New book preview: The Wife Line – A Sydney Rye Kindle World novella

Sydney Rye Kindle World

Along with 11 other authors, I released a novella in the brand-new Sydney Rye Kindle World on March 17. That’s right, St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a book preview.

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Chapter 1: A simple assignment

Provence, France, May 2010

Mulberry had promised this would be a simple assignment.

“Just follow this logistics guy and find out whether he’s misusing his employer’s — our client’s — resources. They think he’s smuggling. Find out what.”

It had sounded reasonable, even easy. But now, with the sweet scent of lavender filling her nostrils, the deep darkness of Provence pressing in from all sides, it did not seem all that simple. There was another aroma beside, or maybe underneath the scent of flowers. Musky, deep, dark. It was making her edgy, excited — horny?

Sydney Rye looked down at her dog, Blue. He looked back up with an expression that seemed to say “If you can’t identify scents this easy, I can’t help you.” She couldn’t see that one of his eyes was brown, the other blue, but her mind filled in those details.

Blue was the size of a Great Dane with the long, thick fur of a wolf, the markings of a Husky and the elegant muzzle of a collie. A thin whine escaped his mouth and his bushy tail went from brushing Sydney’s leg to shaking the fronds beside him.

Sydney and Blue both looked up when they heard a rustle in the branches above. Sydney thought she could see something moving along the vines above her, but the dark made it impossible to be certain. Blue whined again, his tail accelerating to beat a tattoo against Sydney’s leg.

Sydney raised her gun, sliding the safety off with a click. Her mouth felt dry. Her pulse throbbed in her neck. Sweat loosened her grip on her weapon. That scent again, under the floral odor. Why was she thinking about sex at a time like this?

Blue growled so softly that only Sydney, standing in the shadows right beside him, could hear it. Above, the shadows no longer moved.

Probably just a squirrel, or whatever animal moves around the trees at night get in southern France. If it was a threat, Blue would have warned me, not wagged his tail.

She crouched down and crept closer to the country mansion beyond the trees. The subject was inside, obviously to meet someone — but who? And why?

“Stay here, boy,” she told Blue. She put the safety back on and tucked the weapon firmly into its holster, then reached up and jumped. She pulled herself into the tree and climbed high enough to look over the old stone wall in front of her.

A shadow rustled ahead, seeming to recede through the branches toward the country mansion behind the stone wall.

The mansion seemed to Sydney the epitome of France: originally constructed of light grey stone probably hundreds of years ago, it had new, modern windows that showed polished wood floors, bright lamps and modern furniture inside. The light spilling out the windows added to that from modern fixtures that lit up the manicured gardens inside the wall.


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While she couldn’t see them from her vantage point in the tree, Sydney was certain there was also state-of-the-art security and surveillance technology that kept a better eye on the grounds than she had.

The front door had a brightly polished brass handle and kick-plate, and a brass banister ran down the stone steps to a curved driveway. Two cars sat on the gravel, a black Peugeot and a bright red Lamborghini that somehow screamed “Russian mob” to Sydney.

Okay, so Willem is meeting with someone from the Russian mob. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a movie star.

But why? And why sneak here to do it?

Sydney Rye is the creation of bestseller Emily Kimelman. Sydney and her faithful giant dog, Blue, work for a detective agency out of London, UK, and mostly gets involved in cases where women and/or children are abused, victimized and exploited. The story arc of the series takes Sydney and Blue around the world and into the dark, deadly back corridors of power.

In a Kindle World, other writers add their stories to the arc, with tales featuring secondary characters from the series, or exploring periods not covered by the original authors’ stories. The Wife Line will be the third Kindle World for me. It features Van Freeman, the young man with an attitude who just gets things done. He teams up with a reluctant Sydney Rye and an always enthusiastic Blue to take on a human trafficking chain. Here’s a sample.

The Wife Line will be available exclusively from Amazon on March 17. Come back to Written Words over the next month to find some great promos and giveaways.

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  1. Sounds interesting Scott. For a moment there I thought Sydney might be blind when she couldn’t see the dog’s eyes, and then I realized it was just dark! Glad I read the rest!

  2. Fascinating! I’ll look for the book.