This is the first of Teresa's books that I've read and I was really impressed. Betsy Livingston is a great character. This book flowed so well, all of the characters were great and realistic. I liked how it kept you guessing up till the very end, just the way a great mystery should. I definitely can't wait to return to Pecan Bayou. I already have the first book in the series lined up to read. Great job Teresa keep up the good work. I give this book five stars.
I received a complementary copy of this book for my honest review for VBT Cafe's Book Tour.
About the Author:
Teresa Trent wasn't born in Texas but after a few glasses of sweet tea and some exceptional barbecue she decided to stay. With a father in the Army, she found herself moved all over the world, settling down for a while in her teens in the state of Colorado. Her writing was influenced by all of the interesting people she found in small towns and the sense of family that seemed to be woven through them all. Teresa is a former high school teacher and received her degree from The University of Northern Colorado. Teresa is presently working on the third book in her Pecan Bayou Series. Her second book, Overdue For Murder, came out in June of 2012.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher – Tightwad Tess Press
Release Date June 2012
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Overdue For Murder Excerpt
"Aunt Maggie, have you ever made one of these fancy cakes?"
"Like what? Like what you see at the grocery?" Maggie's voice rose at the end, exaggerating her Texas accent.
I propped up the book for her to see a cake titled "Undersea Fantasy," which featured crabs, turtles and dolphins all crafted out of what looked like marshmallows and licorice strings. She peered at it, adjusting her bifocals on her nose as I explained to her what Rocky had asked me to do for Creative Cooks Day.
"Gee, Betsy. I'm thinkin' you're in over your head this time. I remember when you tried to make Danny that smiley face cake. The black icing you used on the grin ran down the side and it about scared him to death. Surprised he made it to his next birthday without counselin'."
I scratched my head. "Oh, yeah. I forgot about that, no wonder on the video all the kids were screaming."
"Sure, and then there was the time you tried to make Judd that cake and forgot to put the eggs in."
"I should have caught that."
"Yeah, we had to put candles on a box of honey buns that day. You got a track record for bad baking, baby girl."
Zach and Danny ran into the kitchen. "Mama," Danny said. "We're going to break the world record."
"What world record?" Maggie asked.
"All of them!" Danny answered.
"We're still figuring out what incredible thing we're going to do, Aunt Maggie, so I'm glad you got your hair done." Zach stretched out his arms, imagining his future paparazzi. "There will probably be hundreds of reporters out on the lawn after we do it."
"Thanks for the warning," she smiled.
I paged through the glossy photos in the cookbook. There were cakes that looked like circuses, swimming pools, insects, hats, cartoon characters. I started having a case of baking terror. "You know, Aunt Maggie. I could always drive into Houston and buy something and bring it back. They'll never know."
"You could make a cake out of rubber bands," suggested Zach.
I nodded. "That's original, but not too tasty." I turned the page and spotted the cake labeled "Beginner's Crocodile Cake." How kind of them to have a cake that was supposed to be easy enough for people like me. I grabbed a pen and started writing down the ingredients I would need. Surely I could stir up some green frosting and turn it into something.
Other books by Teresa:
A Mystery for Ghost Hunters!
When Betsy's Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn't sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.
Betsy must solve the murder in spite of her father, who is a lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force, town citizens worried about the effect of the occult on their children, and handsome stranger from Dallas. How do you get blood out of a silk blouse? Betsy Livingston can tell you in her newspaper column, "The Happy Hinter". When she's not writing, or taking care of her young son, she's busy solving mysteries in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Bayou.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since my twenties. Like anything else it is a learning process. It took me several years to figure out how to actually finish a novel!
What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by newspaper headlines and people. I collect interesting incidents in the news and just keep my eyes open. One day I was driving down the street and saw a bakery van. The name of the baker would be a wonderful character name, so I wrote it down later! Also, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I love to watch reality tv like Survivor or Project Runway and watch the personalities clash. There is so much of human nature that can be learned from observing these people.
Is Pecan Bayou based on a certain place?
The geographic location is based on the string of small towns that exist from outside of Houston into the hill country of Texas. The actual town is a composite of towns I've lived in along the way which in Illinois, Georgia and Colorado.
You’ve lived in a lot of different places, what was your favorite?
I loved living in Colorado and sometimes actually miss the snow. I figure if I ever went back it would take about a week of cold weather to get over that in a hurry.
Do you have plans for anymore cozy mysteries, Pecan Bayou or any other series?
Right now, I plan to write six books in the Pecan Bayou series. Books three and four are both in the edit stage so I'm hoping to have them out in the first half of 2013. The story of Betsy and Leo will continue as will the incredible amount of homicides in this tiny town in Texas.