Anna Celeste Burke
Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge. On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series is set here in the Sonoran Desert, a spectacular place to ponder life’s mysteries while relishing the delights of the desert resort cities.
Jessica Huntington’s privileged life is turned upside down by the ruthless betrayal of a faithless husband. While she’s wallowing in self-pity, an even more unthinkable thing happens—her best friend’s husband is murdered. Soon she and her friends are stalked by lowlifes in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Magli shoes, and bespoke suits. All the murder and mayhem occurs in the most sublime setting in and around Palm Springs, California. The playground of movie stars, moguls, and presidents it’s quite clear that, even in a desert paradise, life is full of unpleasant surprises, like A DEAD HUSBAND.
This series of ‘whodunits’ explores why bad, sometimes horrific, things happen to good people—or as my heroine, Jessica, puts it in A DEAD SISTER, “to ordinary, average, everyday, humdrum people trying to get by the best they can.” My wealthy protagonist is proof that even a member of the 1% isn’t immune to life’s challenges. She’s got some ‘issues’ too. Not only self-pity, but a shopping jones and, because of her privileged upbringing, she’s surprisingly naïve in many ways. As it turns out she’s tougher than she imagines. Jessica Huntington is a flawed, but resourceful heroine. What helps get her through some unthinkable situations are the things that we can all use when it gets tough out there. Not just money and professional expertise, although those things do matter. I’m talking about grit and determination, quick thinking, friendship, and a great sense of humor that are resources we can all rely on to pull us through difficult situations. In A DEAD DAUGHTER, due out by the end of the year, murder and mayhem take Jessica Huntington to new heights. There’s more to come in 2015 with book 4, A DEAD MOTHER
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