Sandra Bretting was born in Southern California but now calls Houston home. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1985 and spent a decade in healthcare public relations and advertising before turning to writing full-time. She's written for several national newspapers and now regularly contributes to one of the largest in the nation. In addition to penning two hardcover books (UNHOLY LIES and BLESS THE DYING), she launched the MISSY DUBOIS MYSTERY series with MURDER AT MORNINGSIDE, which debuted in May 2016.
Missy DuBois’s Louisiana hat studio is the destination for Southern brides who want to make a fashion statement. But designing headpieces isn’t her only talent, she’s also got a head for solving murders . . .
It’s not uncommon for folks to live it up a little too much on New Year’s Eve. But when Missy walks into her parking lot at Crowning Glory on New Year’s Day and discovers professional wedding planner Charlotte Deveraux inside a whiskey barrel, the poor woman isn’t just hung over . . . she’s dead. Since the murder weapon was an old hat stand that belonged to Missy, her customers are cancelling appointments and everyone in town seems to be turning up their noses at her. Despite plenty of intrigue to motivate a hatful of suspects, suspicion keeps falling squarely on Missy. All the more reason to clear her name—or the next veil she designs will come in a shade of black . . .
Louisiana hat maker Miss DuBois is making a name for herself veiling Southern brides-to-be with her sophisticated designs. She’s also gaining a reputation for unveiling murderers . . .
Missy is shocked when she sees the asking price for the Sweetwater mansion . . . in a good way. With business thriving at Crowning Glory, it would be nice to set up shop surrounded by alabaster columns and gleaming mahogany. The Southern connections only deepen when it turns out the real estate agent is Mellette Babineaux, a college classmate and sorority sister. But when Missy drags her best friend Bo along to the mansion for a second look, they barely make it past the live oaks before they discover Mellette’s dead body in a shed. Now, for the sake of her college friend, Missy finds herself investigating everyone from a superstitious Cajun caretaker to a Rolls Royce-driving billionaire—and finding that lots of closet space can mean lots of skeletons, too . . .
SOMETHING FOUL AT SWEETWATER
Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?
Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women's bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she's going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .
Deep in the intensive care unit at St. James Medical Center in Southern California lies a young policeman slowly dying after a routine medical test goes terribly awry.
For Rhetta Day, his former lover and now head of public relations for the hospital, the diagnosis makes no sense. Especially when she discovers several people have excellent reasons for wanting Nick Tahari dead. Join Rhetta as she unravels a tangle of lies to unearth the truth about an "accidental" poisoning.
This heartfelt mystery offers readers an unforgettable journey through small-town Texas and everything that entails. When a beautiful young church worker disappears from the rural town of Enterprise, Texas, local newspaper reporter Kelsey Garrett latches onto the story. Used to covering 4-H fairs, booster-club bakeoffs and the Miss Fancy Pecans pageant, Kelsey knows this story could propel her from the bowels of the Enterprise Country Caller to the shoulders of a major Texas daily. Her priorities change, though, when she becomes involved with one of the suspects and develops friendships in the rural community. Suspects include a fallen pastor on the path to redemption; his wife, an eccentric woman with her own predilections; and a church secretary fiercely protective of her pastor. Each of the suspects is eliminated until only the good reverend and Kelsey's newfound love interest remain.