When a long-time friendship dies, whose fault is it?
Decades past junior high, Caroline Batzer finds herself snubbed by her best friend. At first confused, she is later stunned to learn that Sarah Leigh has betrayed her in a way she would never have suspected. In an all-too-public setting, Caroline airs her anger at the woman everyone else in town considers saintly. When Sarah disappears soon afterward, it looks like Caroline murdered her. Desperately she tries to figure out who else could have done it—Sarah’s philandering husband? Her useless son?
Caroline’s nightmare is just beginning, because the people responsible for what happened to Sarah are now after Caroline, and they don’t care how rough things get.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Cozy mysteries run the gamut from traditional (which this one is) to zany. I like realistic characters, and while there might be humor in some situations, mine don’t qualify as TSTL (too stupid to live).
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Persist. It’s hard work, despite what many people think.
Peg Herring is the author of the critically acclaimed Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries, the award-winning Dead Detective Mysteries, the intriguing Loser Mysteries, and several stand-alone mysteries. When they’re not exploring the world, Peg and her husband of many years live in northern Lower Michigan, where they garden for the benefit of local rabbits, deer, and elk.
Life in a small town and watching relationships between people change over time. While most friends’ feelings about each other don’t change as drastically as Caroline and Sarah’s do, I noticed that often there’s a point where people who were very close realize it was more convenience and habit than real sharing.