The characters of Ellery Tinsdale and Samantha Greene begin their fictional lives in the first book in my Blonds at the Beach series, THE BLOND LEADING THE BLOND. But they did have a life before the book. Here we get a peek into the incident that led up to the opening scene, and get to see a little of the characters in their “ordinary world” before everything is tipped topsy-turvy on the very first page of the book. I call this THE PREQUEL. Enjoy.
<<News clipping from the front page of the Braddocks Beach Bugle,
, May 31)>> Braddocks Beach, Ohio
Town Matriarch Dead at Age 63
Isabel Genevieve Tinsdale, age 63, was found dead yesterday at the bottom of the stairs of the
watchtower. Although the autopsy report is not expected to be released for two more days, sources involved in the clean-up efforts indicate that loss of blood will be listed as a contributory cause of death. Braddocks Beach
Police have declared Miss Izzy’s tumble down three flights of steep, cement stairs to be an accident, although the reason she was visiting the watchtower at two o’clock in the morning leaves many asking questions. Don’t expect answers from the local authorities, as according to
Police Chief Albert C. Bennett, “Delving into a citizen’s personal business is beyond the scope of our duty to protect and serve the community. Miss Izzy took that secret to her grave.” Braddocks Beach