I am quite excited to have been contacted by author Rebecca Dahlke, as this is the third book she has invited me to read, so I can only assume that she is pleased with the reviews I have completed for her so far and for my part, I just love her books.
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.
‘A Dead Red Oleander’ is the third adventure in the Lalla Bains series
“A DEAD RED OLEANDER”
When a late in the season emergency forces Lalla Bains to accept a greenhorn ag pilot for her dad’s cropdusting business, she sighs in relief . After all, he comes highly recommended, his physical is spotless, and with a name by Dewey Treat, what could possibly go wrong?
Then her quirky relatives arrive from Texas and things go south in a hurry; Dewey Treat drops dead, his tearful widow claims he was murdered, clobbers Sherriff Caleb Stone with his own gun, and makes a run for it. Lalla, convinced the widow is innocent, sets out to prove it—against the express wishes of fiancé Caleb Stone.
Feds, local law, suspicious ag-pilots, nutso relatives, and her daddy’s new sidekick, Bruce the goat, make life a living hell for Lalla. Will her nosey nature solve the crime and save the day? Or put them all in mortal danger?
R.P. (REBECCA) DAHLKE
Rebecca is a well established and respected author in the romantic mystery/suspense genre, with three titles already on the shelves and a fourth (the third in the Lalla Bains series) well underway and due to be published later in 2012.
She was raised on the family crop dusting ranch in California USA, although these days, she lives with her husband in Arizona USA.
Rebecca began writing way back in 1994, although a family tragedy curtailed her writing for many years after the publication of ‘A Dead Red Cadillac’, until she felt able to pick up her pen again in 2010, when ‘A Dangerous Harbor’ was conceptualised and ‘A Dead Red Heart’ was finally completed.
Rebecca set up a chapter of SINC (‘Sisters In Crime Inc’) in her home town, adding to the some 48 chapters which exist all over the world. SINC is an organisation of about 3600 members in 48 chapters world-wide and founded in 1986, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. It comprises authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries. The aims of the organisation are to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.
Rebecca is also an accomplished artist and you can view her beautiful paintings on her website.
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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.
Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!