Meeting and discovering new writers is always fun. That is another one of the many reasons I enjoy writing this blog so much. The different stories about the authors are as fun as the new books they introduce. This week's featured author is Wendy Kendall. She tells us she has a passion for purses (always near and dear to my heart since my mother absolutely loved purses) as well as writing.
Her new cozy mystery Kat out of the Bag is the first book of the In Purse-Suit Mystery Series, and it introduces us to a wonderful new heroine, Katherine Watson, who is an international purse designer/sleuth. Let's hear more about her book and Purrada Cat who is featured in her mystery.
Celebrated international purse designer Katherine Watson hosts a gala for her Purse-onality Museum. She never expected the next day's headline to read: 'Murder at the Gala Premiere.' But after a dead body is found during the event, that's exactly what happened. Working to solve the murder, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner, Hobbs. Although Holmes and Watson disagree often, they discover an undeniable attraction building between them. But they'll have to put their feelings on hold and focus on solving the murder, before Katherine becomes the killer's next knock off.
Sounds like an engrossing book that might be great for , right? Let's get an excerpt
“There's an officer nearby. We'll alert him. Hold the line.”
Katherine was worried by the operator's monotone. Did she understand the urgency? Katherine watched in disbelief as the shadow figure moved toward the shed attached to the waterwheel. Too late, she thought to get a picture after the person disappeared inside the shed.
“Oh no,” Katherine muttered. She spoke into the phone, “Hurry. I think it's the killer, maybe looking for something left behind? Hello?” Had the operator hung up?
“Yes, the officer is on the way. Please stay on the line.” The operator's voice now sounded bored.
A sharp ray of light from inside the shed cut through the darkness. The light jumped around. Sweat collected on Katherine's upper lip as she imagined the killer looking through her things for something, maybe critical evidence. Fear gave way to irritation at the invasion. Irritation gave way to anger. Someone had to stop that killer from removing whatever incriminating thing so critical it had driven a return to the scene of the crime. Katherine wanted to scream. Where were the police? Maybe MJ was right about them. She pressed against the French doors. The light in the shed went out. Her breath caught in her throat. The silhouette walked out of the shed toward the alley leading to the maze that burrowed throughout Bayside and beyond.
Katherine spoke gruffly and fast, “Hello. Where's your officer? The suspect is getting away.”
“Ma'am, please stay calm and hang on the line. They're on the way.
Okay! Don't you just want to read on? This is a book that might be a great way to spend those summer hours reading! If you would like to know more about her books or get in touch with Wendy, here are the links:
Thank you, Wendy, for being my guest today and introducing us to your new book. Any comments or questions for Wendy?