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Science is about solving puzzles. Why should solving a murder be any different?
Dr. Bree Watson (aka Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson) is comfortable solving chemistry problems. She isn’t comfortable finding her boss dead and being a suspect in his poisoning. Now she’s juggling:
•A sexy marketing manager—who may, or may not—be a contract killer.
•A handsome lead detective whose interest goes beyond the case.
•The dead man’s cranky cat.
•A goose-chasing dog in hot water with an animal rights group.
•The search for the perfect cupcake recipe.
•And, of course, someone who wants her out of the picture.
And she thought getting a Ph.D. was hard.
Be careful what you wish for . . .
Bree Watson traded her lab coat for a trench coat, expecting the life of a spy to be fun. But when a body turns up on her undercover mission, she’s forced to handle:
- A murdered woman with more enemies than meets the eye
- A hunky handler posing as her fake boyfriend
- A sexy detective bent on wooing her—and wooing her away from espionage
- A drop-out drug dog with a nose for trouble
- Her cranky cat, curious coworkers, a cupcake challenge she can’t resist, and too many secrets, lies and cover identities to keep straight…
In the whirlwind of investigations and undercover operations, Bree develops a serious identity crisis. Who is she, really?
A spy pretending to be a chemist? Or a chemist playing at being a spy?
“A plot full of twists…a super smart sleuth…a smidgen of romance. Cupcake baking scientist Dr. Bree Watson will lure the readers in with her intelligence, and capture them with her charm.” Denise Swanson, New York Times Best Selling Author
“This new series will leave you wanting more.” Amazon Reviewer, xxxx
“A delightful and intriguing cozy mystery” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
“Can’t wait for the next book!” Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
“A great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. . . willl keep you reading long into the night.” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
I’m so excited to be here today, sharing my book with Karen’s readers. Writing mysteries is a great way to vent my frustrations with daily life. Any and every bad day now becomes inspiration for a character, a plot device or a situation. Forgive me if I occasionally fantasize about finding the body of a super-annoying store clerk stuffed into a shopping cart in a deserted corner of the store!
Today, I’d like to share an excerpt from my latest book: Shaken, Not Purred. In it, my chemist heroine must go undercover to try to infiltrate a suspected drug ring. Along the way she finds both murder and more romantic complications than she bargained for. Here’s a peek at her with her spy handler:
Bree hustled along the second-floor walkway toward her boss’s office. Officially she worked for a scientific staffing company. Unofficially, Sci-PHi was a front company for the espionage activities of Matthew Tugood and his former partner. Tugood handled spy missions through his Special Projects Division. His partner—she assumed—financed the operations using cash from his sprawling conglomerate of companies.
Bree steadied herself with a deep breath and knocked on Tugood’s door. He opened it and gave her a warm smile before ushering her in.
What Tugood’s office lacked in space, it made up for in security. The walls consisted of soundproof, and presumably, bulletproof material. They closed the main door and walked to a bookcase. Bree ducked under Matthew’s arm and tugged on a worn copy of Webster’s Dictionary. The shelves swung open, revealing a hidden elevator. Bree stepped inside.
“How did the staff meeting go with Troy?”
Bree shrugged. “The usual pompous-ass behavior.”
“Are you sorry we picked him for the role of department head? We could have promoted Kiki instead.”
Bree’s gut cramped at the thought of even more lying to her best friend. “No, Troy is easier for us to manipulate and control.” She sighed. “Today he was just miffed about not being invited to my meetings with you. He thinks you might want to promote me to his position.”
Matthew followed Bree into the elevator and the bookcase door closed behind them. The already small space shrunk to something barely larger than a test tube. A pheromone-filled test tube. As always, being near Matthew caused Bree’s pulse to speed up and her senses to go on alert. She inhaled the faint whiff of soap radiating from his clean-shaven jaw.
“So, is that all? He’s worried about his job?”
Bree swallowed. “No.” The heat from Matthew’s body wrapped around her, as potent as a physical caress. “He also thinks you want me for your lover. It’s ridiculous.”
“No, it’s not,” Matthew replied slowly. He leaned against the elevator wall, pushing farther into her space. Close enough for her to watch his eyes darken from a stormy-sky gray to deep charcoal. Her heart pounded faster and she sucked in a breath saturated with his scent. His essence. “I think being lovers would make a great cover.”
The elevator lurched to a stop. Bree pushed past Matthew to open the door. “Get over yourself, Tugood.” She fought the lightheadedness that her sudden movement caused. “Even if someone would buy that story, I doubt I could pull it off.”
“Posing as my girlfriend would strain your acting abilities?” The grin he flashed her reeked of mischief. “I think you were very convincing just now in the elevator.”
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Kelle Z. Riley, writer, speaker, global traveler, Ph.D. chemist and martial artist weaves bits or her real life into the Undercover Cat Series books: The Cupcake Caper and Shaken, Not Purred feature a scientist-turned-sleuth who juggles mystery, romance and the search for a perfect cupcake recipe.
By day she is a full time chemist working in water treatment with multiple U.S. patents. At night she turns into an author whose accolades include finals in the RWA Golden Heart and numerous chapter contests. More information on her workshops can be found on her website.
Links to Kelle’s website, blog, books, etc.
The Cupcake Caper (Book 1 of the Undercover Cat Series)
Free excerpt: http://pxrgjl.bookhip.com/
Shaken, Not Purred (Book 2 of the Undercover Cat Series)
Free excerpt: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/e4wyr9dwjp
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Cupcake Caper Trailer:
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