Elliott Lisbon blends her directorship of the Ballantyne Foundation with her PI-in-Training status by planning parties and performing discreet inquiries for charitable patrons. But when the annual Wonderland Tea Party makes everyone go mad as a hatter, Elli gets pulled into a shooting, a swindle, and the hunt for a Faberge egg.
From seedy pawn parlors to creepy antique shops, Sea Pine Island’s other half prove to be as wacky as the wealthy. As Elli falls farther down the rabbit hole, she finds a scheming salesman, a possessive paramour, a dead donor—in fact, the only thing missing is a bottle labeled “Drink Me.” As events evolve from curious to crazy, Elli gets lost in the maze and finds herself trapped in a house of cards with a killer.
Books in the Elliott Lisbon Humorous Mystery Series:
SWITCH BACK (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE)
BOARD STIFF (#1)
WHACK JOB (#2)
SWAN DIVE (#3) (April 2015)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at the age of seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, is an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Ell iott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only five thousand hours away from
getting her PI license. Along with writing and reading, Kendel spends her time editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner.
At the start of Agatha-finalist Lynn's sprightly second Elliott Lisbon Mystery (after 2013's Board Stiff), Elli, a PI-in-training who's also the director of the Ballantyne Foundation on South Carolina's Sea Pine Island, witnesses a crime. A man walks into the restaurant where Elli is having lunch and shoots local insurance agent Gilbert Goodsen, an occasional donor to the foundation, then flees. Elli rushes over to the wounded Gilbert, and tries to staunch the blood flowing from his arm. Elli soon gets caught up in an investigation that also involves a swindle and the theft of a Faberge egg. Meanwhile, Elli must oversee the foundation's annual fundraiser, a Wonderland Tea Party, in which she encounters more stumbling blocks than Alice herself as she wandered through Wonderland. The stormy relationship between Gilbert and his wife, who are trying to work out a divorce settlement, complicates the case. Cozy fans will find plenty to like.