Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer is available now! 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.
“Stauffer has a great way of weaving humor with murder, with a knack for dialogue and description. The book is lighthearted but also suspenseful, keeping readers on the edge, waiting for the murders to be solved. I’m certain Stauffer is going to become a staple in the lives of cozy mystery readers, since this is the first in a planned series. Can’t wait!” – nonstop reader via Amazon.com
“Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club is exciting and suspenseful. A definite page-turner. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.” – Country Girl via Amazon.com
“I loved Stauffer’s laugh-out-loud descriptions of the townspeople and once I was engaged, I didn’t want to stop reading! And, I admit, I was surprised by the ending! If you are looking for a fun read that will keep you guessing until the last page, you’ll enjoy Thursday Morning Breakfast and Murder Club.” – Taryn Carter via Amazon.com
“This book put a smile on my face with a wistfulness of nostalgia for a small town that this big city girl never got to experience. It was a lovely afternoon read. Would also have worked well on the beach. Excellent book. I recommend it. Enjoy.” – Jackie Lee via Amazon.com
“I think the author has set up a great story line for sequels, and I hope she has more to say about the ladies of the Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club.” – R. Hathaway via Amazon.com