Animal rustling is alive and well in the sleepy little town of Pecan Bayou, Texas–but with a particularly peculiar spin. Only the fake livestock seem to be at risk. First, cowboy legend Charlie Loper’s larger-than-life fiberglass horse disappears from the town square, but before the police can get any solid leads, the cow in front of the local steak house gets pinched.
Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou.
“Hunker down” with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.
by Teresa Trent
I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Castle, the television show. Nathan Fillion plays an adorable man who runs around his swanky New York apartment playing laser tag with his daughter, and romantically sometimes he reminds me of a high school crush. What’s not to love? There is a solid supporting ensemble who play in and out of the story and they just make the relationship between Castle and Kate even better. As much as I enjoy the show, Castle has been clawing and scraping for their last few years of wonderment. Holding out the sexual tension and then the should-we-make-a-life-long-commitment decision was a little painful to watch. Still, though they finally tied the knot with the traditional tv “write your own vows” thing.
“Rick, I pledge my love to my partner in crime…” Dang! I wish my husband and I had thought of saying that!
Maybe I’m being just a little too cynical because I really do love Castle. I’m still waiting for my family to give me my very own bulletproof vest with the word “Writer” printed on it.
My Pecan Bayou series follows a similar path in that Betsy meets Leo in the first book and their romance plays out from book to book going from dating to the final book, Murder for a Rainy Day, when she gives birth to their child. When the two characters get married in Buzzkill they pledge their love just like Kate and Castle, but when Leo whispers in Betsy’s ear at the altar, it’s to tell her he’s solved the mystery.
I know, I’m a hopeless romantic.
In Murder for a Rainy Day I struggled with Betsy in that she is 8 1/2 months pregnant and expected to catch a killer. If you have ever been that pregnant, you already know that the thing you most want to catch at that time is a nap, not a killer. As Betsy naps, she dreams. When she dreams, she is visited by people who have passed on, namely the victims in the first five books. You would think these people would be grateful for her assistance in bringing their killers to justice, but they are the people they were in life. Some are arrogant, some are insulting, but they all give her clues to solving the murder at a time when she will need that information the most.
If you want to know more about Betsy’s dream visitors, here are the first five books in the series:
#1 A Dash of Murder – a Halloween ghost hunting mystery
#2 Overdue for Murder – a library mystery
#3 Doggone Dead – a Fourth of July mystery
#4 Buzzkill – a wedding mystery
#5 Burnout – a Thanksgiving mystery
#6 Murder for a Rainy Day -. FREE on Kindle December 4-5.
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 19 years she loves the people and even the weather. Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them. 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. This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three. Teresa is now working on her next series that will take place in the Piney Woods of Texas.