Sure. It's True Believer by Nicholas Sparks, in chapter 8. Here is the paragraph:
He’d hoped that Doris would have some insight, but it just so happened that she wasn’t around, either. Off at the accountant’s, they said, but she’d be back in a little while. Which, of course, didn’t help him at all, since his lunch break was almost over, and he couldn’t exactly wait around for her. And besides, she’d probably deny knowing anything about it. << maximum of 4 sentences >>
I guess it's a phrase or idiom that I don't understand. Thank you in advance.
Thank you so much for the explanation. It's pretty simple, isn't it? But I was thinking something else, and just couldn't get out of it. With your sentences, I see it makes perfect sense. So really appreciate it.