Deadlocked by Dawn - Excerpt
Copyright © Afton Locke, 2021 - All Rights Reserved
She ran a hand over her own hair. "You think I killed Mandy Gaines. Why would I murder one of my own guests?"
"People do all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons. The Key Largo P.D. can't rule out anything until it's disproved by evidence."
"The Key Largo P.D. doesn't know its butt from a hole in the ground, if you ask me. The killer is somewhere out there," she said, pointing to the door. "Not in here."
"I'm on your side, okay? Your brother resisted arrest, and I was just doing my job. If I can't do my job, I can't protect you or your guests."
"You're welcome to have a piece of my hair, Detective, if it'll help the case and my brother."
His breath stumbled through his throat when she released her hair clip. "Thank you."
They both stood, and she pointed to the graceful curve of her neck. "Can you cut it from under here, so it won't show?"
"Sorry. I'm afraid I have to take some strands from different areas."
He leaned over the desk, captured by her apple-spice scent. It reminded him of warmth, comfort, and living in a real home. When his hand brushed across her cheek, her eyes closed. He hadn't caressed a woman's face since...Amy.