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A day in the life of Lori Reynolds by Teresa A. LaRue

The news sent me reeling. My sister was dead! How could this happen? When I spoke to her on the phone a few days ago, she told me someone had been playing tricks on her, but I never imagined her life would end so abruptly.

Everyone insists her fall down the stairs was an accident. But I know better. She was murdered. And I was here not only to bury her, but to find her killer. The thought that someone I knew, thought of as family, could be a cold-blooded killer, sent chills racing down my spine.

For years, I had stayed away from Oakwood and the memories it held. Mostly, I’d used work as an excuse not to show up for holidays. But the truth was, I couldn’t bear to see the only man I’d ever loved in the arms of another woman.

I have a complicated relationship with Selena, the woman who ended up with the man I was supposed to marry. After my parents died, my sister married her father and I moved in with them. For some reason, Selena got the idea that her dad liked me more than he did her. Which is ridiculous!

When I asked Trevor, my brother-in-law, about Kay’s death, he acted like I was crazy. But there was something in his eyes―fear maybe―that made me wonder if he knew more than he was saying. After floundering around on my own, I enlisted Marc, Selena’s husband, in my investigation. Though seven years have passed since I last saw him, the connection between us is still there. Which makes me realize how important it is to wrap things up and get home to my apartment in Texas.

To make the situation more complicated, there’s all this talk about a Grant family secret. Could it have anything to do with Trevor’s ex-wife moving in with us? She claims she’s only looking out for her daughter, but I don’t buy it. Where was she when Selena needed her? And why does she keep referring to my sister as “that woman”?

Even Trevor’s brother has gotten in on the act, siding with his ex and warning me to lay off the questions. Hopefully, I’ll figure out who killed my sister before someone decides to shut me up. Permanently.

You can read more about Lori in Fatal Fall, the first book in the NEW “Lori Reynolds” mystery series.

Lori Reynolds thought she’d never return to the home where she spent her teenage years, but her sister Kay’s death from a fall down a staircase, changes all that. Having recently spoken with her sister on the phone, and knowing how worried Kay had been about all the strange things happening in her house, Lori suspects that her sister’s fall was anything but an accident and she resolves to investigate. Now that she has arrived for Kay’s funeral, she is caught up in the very family battles that she had tried to avoid when she left seven years ago. From Kay’s husband, Trevor, to his daughter from a previous marriage, Selena, to Lori’s first love and now Selena’s husband, Marc, to Trevor’s brother, Derek, to Selena’s grandmother, to Trevor and Kay’s daughter, Amber, the tension runs high. Then it really explodes when Trevor’s first wife, Jocelyn, decides to make an appearance. Did any of these family members have a motive strong enough to kill Kay? And if so, what was it? Kay moves closer and closer to the truth behind her sister’s fatal fall.

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About the author
Teresa A. LaRue grew up in a small town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She’s worked as a secretary, assistant manager of an audio book store, and manager of a fashion jewelry store. She is an avid reader, gardener, and movie buff. She lives across the lake from New Orleans with her family, including a dog named Bones, and a cat named Chloe.

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A Day in the Life with Kate Spencer by Teresa LaRue

A Talent For MurderA typical day in my life . . . there’s no such thing. Not with the trouble-magnet in my life known as my mother. But maybe I should backup and introduce myself. My name is Kate Spencer. My mother Happy and I co-own the Flower Patch, a small gardening center along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While we don’t make a fortune selling plants, we do well enough to keep us in the two-story house next door.

Now I know what you’re thinking. A thirty-five year old woman still living at home–What a loser! But if you’d ever tasted my mother’s fried chicken, or had the pleasure of devouring one of her gooey chocolate brownies, you’d understand my reluctance to move out.

Though as much as I love my mother’s cooking, I could do without some of her bossiness. When she makes up her mind to do something, you’d better get out of her way or she’ll mow right over you. And when she’s riled, watch out for the banty rooster. She’s been known to bring grown men to their knees.

Then there’s my doting aunt Lula Mae who, with no children of her own, is nothing like her sister. She’s tall, big-boned, generous to a fault, and recently widowed. Lately, she’s been seeing the new man in town.

At least, she’s doing better than me in the boyfriend department. The last guy I dated took me out to dinner, then tried to sell me life insurance.

The latest trouble started when we offered a free gardening class to our clients. Everything was humming along fine until my aunt showed up with her new man. Her arch enemy, who also happened to be present and seeing the same man, flew into a into rage that ended with a bucket of ice and a pitcher of tea colliding with bodies.

The next evening, the woman got herself murdered and the charming snaked disappeared under a rock. To further complicate my life, the cop assigned to the case is an ex-boyfriend of mine, and he thinks we should get back together. Heaven help us!

Of course, being a lawman, he also “strongly suggested” we keep away from his investigation. But when every clue leads back to Lula Mae, Happy and I have no choice but to get involved. How he can think the woman who once marched into our tenth grade biology class carrying a “save the frogs” sign murdered anyone is beyond me.

Find out more about Kate’s wild ride in A Talent for Murder, the first book in the NEW “Flower Patch” mystery series, published by Five Star/Cengage.

About A Talent for Murder

When Kate Spencer learns her aunt’s fiancé is two-timing her with an old rival, she has no choice but to pass along the information to her mother. They are as shocked as the rest of the town when the rival turns up dead and the two-timing fiancé disappears.

Making matters worse, the lead investigator happens to be Kate’s old boyfriend. If her aunt has any hope of being cleared, the trio must conduct their own investigation. Even if they have to alienate a few friends and tell a few lies to discover the truth.

Barbara Colley (author of the Squeaky Clean mystery series) says, “A TALENT FOR MURDER gives a whole new meaning to the term small-town busy bodies. Fun and a bit quirky, this terrific cozy mystery by Teresa LaRue is full of memorable characters and enough suspects to keep you guessing until the end. A wonderful debut!

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Meet the author
Teresa LaRue grew up in a small town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She fell in love with the mystery genre in the fourth grade. She’s an avid reader, gardener, and movie buff. She now lives on the outskirts of New Orleans with her family, which includes a dog named Bones and a cat named Chloe.