Hi! I’m Gayle Trent, and I’m really happy to be the newest member of the Dames of Dialogue!
Under my own name—Gayle Trent—I write the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mystery Series for Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint. Daphne is a lot of fun. She lives in the fictional town of Brea Ridge, Virginia, which is between the nonfictional towns of Abingdon and Bristol. She is forty, has narrowly escaped a bad marriage (her ex is in jail for shooting at her—fortunately, he’s a lousy shot), and has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to fulfill her dream of operating a cake decorating business out of her home.
Daphne has met some interesting characters. In the first book, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE, she delivered a cake to Yodel Watson only to find Yodel dead on the sofa in her den. Now before you think Daphne would just barge into a dead woman’s house, please know that the parrot told her to come in.
Daphne’s other adventures are detailed in DEAD PAN, KILLER SWEET TOOTH, and, coming soon, BATTERED TO DEATH. I’m thrilled that the front cover features a quote by none other than master suspense/thriller writer extraordinaire Dean Koontz. And, if that’s not enough to allow a writer to die happy, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY has called the book an “entertaining…and tasty read.” BATTERED TO DEATH will be out in September, but it is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and your independent booksellers. If you’d prefer, please request it from your local library.
I also write the Myrtle Crumb Mystery Series under my real name. These novellas are currently only available in Kindle format. The novella was born when I wrote a serialized story for a magazine called THE GRAPEVINE several years ago. I really enjoyed writing the character—a spunky, sassy, sixty-something sleuth—and so I’ve written three more stories about her. In the first book, BETWEEN A CLUTCH AND A HARD PLACE, Myrtle finds a note in a purse she buys at a consignment store and sets out to find a missing person. In WHEN GOOD BRAS GO BAD, she goes undercover at the middle school to clear her granddaughter of theft. In the latest book, CLAUS OF DEATH, Myrtle goes undercover as Mrs. Claus at the mall after the mall Santa dies on the job. The police say it was suicide, but Myrtle doesn’t think so. CLAUS OF DEATH is scheduled to be out in early fall.
Under the pseudonym Amanda Lee, I write an embroidery mystery series set on the Oregon coast. The protagonist’s name is Marcy Singer. Marcy left an accounting position in San Francisco at her friend Sadie’s urging to come to Tallulah Falls and open an embroidery specialty shop. The morning after Marcy’s grand opening soiree, she finds the building’s previous tenant dead in her storeroom. There is a tapestry needle in his hand, and he’s tried to scratch a message onto the wall. That adventure is chronicled in THE QUICK AND THE THREAD. The other books in the embroidery series include STITCH ME DEADLY, THREAD RECKONING, THE LONG STITCH GOODNIGHT, THREAD ON ARRIVAL, and CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING (to be released on August 6, 2013). CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING is also available for pre-order at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, and your independent bookseller. Or request that your librarian order it! J
In the coming weeks, I’ll give you a preview of each of my upcoming new books. I hope you’ll enjoy them. I look forward to getting to know you all!