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WHAT TO DO ABOUT WEDNESDAY
Page Turner Cozy Mystery Romantic Comedy Series Book 7
BY JENNIE MARTS
What happens when hump day turns homicidal…
Finally out on her own, all college freshman, Piper Denton wants is to live a normal life. But any chance of normal is annihilated when her roommate is murdered on her first day of class. Add in the antics of a surprise new roommate, a scruffy stray dog, and the attention of three Star Wars shirt-wearing nerds who want to go out with her, and her days are now anything but ordinary. Except Piper doesn’t have time for murder—she’s trying to focus on her studies, her job, and the crush she has on Fitz, aka The Brilliant Barista, her cute, coffee-brewing coworker.
But dating can be deadly, and after another coed turns up dead—she and the Page Turners, her book-club turned amateur sleuths, go on the hunt for the murderer. Except things never go as planned when the Page Turners get involved, and suddenly they find themselves with pink and blue colored hair, dressed as bikers, and making friends with a large tattooed man named Snake when they go undercover in a dive bar.
Murder is anything but mundane when everyone becomes a suspect, and Piper’s life is on the line. Can she and the Page Turners catch the culprit before it’s too late?
Books in The Page Turners series:
#1 Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body
#2 Easy Like Sunday Mourning
#3 Just Another Maniac Monday
#4 A Halloween Hookup – A holiday novella
#5 A Cowboy For Christmas – A holiday novella
#6 Tangled Up In Tuesday
#7 What To Do About Wednesday
Hi there! It’s Jennie Marts, and I’m so excited to be featured here on Karen’s Killer Book Bench! And have I got a killer book to share with you!
If you don’t know me, I write romantic comedy, Western romance, hockey romance, and cozy mysteries, and today I’m here to talk about WHAT TO DO ABOUT WEDNESDAY, the newest book in my Page Turners cozy mystery series.
This series has 7 books and follows the lives of the Page Turners Book Club, a group of intergenerational women who search for clues and romance while eating really great desserts. Each book features a different woman in the book club and is a standalone book with its own mystery and romance. If you want to start at the beginning, ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT AND I AIN’T GOT NO BODY introduces the series and gives you a great feel for all of the characters as the book club sets up Sunny, an ordinary schoolteacher, on six blind dates and one of them might be with a murderer.
The newest book, WHAT TO DO ABOUT WEDNESDAY, features Piper Denton as she heads off to college—but her hump day turns homicidal when her roommate ends up murdered on her first day of class.
Here’s an excerpt:
Brittle leaves crunched under Piper Denton’s feet as she practically danced up the stairs to her new apartment. Which went to show the importance of the moment, because Piper didn’t do much dancing. She was more of a side-to-side swayer with an occasional awkward clap thrown in, usually right after the beat that called for one.
But today was different. Today was the start of everything.
And nothing was going to get her down. Even the weight of her backpack, also new, purchased the day before with a week’s worth of tips, didn’t bother her. The heaviness of the textbooks served as a symbol of her first day of college—and her newfound sense of freedom. Freedom to finally live her own life, just the way she wanted it.
She realized she was smiling, her face unaccustomed to the expression but trying it out like a woman would test a new hairstyle or fashion choice. Thinking of fashion, she wished again she would’ve grabbed her favorite blue sweater before leaving the apartment as a brisk breeze sent a shiver over her bare arms.
The sweater had been Drew’s favorite too. He’d always said it brought out the blue in her eyes. Her uncommon smile fell, and a different kind of shiver ran through her at the thought of Drew, followed by a stab of pain and the sensation of a giant fist tightly squeezing her heart.
The scent of garlic wafted through the air as she pushed through the door and pushed down the heartache caused by the boy who had recently left her behind as he’d headed to a university halfway across the state.
They’d planned to attend the same school, but Piper hadn’t quite made the cut, so she was stuck in town going to the local community college. But it was still college. And she was still out on her own for the first time. And that’s what really mattered.
Who cared about Drew? Stuff. Stuff. So what if he was the first boy she’d fallen in love with? Stuff. Stuff. So what if he’d broken her heart?
She pushed the feelings down, driving them deeper like a camper crams a sleeping bag into a stuff sack. She was great at burying her feelings—had been doing it for years.
Letting out her breath, she put her high school boyfriend behind her and focused on the future ahead of her. Focused on the thing she’d always wanted—to live a normal life, one she was in control of. One that didn’t depend on anyone else or have anything to do with her crazy mother.
She’d taken the first step to that control weeks before when she’d enrolled in college, then moved out of her aunt’s house and into an apartment with another student.
She didn’t have much to take with her, but that didn’t matter either. She was finally making her own choices, her own decisions, and doing things her own way.
Her new home was only a few blocks from campus, on the ground floor of an old Victorian that had been converted into two furnished apartments. Although calling them furnished was a bit of stretch, but each bedroom did have a bed, a dresser, and a wobbly nightstand. And the main room had a lumpy broken-in sofa as well as a scarred kitchen table and four mismatched chairs. All the furniture appeared to be garage sale stock, but it worked. And it was better than what she’d had—which was nothing.
A furrow creased her brow as she squinted at the apartment door. It stood slightly ajar, as if someone had walked out and not gotten it pulled tightly behind them. She’d have to talk to her roommate about that.
That and leaving her makeup all over the bathroom counter. Piper didn’t even know what half of that stuff was for. She could handle the seventeen bottles of hair product in the shower and all the garlic she used in her cooking—she could stock up on vanilla-scented candles, but Piper was nuts about closing and locking the door.
She’d watched way too many movies and read too many stories about college co-eds who had been assaulted simply due to the ease of a circumstance. That’s why she’d never taken up jogging—too easy for a would-be rapist to snatch her from a wooded path. Well, and the fact that she hated running.
Maybe she and Brittany needed to set some ground rules—come up with some roommate guidelines.
Wow—that certainly sounded like a responsible, mature plan of action—maybe she was getting the hang of this adulting thing after all.
Piper pushed through the door, and her breath caught in her throat.
Her heart stopped as her eyes flicked across the room, taking in all the details at once.
The stark white of the filmy gauze curtain fluttering at the window, the shattered bits of the blue plate—one of the set her Aunt Cassie had given her—and the scattered strands of spaghetti sprayed across the floor. A crust of garlic bread leaned against the kitchen chair next to a lone meatball that must have rolled across the hardwood.
And the sight of her new roommate sprawled across the floor, a tan plastic bag wrapped around her head.
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Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
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Her books include the contemporary western romances of the Cowboys of Creedence and the Hearts of Montana series, the cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series the hunky hocky-playing men in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Cotton Creek Romance series.
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I had such fun being in the world of the Page Turners again as I wrote this book! So many readers tell me they feel like part of the book club and feel like they are visiting old friends when they pick up the next book, and I love that so much! To celebrate the release of What To Do About Wednesday, I’d love to giveaway a Kindle ebook copy of ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT AND I AIN’T GOT NO BODY to TWO LUCKY WINNERS! For a chance to win, just comment below with your favorite dessert and if you are a cozy mystery fan!
Thanks, Jennie, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!