The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

By Kate Ellison

Penelope (Lo) Marin has continually enjoyed to gather appealing issues. Her dad's consulting activity potential she's grown up relocating from one rundown urban to the subsequent, and she's realized to manage by means of gathering (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each one new place--possessions that permit her to consider at the very least a few semblance of home.

But within the yr considering that her brother Oren's loss of life, Lo's hoarding has blossomed right into a full-blown, possibly harmful obsession. She discovers a stunning, vintage butterfly pendant in the course of a regimen scour at a weekend flea marketplace, and acknowledges it as having been stolen from the house of a lately murdered lady identified merely as "Sapphire"--a lady quite a few years older than Lo. As ordinary whilst Lo starts off to obsess over whatever, she can't get the homicide out of her mind.

As she makes an attempt to piece jointly the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the not likely support of a highway artist named Flynt, Lo quick reveals herself stuck up in a seedy, violent underworld a lot in the direction of domestic than she ever imagined--a international, she'll eventually notice, which could carry the major to her brother's tragic loss of life.

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The Spackle keep their distance from me as best they can while I work. Which, I gotta say, is okay by me. Cuz I find I can’t really look ’em in the eyes. I keep my head down and carry on shovelling. indd 63 18/03/2013 13:09 or cooks but one of the Mayor’s first orders was for everyone to keep ’em locked away in their homes till the army collected ’em last night while I slept. “People had ’em living in their back gardens,” Davy says, watching me shovel as the morning turns to afternoon, eating what’s sposed to be lunch for both of us.

This is a democracy, Todd,” he sighs. ” “No idea,” I say, still looking, still not finding. ” I look at him. ” His eyes flash at me. “ You are either forgetting or do not know that we already fought a great war, a war to end all wars, at just about the time you would have been born. ” He sighs again. ” He rests his head against the brick. “Not everything is black and white, Todd. ” “But what if–” Ker-thunk. The lock on the door slides back and Mr Collins enters, pistol pointed. He looks straight at Mayor Ledger.

Indd 30 18/03/2013 13:09 hiding in their houses, so quiet they might be dead. Not one of them lifting a hand to save theirselves from what’s coming, hoping if they’re meek enough, if they’re weak enough, then the monster won’t eat ’em. This is where we spent all our time running to. I see movement down on the square, a shadow flitting, but it’s only a dog. Home, home, home, I can just about hear him think. Home, home, home. Dogs don’t got the problems of people. Dogs can be happy any old time. I take a minute to breathe away the tightness that comes over my chest, the water in my eyes.

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