An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.
Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.
Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.
With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.
Tricia, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell us about your main character, Cece?
Cece Cavanaugh started out with a crazy mother, grew up poor, and fought her way to adulthood. Then she met and married into the wealthy Cavanaugh family. She had it all, including a snarky, mean mother-in-law, until her husband dumped her for a younger woman.
Once again, Cece’s fighting her way through life. But she’s a scrapper and will succeed, despite her soon-to-be ex.
She’s hardworking, a loyal friend, and a good mother who won’t stand for injustice which is why she winds up becoming involved in solving a murder.
So she’s got a lot going on. Is she anything like you? How much of Cece is you?
Probably about half. Most of the things she’s experienced, I have never experienced, but some of the personality and characterization are based on how I might react in the situation.
How would you feel about your characters if you met them in real life?
I love Cece, so I think we would be good friends. And Detective Alder has won my heart.
And the mother-in-law?
For the record, the mother-in-law is NOT based on my late mother-in-law. I had the dearest, sweetest mother-in-law, and I miss her every day.
Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?
Yes, they grow and become stronger and wiser due to the struggles they’ve been through.
Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?
I’ll never tell.
I’ll take that as a yes. Next question: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?
My settings are a compilation of towns I know and love, so I do take liberties.
When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?
Amy Adams and Timothy Olyphant
What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?
Worst? Write what you know. Best? Don’t end your writing day by wrapping up a scene. Leave it hanging, and it’s easier to start back in the next day.
About the Author
Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.
Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.