#Excerpt from “A Simple Misunderstanding” by Liese Sherwood-Fabre @lsfabre @theromancestudio #giveaway #shortstory #sweetromance
“Do you have a book on poisons?” a man asked.
I turned from my computer screen to see a tanned middle-aged man resting his arms on the reference desk counter. A gardener, maybe?
“Several,” I said, starting the computer’s database search. “It’s for…?”
“An animal. It needs to be colorless, odorless, not detectable by most forensics tests.”
I stopped typing and stared at him. He doesn’t look like a murderer. His cleft chin and sandy hair made him look more like an actor.
As if he read my thoughts, he smiled. “I’m a writer. Name’s Leonard Kensington.”
My mouth fell open. “The Leonard Kensington? I’ve read all your books.” I reached over the counter. “Alicia Chandler. What’re you doing here?”
“At the moment, research.”
I returned to my keyboard. “There’s a long list here….”
He stepped behind me and studied the screen. I caught a whiff of his cologne, something woodsy. He pointed to one title. “What about this one?”
“We don’t have it.”
He sighed, rippling the small hairs on the back of my neck that had fallen out of my ponytail. I glanced back at him. “But we can request it from another library.”
“Perfect. I’ll leave you my phone and address so you can contact me when it comes in.”
From Virtual Harmony and Other Short, Sweet Romances. Available at: