Hi, I'm Callie Johnson, heroine of All in the Family. I'm a cop. Well, I was a cop until the Mayor of Smytheville called and said Jim Landry, the current Police Chief, was retiring and did I want the job. Did I? Talk about a dream come true.
I'd wanted to come back to Smytheville for some time. Big city life wasn't what it was cracked up to be. Besides, I missed my family, crazy as they were. So of course I accepted.
I really thought coming back to Smytheville as the new Chief of Police would be a piece of cake. I mean, really, nothing much happens in a small town. At least that’s what I thought when I lived there.
Boy was I in for a surprise. One of the first things I ran into was my grandmother had been accused of murder, no less.
Not that the present chief believed it. Not for a minute. Besides being a judge, the chief was sweet on Gram. He’d been trying to talk her into retiring for a long time, but Gram wouldn't budge.
Of course, it didn't faze Gram a bit bugging me to get married. Her and everyone and their brother. Especially my aunts. One in particular. Aunt Beatrice Lulu. That woman tried to fix me up with every single man she came across. How she managed to talk them into meeting me, I’ll never know.
Thing is, even though she vouched for them, she never bothered to check them out. Heck, one was even married.
No matter how I begged, she wouldn't quit. Encouraged by her sisters, Aunt Emma and Aunt Lottie, she continued to bring to bring these men around. Even after I told them I met someone, she wouldn't quit. Why they felt the need for me to get married is beyond me. And it wasn't just her. My mom and my sister encouraged them.
My aunts are something else. Actually the whole family is. From my grandmother, mother, to my sister. But the aunts, well, let’s just say they’re special. A more fun loving group you’ll never find. The things those ladies think to do. But I can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the book.
Back to thinking being Police Chief was going to be easy – I couldn't have been more wrong. From vandalism to kidnapping, from drunk and disorderly to murder, even an attack on me, I had my work cut out for me.
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