Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.
I usually get three questions from my parents’ friends: Am I dating anyone? Am I still in school? Have I found a real job? So I had a strategy this year, I would bob and weave my way through this thing, never landing in one place long enough to answer awkward questions. Make the greetings and move on.
So far, I’d been pretty successful. Then my mother suddenly appeared at my side, her hand wrapped around the bicep of an average-looking man in his thirties.
“James Benchley, I’d like you to meet my youngest daughter, Rosalyn.”
“Hello, Rosalyn, it’s nice to meet you.” He held out his hand.
Oh crap, a set up. I smiled. “You too, James.”
“Your mother tells me you’re a student.”
I raised my brows. “She did?” Usually she liked to hide the fact I’d been in school for the past six years and still didn’t have my Bachelor’s.
“I’m a big believer in continuing your education. Going for your doctorate, that’s impressive.”
I raised a brow at my mother. “Thank you.”
Her smile hardened. “I told James how important your studies are to you, dear. James is a financial planner.”
“You don’t say?”
When a roaming waiter presented us with a tray of salmon and dill covered cucumber slices, James’ attention was diverted. My mother leaned closer.
“He’s divorced, no kids, and has a decent job. Be nice,” she hissed in my ear. “Enjoy the party, James,” she said in a loud voice.
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Terri L. Austin lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo. She’s the author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends—a Rose Strickland Mystery. “Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” Kirkus Reviews
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