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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Author 2016- Ilona Fridl

Things I'm Thankful For-The Military

Since this is the day before Veteran's Day, I want to thank all the men and women who laid their lives on the line so we can have the freedoms we do. There have been a number of veterans in my family starting with the Revolution. My father met my mother during WWII. He was stationed in Ft. Lee, Virginia and she worked in the USO. My husband was in the Navy in Vietnam.

I love the way people are now thanking vets for their service. When my husband came back from Nam, he wasn't treated with respect. He said this doesn't entirely make up for it, but it helps.

To all veterans, I give a heartfelt thank you!

A naked man in a graveyard… Detectives Amos and Sarah Darcy have dealt with quite a few unusual mysteries, but who cut down the naked man in the graveyard with a broadsword at midnight? When Sheriff Sam Lindsey calls on them to help solve the murder, Sarah risks her life to go undercover into a world of spiritualism and crime to find the murderer and the motive.
Around two 'o clock that afternoon, Sam came in to see them. “Well, we know who the man is. He was identified by his wife and brother. He's Abner Wells and works as a bookkeeping clerk at First National Bank.”
Amos stroked his mustache. “That doesn't sound like a wild-eyed pagan to me. Did you get a chance to question his wife?”
“She's Lidia and was quite upset as you may guess. I asked her if she knew about the spiritualist group and she didn't know anything about it.”
“How about his brother?”
“His brother is Calvin Wells. He's a liner captain working for a passenger company and he said he never heard of a group like that.”
Sarah was silent for a moment. “It's possible she's covering up something. Seems to me if a model citizen was involved in a group like that, they wouldn't want it general knowledge what they were doing.”
Sam glanced at her. “You may be right. I'm going to the bank to question people who knew Wells there. Since you're doing all this research on spiritualism, could you find a way to get into one of these groups?”
Sarah thought for a moment. “Maybe it would be better for me to work undercover. Amos would still be well known in the community.”
Amos studied her. “As long as they don't try to sacrifice you. Then I will have something to say.”
“I could disguise myself. Kata could help me with that.” Her cousin worked in costuming at the Golden North theater.
Sam nodded. “If you do, keep me informed of where you go and what you do. That way we can keep an eye on you.”

Sarah sobered. “Yes, we know it can be dangerous, don't we?”
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Ilona Fridl, author
A transplanted Californian who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Mark, and a well-worn computer. This is her first novella and has six novels with The Wild Rose Press.


  1. I agree. We owe our freedoms to those who put their lives on the line for our country. What a beautiful history of service in yours.

  2. Thank you, Charlotte! And a thank you to Angela for this great opportunity to give thanks before Thanksgiving Day.

  3. Thank you for reminding us, Ilona! I totally agree! All the best. :)

  4. Two of my nephews are marines/former marines. One of them was at the Pentagon on 9/11. Thank goodness for all those who have the courage to serve!

  5. Great post. We are a military family of four generations who have served or are still serving. I just read a post: "If you have food to eat, thank a farmer. If you can eat in peace, thank a soldier." With Veterans Day tomorrow, I enjoyed your timely post!

  6. We all need the reminder not to take our liberty for granted when some individuals sacrificed so much. I'm glad now our country speaks of veterans with the respect they deserve. Thanks for your post!