Monday, August 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bad Day for a Bombshell by Cindy Vincent

Genre: Adult, Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Whodunit Press
Publication date: Fall, 2016
December 5th, 1941.  Sometime Houston socialite, Tracy Truworth, is always on the lookout for something suspicious, especially after growing up with her nose in the latest Katie McClue mystery novel, a series featuring a twenty-something female detective and her constant feats of derring do.  And for Tracy, escaping reality through reading couldn’t come at a better time, since her own life isn’t exactly going along like she’d hoped, considering her overbearing mother insists that Tracy marry Michael — a lawyer likely to be a U.S. Senator someday — in a wedding rivaling royalty.  Yet everything changes for Tracy when she spots a bleach-blonde bombshell on the train home from Dallas after a shopping trip to Neiman Marcus.  Because something certainly seems amiss with the blonde, given the way she covertly tries to snare men into her lair, and considering she ceases all flirtations when a Humphrey Bogart lookalike suddenly appears . . . complete with a mysterious package wrapped up in newspaper and twine.

But days later, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and a few days after that, Germany declares war against the U.S.  Rightly so, President Roosevelt returns the favor.  And soon Tracy finds herself caught up in the War, just like the rest of the nation.  But it’s her curiosity that leads her on a collision course with a killer, and she arrives at the bombshell’s apartment only moments after the blonde is murdered.  Though Tracy is accused of the crime at first, she soon finds herself working as an Apprentice P.I., under the tutelage of a real private investigator.  Soon, they’re hot on the trail of the bombshell’s murderer.  From singing at the hottest nightclub around, the Polynesian Room, to a car chase in her 1940 Packard, Tracy’s investigation takes her far from her blue-blood upbringing.  It isn’t long before she finds the War is hitting a lot closer to home than she ever imagined . . . And danger isn’t much farther than her doorstep . . .

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Cindy Vincent, M.A. Ed., is the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers, a mystery series for kids and cat-lovers that features the adventures of two black cat detectives.  And yes, as she is often asked, Cindy used her own black cats, Buckley and Bogey, as the inspiration for the series, since they seem to run surveillance on her house each and every night.  Cindy is also the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls, along with the Daisy Diamond Detective novels, which are a spin-off from the games.  She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.  Cindy is a self-professed “Christmas-a-holic,” and usually starts planning and preparing in March for her ever-expanding, “extreme” Christmas lights display every year . . . She is also looking forward to the release of the first book in her new Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., 1940s Homefront Mystery series,  which is due out in the Fall of 2016. 

Snippet 3

​Now I wondered if I could even remember an ounce of what Sammy had told me about conducting my very first interview with a potential witness or suspect.  More than anything, I wanted to do a good job right off the bat.  And I wanted to show Sammy that I would be an asset to the agency.

So, when he knocked on the door to 2B, I stood up straight and tall, and plastered a smile on my face.  I had all of his techniques in mind and I was ready to take on the Eldridges.  I planned to perform the interview of all interviews.  Just like Katie McClue had done in every one of her books.  I would eke out some minute detail that would turn out to be the one clue that would help us crack this case, and lead us to Betty Hoffman’s murderer.

And best of all, by the time I had finished, my new boss would give me a pat on the back, and tell me what a great job I had done.

“Ready, kid?” Sammy asked, as we heard the doorknob turn.

I took a deep breath.  “Ready.”

Then the door opened and Mrs. Eldridge peeked out.

Right before she screamed bloody murder.

So much for my first interview as an Apprentice P.I.

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Cindy Vincent said...

Hello, Melanie, and thank you so much for being part of the Cover Reveal tour for "Bad Day For a Bombshell!" You've got a wonderful blog, and I truly appreciate your taking the time to participate in our tour, too. And don't forget to enter the giveaway yourself, since bloggers can win as well!

Thanks again, and keep up all the great work!

Cindy Vincent

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