I sort of fell into the job of running a crop-dusting business when my dad decided he’d rather go on a cruise than take another season of lazy pilots, missing flaggers, testy farmers and horrific hours. After two years at the helm, I handed him back the keys and fled to a city without any of the above. And no, I was never a crop-duster.
I write about a tall, blond and beautiful ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, says: “I’ve been married so many times they oughta revolk my license.” I wanted to give readers a peek at the not so-perfect -life of a beautiful blond. Lalla Bains is no Danielle Steele character, she’s not afraid of chipping her manicure. Scratch that, the girl doesn’t have time for a manicure what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father’s flagging business alive.
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A DEAD RED CADILLAC: Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.
“Ex model and motorhead, Lalla Bains, pilots us through a murder investigation with more twists and turns than the coast highway and with an ending more satisfying than the purr of a perfectly tuned ’58 Cadillac.”
Lesley Diehl, author of A Deadly Draught, Mainly Murder Press; Dumpster Dying, Oak Tree Press www.lesleydiehl.com http://anotherdraught.blogspot.com/
“Fresh and fun! With its engaging, down-on-her-luck sleuth, homicidal Caddy and a decades-old mystery, R.P. Dahlke’s promising debut, A DEAD RED CADILLAC, will keep you turning those pages and guessing wrong right up to its surprising conclusion.”
Kris Neri, Lefty Award-nominated author of REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE
“Fast paced and fun with an outwardly tough but inwardly vulnerable lady-pilot, drug smuggling and plenty of eccentric characters.”
Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries. Bless the Bride, March 2011
A DEAD RED HEART: Lalla Bains, ex-model and Ag pilot has plenty to keep her busy during another long hot summer in the San Joaquin Valley of California. But when a homeless Gulf War veteran litters her vintage red caddy with paper snowflakes Lalla figures it’s time for a showdown. Unfortunately, someone else has the same idea leaving Lalla with a dying man at her feet and only his strange last words, “The more there is, the less you see," as the only clue to his killer.
No one wants her involved in the investigation; certainly not the creepy detective who slithers across her path every chance he gets, and not the local newspaper reporter whose annoying high-jinks cause her to want to set fire to the last three hairs on his head, nor Lalla's love interest, Sheriff Caleb Stone, who can only wish he could reign in Lalla's enthusiasm for sleuthing where she’s not welcome.
Ultimately, the question, What would you do if the love of your life lost their chance at a heart transplant to a convicted felon? brings Lalla to the answer of the killer as well as the dubious responsibility of proving it before the killer strikes again.
“I finished reading The Dead Red Heart, and I love Lalla Bains. Her toughness on the outside, her tenacity, but she is also very vulnerable inside.
She is a crop dusting pilot that has a family owned company. Her Dad and her try to keep it going among others that are trying to run her out of business.” Margie Phelps, Amazon
Author R P Dahlke has combined suspenseful murder and even humor in the creation of A Dead Red Heart. I found myself changing my opinion about each characters at least once as I turned the pages. And I have to admit, I didn’t come up with the real murder until the end. This author really kept me guessing and changing my mind.
Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
A DEAD RED OLEANDER: (Coming Soon) Oleander poisoning of one of Lalla Bains’ popular pilots puts her back in the hot seat, until it’s revealed that he wasn’t a career Ag Pilot as much as a career criminal in the WitSec program.
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A DANGEROUS HARBOR, a contemporary romantic mystery set in Ensenada, Mexico is now up on Smashwords. A Dangerous Harbor is inspired by the years this author and her husband sailed their 47ft. cutter-rigged Hylas in Mexico.
Sisters in Crime, National, Internet Chapter, & Desert Sleuths, Phoenix
Society of Southwestern Authors, Tucson, AZ.
Arizona Mystery Writers
1st chapter Pres. of Cochise County, AZ chapter of Sisters in Crime from 2003-2005.
Creator and Publisher of the FREE All Mystery e-newsletter for fans of mystery and suspense.
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