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Book: Obitchuary by Stephanie Hayes

Book: Obitchuary by Stephanie Hayes

categories: Book, Chick Lit, Women's Fiction, Female Sleuths, Crime, Obituaries, Journalists, Female Journalists, Weddings, Humor, Mystery

Stephanie Hayes

Author Stephanie Hayesabout this book: Obitchuary started with a simple question.

What if you had to write an obituary for the man you killed?

That's where we find Penny Perkins, frustrated journalist and new obituary writer at the Tampa Daily Register, at the start of Obitchuary. She has just smashed her date with a bottle of Misty Mangoberry Merlot in the parking lot of her crummy Florida apartment, and her date sure appears to be dead. The next day, her boss calls, asking her to get to work to write about the man who died, who happens to be a rich playboy in town. The story tracks back to reveal how she got herself into the situation, and it springs forward with a series of questions. Just who was this date? What secrets was he carrying? And how can Penny try and save her career, and possibly her life? She does it all backed by her crazy parents, her tattooed sister and a crime reporter at work with whom she has a sizzling yet nerdy love-hate relationship. Bonus - it's all set in Florida, a hotbed for crazy antics.

Obitchuary was a kind of therapy for me to write. I had just come off a year and a half writing obituaries at the newspaper where I work, and Penny's character flowed naturally. A large part of me is in her.


What people are saying about the book:

• "OBITCHUARY is a near-perfect blend of sweet, tart, and salty. It's an excellent antidote to the stresses of everyday life, a perfect book to curl up with on the couch when the economy or politics have got you down." — IndieReader

• "Stephanie Hayes has an ear for dialogue and a deft hand with humor in the laugh-out-loud mystery, Obitchuary ... Hayes has a sense of humor that runs along the lines of Janet Evanovich." — ForeWord Clarion

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