Carter McDade and when the dream job becomes a nightmare by Laura Bradford

Fiona Renoir is the bane of my existence. Truly. She took what was my dream hair/make up job at the local theater house and turned it into a nightmare. She’s difficult, ornery, entitled, and, well, take your pick.

However, with the exception of my best friend, Tobi Tobias (whom I tell everything), and her grandfather, Stu (if you met him, you’d know why), I’ve bitten my tongue and kept my feelings for Fiona to myself. But she pushed me over the cliff the day she was cast as Rapunzel and refused to let me color her hair blonde. She told me to “just get a wig.”

A wig, can you believe it?!?!?

I wish I could chalk up her lunacy to some sort of mental breakdown, but I can’t. Fiona Renoir refused my hair dressing prowess for one reason and one reason only: to be cruel.

So, to make a long story short, I kind of unleashed six months of pent-up anger on her the other day. And trust me when I say, I held nothing back.

I told her she was a shrew.
I told her no one liked her.
I told her she’d make a lousy Rapunzel.
Et cetera.
Et cetera.
Et cetera.

To say my little hissy fit felt a-mazing would be the understatement of epic proportions.

But here’s the thing; when I finished my tirade, I turned around to find her uncle (aka my boss) standing not more than a foot away. And, yes, he heard. Every. Last. Word.

Yup. My days are numbered at the theater. Unless I can figure out a way to neutralize Fiona. . .

You can read more about Carter in 30 Second Death, the second book in the “Tobi Tobias” mystery series.

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

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About the author
Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website:, or hang out with her on Facebook. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Kindle/Nook copy of 30 Second Death. The giveaway ends July 13, 2017. Good luck everyone!

19 responses to “Carter McDade and when the dream job becomes a nightmare by Laura Bradford

  1. Sounds like a book I would enjoy…
    Thank you for the giveaway……


  2. My mother was a stylist and yes there were many clients whose opinion about their hair was difficult to handle, so I have an insight into Fiona Renoir’s personality. Thanks for hosting Laura Bradford’s latest book on your blog and also for the giveaway.


  3. Doward Wilson

    Can’t wait to read this new series! Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. It does look good. Most every book you have listed Dru is on my TBR. I don’t do digital reads so I’m not entering the contest. I just wanted to say thanks for the heads up on all the great reads.


  5. wendynewcomb

    The cover grabbed me on this one as my mom was a ‘beautician’ as they called hair dressers many, many, years ago! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this cozy.

    wfnren at aol dot com


  6. Awesome! I love people who are brave enough to let it all out. I get flustered when I get mad. Tongue-tied.


  7. Barbara Hackel

    Wow! Sounds like an exciting book. I always knew hairdressers had to blow up sometime! They are so nice to even the nasty customers! This is a sure winner for Laura. Thanks for today’s blog Dru Ann and thanks to Laura for a chance to win a book that is definitely going on my list of must reads! 🙂


  8. Thanks for hosting me (and Carter, of course) today, Dru!


  9. That’s the challenge with letting rip with pent up frustration–you have to live with the results.


  10. Ashley Cate

    This sounds like a fun book! I’ll be adding it to my to be read pile!


  11. Sounds delightful. I’ve visited an actor friend backstage a few times – controlled chaos.


  12. This series is new to me. I really enjoy Laura’s books and I can’t wait to read this series.


  13. This series looks fun.


  14. Thank you for the chance to win


  15. Elizabeth Larson

    I love discovering new mystery series, so I’m off to buy the first Tobi Tobias. It’d be awesome to win the second one.


  16. I’d hate to have to deal with Fiona.


  17. **** WINNER ****
    30 Second Death is Doward Wilson


  18. Wow this sounds really good. Having done theater in College I know I would enjoy it. And I love Kindle ebooks…actually I have the app for both…