Though she never wanted to sit on the plank above the dunk tank for the food pantry fundraiser, Jolie never dreamed what Scoobie saw would nearly kill him. His ex-con mother arrives and there's a murder to add to the mix. Even appraising real estate is complicated by home burglars. Jolie grudgingly seeks help from her nemesis, reporter George Winters, and tries to evade a kidnapper and murderer and take charge of her world again.
The police wish she'd butt out and Aunt Madge is furious that Jolie insists on talking to a couple shady characters on her own. Soon even the guests at Aunt Madge's Cozy Corner B&B are in the way. Can Jolie keep her friends safe, and will Scoobie recover enough to say what happened to him and plan another silly fundraiser?
Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of "Trouble on the Doorstep" and other books in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, which has eight books and a prequel. She also writes plays and novellas. "Behind the Walls" is a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Murder and Mayhem Awards. "Biding Time" was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper." She is a regular attendee at conferences such as Muncie's Midwest Writers Workshop and the Indianapolis Magna Cum Murder, and conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.
Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's bed and breakfast
at the Jersey shore, taking her cat Jazz, and joining
Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat from
her embezzling ex-husband, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was
get even more complicated.
Jolie finds work as a real estate appraiser, but a low-life
named Joe Pedone demands that Jolie repay some of her husband's gambling debts
and she runs into Michael Riordan, her high school crush. She's not sure which
one is more trouble. Jolie appraises his mother's house and finds his
mother dead in bed. Soon the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging
suggestions that she go to the ten-year high school reunion are mixed with
calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone, and requests that she help
the local busybody with First Presbyterian's
social services work. Jolie balances her fear of Pedone, conviction that
Michael is innocent, and sometimes uneasy friendship with long-ago friend
Her friends and local police warn her to butt out, but that’s just encouragement for a woman who likes to get to the bottom of things. Jolie tries to get her cat, Jazz, to feel at home in the new house. Maybe an unexpected visitor can be a substitute for Aunt Madge’s golden retrievers.
And then there’s her love life. Jolie also needs to decide if she really wants to get back with her former boyfriend, Ocean Alley Press reporter George Winters. Or are feelings for someone else trying to get her attention?
When Jolie Gentil’s parents leave her with Aunt Madge for her
junior year so they can ‘work things out’ in their marriage, she’s angry. She
knows no one at Ocean Alley
High School. Some kids snub her,
but she makes friends with the irreverent Scoobie. He’s quirky and fun, but he’s
skipped school and smoked pot in the past, so people avoid him. Jolie learns
how to shoot a squirt gun from under the boardwalk and tries not to flunk
geometry. She also learns that the family she babysits for has a secret, one
that puts Jolie in danger. You’ve met Jolie and Scoobie as crime-solving
adults. Check out their high school friendship. Same humor, different
challenges. Plus a couple of hints about why Jolie wants to get to the bottom
of murders when she’s all grown up.
Jolie Gentil and friends are putting the
finishing touches on the Talk Like a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry
and trying to figure out who's breaking into some of the houses Jolie
appraises. When she realizes a new face in town is leading high school kids
into trouble in those houses, she's mad and lets him know it. But Hayden offers
to help her mind her own business, and a lot of people at the fundraiser hear
her give him what for. A hurricane's on the way to disrupt the fundraiser, and
when a corpse turns up under the pirate ship the next day, someone wants to be
sure Jolie looks like a suspect.
When her car gets run into a ditch, Jolie knows
someone is seriously mad at her. Soon she's getting less work. Who wants a
murder suspect appraising their house? Scoobie's pirate limericks can't solve a
crime, so Jolie and her sometimes buddy local reporter George Winters look for
the murderer and try to figure out who's trying to frame Jolie. They need to
stay ahead of whoever's mad at her and off the radar of the local police who
tell Jolie -- for the hundredth time -- to butt out. For a cozy mystery with a
dose of humor and a touch of romance, join Jolie and friends in Ocean Alley.