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Illusion of Luck eBook

Illusion of Luck eBook

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Published by Judy Flores
As Greg Tenorly was about to marry the woman of his dreams, he figured he was the luckiest man in the world. Until he got an anonymous phone call warning him about his bride’s shady past. Larry had been lucky all his life. He had everything he could possibly want. Except a publishing contract. So, the fact that his first six mystery novels had been rejected did not dissuade him from starting on book seven. Ironically, he finally found success when he began to publish an online account of his own downward spiral into depravity and murder. Is luck real? Or is it just an illusion? Some people have to find out the hard w
As Greg Tenorly was about to marry the woman of his dreams, he figured he was the luckiest man in the world. Until he got an anonymous phone call warning him about his bride’s shady past. Larry had been lucky all his life. He had everything he could possibly want. Except a publishing contract. So, the fact that his first six mystery novels had been rejected did not dissuade him from starting on book seven. Ironically, he finally found success when he began to publish an online account of his own downward spiral into depravity and murder. Is luck real? Or is it just an illusion? Some people have to find out the hard w

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I
LLUSION
 
OF
L
UCK
ROBERT BURTON ROBINSONThird EditionDecember 2008Copyright © 2007 Robert Burton Robinson. All rights reserved.*
*I grant you permission to make copies of this file and give it to friends. You may also print a copy for your own use.You may
not 
post this novel on a website or sell it.
Other works by Mr. Robinson
Bicycle Shop Murder Hideaway Hospital MurdersFly the RainSweet Ginger Poison
**********Synopsis
 As Greg Tenorly was about to marry the woman of his dreams, he figured he was the luckiest manin the world. Until he got an anonymous phone call warning him about his bride’s shady past.Larry had been lucky all his life. He had everything he could possibly want. Except a publishingcontract. So, the fact that his first six mystery novels had been rejected did not dissuade him fromstarting on book seven. Ironically, he finally found success when he began to publish an onlineaccount of his own downward spiral into depravity and murder.Is luck real? Or is it just an illusion? Some people have to find out the hard way.
**********
 
Cast of CharactersGreg Tenorly 
Part-time private music instructor, part-time music minister at First Baptist Church,Coreyville, Texas.
 
Cynthia Blockerman
Vice President of First State Bank, Coreyville. Greg Tenorly’s fiancee.
 
 
Beverly Sonora
Cynthia Blockerman’s mother.
 
Lawrence Igby “Lucky Larry” Luzor
 A frustrated novelist wannbe he believes he has magic-like powers of luck. He lives in Plano, Texas.
 
Erin
Lucky Larry’s live-in girlfriend.
 
Rebecca Ranghorn
 An attorney/private detective living in Sherman, Texas.
 
Melanie Maylin
 An attorney/private detective. She and Rebecca Ranghorn are close friends and share an office.
 
Sandy Vockelman
 A music professor at a junior college in Dallas. Greg Tenorly’s old friend and college roommate.
 
Chaucey Reed
 A free-lance graphic artist living in Sugarland, Texas.
 
Kroger “Crow” Bagley, Jr.
Works at the family-owned Bagley’s Food Mart in Sugarland, Texas.
**********
 
Chapter 1
Greg Tenorly was the luckiest man in the world. The woman of his wildest dreams wasstanding beside him—at their
wedding rehearsal 
. He knew he didn’t deserve her. Anybody couldsee that. He saw himself as a balding, average-looking 35-year-old. Cynthia was a strikingly beautiful 30-year-old redhead. He wouldn’t have been surprised if Cupid himself had flown in tobreak up the crazy mismatch.But Cynthia saw something in Greg she couldn’t resist. Something she should have looked forin the eyes of her
 first
groom. Troy was a rugged, handsome man. Nothing wrong with that. But he was also an abuser. And all the love he’d ever given her meant nothing after that first brutal slapacross the face. Then came the boozing and hitting and steady barrage of obscenities.So, this time around Cynthia was looking for something different. Greg was kind andthoughtful and funny. And regardless of what Greg thought, she
did 
find him attractive—even ontheir first meeting. And the more she got to know him, the more attractive he became. She wasn’tmarrying him just because he was a nice guy. She truly had the hots for him.It was Thursday night, 6:20 PM. Greg and Cynthia were finishing up a run-through of theceremony at First Baptist Church, Coreyville, where Greg was part-time music director. They were well on their way to happily ever after. Everything was perfect.Until the phone call.Cynthia’s mother, Beverly, was serving as her Maid of Honor. She had girlfriends her age atFirst State Bank where she was a vice president. But her mom was her closest friend. It might haveseemed a little odd to some people—no mother sitting on the second pew, crying. No father to walkher down the aisle and give her away. She wished so much he was still alive to share in the joy.“And then, Greg, I will invite you to kiss your bride,” said Dr. Huff, pastor of the church.
 
“What if she doesn’t
want
to be kissed?” said Sandy Vockelman, Greg’s Best Man. Sandy had ahabit of cracking jokes at inappropriate times.Dr. Huff shot him a stern, over the top of the glasses, stare that said,
Sir, this is a holy place of worship—not a comedy club.
Cynthia turned to Greg and smiled. “Oh, I’ll
definitely
want to be kissed.”Dr. Huff went on. “And then I will present you to the congregation as Mr. and Mrs. GregTenorly and the organist will play the Wedding March as you make your grand departure.“Great job, Greg,” said Sandy as he slapped him on the back.“Now we’ll take a ten minute break and then do a second run-through,” said Dr. Huff.Sandy leaned in to Greg and whispered, “He’s kidding, right? I’m starving.”Dr. Huff checked his watch. “So, let’s all be back in our places at 6:34.”Sandy decided to make a point of being back in his place at exactly 6:35. Even as a collegemusic professor he was still somewhat rebellious. He put his arm around Greg as they walked downfrom the platform. “I hope this Italian restaurant you’ve been bragging about is worth the wait.”“It’s fantastic. Believe me—you’ve got nothing in Dallas that can beat it.”“Well, that’s a little hard to believe.”“I’m telling you, Man. Their bread is better than Lugio’s.”“Whoa. Now you’re getting sacrilegious. Nobody’s bread is better than Lugio’s.”“We ate a ton of that stuff.“We
had 
to. I couldn’t make it through my music theory homework without that bread.”“Yeah, me either. And my music history, music literature…even math,” said Greg.“It was a wonder I didn’t gain all my weight back, eating like that.”
You
were pumping iron every day.
I’m
the one who gained weight.”“That’s true. But it looks like you’ve managed to trim down since the last time I saw you.”“Thanks. I’ve been jogging with Cynthia.”“That woman’s good for you, Buddy. Seriously—she’s amazing. Congratulations.”Cynthia and her mom had gone to the ladies room, and were checking their hair and makeup.“Sweetie, I’ve got to say that I’ve never seen you more happy,” said Beverly.“He’s wonderful, Mom. He’s everything I need and want in a life-long partner. And I know hefeels the same way.”“Greg’s a very lucky man.“Yes. I’d agree with that.” She smiled at herself in the mirror. “And I am a very lucky woman.”“Y’all are like a couple of teenagers when you’re together. So you should have a ball at Disney  World.”“You really 
could 
have come with us, Mom.”“Nope. Three’s definitely a crowd when it comes to honeymoons. And besides, I’m gonna havea great time on the cruise with my church group.“But it’s going to be hard to stay in touch with you while we’re in Orlando and you’re out atsea.”“You don’t
need 
to stay in touch with me. It’s your honeymoon. I don’t want to hear from youuntil you get back. And that’s an order, Young Lady.“Okay, okay. So, I guess I shouldn’t worry about you.”

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