Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Was He REALLY That Bad?

by Lily Richards
from BATTERED TO DEATH by Gayle Trent
(Scheduled for release on Sept. 24, 2013)

I know better than anyone that my husband could be a jerk. That's why I left him. But I didn't realize he was so bad that someone would want to kill him.

You see, my husband--well, actually, my ex-husband--Jordan Richards was a celebrity chef. Some celebrities are known for their self-aggrandizement, and Jordan certainly was guilty of that. He was also a stickler for the rules and demanded perfection from everyone around him.

He also had a temper. I left him after he started thinking he could slap me around and get away with it. But, deep down, I still loved Jordan. I knew him for who he could be rather than simply who he was...who he'd become.

I visited Brea Ridge, Virginia upon hearing of his murder. I came to identify the body and to see if I could find answers as to who might've been angry enough with him to hit him over the head with a cake stand and then suffocate him in a bowl of cake batter. Upon getting to Brea Ridge, I learned that the suspect list was a mile long. Jordan had humiliated students in his scrollwork class, had been overheard arguing with someone in the kitchen, had devastated a child who'd entered a contest Jordan had judged, and had insulted or demeaned nearly every person with whom he'd came into contact.

Some of you are probably thinking I should just give up and leave the investigating to the police...and I probably will. But, even though he could be a horrible person, I'd once thought Jordan hung the moon and the stars. Don't I owe it to him to try to help find his killer?

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A Note From Gayle Trent:

First off, welcome back, Killer Characters! The cyber world is so much more boring without you! Prior to realizing the website would be back up by now, I scheduled a Facebook Beach Party/Giveaway. So, if you'd like to join me, Amanda Lee, and some crazy cozy characters celebrating summer (and the return of Killer Characters), please join me at: Facebook Beach Party/Giveaway today from 6 - 9 p.m. ET. The grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card, and other prizes will be given away at random throughout the evening, including a mani-pedi set, books, notebooks, totes, and Kindle downloads. Hope to see you there!

6 comments:

  1. Nice blog!



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  2. Sounds like a great book, can't wait to read it.

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  3. Yes, it is very good to have Killer Characters back! And, yes, how could you not try to figure out who did him in?

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  4. Oh, Lily, honey. You're better off without him -- you know that, don't you -- but yes, a part of him once had your heart. So, poke around if you must, but keep your heart safe!

    Claudette Randall, in Jewel Bay, Montana (from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries)

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  5. O dear, he really does sound like he got what he so richly deserved. And slapping you around, men don't change for the better you know. Good luck finding the killer.

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