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Punished By Silence

A Cozy Mystery

Book 1 of the Detective Kare Bear Series

Written By

Jwyan C. Johnson

Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2018 All rights reserved


When a twin girl goes missing, an anonymous request for the Clue Queen herself is granted. But Detective Dedra Kare finds the obstacles of her own past in this case first! She must emotionally outrun her flashbacks as the current investigation turns into a game of Hide-and-Seek but on a legal field of child custody, narcissistic parenting, and a single teddy bear. But with every hidden motive playing too, is Dedra the one who’s It?

Chapter 1: Hide

Chapter 2: Seek

Chapter 3: Ready or Not

Chapter 4: Come Out, Come Out

Chapter 5: Wherever You Are

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Chapter 1: Hide

The dark sky and light rain unite above Michael. But he continues to command his gas pedal to drive on through this misunderstanding at 91 miles per hour: a speed that almost compares to how fast this happened.

“I think that’s him,” a voice from before echoes inside Michael as he imagines being noticed again. Surveilling for clues, he reaches for the radio.

“I repeat ….this is an Amber Alert for Shyrel Tiera in a blue Nissan Sentra headed north on the 21 freeway. A little girl with dark brown hair, hazel green eyes, she’s seven years old! Please call us if you have any information.”

“Seven?” Michael asks his car radio as his daughter laughs. “Shyrel, are you seven?”

“No I turned eight today!”

“That’s what I thought!”

Shyrel smiles while holding her new teddy bear with her bruised arm.

“This is not your fault Shyrel,” Michael says. “You did the right thing by telling me this was happening in your new home, okay?”

“But Mommy told me not to tell you.”

“Well… Mommy should not have done that. Anytime somebody hurts you or your sister, you should tell me. No matter who it is!”


“And don’t you worry about Kayleen. We’re gonna find a way to get your twin sister, I promise, okay?”


Entering into traffic, Michael slows down his car and speeds up his heartrate. He reaches for his hat to disguise his daughter and drives on fully aware that no Yield Sign exists for public opinion.

Chapter 2: Seek

“Captain,” Detective Corey calls inside the precinct. “We got your call. Is this about the Amber Alert we just heard?”

“Yeah,” the Captain replies. “I need you and Dedra on this case. The home residence is 2121 Central Drive.”

“Central Drive?” Dedra confirms “Doesn’t that address support the other precinct’s territory addiction?”

“Believe it or not, they asked for our help. And I was as surprised as you guys. But no one’s surprised at an anonymous request for the Clue Queen here. Besides this missing child is the daughter of one of their cops.”

Dedra takes the file and reads it over.

“In fact,” the Captain adds, “all you cops drop everything! Let’s find this little girl, the daughter of one of our very own. Let’s go!”

As the cops head out, the Captain returns to his office.

“Wasn’t this your old division Dedra?” Corey asks. “Please tell me you know a shortcut.”

Corey glances at Dedra looking even harder at the case file.

“Dedra you okay? Do you know the missing girl?”

“No,” Dedra replies, “I know the parent cop! He’s my former partner. There’s gotta be more to this.”

“Dedra hold up,” Corey says jogging to keep up with her walking pace. “You actually think this case is bigger than a child abduction? Is that even possible?”

“With Wendal, yeah. He’s a crooked cop and a drug dealer, though I could never prove it. Just between us, Wendal is the real reason I left that precinct. Just look at this 911 transcript! The anonymous caller changed their mind in the middle of their first sentence. At first, it sounds like someone calling in a Code Green… like a policeman would do.”

Corey takes the file and reads it over as Dedra continues.

“Even weirder, Wendal doesn’t have any children.”

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