byEthel Kouba

Kobo ebook | November 20, 2009

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In Sleuth of Sleaufort SOS, Bixie Lee Biddle responds to an urgent SOS from Maxine, her former boss in Rustin. The Medical Institution is under new directorship. Shoddy lab work, missing corporate funds, and disappearance of employees are some of the problems. Bixie has issues in Sleaufort; a sabbatical in Rustin seems the perfect cure. 

However, Rustin isn't the happy-go-lucky place she remembers - with its snow, ice, power shortages, paranoid co-workers and so many Thomases with their peculiar grayish, greenish, brownish pond-scummed colored eyes. 

Bixie's adventures start with a bang, when a team-building exercise (paint ball shootings, how old-fashioned is that?) leads to a dead co-worker. Bixie gets no help from Maxine, who turns up dead in a used car lot. Bixie has not lost her knack for snooping. She uncovers all kinds of Thomas memorabilia in a house scheduled for demolition. Part of her findings show that the old Thomas house is best described as a charnel house with its pile of bones in the basement.

Bixie is knee-deep at the Institution working on new assays and trying to work out the bugs in some of the old tests. She still manages to find time to do some exploring in the Institution.

In the basement storage room, she finds all kinds of personal effects left behind by former employees. It is definitely puzzling---why would employees leave so fast that they do not take their stuff? Another question is why are so many employees leaving? Is it significant that these employees all have issues---whether it is they overuse the health insurance or they want access to retirement funds?

Bixie finds the answers to the questions, and also locates the missing employees' bodies. The bodies are floating in pickling solution in drums in the Institution's storage basement. Unfortunately, her discovery comes with a high price. The Institution's director and his helpers are on to Bixie, and they have an extra barrel, just Bixie's size.

Bixie is in bad trouble. Who will respond to Bixie's SOS? Her gal pals in Sleaufort are enjoying the beach, BBQ and hot men. Her friends in Rustin are leaving, while they can. This time, even the comfort foods of chocolate and grease have deserted Bixie. In a surprising ending, Bixie is rescued and returns to Sleaufort to fight grime, and the evil Thomas family.

Title:SLEUTH OF SLEAUFORT SOSFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 20,, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1621419436

ISBN - 13:9781621419433

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