Her next case. She’s in it for good.
Isabel Long is in a funk months after solving her first case. Her relationship with the Rooster Bar’s owner is over. Then the cops say she must work for a licensed P.I. before working solo.
Encouraged by her ‘Watson’ — her 92-year-old mother — Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case.
The official ruling is Chet Waters, an ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited the junkyard, believes he was murdered. Topping the list of suspects are dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband.
Could the man’s death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.
~ Guest Post ~
Sex in Redneck’s Revenge: PG13
Yes, there’s six in my new mystery, Redneck’s Revenge. It makes sense because I write about adults and sex is a part of what they do. But it is a delicate matter when writing about something oh-so personal and with the potential to be vulgar. Let’s say I give enough so my readers can use their imagination.
There are no graphic descriptions of body parts. Nothing throbs. The sex scenes aren’t icky or embarrassing. My characters are consenting adults who are having a good old time in the sack, and in Redneck’s Revenge, they are mature consenting adults.
Specifically, Isabel, the book’s protagonist, has been a widow for a little more than a year. She grieved for him properly and then she was ready to have a relationship with all the fixings. How did she put it? It’s time to do something foolish or at least, have fun.
It’s all a part of her transformation from a long-time journalist to an amateur sleuth. She has one case under her belt — check out Chasing the Case for that — and has signed on for another.
Isabel is what the French call une femme d’un certain age. I didn’t want a protagonist who was some sweet, young, but a woman with experience.
That’s what she does. And she doesn’t have to look far even in that dinky hilltown where she lives. Try the town’s only bar, the Rooster.
I’m not going to spoil things by giving away who Isabel has sex with in Redneck’s Revenge. (Actually he even has a rival.) But I will say there’s a lot of playful banter between Isabel and her lover, but then again she is a bit on the sassy side.
Then there’s Annette Waters, who hires Isabel for this case. She owns a garage and junkyard. Let’s say, Annette likes to play around and she’s not shy about it. Here is a conversation between Isabel, who works part-time at the Rooster Bar, and Annette, who’s there for fun.
“But I’m not giving up just yet,” I tell Annette. “How about I come over tomorrow to dig around?”
“That works for me. Make it early afternoon, say one or later, after the sun hits that spot for a while. Make it easier.” She smirks. “Besides, I’m expectin’ company tonight.”
“Anyone I know?”
“Not sure. Haven’t picked him out yet.”
“We’ve got a full house, so your chances are good.”
“Yeah. And if I ain’t as picky as you.”
One more thing on writing about sex: I will admit a few of my adult kids were uncomfortable about the sex scenes in my other books. So, when I gave my now 94-year-old mother a copy, I added this warning, “Mom, there’s a bit of sex in it.” (By the way, she is the inspiration for Isabel’s mother, who is her ‘Watson’ in this series.)
Here’s what she told me after reading it: “Oh, I’ve read a lot worse than that.”
Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Redneck’s Revenge, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the second in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a long-time journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first is Chasing the Case.
An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hill-towns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and most recently the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.
After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, Joan returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long series.
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