This book is a departure from the format of my others in the series that follows the adventures of tour operator Alex Trotter as she conducts groups on vacation that's always interrupted by murder. Here, Alex is reuniting with four of her college friends in Mobile, Alabama for Mardi Gras, ten years after graduation from their women's college, Wood Hole, in Frededrick, Maryland. In this excerpt, Alex is remembering one of her friends as she makes her way down to Mobile.
Note: This is a true-life incident that happened to me and my friends whose actual names I'm using for their characters in my book.
Rosemary shared a room with Millie, a pint-sized pixie from Ohio. Millie looked like an innocent child, but she was one smart cookie and was sophisticated beyond her years and life experience.
Although petite, her athletic build and feisty personality had proven her to be competent in handling whatever difficulties had come her way; but on one September night in their junior year, Millie showed her friends at Terrace House that she could protect them as well.
As Alex drove into Birmingham and followed the signs to pick up I-65, she thought back to that incident. She had been awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of someone yelling upstairs, followed by thumping sounds and a thundering of footsteps. She and her roommate Josie had sat bolt upright in their beds, shared a shocked, puzzled look, then headed for the door of their first-floor room.