Title: Murder on the Mountain
Series: Marshall Brothers #1
Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2020
Emma Thomas hasnât been home in years. Only back in Staunton for a few months, she plans to put her investigative reporter skills to use in exposing the trafficking group using her peaceful, idyllic hometown to move drugs. But when she stumbles onto more than drugs, bullets start flying and she has to ask the one person she left Virginia to avoid for help.
Detective Adam Marshall has been working this cartel case for months. On the precipice of breaking the organization wide open, he canât believe the one woman heâd never been able to get over now holds the key to closing his case. His head warns him to steer clear, but his heart wonât let him walk away when Emmaâs life is on the line.
Thrown together by chance after so many years, Adam and Emma work together to break the biggest case of both of their careers and heal some old wounds in the process. Falling in love wasnât on the docket for either of them, but things donât always go as planned.
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Twelve years she'd stayed away from Staunton, avoiding her hometown and missing her parents, to not have to do the very thing she was about to do. Emma took a deep breath and steered her car onto the street that housed the Staunton Police Department. She had no other choice. There was only one man who could help her figure this out.
She parked in front of the station, ignoring all the little pieces of glass that rained off her as she ran up the steps and pulled open the heavy front door. The entire station fell silent as she strode to the front desk, leaving a trail of leaves and little bits of broken glass behind her.
"I need to see Detective Adam Marshall. It's an emergency." She looked around the lobby. "I don't even know what time it is. Is he even here?"
"He's still here." The officer behind the desk reached for the phone. "What happened, miss? Do you need a medic?"
"No! I'm fine. I mean, I'm not, but I am. Can you just get Detective Marshall for me, please?"
He set the phone back on the receiver. "Just wait right here and I'll get him."
"Don't worry." Emma crossed her arms over her chest. "I'm not going anywhere."
Adam looked up at the sound of the voice and tap on his office door. "What's up, Murphy?"
"There is aâwomanâat the desk demanding to see you. She says it's an emergency."
Adam narrowed his eyes at the young uniformed officer. The other man had a tendency toward the dramatic, but he'd proven himself in the field. At the moment, he looked really concerned. "Are you not sure if she is a woman?"
Officer Murphy shook his head. "It's not that. You, um, have to see for yourself."
"Okay." Adam pushed his chair back from his desk and stood up. "Show me what you got."
Adam followed him out to the lobby desk but froze when he saw the woman standing there. Sticks and leaves tangled in her shoulder-length brown waves. Dirt and dried blood smudged her face, a tear in her jeans bared a scraped knee, and her light blue fleece jacket had a variety of colorful stains on it. He hadn't seen her in so long he might not have recognized her under all the debris, except he'd know that woman anywhere.
"Emma." He walked a little closer. "What happened?" What he really wanted to ask was What are you doing here?
"We need to talk." She glanced around at all the people staring at them. "In private." Emma leaned in a little, lowering her voice, as though it would matter. "It's about a crime."
He motioned toward the way he'd come. "We can talk in my office." To Murphy he said, "Please get Ms. Thomas a bottle of water."
"Yes, sir." Officer Murphy disappeared in the direction of the break room, and Adam led Emma to his office.
When they were inside and the door was closed, Emma collapsed into one of the chairs, shaking. Tears ran down her face, leaving streaks in the dirt as they trailed to her chin and dropped onto the front of her jacket.
Adam perched awkwardly on the edge of his desk, a box of tissues extended to her. Emma grabbed a couple and wiped at her eyes, then blew her nose.
"I'm sorry. I'm so not a crier." She threw the tissues in the trash can. Her hands shook noticeably.
He remembered that about her. "It's the adrenaline dump. Nothing to apologize for." A knock sounded on the door. "Come in!" Adam called.
Officer Murphy walked in and handed the bottle of water to Emma. "Do you need anything else, miss?"
She shook her head, and Adam gave him a nod of dismissal.
"So, are you going to tell me what happened?" Adam finally asked. And maybe why you specifically asked for me out of all the cops in this precinct.
Emma nodded and wrung her hands in her lap. "Yes. I justâI need a minute to gather my thoughts."
"How did you know I'd even be here?"
She shrugged. "I didn't. I just hoped you would be."
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