She recently traded in her housecleaning business for a P.I. license. Her timing seems perfect, when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring. The client, Benny Needles, is a Dean Martin fanatic who swears he’s innocent. But where there’s a hand, there’s a body, waiting to be found.
It’s a brand new world for Peri, and she has a lot to learn. Her first lesson is that investigating murder can be dangerous. Her boyfriend, Skip, a detective in the Placentia Police Department tries to warn Peri, but she can’t stop sticking her nose into the middle of things. In the middle of trying to solve the case, Peri takes on a surveillance job and finds that even surveillance isn’t always low risk.
As these two cases collide, will Peri learn the truth behind both of them? And more important, will she ever get that dirty martini?
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I love to play with my movie-making software and the ad for Old Spice had just appeared, with the handsome man enticing women to buy Old Spice so their men could at least SMELL like him. My son has a great voice, so I wrote up the script, had him record it, and voila! Book video.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is my first mystery. When I decided to try the genre, I used a piece of flash fiction I had written for a contest (which I won) as a starting point. In my 250-word entry, a P.I. has been offered a job by an unsavory client – to find his missing ice cube tray. She gets him to admit the tray is in his own freezer somewhere, the punchline being, “What the hell. It’s a paycheck.” Once I decided to use the same characters, I asked myself, what could she find in a freezer instead of an ice cube tray?
How about a severed hand with an enormous ring? The rest is history.
Gayle Carline is an author of mysteries and humor. Her popular Peri Minneopa Mystery Series features a 50-year old former housecleaner, now a private investigator. Gayle’s latest book, From the Horse’s Mouth, is a departure from her normal genre, but not from her upbeat style of telling stories that are upbeat and uplifting.