Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer will be available July 2013.
When Clare Ballard sports a new bruise on her right cheek the day after a contentious town meeting, the ladies of the Thursday morning breakfast club suspect her husband Roger of abusing her, but Clare warns her friends to be silent on the subject. That same day Hester Franklin, another Thursday morning breakfast club lady, is called to rescue her grandson Patrick after he’s arrested for transporting drugs. Proclaiming his innocence, Patrick threatens that those who set him up will pay. Roger Ballard is high on his list. But it’s when Lillie Mae Harris, the club’s leader, discovers the body of the local drug dealer on the nearby hiking trail, that the community is upended. Roger Ballard, the primary suspect, goes missing, and when his body turns up in his own back yard, Clare Ballard confesses to his murder. No one believes she did it, but Clare insists she’s guilty and refuses to talk to her lawyer, the police, or her family and friends. The Thursday Morning breakfast club ladies believe she’s protecting someone. They vow to find out who it is.
Charlie Warren, the town’s homegrown policeman, using unconventional means, collaborates with the Thursday morning breakfast club ladies to draw out the real criminal. But danger lurks. Alice Portman, the matriarch of the breakfast club, is struck down in her own yard and is sent to the hospital. Then others in the small community start to disappear –one after the other. As the ladies get closer to the truth, they get closer to the danger. In a rush against time, they form a plan to capture the true culprits before someone else is murdered.