Friday, June 3, 2011

A Parfait Murder

By Tally Jones
From Wendy Lyn Watson's Mysteries a la Mode

Life in a Dalliance, Texas, has more layers than an icebox cake.

Take my cousin, Bree.  All her life she's carefully cultivated a party girl persona.  In high school, she cracked gum, cracked wise, and cracked a few heads.  None of the boys who panted after her and her double-Ds realized she had straight As on her report card.

If it hadn't been for an ill-timed (and ultimately false) pregnancy scare, Bree could have gotten out of Dalliance, gone to college, had some security in her life.  But, instead, she had a string of cruddy husbands, each more loathsome and unreliable than the last.

Today, she's on her own.  Well, except for her precocious daughter, Alice.  But Bree is still a mess of contradictions.  She dresses like a two-bit hooker and swears like a sailor.  The folks down at the Bar None worship her for her sexy karaoke performances and her ability to pound shots with the best of 'em. They'd be floored to see her sitting at our kitchen table with a pair of reading glasses perched on her nose and a fussy cross-stitch sampler in her hands.  Or to catch her weeping softly over a commercial for flavored coffee.

Now, Bree's past is coming back to haunt her, and her bad girl image may bite her in the behind.  One of her exes (Alice's daddy) rolled back into town, and before you could say "paternity test," Bree got caught standing over his very dead lawyer ... a gun in her hand.

I know Bree.  The real Bree.  She's not a killer.  Underneath that tough talk, she's a sweet and sensitive girl.  But just like with an ice box cake, it's almost impossible to tease apart the layers in her life, separate fact from fiction.


What about you?  What would people be surprised to know about you?  Are you all about the layers, or are you a "what you see is what you get" kind of person?

Find out more about Bree's predicament in A Parfait Murder, available on Tuesday!  And be sure to visit Wendy on her website and on Facebook.


  1. I'd like to think I'm an open book, but is anyone, really? We all have hidden depths,a multitude of layers. I do; definitely an icebox cake.

    Darn, now I want cake!!

  2. I'm definitely layers. But I have to agree with Victoria, is anyone really known? I think everyone has secrets. Some people just tell you all their secrets at first meeting. LOL


  3. I think the ones who tell you all their "secrets" in that first meeting are really hiding something (if only from themselves).

    And, yeah, cake. It's the season for icebox cake, you know. :)

  4. We have to agree with Victoria and Avery -- we're all layered! Which is mighty handy for those of us who write mysteries. People are so wonderfully complex! (Sophie says it would be a whole lot easier to solve mysteries if characters didn't have so many secrets.)

    ~ Krista and Sophie

  5. Cute, cute blog! And I am multi-layered--and never know which layer is going to appear at any given time.

  6. If you haven't ordered up a copy, do it today.
    “A Parfait of Murder” was more delectable than a fudge sundae with double whipped cream on top. It has more surprising twist and turns than a Vanilla/Raspberry Twist cone. Pick up the book this summer for a cool treat at the beach.

  7. Definitely layered and some may be sweet as cake, others, not so. But I think that's what makes everyone so interesting. Like Bree.

  8. Oh, I love Bree! I hope she can get out of this. (Oh, and the shot of that layer cake made me drool).

  9. Bree is my kind of friend. I wonder why the ex is in town?

  10. I'm going out for some ice cream and the ingredients for an icebox cake. Eating them is another way to add layers. Oh, those are the wrong sort of layers?

  11. The layer cake looks awesome!
    cant wait to read this next book in the Mysteries a la Mode series! =)