In Book One of her bestselling mystery series, author Nancy Tesler welcomes you to Carrie Carlin's world.
Two things the suburban mom and biofeedback stress reduction therapist knows:
1) your body believes everything you tell it, and
2) she is telling hers that her life isn't worth living...
...because on Christmas Eve, the day after her fortieth birthday, her husband of eighteen years takes off with his young, drop-dead gorgeous marketing director.
Carrie can't eat. She hardly sleeps. When she does, her dreams are nightmares fraught with deadly specters. Her waking fantasies are equally lethal. When the bimbo is found conked over the head and tossed in the family's half-filled pool on the very afternoon Carrie has been spying on her, Carrie's fight-or-flight response goes into orbit as she finds herself topping Detective Ted Brodsky's suspect list.
He shows up at her office asking questions...about her impending divorce... about her emotional state...about her financial situation. All of Carrie's biofeedback training deserts her. Her personal mantra--"I'm ca-a-lm, I'm ca-alm, this is not a life-threatening situation," doesn't work. Diaphragmatic breathing doesn't work, self-hypnosis doesn't work, positive affirmations, self-talk, envisioning the handsome detective on a boat sailing out of her life forever doesn't work.
The scandal sheets go wild, Carrie's clients start canceling appointments, her ten-year-old son is forced to fight for her honor at school, her preteen daughter vows never to marry, and the family dog develops bladder problems. Something has to be done and it seems Carrie is going to have to do it. Now the single mom turned sleuth is on the run, finding out shocking secrets about her ex, her friends, and even her clients--as a killer targets her....
Bestselling author Nancy Tesler is: "author of one of the most original and brilliant series featuring an amateur female detective" (Female Detective.com) Her Carrie Carlin novels are : "...delightful....amateur sleuthing at its charming, endearing, laughable and surprising best." (Charlotte Austin Review)
Tesler "has a deft hand with pacing and a shrewd eye for character..." (The Drood Review) "knows how to write an extremely exciting who-done-it that can't be put down." (The Midwest Book Review)