TITLE: A Temporary Convenience
GENRE: Psychological Suspense
With a useless doctorate in Scottish history, Beth won't chuck the lucrative position she inexplicably snags as a successful DC art dealer's "protégé" just because the business records are hinky. However she can't overlook her boss’s stream of lies or the claim her predecessor went berserk, vandalized the shop, and then vanished. A historian can’t resist uncovering the truth, whether it involves simple incompetence or something far more sinister.
"People don't appreciate being told they're wrong, even in academia. With two degrees only useful for life as a professor -- and having turned those bridges into charcoal -- I became an office temp. But I've always longed for a permanent position where truth is valued."
No, Beth. No. The longer I sat in my car outside the imposing gates to the Campbell’s Potomac estate, the more idiotic became my imagined interview answers. I lacked a polished spiel. This was my first shot at a permanent position, and it had come without much time to prepare. I had to finesse this. Miss Brooks, owner of Capitol Temporary Services, claimed I shouldn't mention my degrees to potential employers lest I seem too overqualified or snooty to tackle their grunt work. My defense-attorney dad said the same thing: don't volunteer unfortunate facts.
I suppose they were right. For instance, I’d told Miss Brooks she’d misnamed the firm. There was no capitol in Columbia, Maryland. Capital was a more accurate and positive word, associated with both useful resources and the hockey team popular in the area. She hadn’t appreciated my insight.
I’d impressed her this morning, though. Dorie Campbell, art dealer and luminary of DC society, had called Capitol to say she wanted a new permanent assistant: me. However, I didn't know how she might have heard of me or, having so heard, why she'd want me. My art background was minimal. This situation was…peculiar.
I exhaled slowly. Time to charm Mrs. Campbell. I hoped my Macdonald ancestors forgave that thought.