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Prams and Poison (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Nine) Sneak Peek – Chapter Three

From Prams and Poison  Chapter Three Despite the slight chill in the air, it was a glorious day. The sky was the perfect crystal blue you only find in California, and even Paula’s spirits seemed to soar as we hurried past the packed out dog park at Alamo Square Park. “You brought Paws here yet?” I asked, gesturing toward the running dogs. “Just once,” she said, “but I need to come back. He had so much fun meeting the other dogs. That’s actually how I met Glenn and struck up the conversation about the upcoming renovation. He was waiting for his bus, and I was out with Paws.” We reached Postcard Row on Steiner Street, and Paula laughed giddily. “I just can’t believe I was even considered for one of these jobs,” she said as we took in the Victorian architecture and bright colors—buttercream yellow, light and dark blue, bright red and faded burgundy, mint green. She motioned toward one of the houses, where a light-haired man paced in front of a garage. “That’s Glenn, with the black sweater.” She waved as we approached, and he raised an eyebrow at her as if daring her to explain the delay. “I was beginning to worry you weren’t coming,” he called as we crossed the street, threading our way through the multitude of tourists and locals who had come to gander at Postcard Row on such a beautiful day. But Paula maintained perfect poise and professionalism. “I wasn’t coming,” she said, “until you texted. I thought Carrie had canceled the meeting, but once I got your message, I figured I’d better...