A Secret Grave 67: Basket of Mysteries

 

So now I had several mysteries going at once:  

What had happened to Victor’s portrait?

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Where was Caroline?

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What was the story with Betsy’s purported sister, Janet Johnson?

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And, of course, mystery of mysteries: What had befallen poor Victor in the first place?

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Crime-scene-murder-weapon.jpg, r. nial bradshaw, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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I decided to start with Betsy’s sister, currently the most interesting and perplexing. In case you forgot, here’s her message to me from early December:

I don’t know what Betsy in your portrait “Caught Off Guard” has told you about herself but you can be sure most of it is lies. She is not who she says she is. I’m her sister, so I should know.

- Janet K. Johnson

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Betsy (Caught Off Guard)

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She sent the message via my website. I answered it at once:

Dear Janet, Thank you so much for contacting me. I didn’t know Betsy had a sister. I’d be curious to know more.

I emailed that three weeks ago, and still haven’t heard back. Of course we’ve just had Christmas and New Year’s, so a lot’s been going on. When I looked up Janet K. Johnson on Facebook, there were a ton of them and I didn’t have time to befriend and query each one. Frankly, I was so busy with holiday stuff that I forgot about it.

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My kids and their partners with George & me at the Driskill

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But I ran into Betsy at a party last week and wanted to immediately rush up and interrogate her about possible siblings. Instead I gave her a hug. She was in her usual cute little fascinator hat and batted her eyes at me from behind the scanty black veil. “Hey,” I said after we’d wished one another a happy new year. “I’ve been meaning to mention this to you. There was a lady at Art Basel who recognized you from your portrait.”

“Who?” she said, her face turning a worrisome chalky white.

“I don’t know. She spoke to Alicia’s assistant. Maybe you have a sister?”

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To be continued…

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