LISA Q. MATHEWS worked as a Nancy Drew editor, a lifeguard, and a figure skating pro before writing her own mysteries.
She was also Creative Director at Random House Children's Books and wrote under pseudonym for kids' series such as Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries.
A native New Englander, Lisa has lived in Boston, Connecticut, Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Nashville. Mom to three grown kids, she now resides in New Hampshire with her husband, a lucky black cat, and a crazy Golden Retriever.
Like her co-sleuths, twenty-something Summer Smythe and seventy-something Dorothy Westin, Lisa enjoys swimming, rich desserts, Nora Ephron movies, and above all a good mystery. The Ladies Smythe & Westin series from Carina Press is her first series for adults.
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When a classy lunchtime fashion show turns deadly, the Ladies Smythe & Westin are back on the caseIt's murder she wore…Sporting a chic Florida outfit and designer baubles, seasoned model Angelica belonged on the runway…not in the morgue. Summer Smythe and Dorothy Westin are determined to retrace the elderly woman's final moments—right up to her desperate plea for help.The Ladies whittle a laundry list of suspects down to just a few to just a few questionable characters. But why would anyone target such a lovely senior citizen?To lure the murderer—and perhaps some accessories of the criminal kind—the ladies organize their own fashion show, right on the Hibiscus Pointe Retirement Community's grounds. Killer fashion may be this season's drop-dead look, but Summer and Dorothy will be wearing little black funeral dresses if they don't pin down the culprit.This book is approximately 70,000 words
The first rule of the Hibiscus Pointe book club is don't talk about the murderSemi-reformed party girl Summer Smythe is finally feeling at home at the Hibiscus Pointe Retirement Community. All that's left to do is replace her late grandma's massive book collection with a TV. Donating them to the community library is the perfect solution—until she finds the librarian buried in books. Literally.Summer and her sleuthing partner, longtime resident Dorothy Westin, can't imagine who would want to kill poor, dedicated Lorella. Soon, they're on case…and the Hibiscus Pointe book club is the perfect cover for their investigation.A murdered librarian is headline news in south Florida, and even outsiders, including an oddball professor and a pair of dueling authors, are eager to join the once-dull group. But one menacing member has Dorothy and Summer bookmarked for the morgue. If the Ladies Smythe and Westin don't nab the killer fast, the Hibiscus Pointe book club may be reading their obituaries next.See how Summer and Dorothy first teamed up in Cardiac Arrest, available now!
When a man falls at your feet, you'd better hope he's not dead
Twentysomething party girl Summer Smythe is starting over in the unlikeliest of places: Hibiscus Pointe, a kitschy retirement community in upscale Milano, Florida. Her new gig? Working for Dr. A, Milano's much-loved cardiologist. But being in over her head is the least of Summer's worries when her new boss drops dead…right in front of her.
Longtime resident Dorothy Westin prefers to mind her own business. But when the young blonde already causing ripples throughout Hibiscus Pointe becomes a person of interest in Dr. A's murder, Dorothy springs into action. Not only because the real killer is still on the loose, but because there's simply no way her clueless-but-kind new friend could have poisoned someone.
Dorothy and Summer soon discover that despite his chosen specialty, Dr. A had quite a reputation for breaking hearts. And if the Ladies Smythe and Westin don't identify the guilty party fast, Summer will end up in handcuffs…and Dorothy in a body bag.