Saturday, July 15, 2017

30 Second Death by Laura Bradford @SDSXXTours @bradfordauthor

A Tobi Tobias Mystery #2
by Laura Bradford
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 7/11/2017

Book Blurb

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .
When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

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Hell had officially frozen over. And, oddly enough, there was noswell of background music, no thunderous blast like I’d alwaysimagined.There was simply crunching.Loud, deliberate crunching.In fact, it was the cruncher and the crunchee that had turned thefiery flames of the dreaded underworld into the clichéd icicles referencedat the end of virtually every nasty breakup.In English?My best friend, Carter McDade, was standing less than five feetfrom my sofa eating a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.That’s right, Carter McDade—the same guy who lectured me dailyon the gaps (okay, seismic gullies) in my eating habits. The same guywho could draw a textbook food pyramid in mere seconds. The sameguy who’d willingly and happily choose broccoli in a head-to-headwith a Caramello bar.Which is why his puff-crunching pointed to one indisputable conclusion:Carter was stressed. Big-time.A rarity in and of itself, Cocoa Puffs or no Cocoa Puffs.My upstairs neighbor was the most positive human being I’d evermet. One of those happy-go-lucky, always-has-a-smile types. Youknow, the kind of person everyone needs in their life, but few are fortunateenough to have.I was one of the fortunate.I was also dumbfounded. Utterly and completely dumbfoundedby what to say and how to say it. So I took the not-so-subtle approach.“What’s wrong, Carter?”“Uh-in.”Now I’ll admit, I have a leg up when it comes to deciphering pufftalk(it is, after all, my second language), but I was feeling pretty proudthat I could decode it from even the most novice of crunchers.“Nothing? Nothing?! Do you realize what you’re eating right now?”Carter looked at the bowl in his left hand and then the spoon movingtoward his mouth with his right. “Uh-huh.”

Laura Bradford is also the author of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, including Silence of the Flans and Éclair and Present Danger, and the national bestselling Amish Mysteries, including A Churn for the Worse and Suspendered Sentence. Under the pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, including Wedding Duress and Taken In. She lives in Yorktown Heights, New York, with her husband and their blended brood.

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