It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s new found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.
by Teresa Trent
Burnout is the fifth book in my Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. When I started out telling the story of Betsy Livingston who writes the local Happy Hinter column for the newspaper, he was a single mom who had been abandoned by her conman husband even before their child was born. Knocked off her feet temporarily she rallies back with the help of her father Lt. Judd Kelsey and her Aunt Maggie and cousin Danny. Betsy finds she has a great ability to think outside the box and solve every day problems with helpful hint strategies. This thinking also helps her pull together clues on the many murder investigations she becomes involved in. She also finds a handsome meteorologist who helps her keep plenty of sunny skies on her horizon.
Betsy is surrounded by the people of Pecan Bayou Texas who include an annoying reporter, a beautician who may have sucked up a little too much Final Net, the daughter of an old cowboy star and some four star establishments like the town’s very own version of Starbucks (don’t wake Earl if he’s napping-just get your own damn coffee and leave a buck on the counter) and Birdie’s Diner where hamburgers and milkshakes are an art form.
I have really tried to create a place that frankly, if it weren’t for the incredibly high amount of homicide cases, wouldn’t mind living myself. In Burnout the local weatherman, Hurricane Hal, who appears daily on NUTV has come down with a case of the flu. Betsy’s husband takes over for him and finds he’s an instant celebrity, meanwhile Betsy struggles with her own bout of stomach trouble. When a fire breaks out that looks like arson, Betsy is afraid she may have lost an old friend who has been missing since the blaze. Check out the back of the book for recipes and helpful hints.
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If you want to read the whole series here’s a rundown of the other books.
#1 A Dash of Murder – A murder during a paranormal investigation
#2 Overdue for Murder – Murder in the library
#3 Doggone Dead – Ghost cowboys and runaway puppies
#4 Buzzkill – Planning a wedding can kill you
About the Author
Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas. With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado. Living in Texas for the last 18 years she loves the people and even the weather. Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. Even though she lives in the big city, her writing is influenced by all of the interesting people she finds in small towns and the sense of family that seems to be woven through them all.