShaun Rousselle is on the hunt again!
A six-year-old girl vanishes. The main suspect is found brutally murdered. What’s the connection? Psychic LaShaun Rousselle is on the case, because these are far from ordinary crimes.
Excerpt: Into The Mist
“To recap your story, you went out to party when you didn’t even know where your six- year-old kid was, left your three youngest here alone, got back drunk after one in the morning, woke up, saw the writing and decided something was wrong.” Det. Anderson pressed his lips together.
Sherry flinched. “I didn’t leave until almost ten, so really it wasn’t all that long.”
“Uh-huh.” Anderson put on his sunglasses and looked away from her.
Sherry faced LaShaun. “They say you’ll know. Tell me what this says. Where’s my girl?”
“I don’t recognize these letters, Sherry,” LaShaun replied. She read regret in the woman’s eyes.
“We’ll have to do some more research,” Chase added. “Det. Anderson, take a set of pictures for the department. Work with Deputy Wilcox to scrape samples of the ink off. We’ll send it to the state police lab for analysis.”
Det. Anderson hissed low. “Right. We’ll track down who decided to be an artist in the middle of the night.”
“It wasn’t me. Tante Alice and grandmamma says it’s evil. If that’s true, then they got my Dina and no tellin’ what they done to her by now.” Sherry’s voice rose to a hysterical whine. “It don’t take long to hurt a little girl.”
At Chase’s signal, the female deputy stepped forward and took her by the arm. Their voices faded as Sherry allowed the deputy to lead her away. “C’mon, ma’am. I’ll take you over to your mama’s house like you said. Let’s pack a few things.”
LaShaun turned to Chase. “Where are the other children?”
“The middle child’s father picked him up. The other two are with Sherry’s mama. DCFS hasn’t made a decision on removing the three youngest yet.”
The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, notoriously understaffed and underfunded, might well be leaving the children with relatives. At least Sherry wouldn’t be left alone with them in the short-term. Chase pulled LaShaun aside so that they were across from the action in the dining area. Anderson continued taking pictures yards away. A second deputy helped him. Both carried evidence bags and collection tools.
“Your phone keeps buzzing like a trapped wasp. What’s up?” Chase said low. He watched her read text messages from Miss Rose, Justine and Pauline for several moments.
“They don’t know either, but they’re working on finding out.”
“But you said the writing is in letters.” Chase frowned at the walls.
LaShaun scrolled to the photos of the writing on her phone. She gazed at them as she talked, “Yes, an alphabet. They’re arranged to be sentences I think, not pictures telling a story. But I’m sure no authority on arcane languages. I’ve only studied a few like the Enochian Language, the Rune of Othalan, and a few others.”
“Naturally it couldn’t be something simple. No, we got the Rune of Whatsit.” Chase let go of a long sigh.
“The Rune of Whatsit?” LaShaun grinned at him.
“Do me a favor. Keep that language of the ancients talk between us for now. You know what kind of ink that is because you sniffed it.” Chase nodded toward the writing on the nearest wall.
“Yes…” LaShaun pursed her lips together. Then she cleared her throat.
“That was your cue to give me an answer, LaShaun.” Chase nudged her. When Det. Anderson glanced their way, he waved and put on a neutral expression.
“I don’t think you’re going to like the answer, babe.” LaShaun smiled at the other officers. She turned her back to them as if studying another part of the room.
“Let me think. We got a missing child, demonic scribbles on the wall, a drugged out mother, and a Cajun mafia family. Honey, I already don’t like a damn thing about this case.”
“I never said the writing was demonic or satanic, but from the smell, I’d say the writing was done with Bat’s Blood Ink.”
“Are you freakin’ kidding me?” Chase blurted out. When Anderson jerked around to stare at him. “Nothing, it’s nothing. Just keep collecting evidence.”
( Continued… )
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Lynn Emery’s recent titles include three mystery series, the LaShaun Rousselle novels, Joliet Sisters Psychic Detectives, and the Triple Trouble Mysteries. She’s the author of over twenty novels, one of which was made into a television movie by BET. Read more at http://www.lynnemery.com