SECRET LIVES AND PRIVATE EYES by Heather Weidner, guest post & giveaway

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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
by Heather Weidner

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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
Publisher: Koehler Books (June 20, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1633932562


Business has been slow for Private Investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, but her luck seems to change when a tell-all author hires her to find rock star Johnny Velvet. Could the singer—whose career purportedly ended in a fiery crash almost thirty years ago—still be alive?

As if sifting through dead ends in a cold case isn’t bad enough, Delanie is hired by loud-mouth strip club owner Chaz Wellington Smith, III, to uncover information about the mayor’s secret life. When the mayor is murdered, Chaz becomes the key suspect, and Delanie must clear his name. She also has to figure out why a landscaper keeps popping up in her other investigation. Can the private investigator find the connection between the two cases before another murder—possibly her own—takes place?

Secret Lives and Private Eyes is a fast-paced mystery that will appeal to readers who like a strong, female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of difficult, and sometimes humorous, situations.


Guest post

A Playlist for My Novel, Secret Lives and Private Eyes

Thank you so much for letting me visit today. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is the first novel in my Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series. She is a private investigator who zips around the cities and countryside of Central Virginia in her black Mustang (usually with the radio blaring).

I love music. It has always been a huge part of my life, and I have playlists for reading, writing, editing, and revising. Music is always on at home or work. I love all kinds of genres, but I seem to gravitate back to songs from the Big ‘80s. Songs from my high school and college days will always be my favorites. And that era plays a huge role in my debut novel.

Business has been slow for Private Investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, but her luck seems to change when a tell-all author hires her to find pop star, Johnny Velvet of the Vibes. Could the singer whose career purportedly ended in a fiery crash almost 30 years ago still be alive? And she and her partner, computer guru Duncan Reynolds, have to figure out why the star would leave the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles music scene for a farm in rural Amelia County, Virginia. Could plain ‘ole John Bailey really be the Johnny Velvet, heartthrob of the ‘80s?

So here’s my playlist for Secret Lives and Private Eyes. These songs make me think of Delanie, her sassy spirit, the Decade of Excess, and of course, her beloved Mustang.

  1. Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes”
  2. Robbin Thompson’s “Candy Apple Red”
  3. Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”
  4. Kelly Pickler’s “Red High Heels”
  5. Robbin Thompson’s “Sweet Virginia Breeze”
  6. A-Ha’s “Take on Me”
  7. Modern English’s “I Melt with You”
  8. Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  9. Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”
  10. Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love”
  11. Cyndi Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”
  12. Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
  13. Keith Urban’s “Jeans on”
  14. Geils Band’s “Freeze Frame”
  15. Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
  16. The Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun”
  17. Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally”
  18. Chuck Berry’s “My Mustang Ford”
  19. Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town”
  20. Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl”
  21. Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom”
  22. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”
  23. Rascal Flatts’ “Life is a Highway”
  24. Mark Wills’ “Nineteen Something”
  25. Bowling for Soup’s “1985”
  26. And Hall and Oates’ “Private Eyes”

Music is such a big part of our lives. We remember lyrics from songs that were popular ages ago, and it invokes a variety of emotions. This list makes me think of my sassy character and the adventures she has as she tries to track down a missing rock singer and solve the mystery of the murdered mayor.



Heather’s short stories appear in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. Her debut novel, Secret Lives and Private Eyes, will be published on June 20, 2016.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She currently lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. She is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia. She is currently President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia.


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