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‘A Dead Red Oleander’ By R.P. (Rebecca) Dahlke


The world is flat. I know it is, because for the last five hours the view has been exactly the same. Only the sun has done any traveling, working its long shadows through straight lines of harvested cotton. A few crows shop the furrowed rows for worms, weevils and grasshoppers. One hops over to inspect the truck I’m lying under, cocks a beady black eye, probably attracted to the shiny metal police-issued handcuffs, my hand in one of the cuffs, dangling from wrist to arm, and finally down to me, Lalla Bains, aero-ag pilot, sometime busybody, meddling where I shouldn’t – again …

I was so pleased when Rebecca Dahlke contacted me, to let me know that the third book in the Lalla Bains series was soon to be published, with a view to inviting me to read an advance copy of ‘A Dead Red Oleander’ and sharing my thoughts about the book with my readers and fellow bloggers.

I love Rebecca’s style of writing and the complex mix of genres, which leads her to describing her books as humorous/ romantic/ mysteries. There certainly is never a dull moment in the stories and you need to have your wits about you to keep up with the pacey plots and the very ‘off the wall’ behaviour of Lalla Bains!!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Sheila,

      Lalla Bains often seems to find herself in handcuffs and on the wrong side of the law, despite the fact that her long suffering boyfriend is the local Sherriff.

      The reasons why she ends up in the same predicament time and time again, always manage to raise an eyebrow and more often than not a smile, from any reader.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      The previous two titles in this series were ‘A Dead Red Cadillac’ and ‘A Dead Red Heart’, which were both self explanatory from the cover art, so I did wonder why it took me so long to work this title out!!!

      Rebecca does offer some quite descriptive writing, which counterbalances the humour, quite nicely and makes for an all-round good entertaining read.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to ‘speak’ with you again.

    • Hi Chris,

      As you say, finding time to comment in such detail about your surroundings, when you are handcuffed under a truck, is a little bizarre, but if you have been there for some time, I guess there isn’t much else to do!

      Lalla Bains, spends so much of her time in these strange situations, that nothing she does surprises me any more. She has a propensity for trouble and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, especially when there are bodies around!!

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you!

    • Hi Jo,

      Up until a few months ago, I would never have gone out to buy a book which had any humour in the story, it just wouldn’t have interested me.

      Talking and reviewing with authors such as Rebecca, has changed my perspective on this completely. I am now much more open to trying out different genres and writing styles and I am enjoyong the freedom to explore.

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that you have a great weekend.

    • Hi Tracy,

      This series of book are nothing if not interesting, entertaining and slightly humorous.

      The character of Lalla Bains is so ‘off the wall’ that it seems that she continually finds herself ‘not being able to do right, for doing wrong’, although it is always with the best of intentions and well meant.

      These books are a cross between a regular mystery and a ‘cozy’ mystery and are just great to lighten the mood a little.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate any comments your leave.

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