What happens when you send phony news to your boarding school’s alumni magazine? Ricky Steele, a fifty-eight year old odd jobber, finds out when she returns to campus pretending to be a private investigator. Before long, the niece of Massachusetts’ governor goes missing and a murderer strikes again. Ricky enlists the aid of her former roommates and together, they wreak havoc on Whitley School’s Reunion Weekend, all the while bungling towards the truth and a killer, who is not afraid to kill again.
Join Ricky on her first caper and see how this humorous rollicking mystery series got its start.
A Note from the Author
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Ricky Steele mystery, Prepped to Kill! I had a great time writing it, remembering my boarding school days, and especially my dear friends, who made the monastic life bearable and fun. The book is dedicated to them for countless moments of laughter and camaraderie. I was happy to set this adventure in my beloved Berkshires at the fictional Whitley School. Although I live on a river near the ocean, I return to the Berkshires several times each year as the rolling, green mountains hold a special place in my heart. Was fun to drop in a few local details, as I do in all my novels, even if actual persons and places are figments of my imagination!
Prepped to Kill is actually a prequel to two other mysteries featuring Ricky—Gadfly and Lost in Spindle City. Many authors have a favorite character, and, I must confess, Ricky is mine. Her strength, spunk, resilience, and tenacity at this stage in life, make me smile, laugh, and applaud her sometimes bumbling, but always-heartfelt investigative style. I’ve always envisioned the Ricky Steele series as films and can think of some wonderful, mature actresses to play Ricky and her cohorts. The physical comedy would come alive on screen in the way it does when I picture scenes in my mind, but perhaps am not quite able to capture on paper.