Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Caribbean #Romantic #Comedy #Suspense: TEMPORARILY OUT OF LUCK, Hattie Cooks Mystery Book 3 by Vicki Batman

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Hattie Cooks Mystery Book 3


Great job. What man? And murder. Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister, who is planning her own I Dos.

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.

Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before the police charged her with the crime and her wedding is ruined?

Hattie Cooks Mystery Book 3

Have you ever worked temporary jobs? I have-sorta. I worked at an amusement park during my teenage years. That job was concerned “seasonal work.” I was paid less than minimum wage (but made more than babysitting). When I wanted to work there the following year, I had to go through the hiring process again.

During college, I worked at a hardware store. Super nice people owned the business, and I learned enough to know my way around the plumbing supplies.

For the last semester of my senior year of college, I worked at an antique store. I did a lot of dusting and arranging. The owner and I talked about the nuts and bolts of running a small business. She became a good friend.

During the boys’ middle years, I occasionally worked for a children’s bookstore. I did inventory, special events, etc. After that, I worked for a friend who had a wholesale business in Apparel Mart. She carried hair accessories, scarves, shoes, lots of handbags, etc. I squeezed in my time after the school day began and ended and on weekends when Handsome took over. That was a fun job and using my retail experience was a plus-plus.

Having different jobs taught me many skills, or I used ones I hadn’t used before. Always good to be valued for that.

Have you worked temporary jobs?

Meet Author Vicki Batman…

Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor, romance, and will delight all readers. She has sold many award-winning and bestselling romantic comedy works to magazines and, most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

Links to Vicki’s website, blog, books, etc.:



Blog: https://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/


Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Amazon Author Page:

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com/


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vickilbatman/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/vicki-batman


Special Giveaways: Vicki is giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Vicki, for sharing your story and recipe with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!






29 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Caribbean #Romantic #Comedy #Suspense: TEMPORARILY OUT OF LUCK, Hattie Cooks Mystery Book 3 by Vicki Batman”

  1. Thank you, Karen, for hosting me today. I hope you are surviving your snowmageddon. The news makes it sound like there’s feet of it.

    1. Good morning, Vicki, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Yep, Snowmageddon really dumped on us. There is easily 1-1/2 feet on my deck. I know there is more in the nearby foothills and mountains. My poor husband is now starting to dig us out.

      I love hosting your books. They’re wonderful to read. I love your humor and your mysteries. A winning combination. I’m looking forward to reading this one as well. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

      1. My pleasure to be here. So concerned about your snowmageddon. I saw on the news everyone is digging out.

  2. This sounds great, Vicki! You mentioned working at an amusement park. I did the same while I was in college. At least the hours were reliable and there were plenty of opportunities for overtime.

    1. Hi, Glenda! I did work at an amusement park and loved it a lot. I met so many people and have several friends all these years later. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much Diana! I hope you get a chance to read it someday and if you, let me know what you think! vb

  3. Thanks, Karen for showcasing Vicki Batman!
    Nice to see you here, Vicki…
    I’ve done retail and have to confess it was harder than any of my other jobs, by far!
    This is going to be a fun read!

    1. Good morning, Kathleen! I hope you are snug and warm today. I enjoyed retail and rarely had a close encounter except for one. A lot of standing on feet work. Hugs!

  4. Hi, your book sounds very intriguing and I love the book cover! I worked at a Childrens Day Care , I worked there part time and I really enjoyed it. Stayed busy but it is a very rewarding job. Have a Great week and stay safe.

    1. Hi, Alicia! I’m so glad you like the cover. It continues the theme from the first two. Day Care is very challenging and very rewarding. Thank you for doing that. vb

  5. I reviewed this book this morning. What a fun and exciting read! Everyone needs to read it. Seriously…go buy it!

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra, for the wonderful review and recommendation. My heart is so warmed with your generosity. Hugs, vb

    1. Thank you, Samantha. I imagine most of us have had interesting things happen in jobs we’ve held. Hugs, vb

  6. Hi Karen,
    This sounds like a fun book. I love the title and cover.

    I worked in temp jobs out of college while I was looking for a professional position. I did well enough in several of the jobs that they offered me a full-time position.

    1. Hi, Helen. I wish I had worked more temporary jobs to get some experience and meet different people. Of course, the route I took worked out fine. lol vb

  7. Thanks for sharing about your book. It sounds intriguing. I had a number of part-time jobs from answering phones to selling cards and cameras.

    1. Hi, Eileen! And didn’t you meet “interesting” people and learn something from those jobs? I know I did and yes, some incidents might be in a book. LOL

    1. Hi, Linda! Waaayyy baaaccckk when I found myself drawn to romantic comedy and of course, I love mysteries. Combining the two seemed natural for me and fortunately for readers, we now have more to choose from. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi, BN! so good to see you today. I worked mostly in ride operations on the mine train, some in games, some in maintenance, and subbed on lots of other rides. I have friends today from back then.

  8. Congrats on the release! I’ve never really worked at a temporary job, but I have gone from part-time to full-time. It looks like your various positions enriched your knowledge base. Thanks for sharing.

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