Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Broke, Busted, And Disgusted (By The Numbers Series Book 5) by Leeann Betts


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By The Numbers Series, Book 5


Wherever you find Carly Turnquist, trouble is sure to follow.

At least, that’s what her husband Mike says.

Back in Bear Cove, Carly’s best friend is being courted by a smarmy stranger, and Mike’s latest client is unhappy with him.

When the client turns up dead and Mike is nowhere to be found, the police suspect him, and the video and paperwork they have that shows someone matching Mike’s description maxed out their credit cards and cleaned out their bank accounts is compelling.

But Carly knows her husband couldn’t kill anybody.

Could he?

By The Numbers Series, Book 5


Chapter 1

As far as Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, was concerned, the only thing worse than paying bills was filing paperwork.

She paused, the stack of envelopes and fliers she’d just picked up from the post office, in one hand, her coffee in the other.

Nope. She’d changed her mind. There was nothing worse than paying bills.

She tossed the stack onto husband Mike’s desk. He could deal with those when he got home.

She had more important things to do.

Like meet with Mrs. Gloria Markham, her best—and only—true friend—apart from Mike, of course—in Bear Cove. At least, her only friend since the fiascos with the mayor and missing money and mystery companies and bank robberies that never were and a wedding that almost wasn’t.

Carly trudged up the stairs to change her clothes before going out. Although they were meeting for lunch at the café on Main Street, which specialized in casual dining, Mrs. Markham would be dolled up, so she’d better do her part. Something a little nicer than sweats and a t-shirt.

Twenty minutes later, she sported a newer pair of black jeans, a red blouse made of some kind of shiny, satiny material, and a light windbreaker to cut the chill from the onshore breeze blowing in off Bear Cove, the town’s namesake. A spritz of cologne and a comb through her shoulder-length—time to make an appointment with Margaret at Snip ‘n Clip–and she was off, headed down Jamaica Street to Main.

The late September warm spell meant the leaves were late in turning color, which meant fewer tourists. Which didn’t worry Bear Cove in the least.

The town motto was ‘If you don’t live here, don’t come here’. And much time and effort had been invested to avoid allowing the downtown area to evolve into a trendy tourist trap. Bear Cove was one of those few towns still in more or less its original shape, with the business district comprised of a bank, a pharmacist, the combination hair salon/barber shop, a diner, Jacob Roy’s garage, and a ladies dress shop. But that didn’t mean the town was left to disintegrate. New awnings, planters, and paint attempted to recreate the original ambience of the 1880’s, the town’s heyday.

Carly rounded Main Street and pulled the collar of her jacket close with one hand, the other jammed into her pocket. The wind, which had shifted to onshore late last night and brought with it a bank of fog like pea soup and the distinct but dank odors of rotting seaweed, salt water, and diesel fumes, bit her cheeks. With the sunrise and warming air, the fog had burned off, leaving the town feeling fresh and clean. Old Jacob Roy said a good fog was as cleaning as a hard rain and caused a lot less damage.

Perhaps his old adage was right.

Meet Author Leeann Betts

aaaleeann-betts_02-croppedLeeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released four titles in her By the Numbers series, with Broke, Busted, and Disgusted releasing November 2016. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers.


Links to Leeann’s website, blog, books, etc.

Leeann publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow her at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com All books are available on Amazon.com in digital and print.

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broke-busted-disgusted-cover-final-1**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Leeann is giving away a print (US Only) or ebook copy (Winner’s choice) of BROKE, BUSTED, AND DISGUSTED to one lucky reader who comments on her Author Peek Interview or Killer Book Bench blogs. Good luck!

Thanks, Leeann, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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5 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Broke, Busted, And Disgusted (By The Numbers Series Book 5) by Leeann Betts

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Leeann, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Your town sounds like fun to visit. Touristy isn’t my cup of tea. I like the old ambiance much better! Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  2. Rose Arbor says:

    I love the name of your book! That alone would make me pick it up. And I love small towns. Thanks for visiting with us and Karen, thanks for hosting.

  3. Eileen Aberman-Wells says:

    Thanks for introducing another new author to me. This book sounds interesting.

  4. bn100 says:

    interesting excerpt

  5. Bonnie Gonzales says:

    I would love to read it, sounds good

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