Title: Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash
Author: Wendy Kendall
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Purse designer Katherine Watson is up to her shoulder bag in danger, but she's determined to see that a murderer gets their just desserts as she investigates a chilling cold case.
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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This is another entertaining romp in Kendall’s fictional town, featuring amateur sleuth and purse designer, Katherine Watson. Katherine and her friend Brenda are enjoying a refreshing summer stop at their favorite ice cream shop. While visiting, Katherine takes on a challenge to make a special signature purse to support the owner of the shop in a local sweets contest. But things go sideways as fast as the ice cream melts, when she gets pulled into a missing persons case. True to form, Katherine can’t resist a little sleuthing and the clues lead her deeper into a mystery, that might be a murder. Does a killer lurk in Bayside? And if so, will she solve this cold case, or get iced? This novella is prequel to “Kat Out of the Bag,” that works as a stand alone story or can be read after Kendall’s debut novel. It’s as appealing as the yummy pistachio ice cream featured in the story, and you’ll eat it up almost as fast. There’s a lot that makes this story at least two scoops of fun, but my favorite is that I get to know the character of Brenda a little better in this book. Brenda is the murder victim in “Kat Out of the Bag”, so it’s nice to see her get some screen time and focus on Kat and Brenda’s friendship in the present tense. Also, if you read this book first, it will make the novel that much more poignant when Brenda is killed. This novella also introduces us to more characters that I am sure will figure into future books in the In Purse-Suit Mystery series. Settings too, for that matter. Ginardo’s Ice Cream Shop is a great addition to the Bayside landscape. If you love cozy mysteries or need a great beach read to finish out the summer, I encourage you to pick this book up!
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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 introduces purse designer and amateur sleuth Katherine Watson. She's investigating the mayor's murder at her gala opening. The prequel novella Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. Katherine is determined to see that a murderer gets their just desserts. Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For will be available November, 2021. It's an intriguing tangle of mystery and love in Katherine's town of Bayside. Wendy enjoys the Pacific Northwest and time with her two sons. She's a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and columnist, and is working on the next of the In Purse-Suit Mysteries.
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