Synopsis: First title in the Hattie Farwell Mystery series, introducing a new octogenarian amateur detective.
The suspicious death of her lifelong best friend jolts octogenarian Hattie Farwell out of a comfortable retirement in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When Annie Turner is killed leaving a Philadelphia concert, a grieving Hattie is suddenly flung into the world of high-stakes political intrigue, drifting amid a web of deceit and the uncomfortable dynamics of the family her friend left behind.
Police efforts turn up more questions than answers, and Hattie’s patience wears thin. Finally, aided by Annie’s granddaughters and her huge dog, Wolf, Hattie sets out to pursue her own theories about what really happened to Annie.
Between Wolf’s nose for trouble and Hattie’s determination to solve the murder, she finds herself navigating an unsavory—and increasingly dangerous—path to the truth. America’s latest unlikely sleuth uncovers the ugly underside of political campaigns, marital infidelity, and more than one old family secret that someone will stop at nothing to keep hidden.
About the Author
With nearly forty years as a newspaper columnist and still going strong, Betty Kerr Orlemann now turns her journalistic nose for news and considerable imagination toward developing her Hattie Farwell character through the amateur sleuth’s own series of “cozy” mysteries. Imagine a little Agatha Christie, a little Jessica Fletcher, with a dash of Lillian Jackson Braun thrown in, and you’ve got Hattie Farwell: a spitfire of an octogenarian — sharp, principled, and hipper than you might expect.
Word Forge Books.