Character Guest Post: Cisco (retired military K9) of Jennifer Chase's FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE #characterday

Today is character guest post day! We have The Cisco (retired military K9) from Jennifer Chase's FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE. Enjoy!

Sleep. Eat. Run and play. I hang out with my Katie. That’s about all I do now instead of hunting for bombs in mostly hot and really dusty places. The smoke and dust sometimes stings my eyes and dries my nose causing me to sneeze. But, Katie puts on these cool shades over my eyes and I get a lot of looks from my group—big smiles—and they tell me “good boy”. I love these humans. They are dressed like me too with shades, vests, and scarves. We are one big group. I always go in first to find the things I’m trained for—explosives, trip wires, and bad guys.

The first time I saw my Katie, she was talking with some humans at the kennel. Too many dogs barking. I hate kennels. I want to work. I want my person to be with me forever. Find things. Then I get my toys and rewards. My favorite day was when Katie opened the kennel and took me out for a walk—then we trained every day together. We had fun. I love her.

One day, my Katie left me and didn’t see her again. I didn’t want to eat or find stuff. My Katie was gone. Then some men came and took me with my kennel. I flew on a large cargo plane and then I flew on another plane. It seemed like forever waiting to land. When I finally could smell the fresh air as some men wheeled my kennel out of the airplane hangar, I met a nice man who took me home. He seemed familiar, but he wasn’t my Katie.

I had the biggest surprise. Katie finally came home and we’re together again—I love her. I’ve been with her ever since—even today. Good days. Fun days. And bad days too. So now. Sleep. Eat. Run and play. I hang out with my Katie every day. And sometimes, I get to go with Katie when she’s investigating something… and sometimes, I get to help. Katie is always trying to find the bad guys.

Inside the book

On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood.
“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room. 

Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds
her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.

All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realizes that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left…


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  About the author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.