Chapter 15 Pieces to the Puzzle

The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land

Pieces to the Puzzle

 publication1                                I guessed Ted Blaylock to be in his mid 40’s, just about right for a World War II pilot – which he was.  Slender, balding and a significant presence of intelligence in his manner and speech. Air Force Captains were a well-respected group – Ted Blaylock fit that model.

He greeted me at the hanger door. “Hello, Mr. Reno. Very nice to meet you – I’ve heard so much about you from Nickie, I feel that I know you already.”

“Please call me Carson, and it’s nice of you to take the time to see me.  Hopefully, Nickie has been kind with her words.  We’ve been friends for a long time and do kid around a lot.”

“She speaks very highly of you, and I’m flattered you’re seeking information from me – although I have no idea how I can help.  And don’t be…

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Chapter 13 Confusion

Episode 13 and a trip to a Drive Inn Movie. Enjoy.

The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land

publication1            I had a few hours before my date with Liz, so I found a comfortable stool at Nickie’s bar and waited for events to unfold.

Ronnie had a small television over the bar, which remained on mute.  But it didn’t matter; you couldn’t hear it over the jukebox anyway.  I could, at least, get some feeling for what was happening outside Humboldt.


 “Nickie, I’ll take a Jack and Coke, and could you put that TV on a Memphis channel?” I asked nicely.

“I don’t want to give you the wrong impression of our little city, but Memphis channels are all we get,” she shot back. “Do you have a special request?  I can manage 5 and 13 without sending Ronnie on the roof to adjust our antenna.”

“Just put it on a station that I can see. Okay?”

“No problem Mr. Reno. We’ve got ‘Guiding Light’ on one…

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Chapter 12 Strategy

Episode 12. Strategy…..including a brush with the bad guys. Enjoy

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publication1                     I thought Nickie would faint when I walked into the restaurant and waved – it was 5 minutes past eight.  Leroy was already seated in the booth, and had coffee ready for both of us.

I ordered biscuits and gravy, and we ate while he briefed me on the Bosley Buick caper.  He was still a bit sensitive about the whole thing, but I know it was a big feather in his cap to get these guys behind bars – where they belonged.  Alfred E. Dollar would turn states evidence and probably seek a reduced sentence.  Jack Logan was already in town and suing for a petition to have all charges against Kathy Ledbetter dropped.

Other than the innocents that were injured at the dealership, I guess things turned out best for everyone.  Some bad guys off the streets, some real crooks behind bars and a truly innocent…

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Chapter 9; City Hall

The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land

City Hall

publication1Repeating myself, I am not an early person.  Eight o’clock on Sunday morning was not a time I ever knew existed – much less participated in.  However, Larry’s message was urgent and I knew he was serious – Larry was my friend.


Parking was no problem; the garage was almost empty.  The desk sergeant directed me to a third floor conference room. I grabbed a cup of stale coffee from a pot in the hallway and knocked on the door.

Larry quickly opened the door and before I spoke, I noticed he was not alone.  He introduced me to Chuck Hutchinson, Memphis Police Chief and Carlton Scruggs, Shelby County Sheriff.

Larry spoke first. “Carson, I have taken the liberty to brief the chief and sheriff on our conversation of last week. And, I’m going to assume you aren’t aware of any events that happened while you were out…

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