Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red by Jacqueline T. Lynch

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A post-World War II “cozy” mystery about a museum heist, a missing child, a murder, a recent ex-con and an even more recent widow.

In Hartford, Connecticut, 1949, Juliet Van Allen, a museum administrator, discovers that her artist husband is having an affair with another woman. Just a wee bit shocked, Juliet slips unseen back to her office to mull over her options and wish the earth would swallow her, when she meets an intruder. Elmer Vartanian, recently released from prison for a museum robbery, is coerced into helping scout the museum for a heist by a gang that has kidnapped his daughter. When her husband is found murdered, Juliet becomes the prime suspect, and Elmer is her only alibi.

Juliet, the rebellious only daughter of a wealthy financier, and Elmer, a lower-class ex-convict who has educated himself in prison, must partner to solve their separate crises. She is Elmer’s guide to a post-war world that has changed so much since he entered prison. He feels guilty for having missed his daughter’s childhood, for being safe when friends were killed in World War II, and is bewildered over atomic energy, Modern Art, ballpoint pens, and frozen orange juice concentrate.

Juliet is not sure she believes Elmer’s story. Elmer is not sure she didn’t kill her husband, yet they are compelled to work together, dogged by the scandal-monger newsman, the shrewd police detective, and scrutinized by the even more judgmental eye of Hartford’s elite in world where Modern Art meets old-fashioned murder.

About the Author

Jacqueline T. Lynch’s novels are available as ebooks from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Several of her plays have been published and produced around the U.S., Canada, and one of which was translated into Dutch and performed several times in the Netherlands. Her ONE GOOD TURN premiered as a winner of the 2011 Northern Kentucky University Y.E.S. Festival. Her one-act play IN MEMORY OF TRIXIE GAZELLE was chosen as a winner in the 2010 Nor’Eastern Playwright’s Showcase of the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre in Rutland, Vermont. She has published articles and short fiction in regional and national publications, including the anthology “60 Seconds to Shine: 161 Monologues from Literature” (Smith & Kraus, 2007), North & South, Civil War Magazine, History Magazine, and writes Another Old Movie Blog and New England Travels blog.

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Today I’m happy to welcome Jacqueline T. Lynch to Brooke Blogs. She has written a great guest post about post-WWII history. Read on and enjoy!

The setting of Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red, first book in the Double V Mysteries series, is the spring of 1949. The post-war era was a time of hopeful change and anxious foreboding, for though we reached for the promise of a great future to wipe away the memory of war and Depression, we were also afraid of letting go of the past and everything we knew that was comforting. Immersing the reader into this world is a fun challenge for me, and is largely done through Elmer. Juliet and Elmer are thrown together in this first story for mutual survival to solve the separate mysteries that burden them. The following books in the series will explore their growing partnership as crime solvers, as well as their personal relationship.

Juliet is the rebellious only daughter of a wealthy financier, and Elmer, a lower-class ex-convict who has educated himself in prison. He has only recently been released after seven years away from his family, his friends, and life outside the prison walls. The United States had not yet entered World War II when he was sent away. Now he finds himself in a very different world that is strange to him, fast moving, and a little scary. He is awkwardly trying to find a place for himself, a way to fit in. He feels hopelessly lost and frustrated.

Juliet becomes Elmer’s guide to a post-war world that has changed so much since he entered prison. He feels guilty for having missed his daughter’s childhood, for being safe when friends, and a brother, were killed in World War II. He’s bewildered over atomic energy, Modern Art, ballpoint pens, and frozen orange juice concentrate. Through Elmer’s eyes, the reader—older readers who may delight to be reminded of this era, and younger readers who may have very little knowledge of everyday life in this period—experiences the same sense of being a stranger in a strange land. But that’s okay, because Juliet is their guide, too. We are all standing in line behind Elmer, gawking at his first look at a television set, or a frozen TV dinner.

It’s an interesting period to write about a cozy mystery, because this, of course, is the era before DNA testing, before sophisticated forensics, and cell phones, and all the modern technology that aids modern police and modern cozy mystery crime fighters alike. Making things even more challenging for Juliet and Elmer is that neither has any experience in police work or detection. They are not blessed with any greater insight than the reader when they come across a crime. They have to hash things out together, the reader looking over their shoulders, while Elmer marvels at air conditioning in a restaurant.

But when it comes to the human foibles of greed, jealousy, revenge, and all the other root causes of murder—well, some things never change and people weren’t so different then than they are now.

They just stopped wearing hats so much.

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Bathing Beauties, Booze & Bullets by Ellen Mansoor Collier

Today I’m excited to share Bathing Beauties, Booze & Bullets with you. This Jazz Age Mystery is a perfect summer read. Check it out below.

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It’s 1927 in Galveston, Texas—the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Jasmine (“Jazz”) Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who tries to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties. The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the Miss Universe contest, known as the “International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue.”

She’d rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there’s a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures. Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is also sponsored by the Maceos, aspiring Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant.

Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang’s turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton—an impossible request that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance. While Agent Burton gives her the cold shoulder, she fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events.

About the Author

Ellen-Mansoor-Collier-Author-PhotoEllen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines, including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMO, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN’S WORLD. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (www.art-decodame.com).

Formerly she’s worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism. During college, she once worked as a cocktail waitress, a short-lived experience since she was clueless about cocktails. FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is her first novel. She lives in Houston and visits Galveston whenever possible.

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The Final Arrangement (The Flower Shop Mystery Series, #1) by Annie Adams

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog!

thefinalarrangementThe Final Arrangement
The Flower Shop Mystery Series, #1
Annie Adams

The Vulture is dead.

The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid.

Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s murder.

Armed with only her Zombie delivery van, good intentions, and the business card of a handsome cop named Alex, she must find the killer, save the flower shop, and keep from ending up in the next casket. If she can dodge burning bushes, the plague of a polygamist ex, and her mother’s Mormon Mafia Spy Network, her life with Alex and her shop could become the perfect arrangement.

AboutTheAuthor

Annie-Adams-Author-PhotoAnnie Adams is the author of The Final Arrangement, book one in The Flower Shop Mystery series. She lives with her husband, two giant dogs, and two too giant cats in Northern Utah at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. When not writing she can be found arranging flowers or delivering them in her own Zombie Delivery Van.

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Review
The Final Arrangement is the first book in the new Flower Shop Mystery Series. I absolutely loved it! Quincy McKay is an intelligent, stubborn character and I felt I could relate to her right from the beginning. She is just trying to ‘glide’ through life unnoticed for the most part, when her life becomes tangled up with the death of a fellow florist and things start to get out of control. For Quincy, being in control of her situation as well as her emotions is something that’s very important. Unfortunately for her, she ends up in situation after situation where she is not in control of much of anything.

This was a really good mystery, and I enjoyed the flower shop elements of the story. I also liked the budding romance between Quincy and Officer Alex Cooper. This is a great start to a new cozy series, and one that I highly recommend.

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Red Tape by Michele Lynn Seigfried

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In this captivating tale of crime, government corruption and mystery, Municipal Clerk Chelsey Alton gets more than she bargained for when she encounters an irate resident and loose cannon, Robert Triggers. He has been harassing the employees in the small, Jersey shore town where she works and becomes the prime suspect when multiple attempts to sabotage the municipal building are made.

Chelsey begins to piece it all together and finds herself framed for a crime she did not commit. She narrowly escapes several attempts at her demise, only to find herself in a much more precarious situation. Will she make it out alive or end up a tragic victim at the hands of a madman?

About Michele Lyn Seigfried

Michele-Lyn-Seigfried-Author-PhotoMichele Lynn Seigfried is a mom, municipal clerk, public speaker and author. Born and raised in New Jersey, she has served for municipal government for over 15 years in two different municipalities. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the College of New Jersey. She obtained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. She also holds the Registered Municipal Clerk certification and Certified Municipal Registrar Certifications from the State of New Jersey.

Michele is on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you check her out!

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Shepherd’s Pie De-Lite and Steamed to Death

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Steamed-to-DeathGourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer. . .

Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she’s using Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds. Having such a high-profile client is definitely good for business, but when Felicity is found murdered in her sauna, things start getting too hot for Gigi to handle.

The list of suspects is a mile long, and Gigi’s best friend, Sienna, is at the top. Refusing to let her friend get blamed for a crime she didn’t commit, Gigi is determined to hunt down the real killer. But, as the case reaches a boiling point, Gigi will have to be careful or she could be the next one getting burned.

About Peg Cochran

Peg-Cochran-author-photoPeg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. After college, she moved to the city where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrive, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.

After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from New Jersey, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.

Her greatest love though as always been writing – particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime: The Gourmet De-Lite series set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald, who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.

As for pets – she has a schizophrenic cat (really!) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!

When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found cooking, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert – partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there’s no point in putting them in charge of appetizers!

Shepherd’s Pie De-Lite

Shepherd’s pie was originally created to use up leftovers and to expand the traditional Sunday roast. It is tasty enough, however, to make in its own right! It can be loaded with fat and calories or lightened up as this version is. It’s perfect for that meal when you’re craving comfort food!

Heat oven to 350°

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1.25 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 can fat-free turkey gravy
¼ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and pressed garlic, and cook until soft. Add ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through. Add sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in frozen peas and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Mix turkey gravy, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and pour over turkey mixture. Mix thoroughly and transfer to a casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes evenly on top (see below) and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350° until bubbly, approximately 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings. 376 calories/serving.

Mashed Potatoes
4 to 5 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
Skim or low fat milk

Place potatoes in saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and boil until tender when pierced with a knife. Drain potatoes, add milk as needed and mash. (Quantity of milk will depend on density and age of potatoes.)

My Review

Now that my tummy is growling from that yummy recipe (thanks Peg!), it’s time for my review. This is the first book I’ve read from Peg Cochran. Even though I have not read the first book in the Gourmet De-Lite Mystery series, (available here: Allergic to Death (A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery)), I was easily able to pick right up with the characters and story lines.

I thought that Peg did a nice job setting up the story and the mystery surrounding the death of famous soap opera star Felicity Davenport. I felt it was a really entertaining whodunnit. The characters of Gigi, Mertz, Sienna, Alice and the authors were really likable and seemed like real people that you could meet in any small town. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Steamed to Death, and I hope you’ll check it out! I am planning on going back and reading the first book in the series. And I’m looking forward to the next Gourmet De-Lite installment.

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The post Shepherd’s Pie De-Lite and Steamed to Death originally appeared on Brooke Blogs on June 4th 2013.

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Grannies, Guns and Ghosts by Madison Johns

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Senior snoop, Agnes Barton, has taken up residence in a Winnebago at a campground in East Tawas, Michigan. It’s not the ideal place for a woman of seventy-two to live, but she’s making do. She had planned to start a detective agency with partner in crime, Eleanor Mason, but a snag with the license has them free wheeling it, not that it matters because they are the ones folks call when dead bodies turn up.

A frantic phone call has Agnes and Eleanor racing to the scene of yet another crime scene. Herman Butler has fallen to his death from a third story window, and the widow, Betty Lou, is beside herself with either grief or competing for the Oscars, and it’s up to Agnes and Eleanor to unravel the mystery, which gets more interesting when a ghost is listed as a possible suspect.

This time around, Agnes and Sheriff Peterson can agree, the widow is nuts, but wait, a few days later the ghost ship, Erie Board of Trades, was spotted off the shores of Lake Huron. Ghost hunters, G.A.S.P., hightail it into town, and East Tawas is overrun with ghost sightings.

Agnes and Eleanor must sort fact from fantasy before another body is found or a curse is realized.

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As a child, Madison Johns preferred to distance herself from other children her age, and had been described as a dreamer. Even as a small child, she remembers staying awake many a night fighting dragons, whisked away to foreign lands, or meeting the man of her dreams.

She was a voracious reader of historical romance in her teen years and has always wished to one day journey to England, France, Ireland, and Scotland.

The writing bug bit her at the age of 44 and she pounded out three books since that time. As the publishing climate changed she took a risk and decided to self publish, first a collection of two horror short stories geared for YA, Coffin Tales Season of Death.

Madison’s caring nature had led her to work in the healthcare field, where she was employed as a nursing care assistant at a nursing home, and it was there that she was inspired to write her first mystery, Armed and Outrageous, introducing amateur detective Agnes Barton. The book depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh out loud antics to make James Bond blush.

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Delayed Death by Beate Boeker

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What do you do when you find your grandfather dead half an hour before your cousin’s wedding? You hide him in his bed and tell everyone he didn’t feel like coming.

Delayed Death is an entertaining mystery set in Florence, Italy. When Carlina finds her grandfather dead on the day of her cousin’s wedding, she decides to hide the corpse until after the ceremony. However, her grandfather was poisoned, and she becomes the attractive Inspector’s prime suspect. On top of that, she has to manage her boisterous family and her luxurious lingerie store called Temptation, a juggling act that creates many hilarious situations.

AboutTheAuthor

Beate Boeker - Author PhotoI love books with touches of humor and mischief. It doesn’t matter if they’re romances or mysteries or biographies – as long as they make me chuckle, count me in.

Avalon Books in New York published three of my sweet romance novels as hardcovers. “A Little Bit of Passion” and “Take My Place” were both nominated for The Golden Quill Contest 2011/2012, and on top of that, “A Little Bit of Passion” was also a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Award 2011. When Avalon Books was sold to Amazon, these stories became also available as paperbacks and e-books.

If you feel like a short trip abroad, try out my romance with a hint of mystery “A New Life” – it’s set in Florence, Italy. This novel was also listed as a semi-finalist in the “Best Indie Books 2012 Contest”.

My latest mystery series is also set in Florence. It starts with “Delayed Death”, where the heroine finds her grandfather dead half an hour before her cousin’s wedding. In order to save the wedding, she hides her grandfather. Unfortunately, she then finds out that her grandfather was killed, and now she’s the attractive Inspector’s main suspect . . .

For a quick read, try my popular short story “Chic in France”. You’ll get a whiff of the mediterranean coast with some chaos thrown in. And if you like a combination of baking and reading, the series “A Culinary Catastrophe” is right for you.

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Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton – Guest Post

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Author: Victoria Hamilton
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #2
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pub. Date: March 2013

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.

With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… And Buy Old Stuff!

I am obsessive about reusing and recycling. I make soup from anything that is left over… no chicken carcass goes into the garbage until it has been used up. One of my favorite vintage cookbooks is 50 Ways to Use Leftovers.

I am equally obsessive about not buying new, especially new kitchenware, if I can find a vintage piece to use. And why not? It saves money, and you usually end up with a better quality item than you could afford new. Things were made to last back then. One of my biggest concerns about our modern society is that too much stuff is made to have a short life span so you will be forced to buy the same thing many times over.

Sometimes, though, finding the suitable item vintage or used requires a lot more ‘looking’ than just going out to a kitchenware store. Such a hardship… and I’m laughing as I type that because for me, hunting in vintage stores, thrift shops and garage sales is the ultimate good time. In fact for my upcoming birthday that is what I asked for… a good long trip to the antique mall!

Half of the joy is in the hunt. A true obsessive – like me – will brag relentlessly when they find an especially good deal. Some people like to talk about how much they paid for something, but I prefer to talk about how cheap I got it!

So here are my top nine buys, in reverse order, with their approximate cost:

9 – Corning Ware platter: I traded two newer Corelle platters!
8 – Wedgwood creamer in perfect condition: two dollars at an antique market.
7 – Friendly Village Tea Set: Small teapot, cream, open sugar, and four mugs for $35 dollars delivered from a very nice woman via a Kijiji ad!
6 – Complete set of Christmas pattern china: place settings for eight, plus platter, cream and covered sugar, salt and pepper, and gravy boat with tray attached – $18.00 at a charity garage sale. And the money went to a school in Africa.
5 – Corning Ware Teapot: free from a friend.
4 – Small Green Depression Glass bowl: $3.50 at a thrift store.
3 – Vintage Depression Glass bowl: free from a friend, and it inspired my vintage Kitchen Mystery novel ‘Bowled Over’… good value, right?
2 – Assorted vintage kitchen tools and utensils: never more than five bucks, usually two or three.
1 – Pyrex Primary colors bowl set: purchased one piece at a time over a couple of years, total cost – about twenty dollars! The set is now worth about $80.

I have also bought/been given/found various items over the years that are still in use or on display in my kitchen today. But of everything, I find the Pyrex bowls the absolute best value for utility and looks.

So… what are your thoughts? Of all the things I talk about online I find most interesting hearing stories about the kitchen stuff readers have inherited/bought/found and use every day. Do you have a favorite old kitchen utensil or bowl? Do you prefer to buy new? I do when it comes to small kitchen appliances, though my toaster oven was a freebie that has long outlasted the one I bought and that died on me within a year! Tell me about your best deal.

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VictoriaHamilton-WebMeet the author:

Victoria Hamilton writes the bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mystery series (Book 1 – A Deadly Grind – May 2012) and the upcoming Merry Muffin Mysteries, also from Berkley (Book 1 – Bran New Death – September 3rd, 2013) Victoria loves cooking and collecting vintage kitchen utensils, as well as reading and writing mysteries. Check out her webpage for all the latest: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com and find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton

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Head Case by Jennifer Oko

headcase-coverMeet Olivia Zack, neuroscientist, pharmaceutical consultant—and murder victim.

A humorous mystery from an author whose work has been called “simply riveting” by The New York Times and “sharp and fast-paced” by Publisher’s Weekly—it’s Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones meets Carl Hiaasen’s Nature Girl (with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money) as Olivia embarks on a postmortem quest to deconstruct the events that lead up to her mind-altering death.

A comic satire of the influence of the psychopharmaceutical industry on American life, HEAD CASE takes Olivia and her estranged friend and roommate Polly Warner on a collision course involving ethically challenged executives, spotlight-hungry celebrities, third-rate mobsters, and drug-dealing babushkas. A smart and savvy page-turner, HEAD CASE explores the meaning of personal relationships, emotional intelligence, and mental health while taking the reader on a synapse-stirring, neurotransmitting rollicking ride.

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468869Jennifer Oko’s first book, Lying Together: My Russian Affair (written under her maiden name, Jennifer Beth Cohen), was published in 2004 and received numerous positive reviews. The New York Times Book Review called Lying Together “riveting” and twice named it an Editors’ Choice. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, saying it was “a heady cocktail” and “a quick, juicy read.”

Her second book, a satirical novel about morning television news entitled Gloss, was a Marie Claire “pick of the month” in 2007 and chosen as a “hot summer read” by USA Today.

Currently working as a freelance writer and media consultant, Jennifer is a “recovering” journalist and award-winning television news producer. A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, her career has taken her across the country and around the world. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Washington, DC.

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