When Clare Ballard sports a new bruise on her right cheek the day after a contentious town meeting, the ladies of the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club suspect her husband Roger of abusing her. That same day Hester Franklin, another breakfast club lady, is called to rescue her grandson Patrick after he is arrested for transporting drugs. Proclaiming his innocence, Patrick threatens that those who set him up will pay. Roger Ballard is high on his list. But it’s when Lillie Mae Harris, the club’s leader, discovers the body of the local drug dealer on the nearby hiking trail, that the community is upended. Roger Ballard, the primary suspect, goes missing, and when his body turns up in his own back yard, Clare Ballard confesses to his murder. No one believes she did it, but Clare insists she’s guilty and mysteriously refuses to talk to her lawyer, the police, or her family and friends. The Thursday Morning Breakfast Club ladies believe she’s protecting someone, and they vow to find out who it is.
Charlie Warren, the town’s homegrown policeman, using unconventional means, collaborates with the breakfast club ladies to draw out the real criminal. But danger lurks. Alice Portman, the matriarch of the breakfast club, is struck down in her own yard and is sent to the hospital. Then others in the small community start to disappear — one after the other. As the ladies get closer to the truth, they get closer to the danger. With no time to cry over spilled coffee, they form a plan to capture the true culprits before someone else is murdered.
Targeted Age Group:: All ages
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Traditional mysteries are puzzles. The architecture of a traditional mystery is important since there’s no blood, or car chases, or super nasty people to provoke interest. The fun in a traditional mystery is in solving who done it!!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what you love, and finish what you start. The first draft of a book does not have to be perfect, but it needs to be finished to ever be published.
After some thirty years writing everything from political encyclopedias to software manuals, Liz Stauffer retired from corporate life to write fiction, travel, and play on the beach. Since that time, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. With her two dogs, Liz lives in Hollywood, Florida, where she owns and manages a vacation rental business.
I have a summer house in Pen Mar, Maryland, an Appalachian mountain village not unlike Mount Penn. It is cool and breezy in the summer, lush and colorful in the fall, filled with beautiful flowers in the spring, and snowy but warm in the winter. I wanted to introduce a place like Mount Penn (Pen Mar) to the world. A community of people who are good and kind and work together to solve the communities challenges.
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