Avon, Sep 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
In Salt Lick, Texas, someone murders wealthy but odious Pearl Ann Carruthers. Because of her nasty haughty ways, most of the townsfolk detested Pearl Ann. Salon owner Debbie Sue Overstreet figures she can get some solid gossip to share with her customers since her former spouse Buddy is the sheriff and on the case.
When Debbie Sue learns that Peal Ann's family is offering a reward of $50,000 she decides to do some sleuthing, but knows she must not let Buddy learn what she is doing or he would be upset. She also knows she must coax him into revealing insider information without his knowing why she is asking him; the latter is simple as he is a man and she can pretend it is for salon gossip. However, as Debbie Sue stumbles about, the killer keeps an eye on her to make sure that she does not get unlucky because he will try to kill her if she learns the truth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner