Salon owner Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are having a blast visiting a Florida living history village over Fourth of July weekend. But when a Seminole battle reenactment turns up a real dead body, it sets off fireworks among the villagers. One of the cast members has gone off script to murder the town marshal with a tomahawk in his head.
As Dalton gets involved in the investigation, Marla determines to help him solve the case. Her flare for uncovering secrets reveals that everyone in the village is a suspect. Instead of celebrating the holiday with red, white, and barbecues, she discovers secrets, lies, and false avenues. Did the marshal’s murder have anything to do with a lost Confederate payroll, or did his plans to renovate the park light a fuse that he couldn’t snuff out?
In a place where history comes alive, the dead bodies are piling up. Marla would rather be chilling and grilling, but somebody’s mind is on killing. If she’s not careful, her sleuthing might blow up in her face like a faulty firecracker and she’ll become the next victim. Recipes Included!
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired by a visit to Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach. I felt the confined setting would be perfect for a cozy mystery with the cast members as built-in suspects. I had great fun plotting the crime and the suspects' motives. I learned a lot of eclectic information along the way, which makes each story special for me.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters were easily the staff at my fictional living history park. The schoolteacher, the blacksmith, the preacher, the historic house guide, the seamstress, and the farmer all had a reason to want the victim dead. I had to research their roles which was quite interesting with the historical detail.
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