Meet Kate, the star of The Accidental Detective series
It’s strange moving back home when you’re almost 50. I’m living in the house where I grew up, with my father as a roommate. He’s seventy-six, barely medium height, and wiry. His friends are around his age, a bunch of nice old guys who meet for coffee twice a week. My sister Jen has been a stay-at-home mom of two kids who are now teens. It all sounds pleasant enough, if a bit boring, right?
Well, not so much. It seems like everyone is having my midlife crisis for me. Jen thinks we should be detectives. Dad is willing to pitch in, and his friends are so enthusiastic they go hunting for problems they think I should solve. Sherlock Holmes had his street kid helpers, the Baker Street Irregulars. I have my dad and his friends, the Coffee Shop Irregulars. They’re less helpers and more troublemakers. They mean well, but you know what paves the road to hell. And they’re nothing compared to Jen, who is actively trying to kill me.
If she doesn’t get me with her crazy athletic challenges, she’ll want me to pursue the hot tip I just got – even if it means investigating my almost-boyfriend, Todd. He was a sweet guy when I knew him in high school and seems just as sweet now, even if he did go into politics. But an anonymous source has accused him of taking bribes.
I’m a journalist, or I was, so I have some skills when it comes to investigating. It won’t hurt to look into it. At least that’s what I assumed, which is how I found myself dodging the Taser Thug, a falling body, and worst of all, bureaucrats.
Maybe I was a little bored, having already solved some mysteries in Phoenix. Maybe I missed the excitement of facing down warlords with armed bodyguards.
Maybe I should have minded my own business.
I have thirty years’ experience as a journalist, covering wars and natural disasters. Nothing prepared me for this.
Someone Cruel in Coyote Creek: The Accidental Detective Book 3
Turning fifty in her childhood bedroom wasn’t on her bucket list…
Kate Tessler is convinced her sister is trying to kill her. In fact, she might prefer death to Jen’s “50 for 50 Challenge,” where Kate will try fifty new things throughout the year she turns fifty. Still adjusting to her new underemployed life back in her childhood home in Phoenix, the last thing Kate wants is to prepare for paddle boarding, especially when she receives an anonymous message claiming that Mayor Todd Paradise is taking bribes. The author claims to have proof, including photos, and challenges Kate to publish the story.
Could good guy Todd really be corrupt, or is someone trying to set him up? Kate sets out to discover the truth, with help from her multi-generational, unconventional, and often unhelpful crew. She thrived reporting from war zones as an international war correspondent, but can she survive a deadly fundraising party, a close encounter with a taser, a turn at an open mic night, and a hundred-pound dog named Whiskers?
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