A summer wedding ends with a bang of the gruesome kind. Caterer Sandie James must turn amateur detective to save her dad from prison.
For Sandie James, fresh out of graduate school with a degree in Literature, employers aren’t exactly lining up. To make ends meet, she works at her sister’s bakery in their cozy little corner of uptown Brooklyn. When a customer asks her to replace her sick wedding caterer at the last minute, Sandie is glad of the extra cash.
The last thing Sandie expects is her dad, an obsessive book collector, crashing the reception to pick a fight with a guest who outbid him on a rare edition of a Raymond Chandler mystery. She is horrified when that guest turns up dead—and her dad is found standing over the body with the murder weapon.
Sandie is convinced her dad has been set up, but proving it is not easy. She must rely on her own wits, and the enthusiastic help of Marlowe, the family’s Springer Spaniel, to save her dad from prison.
As fear and blame spread through their quiet neighborhood, Sandie races to clear her dad’s name and find the real killer, before the killer finds her.
A former teacher with a degree in French, Tessa spent several years living in an uptown Brooklyn neighborhood, frequenting its many cafes and coffee shops and getting to know it from the inside and out. During her undergrad years, she has worked at a bakery just like the one depicted in her novel, where she developed a lifelong fondness for cheesecake brownies.
These days, when not writing, she loves to be outside exploring hiking trails, often wandering off the beaten path. Her other passions include baking, learning foreign languages, and reading.