Title: Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash
Author: Wendy Kendall
Genre: Cozy Mystery Novella
Designer Katherine Watson is enjoying a delectable frozen pistachio treat at Ginardo’s beachside ice cream shop when her friend issues a playful dare. Katherine can’t resist accepting the challenge and finds herself tasked with creating a designer purse out of pistachio shells. But the fun day takes a chilling turn when Katherine uncovers a clue in the ice cream store to a decades old missing persons case--and she suspects there may be a killer in their midst. Katherine is soon up to her shoulder bag in danger, but she’s determined to see that a murderer gets his just desserts.
Together they pulled the false panel away and revealed a mural of Bayside beach. They balanced the panel against the side wall and everyone approached the beautiful scene in awe.
Brenda took in a deep breath. “It's incredible.”
The wall was covered with sand and surf. Katherine was impressed by its realism. It was like seeing outside through floor to ceiling windows and there were portraits of four family members, all enjoying a day together at the beach.
Ida pointed at the signature on the lower right corner. “I was right. It's a Tracy Ryan painting of the family enjoying a sunny day at Bayside.”
Arturo viewed it, wide-eyed. “Magnifico. Who could cover this? It's a vibrant tribute to a loving heart.”
Katherine wondered, “Will you leave it uncovered?”
Katherine searched the wall for any clue. Her shoulders sagged when she didn't see one. “What could have happened to her?”
Ida clasped her hands together. “I don't think we'll ever know.”
Brenda typed into her cell phone and put it back in her purse. “I'm going to check with the police department and see if they can re-open the cold case. Maybe with today's technology there's evidence we can now pursue.”
Katherine stepped up to the artist's self-portrait and whispered, “We'll do all we can to solve your mystery.”
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A prequel to Kat Out of the Bag, designer Katherine Watson is up to her shoulder bag in danger, but she's determined to see that a murderer gets his just desserts. It all starts with a teasing dare in the Ginardo's Family Ice Cream Shop that plunges Katherine and her friend Brenda Dirling into a chilling cold case. They don't know it, but this may be the last adventure Katherine and Brenda will have together, before tragedy strikes one of them down.
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Wendy Kendall has a passion for purses and stories of the women through history who carried them. Her cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag is the first book of the In Purse-Suit Mystery Series. She enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest.
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