Last Diner Standing (A Rose Strickland Mystery Book 2)
Terri L. Austin
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A WONDERFULLY WRITTEN HUMOROUS MYSTERY...
“Fast, fun, and full of laughs! Last Diner Standing has it all—mystery, action, suspense, and a spicy dash of romance. If you enjoy humor and thrills along with your mysteries, Terri Austin’s 2nd Rose Strickland Mystery is a must-read!” – Ann Charles, Award-Winning Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series
Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.
Praise for LAST DINER STANDING:
“Austin’s second course has the menu of feisty underemployed gal detective with a side order of romance down pat.” – Kirkus Reviews
“OMG! There’s no sophomore slump here in the second book starring spitfire Rose Strickland…This fast-paced and action-filled story kept me plowing through the pages as fast as I could because I had to know what happens next in this thrilling and riveting drama. This is a great read and I’m looking forward to the next book with Rose and her friends in this terrific series.” – Dru’s Book Musings
Books in the Rose Strickland Humorous Mystery Series:
- DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS (#1)
- LAST DINER STANDING (#2)
- DINER IMPOSSIBLE (#3)
- DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS (Novella after DINER IMPOSSIBLE in HEARTACHE MOTEL)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
asleep. They’re worried. Especially Damon. He knows Sheik’s in the hospital, wants to go see him. Sherise keeps asking for her mama.” “I spoke to Janelle’s lawyer. He wants her to take a plea.” She scoffed. “Janelle won’t go for that,” she said. “You know how stubborn she is. She’ll fight to the end.” “What about bail money? Is there any way you can help?” I asked. Sondra shook her head. “It’s all I can do to make ends meet. I work in a dentist’s office and it’s a good job, but my ex isn’t
dining room where I flipped on the lights and started the coffee. The aroma was sharp and rich and comforting as it filled the small room. Saturdays were always busy, so I hoped Ma didn’t mind if I left for a few hours to see Janelle. I’d finished rolling silverware into paper napkins when Roxy Block, a blue-haired fashion plate and my bestie, walked in from the kitchen, chomping gum. She’d quit smoking almost two months ago and now she and her nicotine gum were inseparable. Her short, black
I let her shadow me for thirty minutes before I felt comfortable enough to leave her alone. “You’ll be fine. Ask Roxy if you have any questions.” Roxy blew by us in a blur of black and white tartan. She slammed three specials on a tray. “So help me, if I get stiffed on a tip again, I am ripping someone’s head off.” Janelle elbowed me in the ribs. “Remind me not to piss her off.” I handed her my pad and pen. “Good luck.” “I’m not sure I want to do this,” she said. “Those people waiting to eat
“That asshole slept with my wife.” He threw down the smoke and twisted his shoe over it. “What is this about? I thought you had a message from Brenda.” Janelle and I exchanged glances. “Not exactly,” she said. “Sheik’s my ex-husband.” Dave laughed without humor. “You have my sympathy.” “I guess you must have been pretty angry when you found out not only did Brenda have an affair with Sheik, but she gave him money, too.” He shifted from slightly tense to a defensive posture, stood straighter,
looked shocked to see me and hurried over. “What happened?” “I ran into a fist. A few times. Where’s Rudy?” She pointed to his office next to the restrooms. Without knocking, I walked in. He glanced up from his desk. “What’re you doing in here?” “Listen up,” I said, “because you only get one chance to do the right thing. I know people in this town and if you don’t cut out this breakfast bullshit, I’m going to have you inspected by the health department every week. I’m going to have your