Once again it’s time to inflict a little blatant self-promotion on my friends. Originally, I had planned to post just the back-of-the-book excerpt of my new mystery, The Desert Hedge Murders, but then I decided to show off that rattlesnake skin background as well. So I scanned the book cover, then cropped off the bottom with the bar code to save space. Here it is:
Retired Florida judge Sylvia Thorn escorts her elderly mother’s travel club to the gambling city of Laughlin, Nevada, but before the ladies are even settled in their hotel rooms, one of them finds a body in her bathtub. The innocent weekend of gambling and ghost-hunting turns into a frantic search for the connection between the dead man and the Florida Flippers, until one of their own disappears and the relationship becomes clear. From flamboyant Marianne Gruber, whose husband was killed by a three-legged alligator, to lottery winner Diane Chacon, author of a sexy novel for the older generation, the ladies try their hand at crime solving.
Finally FBI agent Damon Falls, the younger man in Sylvia’s life, calls a halt to the Flippers’ investigation. Once the elder group is under control, Sylvia teams up with the mysterious Patsy Strump, a last minute addition to the Flippers’ vacation, and they do a little sleuthing of their own. In the touristy ghost town of Oatman, Arizona, and an after hours tour of the Lone Cactus Gold Mine, Sylvia and Patsy find clues … and trouble.
Sylvia’s brother, reluctant clairvoyant Willie Grisseljon, and her father, alarmed at what Willie sees unfold in his visions, abandon their bachelor weekend in Florida and fly to the rescue. The Desert Hedge Murders is full of plot twists, complicated by mistaken identities, secrets and lies, and the energetic and often crazy antics of the Florida Flippers.
In September, I’ll be giving away a couple of books from this blog and from my website. There will be plenty of advance warning, which will give you the chance to participate . . . or run screaming in the other direction. Stay tuned.