by Teresa Trent
Teresa Trent wasn't born in Texas but after a few glasses of sweet tea and some exceptional barbecue she decided to stay. With a father in the Army, she found herself moved all over the world, settling down for a while in her teens in the state of Colorado. Her writing was influenced by all of the interesting people she found in small towns and the sense of family that seemed to be woven through them all. Teresa is a former high school teacher and received her degree from The University of Northern Colorado. Teresa is presently working on the third book in her Pecan Bayou Series. Her second book, Overdue For Murder, came out in June of 2012.
Book Genre-Cozy Mystery
Publisher – Tightwad Tess Press
Release Date February 2013
Release Date February 2013
Give me land lots of land....and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston's puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star's estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He's out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die...
Doggone Dead Excerpt
His little butt wiggled as his wagging tail seemed to propel him down the street. Butch looked all around, happy to be exploring. He came upon the biggest house in the neighborhood, the old Loper home, and shimmied under two giant wrought-iron gates that joined the large segments of gray brick walls surrounding the house.
“He went in the cowboy house!” shouted Zach.
“Butch!” I yelled out, now grasping the black curlicues of the gate.
“Butch! You get back over here. Bad dog. Bad dog!”
Butch, not feeling the guilt, went right on taking time to pee on the historic fountain, a bronze depiction of Charlie Loper on a bucking bronco with his six gun shooting into the air. Once he’d finished tagging the statue, he happily scampered around the back of the house.
I shook the gate, the sound of metal rattling in our ears. There was a black box with a speaker and a button ner the bottom. I pushed the button.
I tried the latch on the gate. It was locked. God forbid someone from the other side of the park should get in to experience opulent cowboy luxury.
I hit the buzzer again. “Hello, is anyone in there? I’m sorry, but our dog just crawled under your fence.”
Again, no answer.
Zach now slid in front of me and pushed the speaker button. “Helllllllooooo …” He elongated his greeting as if yelling into an empty canyon. Feeling his approach might work, he repeated it.
The black box rustled. “May I help you?” a clipped British accent came over the airway. Not exactly the voice you would expect to hear while staring at a statue of a man on a bucking horse. Whoever this guy in the box was, he didn’t sound pleased we were pushing his button.
“Yes,” I answered. “Our puppy crawled under your front gate, and I’m afraid he’s running around on your grounds.”
Silence. I waited for around ten seconds until Zach pulled at my sleeve, urging me to push the button again.
“Are you there?” I asked. “Sir?”
“Sir? Did you hear what I said? Our puppy has …”
“I heard you,” he cut me off.
“Have you seen him?”
“No. I have not. Please leave.”
I pushed the button, ignoring the black box’s command. “Are there any other ways out besides this gate?”
“I have not seen your puppy,” the increasingly perturbed voice said. “You are at the only entrance and exit of the estate. You must have been ... mistaken. Good day.”
We had been dismissed. Zach breathed in deep and exhaled with a cry. “Where’s Butch, Mom?”
“I don’t know, baby. Let’s walk down the block and call for him. Maybe he got out the other side somehow.”
“But the guy said …”
“I know what the guy said.” Upon looking at the grounds inside the fence a second time, I noticed overgrown foliage around the house. There was also a line of rust around the fountain. From the street all you could see was the fountain and paved area around it, but once you looked inside the gate, the façade of Hollywood elegance fell flat. The grass was too high, the shrubs looked like monsters from a second-rate horror movie, and there were no flowers. They might have an uptown butler, but the place was looking ragged.
Click here to see my previous VBT & Book review on Teresa Trent's "Overdue for Murder".
BLOG POST BY THE AUTHOR
Five Reasons Why You Need to Read and One Reason Why it Should be a Mystery
by Teresa Trent
Reading Helps Your Brain
In this world of distractions, short attention spans and attention deficit disorder, reading a novel is simple medicine.
Reading Educates and Enlightens
The speed of information is now greater than ever before. Something happens in another part of the world, and if the news has not been censored in that country, we generally know it by suppertime. With increased awareness of others, comes increased tolerance and diversity. Knowledge is power and fear of the unknown lessens.
Reading Provides Stress Relief
You may be about to boil over about a situation at work or home. Take a break and put your brain into someone else's troubles for a while. Reading about a fictional character's boiling point can help you when you're ready to get back to your own problems. It also can help you if you need to take a break from those delightful 24 hour news channels.
A Good Book is Better Entertainment Than Any Movie or Television Show.
Ever read a book and then go to see the movie? It almost never compares to the joy you found in the written word. That's because your imagination has better sets, better actors and more information.
Reading is Frugal
With free ebooks on Amazon and other outlets, friends who lend books and the public library, you can line up enough books to keep you busy for years. Go ahead and cancel that expensive vacation. You have a good book to read.
Why Read a Mystery?
Mysteries are puzzles to solve. They challenge your attention to detail and deductive reasoning. Cozy mysteries do all this and place the puzzle in a quaint setting with some quirky characters. There might be romance or a thriller aspect to a cozy mystery and because the setting seems so familiar it makes all of these elements come alive.
I hope you get a chance to download my free book Doggone Dead this weekend on Amazon. If you love to solve a mystery here's a clue for you in this book. * Look for things that sparkle. *