Birds of a Feather by Gloria Getman
Gloria Getman is a good friend, and one of my first writing students, years ago. We both belong to the San Joaquin and Central Coast chapters of Sisters in Crime. We've often shared a table at a book event.
Petite fours, lemon drops, tea, and a deadly stabbing normally don't go together, especially at a colonial high tea.
Deena Powers is back in Four Creeks to attend the annual event put on by her aunt’s chapter of the Women of Colonial Heritage. But when her aunt’s closest friend is murdered, Deena finds herself drawn to investigate a tangled web of misappropriated chapter funds, adultery and long-held secrets and she soon discovers that sins of the past are never left behind, no matter how carefully the trail is covered up.
Helping Lieutenant Avis “Buzz” Walker acquire vital evidence leads to rekindled feelings, but when a killer steps in, it might just be too late.
Birds of a Feather is the second book in the Deena Powers series. People who read the first book, Lottie’s Legacy, often told me they liked the characters and the location and asked if there would be another book. How could I resist? Deena’s Aunt Madge and her problem initiated Deena’s return to Four Creeks in the first book, so naturally it became the setting for the sequel.
I really like the character of Madge. She’s active in the social life of Four Creeks and knows a great deal about the people and their secrets. I’m an avid genealogist, and so I figured Madge would be too. And as such, she’d join an organization like the Women of Colonial Heritage. It seemed likely that a group with links to colonial history would put on a colonial high tea. And what better place to have a murder?
It followed that the ladies of the WCH would not as nice and refined as they seemed on the surface, so Deena was going to sleuth her way to the bottom of the mystery as well as figure out her true feelings toward Lt. Avis “Buzz” Walker. Stir the pot a little and out comes a story with a bit of a surprise in the ending.
Gloria Getman is an active member of San Joaquin and Central Coast Sisters in Crime, Tulare-Kings Writers and SLO Nightwriters. Her work has been published in national magazines as well as local publications. LOTTIE’S LEGACY, her first Deena Powers mystery is available at Amazon and as a ebook for Kindle. Some of her short stories can be found in the anthology, LEAVES FROM THE VALLEY OAK. She lives in Exeter, California.