Sex on Tuesdays by June Whyte - Read Online
Sex on Tuesdays
0% of Sex on Tuesdays completed

About

Summary

When the Tribute's sex-therapist chokes to death at her desk, Danielle Summers takes over the woman's daily Sex On… column. Dani, unlike her predecessor, Daisy Mae, has no qualifications or background knowledge for the job. Instead she procures her answers from the Internet, self-help books and Megan, a retired prostitute who's had sex with thousands of guys.

About to turn 50, Dani yearns for more than one toothbrush in the bathroom, more than one car in the garage and definitely more than a greyhound with flatulence sharing her bed at night. The solution, she decides, is to start dating.

Meanwhile, one of Dani's readers (known only as Distinctly Frustrated) has written in asking her for advice. He complains his wife is not concentrating during sex, so Dani suggests foreplay using chocolate sauce and dress-ups. However, much to Dani's horror, a saboteur changes her reply to 'Shove something hot down the bitch's throat.'

The following morning, Distinctly Frustrated discovers his wife dead. Someone has indeed followed Dani's advice and 'shoved something hot' down the wife's throat. A red hot poker.

After first suspecting Dani due to evidence in her handbag and her sabotaged column suggestion, the police take the husband in for questioning.

Could the killer actually be Jack Rivers, sleazy bad boy from Gape, a rival newspaper? Did he really pretend to be Dani's blind date just to get her in an uncompromising position so he could publish photos of her rolls of fat and cellulite in his trashy magazine – or was it all to do with slipping incriminating evidence into her handbag while she was otherwise engaged?

Or what about Alice? The Tribute's spaced-out receptionist-cum-tea-lady, who was Daisy Mae's stepsister. When Daisy Mae died, Alice thought she'd get the job of writing the Sex On… column. Jealous of Dani's success, she adds salt to her tea, spills hot coffee on her lap and sticks pins in a Dani Summers lookalike voodoo doll. But would Alice take such a giant step forward and kill DF's wife to frame Dani for murder?

While chasing a killer, Dani discovers Mr. Right is slap bang under her nose. He's the guy who's been looking out for her all along. The guy who's there for her when her blind dates turn dangerous. The guy who shoves her out from under a lethal four-wheel drive intent on leaving its tire prints straight down the middle of her body.

Can Dani survive investigating the murder long enough to find true love?

A new romantic mystery from the acclaimed author of CHASING CAN BE MURDER.

(Some scenes in this novel are inappropriate for readers under age 18.)
Published: Untreed Reads on
ISBN: 9781611871005
List price: $4.99
Availability for Sex on Tuesdays
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Reviews

Book Preview

Sex on Tuesdays - June Whyte

You've reached the end of this preview. Sign up to read more!
Page 1 of 1

Sex on Tuesdays

By June Whyte

Copyright 2011 by June Whyte

Cover Copyright 2011 by Dara England and Untreed Reads Publishing

The author is hereby established as the sole holder of the copyright. Either the publisher (Untreed Reads) or author may enforce copyrights to the fullest extent.

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be resold, reproduced or transmitted by any means in any form or given away to other people without specific permission from the author and/or publisher. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to your ebook retailer and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to the living or dead is entirely coincidental.

Also by June Whyte and Untreed Reads Publishing

Chasing Can Be Murder: A Kat McKinley Mystery

http://www.untreedreads.com

Sex on Tuesdays

By June Whyte

Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

1

Monday, 6:30 a.m.

My name is Danielle Summers and the worst week of my life began exactly like any other.

At 6:30 a.m. I batted the alarm clock off my bedside table and sent it skittering across the polished wooden floor.

At 6:32 I answered the phone and, stifling a yawn, advised my mother not to have a boob job done. I told her at eighty-one the operation was way too risky.

At 6:45 a.m. I heaved myself out of bed and spent the next half-hour showering, dressing and slathering Miracle-Glo wrinkle cream over my face and neck, in the vague hope it might make me look like Cameron Diaz on a half-decent day.

Two cups of coffee later, and with a slice of leftover cold pizza in one hand, I drove my pre-loved, silver-grey Ford Futura to the Tribute’s newspaper office in Murray Street, Gawler.

I sat down at my desk and spent the rest of the morning sorting through letters and emails sent in by readers of my daily Sex on… column—a daily column I’d acquired by default, but was determined to turn into a must read section of the newspaper.

Then, after a quick lunch at the sandwich shop over the road where they made the most delicious, creamy-right-to-the-bottom cappuccinos, I began crafting replies for Sex on Tuesdays in readiness for the following day’s column.

Oh yes…and just to get a rise, I initiated an argument on the subject of women can read road maps better than men with my long-time friend and colleague who sat at the desk next to mine, the Tribute’s taciturn crime reporter, Simon Templar. That’s right—The Saint, Leslie Charteris’s suave and sophisticated hero—except my Simon was not suave, not sophisticated, and definitely not a saint. And as usual, it was dead easy to get his contrary male hackles up and tangoing.

Yep! As I said…just like the beginning of any other week…so who’d have thought it would disintegrate into murder?

Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Dear Dani,

My wife won’t focus during sex. Unless we have the radio on in the background, preferably tuned into a talk-back show, she refuses to participate. I feel as though she’s just going through the motions. What should I do?

Distinctly Frustrated

Dear Distinctly Frustrated,

I can see how your wife’s lack of interest could be a big problem for you. Have your foreplay techniques become rusty? There are some great chocolate sauces on the market, which seem to liven up many couples’ sex life. And what about role-playing? Why not try dressing in red jocks and a blue cape and bursting into the bedroom disguised as Superman?

Do whatever it takes to make your wife feel sexy and desirable, and maybe your frustration will disappear.

Sincerely,

Dani

I lifted my aching fingers from the keyboard, carefully flexed the kinks from each joint and groaned. Note to self—call into pharmacy on the way home and invest in a supersized bottle of Glucosamine tablets. Together with the mega bottle of Fish Oil capsules I kept in my freezer, which according to the local health shop proprietor is a fail-proof trick that eliminates the vomit-inducing taste of fish, I was set for the winter.

Finished for the day, I logged off my computer, tossed a couple of first-draft sheets into the trash can and purred like a cat gorged on cream. Tomorrow’s column was every bit as good as anything a real sex therapist could write. That is, a qualified sex therapist with a framed certificate on the wall. Me, I lifted my facts from the Internet, read self-help books, and discussed problems with my friend Megan Starr, an ex-prostitute who’s had sex with thousands of guys. I figured Megan would have more hands-on skills than a dry-as-dust academic sitting in a sterile office surrounded by certificates and textbooks.

Okay, okay, technically, I admit, I am an impostor. But even though I dropped out of high school after three of the most miserable years of my life…and the only certificate that hangs on my wall is the one I received after competing in the 50 meter dash at the Master’s Games the year before last…and even though I haven’t actually had sex myself for over two years—I was getting pretty damn good at solving other people’s bedroom hang-ups.

When Daisy Mae, the previous sex therapist for the Tribute, died at her desk while chewing on a steak sandwich six months ago, I was a bit tentative about taking her place. I mean, I am a spinster. Correction…single person whose sexual parts are in need of oiling. However, my older sister Penny, talked—or perhaps a better term might be browbeat—her husband Joe, the Tribute’s bad-tempered editor-in-chief, into giving Daisy Mae’s column to me. Up till then my brother-in-law had only entrusted me with gardening articles, births, deaths and an occasional second-class wedding.

Well, I’m off now, I said and stood up to rearrange my clothes. Satisfied that my long-sleeved, tiger-print top wasn’t riding up under my armpits, I turned towards Simon. I guess I’ll see you in the morning, Templar.

Off already? Simon asked without taking his eyes from his computer monitor. I shook my head at him and bet my tickets to the show, Menopause the Musical, he was playing solitaire instead of typing up today’s Crime Report.

Clicking on the ace of hearts, he slid his mouse across the pad. What’s the big hurry? Racing home to water your hydrangeas?

"Bite your tongue and feed it to the seagulls, Templar. My life is not that boring."

Still without looking up he hiked his eyebrows skywards and dragged a red four of hearts under a black five of clubs.

"It is not!" I insisted.

Well, it wasn’t…

Friday nights I always went out with the girls to the local pub and we regularly—well occasionally…well if we were celebrating a birthday—painted the pub red…or at least a very pale pink.

I let out a sigh as I contemplated my dreary, lonely, beige life.

But not anymore!

The new Danielle Summers was currently on the look-out for a belated Mr. Right. After much soul searching, and a recent problem in opening those hard-to-twist pickle jars, I’d figured it was time to share my life and my bed with someone other than my flatulent, but loyal greyhound, Horace.

But first I had to run the gauntlet of the dating game.

So, although I know it’s not a pretty sound, I let loose a snort of exasperation. Simon can be such a drag at times. As a matter of fact, I said, not even attempting to keep the growl from my voice, I’m in a hurry to get home because I have a hot date tonight.

Solitaire stopped dead in its tracks.

A date? You?

I nodded.

With a bloke?

No, I spat, my exasperation moving up a level, with a bloody wild pig! What do you think? Of course I’ve got a date with a man.

Who?

None of your business.

Do I know him?

I shrugged. Dunno. You might.

Simon fastened me with one of his steel-eyed glares. "More to the point, Danielle, do you know him?"

Well…not exactly.

The glower didn’t waver. Geez, it was like being interrogated by my mother.

His name is Craig, that’s all I know. I lifted one shoulder, aiming at blasé, but Simon’s glare grew fiercer. Okay, okay. I flailed my arms in surrender. I’m going out with some guy Suzy set me up with from her work. Happy now?

A slow grin spread across Simon’s face. A grin that sent little crinkles fanning out from the corner of his eyes and accentuated the dimple in his chin. I don’t believe it. I. Do. Not. Believe. It. His eyes, richer than yummy dark chocolate, continued to twinkle merrily up at me. Danielle Summers, our resident sex expert, is going on a blind date.

Simon, I hissed, shuffling closer while glancing over my shoulder to see if any of the other journalists were listening. Keep your voice down. I’ll be the laughing-stock of the office if this gets out.

He immediately did that damn eyebrow hike again.

The rat. Itching to shake him, I winced as my fingernails dug deep into the palms of both clenched fists. "Look, I’m only doing this…this thing to get Suzy off my back. Okay?"

That’s a crap excuse. And if you ask me, that niece of yours is far too pushy.

"Well, isn’t that lucky—cuz no one is asking you, Templar."

Ignoring my sarcasm, he leant back in his chair until I thought it would tip over. Shouldn’t Suzy be getting her own love life in order before putting her oar into yours?

What do you mean?

You know what I mean, Dani. He shook his head at me as though I were ten. In less than one year, that flaky niece of yours has recently broken up with…what…her second…or is it her third husband?

With a wave of my hand I sat back down on my chair ready to fill him in on the details. Oh, didn’t you know? It’s simple. He refused to have sex with her.

Simon’s eyes widened in evident bewilderment. Just shows how men have a limited capacity for focusing on more than one thing at a time. What? he bleated. Who refused to have sex with whom?

Suzy’s second husband refused to have sex with her, so she left him.

You’re kidding me.

Nope, Suzy screamed out her first husband’s name whenever she climaxed, which didn’t go down too well with husband number two, I said. Naturally I tried to advise her about her problem; even came up with a couple of suggestions on how to keep her mind focused on the job-in-hand. But she said Jay—that’s her first husband—was much better in bed than Neil—that’s the second husband—and Jay’s face seemed to superimpose on Neil’s face every time her dam burst. Hence she’d call out Jay’s name.

Simon blinked rapidly. Er…right. He shook his head hard, as though attempting to clear out the detritus. Let’s get back to your hot date. I’d have thought at your age you’d…

My age? I gasped, amazed at my friend’s lack of sensitivity. "Simon, I’m forty-nine, not eighty-nine!" Hurt and angry, I ground my teeth in a snarl and counted to ten in my head. No. It wasn’t worth it. If I slugged him now, I’d probably get the sack. I’d finished paying off my house but I still had to eat and pay the bills.

I’d slug him later, when we were away from the office.

For now I raked up my haughty expression. The one I use to deter insistent salesmen who actually believe I’d be interested in another mobile phone when monthly fees for the one I already owned would probably feed a family of six on Big Macs and fries for a year.

And who are you to criticize my love life? I peered down my nose at him, haughty expression firmly in place. "I’ve known you close to twenty years, and in that time I haven’t noticed a Mrs. Templar in the picture. You know, cooking your meals, sewing buttons on your shirts, keeping your bed warm at night."

Clearly unfazed by my outburst, Simon grinned. And you are thinking about who is keeping my bed warm at night because…?

Embarrassment slammed into my chest and sent rushes of heat up my neck into my cheeks. That’s not what I meant….

Simon shrugged. Hey, don’t sweat it. I long-ago decided against marriage. Figured if I got married I’d have to feed a family and continue working fourteen-hour days in the police force until they kicked me out at sixty-five. Instead of which, I’m already retired and doing exactly what I want with my life. Not many fifty-two-year-old men can say they spend their days playing golf, going to the track to have a bet on the doggies, and putting in a mere two or three hours work a day writing Crime Reports for a newspaper.

I leant forward and studied my friend’s crinkly, weather-beaten face. But are you happy, Simon?

Happy? What did I just tell you? Clean the wax out of your ears and listen, woman. I’m doing exactly what I want with my life. If that’s not being happy, tell me what is?

But are you lonely?

Why should I be? I do what I want, when I want, and with whom I want. The odd time I feel like talking to someone other than my ditzy cockatoo, I go down to the pub and have a few beers with my mates. Does that sound like the life of a lonely man?

I let out a sigh. Actually it did. And I knew exactly where Simon was coming from. I’d been there. In fact, it was strange how alike we two were.

But not anymore.

A couple of days ago, like a lightning strike, reality had come smashing in on me. At the end of this week I had a birthday I was not, repeat not, looking forward to. I was going to turn fifty. Yes, fifty! As a pimply teenager, I remembered smirking at a school teacher who’d just celebrated her fiftieth birthday and thinking, geez, the woman’s on her last legs—probably won’t see out the night.

Now…next Saturday…I’d be fifty.

And what did I have to show for those fifty years? A small two-bedroom cottage on the outskirts of Gawler. A job I was not qualified to do. Two long-term, failed relationships that left me believing I was crap in bed. And a complete collection of Janet Evanovich books in my bookcase.

Definitely time to lasso a second toothbrush for my bathroom plus a partner to my fluffy pink Hers towel.

When I mentioned my latest goal to Suzy, my sister Penny’s eldest daughter, she’d jumped in with her shiny Gucci boots and organized a date for me with a guy from her work. Okay, I’d be the first to admit a blind date wasn’t exactly what I’d had in mind when I decided to go on a hunt for a graying-at-the-temples older version of Hugh Jackman, but even if I went through an online dating service or trawled the nightclubs, the guy would still be a stranger. This way, at least Suzy knew him.

Craig from Accounts.

Hmm…pity he wasn’t Craig from Advertising, or better yet, Craig from a Modeling Agency. I’d flunked Math at school and even now, when numbers spilled over into the hundreds, I reached for the nearest calculator. Might make it a tad difficult to discuss his job with any expertise. Still, Craig from Accounts might do a lot of reading in his spare time and I’d be happy to spend the date discussing the latest Nora Roberts novel with him.

Dani, all I’m saying is, be careful. Okay? Simon’s hand reached for mine. If I didn’t know the man better I’d be inclined to think he actually gave a damn. I was in the police force for thirty-two years, the last ten in homicide and believe me, there’s lots of crazies out there cashing in on the dating game. Monsters who get their kicks out of hurting women; guys with the face of an angel and hearts so black and evil, they’re off-the-planet dangerous. One wrong word and the serrated-edged knife they’ve been using to cut up their steak, somehow ends up cutting out your liver.

I jerked my hand away from his. "Simon, stop it! You’re scaring me. Craig works in Accounts for God’s sake. It is a well-known fact that people who work with numbers are quiet and conservative."

"Ever heard of Number Seven?"

Tentatively, I shook my head. I really did not want to hear about Number Seven.

Well, he was a number cruncher by day and a head cruncher by night. Always left the number seven hacked into the chest of his female victims after he’d finished battering them to death with a hammer. Simon’s eyes had come alive, his voice that of a spooky storyteller. Yeah, he breathed. "Real quiet and conservative was our Number Seven."

That’s it, I snarled as I rubbed at the pesky goose-bumps peppering my arms. I’m not hanging around listening to any more of your grisly police yarns, Templar. You’re just doing this to piss me off. I’m outta here.

I made a grab for my tote bag and scowled at my grinning nemesis before stomping towards the front door. If there was any justice on this earth, Simon’s ditzy cockatoo would keep him awake tonight screeching every one of the foul cuss words learned from his master.

2

Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Dressed in my one and only little black dress with a red belt and matching open-toed sandals, I perched on the edge of a chair inside Erika’s Eatery and waited for Craig to arrive.

My face felt like a slice of lasagna that’s been left out in the sun too long. You know, hot, dried out, throat clogged with what felt like lumps of dirt. Closing my eyes, I grabbed a quick steadying breath and let it out slowly to the count of ten. The hot flush I was experiencing had nothing to do with menopause and all to do with bloody Simon and his creepy Number Seven story.

Voices rose and fell around me, yet I scarcely heard them. Enticing food smells emanated from the kitchen without producing one single drop of saliva. Acting like a secret agent from one of those spy comics my brother Rob used to read as a kid, I lowered the newspaper shielding my face and peered over the top.

Okay, perhaps I was overreacting, but after Simon’s warning of monsters and crazies using the dating game as a springboard for violence, I wasn’t prepared to take any chances. If I waited for Craig at our prearranged meeting place outside the restaurant, I could end up with a blood-filled hole where my liver used to be. So…my plan was to observe from inside and if my date looked remotely shifty, sneak out the back door and run like hell.

From my position at a table-for-four by the window, I studied the steady flow of people-traffic motoring along the footpath outside. They came in all shapes and sizes. Hurrying, dragging their feet, alone, in groups, scowling, smiling, chattering, stressed-out, laid-back. All heading for who knew where. I’ve always enjoyed people-watching, but tonight, on edge, I had eyes for only one person…

Craig from Accounts.

What about that gorgeous dark-haired Latino in the silver-grey suit? Damn…didn’t stop. Oh well, Latin lovers, as well as being hot and passionate, were also known for having a short fuse. Oh! Uh! Creepy guy with scraggly beard and voluminous black coat approaching. Slowing down. Scratching bum….

Lowering my newspaper I leaned forward on the balls of my feet, ready for a quick getaway. The bearded guy had stopped and was looking around. Heart beating faster than a pneumatic drill on a road-works program, I pulled away from the window and flattened my body against the back of my chair.

Please God, if that’s Craig don’t let him see me.

It wasn’t until Creepy Guy stumbled over to the gutter, stomped hard on an empty drink can, shoved it into a pocket inside his long, dragging overcoat, and moved off down the street, that I released a rasping sigh.

I owe you one, God. And I promise to stop stealing Simon’s Mars bars from his desk drawer and blaming his age-related loss of memory for their disappearance. That is, of course, unless I’m having a raging hot flush at the time and need a chocolate fix in a hurry.

This