Dead on the Fourth of July (David Dean Mysteries) (Chapter V, page 1 of 10)


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Fred O'Connor, dressed to the nines in a dapper suit, pink shirt, bow tie and sporting a boutonniere, asked Dean if his iron was broken when he took one look at his stepson's new but wrinkled slacks. Dean paid no mind that the old man wasn't in the know about the latest Hollywood styles and so informed him. He took an arm of each of the fashionable ladies and paraded one block uptown to Main Street, nodding to potential voters and ignoring the comments Fred muttered behind him that he looked like the crinkled cousin from Hicksville. But his attire was forgotten as soon as the quartet entered the Buen Tiempo, Ouray's popular Mexican restaurant. The restaurant was Martha's choice, but there were no dissenters. They all enjoyed the Main Street eatery, next to the newly renovated Beaumont Hotel, the queen's-castle of the Victorian town.

The Buen, as everyone referred to it, was located in a hundred year old structure previously known as the Scott-Humphries Building, which had remained vacant for over twenty-five years. The restaurant was a recent and welcome addition. Like many of Ouray's Victorian buildings, it had previously housed a variety of mercantile businesses-a dry goods establishment, a drug store- during the times the town was a thriving, self-sustained community. The Buen was nearly full, but as the season crept toward the Fourth of July and the heart of summer, finding a dinner seat anywhere in Ouray would often require patience. After a short wait, the four were seated in a booth and began to work on chips and salsa as the adults ordered drinks.

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