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Mystery Author - Patrick Ian O'Donnell
Stories of Crime and Detection
Stories of Crime and Detection


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Announcing two new books:
Hollywood Cadets
Black-Foxe Military Institute was part of the Hollywood scene from its founding in 1929 until its closure in 1968. Over the course of its short history, sons of many Hollywood personalities attended the school, where they and other cadets, most, but not all, from well-to-do families, received a an excellent education. This short volume attempts to capture the essence of Black-Foxe through the years with historical notes, anecdotes, and photographs . Readers are given the opportunity to learn about what is perhaps a forgotten part of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Death of an Oysterman
Veteran homicide detective Blake Moyer comes out of retirement to join the police force in San Amaro, a small town on the Central California coast. On Moyer’s first day on the job, George Garfield, owner of the Mollusks R Us oyster farm is murdered. 

A growing group of would-be environmentalists have been protesting against the oyster farm under the mistaken assumption that the activity was harmful to the ecology of the bay. The protest was begun by Sally Wicks a well-meaning, but ill-informed old time San Amaro resident. Demonstrations against the oyster farm heat up significantly when Jerry Lambert, Sally’s ne’er do-well grandnephew arrives in town. 

Moyer aided by a young officer, Liam McNamara, assigned as his partner, sets out to discover who killed Garfield. As they get into their investigation of Garfield’s murder, the detectives are faced with a series of related crimes including shoplifting, burglary, dope dealing, and political corruption before they finally learn who killed George Garfield.

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Gie Me Not the Gift

O Wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

From Robert Burns’ poem “To a Louse, On Seeing One On a Lady’s Bonnet, At Church.”

Whoa a minute, Mr. Burns,
Your prayer gives me grave concerns.
Of me, others could have a different take,
Making me seem a hopeless fake.

Where I see a paragon of wise frugality,
Others may see a cheap-skate mentality.
While I see myself as an eloquent rose,
Others could see me as just plain verbose.
While I know I am precise and right,
Others may think I’m just up-tight.
An open mind is my depiction,
Others might say I lack conviction.
I know I’m a member of the scholarly class,
Yet others may see me as a pedantic jackass.

So, Robbie, your lousy prayer scheme,
Could destroy my fragile self-esteem.
I send your advice to the circular file,
And continue along in abject denial.

Pat O’Donnell
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Verse for 4/16/12 (a bit late posting this)

Homonym and homophone are different terms you know,
To differentiate between them is not an easy row to hoe.
So we’ll lump them both together whether spelled the same or not
Heads up now and listen. Don’t get caught sleeping on your cot.

As we continue our lesson, we’ll paint a scene you may have seen
There’s an unshorn lamb and mother ewe gamboling on the green.
Gambling that you will hang about, as we go on to rhyme with glee,
We’ll imagine a frozen morning rime on those sheep’s bucolic lea.

Cynics who’ve grown weary of the present undertaking,
Don’t groan and carry on as if your ear by now is aching.
Those who like what here is writ, don’t fawn with too much zest,
A faun, in an ancient Roman wood, would not be that impressed.

Now a set of homonyms with more letters than the others,
Salt and pepper are the seasons most used by cooking mothers.
They use them in all seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
If they fail to add a dash of each, our dinner ‘tis a bummer.

Verse like this should be outlawed, or maybe we should levy a fee,
Or perhaps leave the poet on the levee to wait for the Robert E. Lee.

Pat O’Donnell
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A Carnivorous Tale
Peerless Patsy Pettibone was a committed carnivore
Her vegan neighbor, Sally Smith, she truly did abhor.

All the vegans, Patsy felt were a heartless heathen bunch,
Consuming helpless vegetables for dinner and for lunch.

Patsy penned a long account of what a vegan swallows.
A précis of that disgusting list is what herein next follows.

Vegans dig up carrots from their nurturing good soil,
And eat them raw or maybe worse, bring them to a boil.

Zucchini, peppers, and egg plant never harmed a soul
Yet they end up as ratatouille in a vegan’s dinner bowl

Poor defenseless lettuce taken from peaceful beds,
They carry home from market and bite into their heads.

One Saturday the vegans held a rally on the green,
‘Twas a carnivore’s sworn duty for one to intervene.

Neighbor Sally was in charge of the gathering that day,
For she was the vegan leader much to Patty P’s dismay.

Pat set out in her gray mink coat, in its pocket was a bulge,
Scorn for the vegan’s evil cause she determined to indulge.

While Sally told her followers to stay their path and walk it
The daring Patsy Pettibone pulled a spray can from that pocket

If you’ve paid attention, I’m sure you know the rest,
Patsy quickly sprayed the paint on Sally’s linen vest.

Pat O’Donnell
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New Book of Short Stories
From all over the world, the Gold Rush and the years that followed brought numerous people from varying backgrounds to the towns of the California mother lode. They came for a multitude of reasons, hope for wealth being only one. For all of them unanticipated opportunities as well as unforeseen disappointments awaited.

O'Donnell's new book explores life during the California Gold Rush in seven fascinating stories:

The Constable of Angels, Suzanna and the Banker, Freedom Papers, Come Away With Me, Cheung Wei and Charlie, The Reverend Mulcaster, and The Saloon Girl.

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Available in Kindle format for Desktop, iOS and Android.
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Pat O'Donnell's books are available on for Kindle and the Kindle app for iOS, Android and Desktop computers.
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