Big Uneasy 2.5

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Part of the Big Uneasy series:
  • Louisiana Lagniappe

A Reunion, a murder, and a wedding... What's next?

Becca Smith Poole should have known her forty-fifth high school reunion would be anything but normal - especially when a dead body turns up! Renowned for her problem-solving skills, Becca is determined to discover who the murderer is - and if her former high school crush is still as handsome as he was in their younger days. The first will take some time to solve, the second one took her breath away.

Retired detective Zach Baker has been lonely since the last of his Baker’s dozen moved out. When he sees Becca Smith’s picture in the “where are they now” brochure, he wonders if this might be a first chance for him with the gal he could never connect with in high school. But before he can ask her out, a murder breaks up the party.

Lucky for him, his son’s upcoming wedding is full of problems requiring Becca’s professional problem-solving touch. Can a retired cop and a mystery reading problem solver unmask a killer before the wedding? Even more challenging, can Zach convince Becca that there is no end date for falling in love?

Dive into the next installment of the Big Uneasy series that reviewers have said will “make the reader feel as if they’ve been plopped down right in the middle of the Big Easy.” Get Louisiana Lagniappe: The Big Uneasy 3.5 now!

Coming in the fall of 2017!

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Nell gave a sedate twirl, making the knee length skirt fan out. She stopped facing Becca, an anxious look in her eyes.

"You look beautiful," Becca assured her, the slight quiver in her voice for Nell, taking her first steps into love and for herself—afraid to try it again.

Nell's chin lifted, and her smile bloomed. That smile, Becca decided, was how Alex fell. It turned on a light inside Nell like night turning to day. And then it faded and shadows appeared in her eyes.

"I'm really nervous," she admitted, stepping down so that they were eye-to-eye. "Alex, his family. My family..." Her words trailed off, and she grimaced.

Becca knew this part, knew the right words, but this time they had a double meaning. She gripped Nell's hands and waited for Nell to meet her gaze.

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"Love is not for the faint of heart, Nell, it's a leap into the unknown. You don't get to see what you're getting when you commit your life to someone. You fall together and if you hang on," her voice faltered for a moment because hanging on didn't work when your love died, but she pushed that back because loss was part of the leap, part of what you couldn't know. And if she'd known? She'd have leaped again rather than not have the memories, the love, the learning, the children, all of it. "If you hang on to each other, you'll be all right." She hesitated because this time she might have been talking to herself, "It's the times when you don't do something because you're afraid that you regret the most."

Nell's smile came back, but the look in her eyes told Becca she'd sensed that the words weren't just for her bridal nerves.

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