Death by Chocolate: Volume 1

Sally Berneathy
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Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip
cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly
Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn't seem
very dead and a psycho stalker.


Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown,
hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any
room. Secrets from Paula's past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.


Determined to help Paula and to save her own life, Lindsay enlists
the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of
his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as
hidden microphones, guns and the inside of maximum security prisons.  


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About the author

I grew up in a small rural town in southeastern Oklahoma where our favorite entertainment on summer evenings was to sit outside under the stars and tell stories. When I went to bed at night, instead of a lullaby, I got a story. That could be due to the fact that everybody in my family has a singing voice like a bullfrog with laryngitis, but they sure could tell stories—ghost stories, funny stories, happy stories, scary stories.


For as long as I can remember I've been a storyteller. Thank goodness for computers so I can write down my stories. It's hard to make listeners sit still for the length of a book! Like my family's tales, my stories are funny, scary, dramatic, romantic, paranormal, magic.


Besides writing, my interests are reading, eating chocolate and riding my Harley.


I have two ongoing mystery series, Death by Chocolate (Death by Chocolate; Murder, Lies and Chocolate; and The Great Chocolate Scam, and Chocolate Mousse Attack) and Charley’s Ghost (The Ex Who Wouldn’t Die, The Ex Who Glowed in the Dark and The Ex Who Conned a Psychic).


I also sold fifteen romance novels ranging from comedy to dark suspense under the names Sally Carleen, Sally Steward and Sara Garrett. For those novels, I won several awards including National Readers' Choice, Romantic Times Best Silhouette Romance and two Rita finalist slots. Most of the Silhouettes are available as e-books, and I have e-pubbed six of the out-of-print single titles.


Contact information is available on my website. I love to talk to readers! And writers. And riders. And computer programmers. And teachers. And gardeners. And dogs. And puppets and poets and pirates and pawns and kings. Okay, I just plain love to talk!

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Sally Berneathy
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Feb 28, 2011
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