A Leena O’Neil Mystery

Disappearing Act is another fast-paced Orca Rapid Read.

For a complete list go to:


“Sometimes a quick, easy read is just what you need.”

                                                --Randee Baty

                                       Goodreads Bookshelves: librarything, mystery-pi

Disappearing Act is an Orca Rapid Read book. A short, high-interest, easy to read page-turner of a novel perfect for busy readers always on the go, ESL students, and adult literacy programs.

In this short except from Chapter One Leena is listening to a radio interview of a detective who specializes in finding missing persons. At this point he offers advice on the best way to disappear without a trace.

Something Leena did without really trying.


So far, no one had reported me missing. But to be fair, they may not have noticed I was gone. Mother always said I was too quiet for my own good. Maybe she was right.

“Four,” the detective continued. “Never call your mother, girlfriend, sister or anyone else from a traceable phone. Never.”

“Okay. Got that covered.” I knew what would happen if I called my mother. She’d put me on hold. Either that or ask me to call back later. Same for my sister. Been there. Done that.

My back pocket blared out a Rhino ringtone. I grabbed my phone on the second ring. Stared at the screen. Gina! Typical. I say my sister would never talk to me, and two seconds later she’s proving me wrong. Gina was always the perfect one. The sister who could do no wrong, who was never too quiet. Gina was the smart one with the perfect career, the perfect husband, the perfect life. If Gina went missing, everyone would notice.

The phone rang again, shivering in my hand. My finger hovered over the screen. Push up to answer. Push down to decline. I dropped the phone on the table and sprinted over to the radio. Switched it off.

    My phone rang a fourth and final time. I remained by the radio--tense, waiting. Finally, I sauntered back. Picked up the phone.

Now Gina needs to disappear. But why should Leena help the sister who never took a moment to look for her when she walked away from home  three years ago?