Santa Lucia Who’s Who, Part 2

Hi Everyone!  Here’s another little glimpse into the lives of the Santa Lucians featured in STRANGLED BY SILK.  Settle in & visit for awhile.

Betty Young — bright & perky twenty-two year old girl.  Her proudest achievement to date is marrying her college sweetheart, Dwight, one of Smart’s Oldsmobiles’ top salesmen.  Betty came into Poppy Cove as a bride to be, had her wedding dress designed by Margot & after her honeymoon, brought her sunny disposition into the fold as a part time salesgirl.  She is the consummate hostess, baking cookies & making lemonade to bring to the store, making the clientele fell at home, yet still has time to keep a neat house & put supper on the table for her new husband.

Peter Carson — swarthy newcomer in town who is setting his money on a new business development along Santa Lucia’s beautiful oceanside & his eye on Daphne.  A Los Angeles man of the world, his direct forthrightness & suave sophistication has fascinated one of our heroines.

Daniel Henshaw — riding instructor at the new Stearns Academy for Girls.  The strong, silent, athletic type, born & bred in California with an easy-going attitude, rangy gate & warm smile, appeals to Daphne’s nature & is a strong rival for her attention.

Tom Malone — the man in Margot’s lift, her one & only steady beau since she arrived in Santa Lucia, he is mutually devoted to her.  Tall, dark & handsome with a steady character, in addition to his background as a San Francisco beat cop, Tom is perfect in his role as the Santa Lucia Police Department’s lead detective, helping the citizens sleep soundly at night.

Constance StearCover Hi Resns-Montgomery — sadly, Constance was tragically murdered before any of you got to know her (and featured on the cover, before everything goes terribly, terribly wrong).  She was born into one of the founding families & married to a leading Santa Lucia businessman, Reginald Montgomery.  Very active in the community, Constance was involved in many charitable organizations & instrumental in setting up Stearns Academy for Girls, the private school named after her family & where her body was found.  Her death occurred under mysterious circumstances, after public rows with socialite Nancy Lewis & Katherine Larsen, headmistress of the Academy & amid rumors of an affair, which was very much against her solid, tweedy public image.

Well, there you have it!  Hope you enjoyed another snapshot into my world.  To get to know these & other fine people, pick up STRANGLED BY SILK on Kindle, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble today!


Barbara Jean Coast

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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