Hi there, guys and dolls!  For those of you who keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter, you know it’s been a very exciting time!  DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN, the follow-up to STRANGLED BY SILK in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series published by Cozy Cat Press, is now out on Kindle and trade from Amazon!  Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Indiebound and the rest of the usual suspects will follow shortly over the next few months.  Thank you to those wonderful supporters and friends who have been so devoted.  Cheers and kisses to you all!

Here’s our lovely cover featuring Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank before she doesn’t know what hits her.  Poor thing, sigh…


Here’s the blurb:

“It’s the 1950’s in Santa Lucia, California, and the height of the social season. Time for the new Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, to display her loveliness at a high society fashion show produced by the city’s own fashionistas–Margot and Daphne, owners of Poppy Cove, the most elegant and “in” little dress shop in the county.

Nora steals the show in her designer gown and custom-made necklace created by local jeweler Isaac Mendelson, and used on the sly by his apprentice son-in-law, Efrem Goldberg. At the conclusion of the show, the young queen is allowed to keep her dress and a replica of the necklace for her own. But Monday morning, Efrem arrives in a panic at Poppy Cove to beg Margot and Daphne’s assistance in tracking down the real necklace, which he believes was inadvertently switched for the replica backstage. The girls get involved in Efrem’s dilemma and try to help him before Isaac’s any the wiser. But before that can happen, Miss Santa Lucia is found dead in her bed and the necklace is missing.

Who killed Nora Burbank? Is it someone jealous of her new royal position and all of its perks? Or did she just happen to be in the way when a thief attempted to steal her diamond-studded necklace? Did Nora have the real or the fake necklace, and how much did the thief and murderer know about it? But, of course, before the girls can find the killer, they’ll have to create several beautiful ensembles, calm numerous irate clients, and flirt with their ever-so-attentive boyfriends, before solving this mystery. ”

Well, it’s time for me to sign off.  Why don’t you take a little time this summer and come visit my friends in Santa Lucia?  They would love your company.  All you have to do is click on the titles or cover image and you can be transported back in time, thanks to Amazon and Kindle.  Enjoy:-).


Barbara Jean

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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2 Responses to Tah-Dah!

  1. Andrea (aka Rokinrev) says:

    Oooooo, yes….on my wish list @ Amazon.com


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