Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Justice Perverted by Dee Wilbur: Guest Post and Excerpt



Let’s get started with an introduction. Dee Wilbur is a combination of two authors: Beatrice Dee Pipes and Charles Wilbur Yates, Jr. We write under the pseudonym of Dee Wilbur, a combination of our middle names. (Beatrice Charles sounded too much like a blues singer.) We started writing together when Charlie retired from his life as a radiologist and spent too much time re-arranging the items in his wife’s kitchen.

The first question people usually ask is, “Are you married?” The correct answer is “Yes, we are, but not to each other.” Dee has been married to her husband Bryan for thirty-five years, and Charlie has been married to Sally for fifty years.

People always ask how you choose what to write about. It’s simple. You have to write about what you know. Now Dee is a business woman, running her own successful consulting firm after a number of years in the computer industry. She holds two patents in the computer area from when she worked at Compaq Computer. Charlie, on the other hand, was a radiologist (think reads X-rays and uses radioisotopes) for thirty years. He now tends a vegetable garden. So obviously we don’t write about computers, x-rays, or gardening.

But we both grew up in small Texas towns. And we know the flavor of that life, where everyone knows everyone else’s business. So we have chosen to write about life in Richmond, Texas, a small town of about eleven thousand on the Texas Gulf coast. Things move at a different pace in Richmond. Richmond had the same mayor for over sixty years until he died in his early nineties. But not to worry. His sixty year-old wife was appointed to fill his unexpired term and is now running for re-election.

Government in Richmond is based on the age-old premise: The government governs best that governs least. Richmond has low taxes and virtually no debt. The town was founded in 1821 by colonists brought by Stephen F. Austin—the Old Three Hundred. Many of their descendants still live in the area and are prominent members of the community. Richmond was long noted for its many brothels which served both the Texans commanded by Sam Houston and the Mexican army led by Santa Anna as they marched to the battle of San Jacinto.

So we have imagined characters that we hope fit into the spirit of Richmond. Jon, a laid-back country lawyer who is smarter than he lets on, Sandy, his beautiful wife who is also very smart, Maureen, the major domo of the office who knows all the secrets of all the residents of old Richmond, and Daphne, a sassy, classy black legal secretary with two sons, make up the major characters. Your friends may not act the way our characters do, but this is the way people in Richmond act.

Hope you enjoy meeting them and visiting Richmond.

Justice Perverted by Dee Wilbur
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Series: The Richmond Saga
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Medical Mystery, Beach Read  
Sandy dozed intermittently with her head on Jon’s shoulder as they headed west on IH10. She thought about the changes that had just occurred in her life: her father’s death, quitting her teaching job in New Orleans, and packing all her belongings into the moving truck she was riding in. Her mind raced to the changes that were to come: her marriage to Jon, moving to the town of Richmond, Texas, and the effect that the community would have on her—and she would have on the community. She could not have foreseen the arrest of Jon’s partner for murder, the teenage marijuana ring, or the complete perversion of justice about to take place.

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“What’s the bit about everybody wanting to know about his autopsy? His wife called last night and demanded an autopsy. The sheriff himself came in this morning and wanted to know if there was an autopsy. It looks to me like we had a drunk driver who failed to make a curve. I mean there was Jack Daniels all over the cab and him. Lordy, it smelled like a distillery there. We had them take the body down to Galveston during the night. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston does all our autopsies. I don’t know how far behind they are so it might take weeks.”
Jon grimaced. “What’s the matter, Jon?” asked the Chief Deputy.
“I think this may be a murder. You may need to speed them up on that autopsy.”
At that moment a young clerk brought in a lab slip to the chief deputy. “A tech from the hospital just brought this over. He said he thought it was important.”
“What is it?” scowled the Chief Deputy.
“It’s a blood alcohol level on Duane Belchner.”

About the Authors:
Beatrice Dee Pipes and Charles Wilbur Yates, Jr. write under the pen name Dee Wilbur, a combination of their middle names. This is their second work of fiction. A Texas native, Dee Pipes grew up in a small Texas town. Her degree from Rice University is a B.A. in English. She currently runs a company that helps other companies with marketing, project management, and other tasks. She has been married to her husband Bryan for thirty years. Also a native Texan, Charles Yates, Jr., was also reared in a small Texas town. He graduated from Rice University in Houston with a B.A. and Ph.D. in Biology. He received the M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He has been married to his wife Sally for forty-five years. They have four adult sons and six grandchildren. He now tends his garden in Richmond, Texas.  
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