From Constancy's Waltz by Donna H. Parker
We are honored to have with us today Danny Egan from Fraserton, Missouri. Welcome. Danny.
Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I emigrated with my family from Ireland to the Missouri Ozarks when I was eleven. My father, who is now deceased, worked in law enforcement all of his working life. I followed in his footsteps.
I hear you're also an accomplished musician.
Yes, I started playing the fiddle when I was twelve. Ive been known to play just about anything from old-time fiddle to some pieces I've composed myself.
Why is solving this case so important to you?
When people die as these victims died, you know you're dealing with a soul that has embraced evil. And you know the killing won't stop until that evil is neutralized. Murder victims have no voice to confront and bring to justice the ones who took their lives. We're here to do that for them.
What made this case so hard to solve?
A personal distraction I neither wanted nor expected.
Did anyone outside of the police department help you solve this case?
Don't tell my superiors I said this, but we rarely could solve any case without the help--intentional or unintentional--of men and women outside of law enforcement. We had both kinds of help with this case.
Has this case affected your personal life in any way?
[laughs] It has knocked me off my feet in more ways than one--all of them the fault of a clumsy, awkwardly-named teacher called Constancy Grace Stafford. You just don't know the damage that woman has done to me.
Thank you, Danny, for talking with us. Maybe next time you can bring your fiddle and play something you wrote.
Donna (D.H.) Parker, a native of the Missouri Ozarks, has seven published novels to her credit. Constancy's Waltz in one of her books from the "Fiddling With Murder" cozy series. For more information on her or any of her books visit her website at http://donnaparker.w4aw.org or her blog at http://dhparker.wordpress.com.