Life has been good for Tallulah Jones, and nabbing a spot on the judging panel at the Lantana County Fair puts the cherry on top. But when Tally's cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the fairground with a vixen on his arm and fat wallet in his pocket, all the fun goes cold.
Bree immediately files for back child support, but then her ex's attorney is found dead at the fair and things look more than a little sticky because Bree is standing over the body with a gun in her hand. She pleads her innocence and begs Tally to clear her sweet name.
Will Tally prove Bree's innocence or will she find her cousin as committed the "parfait" crime.
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ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
WENDY: I read a lot as a kid. I always had a book with me and spent every possible lunch hour in my school library. The first book I really remember reading--like, actually turning pages and reading words--was a picture book called "Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine" (a Caldecott winner by Evaline Ness). I don't remember the story well, but Sam was a little girl and Bangs was a cat. Sam told tall tales and one of her bits of "moonshine" almost gets her friend killed. Pretty heavy for a picture book, but I loved it.
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
WENDY: Geez, this one is tough … I love cartoons. There are a lot of good ones now, for grown-ups at least. But I'll stick with an old classic: Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. I empathize with his tendency to make everything more difficult than it actually is as well as his sheer cussedness in pursuing his goal. And, let's face it, the anvil on the head never gets old.
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
WENDY: People who are fake-y nice. I'd rather hang out with someone who is openly mean than with someone who is just pretending to be nice. All that syrupy baby talk and those brittle smiles … Makes me crazy.
ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
WENDY: Oh, fun! Well, there are two songs in the book: "Can't We Try" by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard, and "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. I would also add "Hold Me Now" (The Thompson Twins), "Fancy" (Reba McEntire), and "Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt).
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
WENDY: I love all my cats, but one of them--Todd--has the most wonderful, rumbly purr. He prefers to sit on people, tummy to tummy, and it's like feline valium.
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
WENDY: We'll skip over the stories I started and gave up on and move right ahead to the first story I completed. In "Grandma," a sad-sack named Amos finds his wealthy grandmother dead at the foot of her stairwell. Terrified people will think he killed her, he decides to frame his sister (Mehetabel) by ditching the body in her basement. He hauls the body across town in his trunk, tucks her behind Mehetabel's Maytag, and then waits. When Mehetabel, on the lam, calls Amos, she expresses wonder that he somehow figured out she'd killed grandma … It was silly, but I guess my very first story was, at heart, a mystery.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
WENDY: "A Room with a View." Le sigh … so dreamy.
ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
WENDY: This may not be a fair answer, but Glenn Close. I know, she's not a villain. But she plays the best villains ever. Cruella De Vil, Alex Forrest in "Fatal Attraction," Isabelle de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons," and most recently Patty Hewes on "Damages" . . . she manages to be super-bad but still human and relatable. I love her.
ANGI: Warm weather or Cold weather? And why please.
WENDY: Cold. Cold, cold, cold. I love cold weather accoutrements: a roaring fire, comfy quilts, hot cocoa, cuddling up with a good book. Besides, you can always put more clothes on …
ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: So, Wendy... I’m not certain if I love the story of how you met your husband more or the story reference of your names. Would you mind sharing hubby’s name and how you met?
WENDY’S GOTTA ANSWER: Aw, shucks. Mr. Wendy's real name is Peter, so we're Peter and Wendy -- just like Peter Pan. Adorable, huh?
WENDY NEEDS TO KNOW: In "Scoop to Kill," I left my readers with a romantic cliffhanger … wondering whether Tally would choose the Boy Scout or the bad boy. The answer's coming out next week, so I can't change it … but I'd still like to know: do you prefer your heroes diligent or devilish?
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