Blog Tour: Out From Under
Out From Under
Pea Pod Girls’ Investigations Book #1
By- Melanie Donithan, Dee Middleton-Taylor, and Suzanne Curry
Expected Publication Date- March 2015
Three small town, middle-aged women with big town dreams open up The Pea Pod Girls’ Investigations. Gigi VanWey, the Amazon Queen, Tallulah Dewy Townz, the pint-sized rebel who can open a can of whoop ass, and Babs Rosencrantz, the Jewish Guru, had no idea how much trouble they could stir up with their first case. These extremely resourceful women are three peas in a pod who know how to get a job done.
Their first client, trophy wife and recovering-sugar-daddy-addict Cyndi Lou Montgomery, wants to find out how one minute she’s watching the Douglas County 4th of July celebration and the next, waking up in the Douglas County Prize Bull Barn in a most un-lady-like situation. Now Cyndi is being blackmailed, and given specific instructions to follow.
The Pea Pod Girls didn’t know that a home explosion, being shot at, missing evidence and unwanted help from the new town sheriff, Jackson Lee – who, by the way, is so hot you could fry an egg on his fine ass – would be part of the job.
The case comes to a head when the Pea Pod Girls set a trap for the blackmailer at the annual Midnight Madness Costume Ball.
Will the Pea Pod Girls be able to solve the mystery before the clock strikes midnight?
After twenty-five years of horrendous cases involving abuse and neglect, I wanted out of a lead investigator job at the local Child Welfare Services. Many hours of planning and research convinced me to open my own business. I’m over fifty—fifty-two to be precise—and being my own boss was much more appealing. You see, after raising my daughter, Zoe, and my son, Hudson, I figured it was a perfect time to branch out in life. I had my fill of working twenty-five years with my ex-husband, Richard Butt, or as he insists on being addressed, Assistant Attorney General Richard Butt. I personally prefer to call him Dick Butt because it has a nice ring to it. To think, that man had me under his thumb not only at work, but literally under him for fifteen years of marriage. It’s a wonder I’m still sane, yet I’d bet a quarter he would dispute that issue in a court of law. Now that I think about it, other associates might wonder if I’m lacking a few forks in my drawer. People often assume that if you’re a little quirky, you’re a friggin’ idiot. Now I don’t claim to be off the Richter scale when it comes to brains, but I’m not stupid. For those who care, I’m a graduate of Oregon College of Enlightenment, located in the little dry town of Monmouth, Oregon. Driving to the neighboring town of Independence for alcohol was a regular occurrence at that time in my life. I went to OCE to become an art teacher and eventually ended up in law enforcement. Talk about polar opposites. I had one term left to graduate and all of a sudden, the head of the art department informed me my work was too progressive and a little too outspoken. I told him to go to hell and calmly walked out of his office. Okay, so I’ll admit I’m a little different and express my thoughts freely. I’m pretty sure he’s currently a resident at the Devil’s Highway Motel. After that bit of excitement, I went crying into Professor Timpanni’s office. Ever since I took his class on “Delving into the Deviant Mind” as an elective, he’d been trying to recruit me into the criminal justice program. On that day, I crossed over to the dark side. Anyway, after years of devotion to my kids and job, I finally had the time to work on me.
About the Authors-
Melanie, aka Pea Pod Girl Number One, is a forty-something mother of two. She works in the legal field in her hometown of Wenatchee, WA, and is a member of Write on the River.
Dee, aka Pea Pod Girl in the Middle, lives in Wenatchee with her husband Glenn and American Bulldog Abbee. She has a BS in Corrections and has worked in the criminal justice field for more than 28 years. She expresses her abundance of creative energy through writing mysteries, drawing, remodeling her home, sewing Pea Pod costumes, and cooking.
Suz, aka Pea Pod Girl Number Three, lives with her husband Dennis in Tucson, AZ, where she enjoys watching sunsets, practicing tai chi, painting, and Skyping on a regular basis with Mel and Dee. Suz has a Master’s degree in school counseling and has worked with at-risk youth and families for the past 20 years.