(A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch
About the Book
Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery)
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Digital ASIN: B07H1VFL64
If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.
Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.
But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.
Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.
When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.
With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.
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Things we learn from dogs
Some of the best characters in books are dogs. Maybe that’s because dogs are some of the best real-life characters.
In mystery novels, dogs can get away with things even fictional humans can’t. A guy runs into the yard and sniffs the villain’s prize rose bushes? Odd. A dog? Charming. Even better if he discovers the body.
And, as my protagonist Alex discovers in Seeing Red: “Troll the neighborhood alone asking questions and you’re a nosy reporter, an unemployed weirdo, or a busybody with way too much free time. But take a dog—preferably a cute and curious puppy—and suddenly you’re that friendly neighbor down the street.”
Dogs are also great teachers. And they aren’t afraid to share their wisdom. A few things I’ve learned from dogs:
1. Vacuum cleaners are evil. Admit it, who springs out of bed singing, “Oh joyous morning, I can’t wait to vacuum today”? Nobody.
Dogs feel the same way. But they don’t dress it up. Vacuum cleaners are awful and should be avoided at all costs. Full stop.
2. Bacon is good. Read that last sentence without your mouth watering. I dare you. And dogs know the score.
It can be turkey bacon or even the vegetarian variety. But the traditional stuff is always appreciated. If dogs ruled the world, FTD would traffic in BLTs, and ATM options would include Canadian-style, hickory smoked and infused with maple syrup.
3. Cat naps aren’t just for cats. Ever watch a puppy at play? They have two speeds: play and sleep. They run full out until, without warning, they drop – like chubby little stones – and snooze where they fall. Before you know it, they’re up and running again.
Can you picture what the average corporate headquarters would look like if humans could do the same? Bedlam.
4. Flowers are meant to be smelled. OK, to a dog, pretty much everything is meant to be sniffed. (We won’t get into all of that.)
For canines, the world is a multi-scented olfactory buffet. You – the human with the phone in one hand and the leash in the other – put down that cell and pay attention to your four-footed friend. He knows how to savor life. And he’s happy to share.
Dana Dratch writes the Red Herring mysteries, including SEEING RED — out May 28 from Kensington Books. Along with Alex Vlodnachek and her crazy family, the stories feature Lucy, a still growing puppy of unknown parentage. A former Las Vegas stray, Lucy loves bacon, pizza, and fast-moving clouds, but still hates the vacuum cleaner. (And who can blame her?)
SEEING RED, out now from Kensington Books:
If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies, and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.
Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. Just like the glittering cocktail parties he throws at his sprawling Victorian inn.
But the ex-reporter discovers that something’s off at the Cotswolds House — and it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her assistance. And her discretion.
Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep showing up uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen.
After the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.
With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, feisty grandmother Baba, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.
About the Author
Dana Dratch is a personal finance writer and the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING and SEEING RED. She’s currently working on the third Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure, RED HOT. Get updates at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.
tery—you’ll spot her byline on a host of top news sites. You can learn more about her mysteries at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.
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