Kelli's mystery, "Diamonds" was published in issue #14 of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. In this story, a sneaky thief gets more
than he bargains for!
An Excerpt from Diamonds:
Vinnie heard the barking as soon as he stepped out
of the car. He unlocked the back door to the blue house and strolled into the
kitchen, ignoring the eager-looking beagle he was supposed to feed.
He wandered through the small Cape-Cod style home,
surveyed the furnishings, and shrugged. Middle class. Ordinary. Sometimes he
got lucky, sometimes not. Either way, he had a pretty decent racket going.
According to the stat sheet his cousin Louie had given him, Maggie Collins
would be out of town until Tuesday.
As a part-time worker for his cousin’s pet-sitting
service, he was able to case houses, pick up whatever spare cash might be lying
around, find jewelry to pawn, and even watch cable TV.
The pet-sitting assignments
kept him busy in several counties, and he made sure never to hit more than one
house per town. Usually, he lifted small objects that no one would miss right
away. Some people owned so much crap that they never noticed when things went