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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AN INTERVIEW WITH A CROP-DUSTING SLEUTH

Today we welcome a special guest blogger, Eula Mae Bains, aero-ag pilot and star of RP Dahlke’s Dead Red Cadillac mystery series.

RP Dahlke writes humorous mysteries about an annoyingly tenacious tall, blonde and beautiful, ex-model turned crop-duster, who’s “been married so many times they oughta revoke (her) license.” Learn more about her and her books at her website and blog.

My name is Eula Mae Bains, so named for my great-aunt, on my daddy's side, the Texas side, or the stubborn side, depends on who you ask.  My brother, who couldn't wrap his tongue around Eula Mae, promptly shortened it to Lalla, and it has remained the same; through school, then a stint in N.Y. City as a runway model, and couple of bum marriages, and back to runways flying as an Aero-Ag pilot for my dad in the central valley of California.

I've been told I'm a busybody, sticking my nose in where it's not wanted, or needed, but after my vintage red Caddy (A Dead Red Cadillac) was found tailfins sticking out of a local lake with an acquaintance strapped into the driver's seat, I was left in the hot seat with City police, not to mention most of the population of Roxanne's Café, my home away from home in Modesto, California.
 
All that unwanted attention was enough to motivate me to get right on it. Uncover the culprit, bring him or her to justice. Not that I knew what I was doing, that is, until the killer made it perfectly clear unless I quit nosing around where I shouldn't, I was next.

What—and let a killer get away with murder? Not a chance. I'm not going to be intimidated into silence when an innocent woman has been murdered, and certainly not when someone thinks they can pin a murder on me. I've been called impetuous, stubborn, nosy and downright reckless. Let 'em!

And I've been at it ever since, from A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Heart, A Dead Red Oleander, A Dead Red Alibi, A Dead Red Miracle and coming soon, A Dead Red Gamble.
 
A Dead Red Cadillac is one of the books in Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries, a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars.

Titles include:

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy AlterReal estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends' funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn't realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan SantangeloCarol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME's On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP DahlkeWhen her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather HavenJust because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie HansenWhen the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

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Maggie Toussaint said...

So happy to read what you have to say, Lalla Bains! I have a friend named Lalla. Wonder if the two of you might know each other... (kidding). Glad to know you answered the call to action.

And mystery fans out there, I love Rebecca's writing. I hope you'll take a chance on Dead Red Cadillac in the Sleuthing Women full-length mystery anthology.

Camille Minichino said...

SO many interesting characters in one 10-book collection! Thanks for taking time to visit us Lalla.

RP Dahlke said...

Thanks, Lois, for allowing my sassy protagonist the time to vent on being a murder suspect. Much appreciated!

Vinnie/www.vinniehansen.com said...

What a unique profession for your sleuth, Rebecca! I also love your Red titles.

Jonnie Jacobs said...

Nice introduction, Lalla. You certainly lead an interesting life! A collection of books featuring interesting women - what a deal.

Heather Haven said...

I have loved this Dead Red series for years! It is not only fun, but has strong characters and relationship, with a smashing mystery. It's simply a perfect series.