My Deal Me In deck turned up hearts this week, and hearts means Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt, author of the phenomenal PRIDE’S CHILDREN. Only one book of the trilogy has been published, and I can’t wait for the second and third, but book one stands on its own. Buy it. You’re welcome.
Alicia has free stories on her website, which is where I read my story for the week:
a mystery by
Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt
A recently appointed college museum director faces challenges to her authority and competence, which come to a head when a Degas is stolen from the college collection.
Alicia faced woman-in-“a-man’s-field” challenges of her own, so she knows what she’s writing about. I like it that there are also generational, workplace, and native/newcomer conflicts, as well.
I’m sorry to say that this story is not up the standard Alicia set in PRIDE’S CHILDREN, but that’s a tough standard to reach. It’s an excellent short mystery.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about being in a place or a job in which you or a character are (or is) made to feel out-of-place.