Hi there, guys and dolls! This week’s blog is about some of the more prominent people in Santa Lucia’s latest tale of murder and mayhem, DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN. A couple of them had a brief mention in STRANGLED BY SILK, but there are some new faces as well. Here’s a chance to get to know them a bit better.
Mr. Anthony and Todd — the proprietor of Mr. Anthony’s, a rather tony (pardon the pun) salon just around the corner from Poppy Cove. The diminutive blonde Mr. is a sculptor of the most delightful bouffants and pageboys, albeit a little finicky and fussy. He’s very involved with the grooming and deportment of the Miss Santa Lucia contestants, and has a habit of flouncing and flailing, with his sole mission in live to make the town lovelier, one woman at a time. Todd, his lanky young assistant whose main purpose is to keep him in line while also being a fabulous make-up artist, is quite often seen trailing behind, smoothing down ruffled feathers.
Baroness Eva von Eissen — a new resident of Santa Lucia. She is of vague European descent, with a strong aura of mystery surrounding her (as well as mothballs, to be honest). She arrives heavily clad in dark, heavily corseted and Victorian garb, apparel and jewels handed down through her family relations, very out of date and inappropriate for our carefree California Coast life. Her visits to Poppy Cove made life interesting for the girls.
Eddie — a new date for Irene and town weasel/thug. A short, runty fellow with greaser hair and attire who provides Poppy Cove’s Manager some colorful nighttime entertainment. He does, however, choose to rub everyone the wrong way, including Irene and gets a little too interested in Nora Burbank’s new necklace.
Nora Burbank — Miss Santa Lucia herself. Sigh, such a lovely girl, doesn’t know what hits her. A young wholesome lady with a few secrets of her own, our poor cover girl gets bumped off before we all barely knew her. What can I say? It’s a cozy mystery — someone had to get wronged…;-)!
Well there you have it, friends and readers. Just a little smattering of the people you will get to know when you read DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN. They’re waiting for you anytime, just click on the links to spend a little time with them in Santa Lucia. You’re always welcome.