Secret of the Painted LadyOccupation: Owner of Danger Cove Finials and Facades Renovation and Restoration Services

I would guess my work day begins a little different than most women’s. Instead of business casual dress and snappy heels, my uniform is a t-shirt, jeans and a pair of well-worn steel-toed work boots. Why the less than glamorous attire? I’m a general contractor. I buy dilapidated Victorian-style homes and breath new life into their tired, but gorgeous, old bones.

A day in my life isn’t usually very exciting. But you wouldn’t know that from reading about my latest adventure in Secret of the Painted Lady. Most days I’m up to my elbows in saw dust and plaster. There’s a lot of demo work that goes along with the finer restoration work that I love. Some days are more of a grind than others. Until recently the most exciting thing that had happened on a job site was finding original 24-carat gold-leaf paint on a mantle. That was until I found a body in the bathtub of my latest flip, Marlton House. Yep, not your everyday occurrence. And take it from me, dead bodies and job sites do not go well together. Give me roaches or a termite invasion any day. Nothing faster than a dead body to turn your flip into a FLOP!

My home life isn’t exactly typical either. I live in our restored family Victorian called Rockgrove with my grandmother and her potty-mouth parrot, Smitty. It’s no treat to be greeted by a parrot screaming “Lazy wench!” at you every morning before you’ve had your first cup of coffee—trust me. Gram and I get on well as long as she’s not in matchmaking mode. Her latest pick for me was the new town florist, George Fontaine. Although I had my doubts, I have to admit that this time Gram might just have gotten it right. George really came through for me during the Marlton House incident. He may not be able to swing a hammer, but he knows a thing or two about solving a murder.

Well, daylight’s wasting and I’ve got tile to grout, a leaky roof to repair, and a work crew waiting for direction. Just another day at the office for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Except maybe for those pesky bodies. Unfortunately, I have a feeling I haven’t seen the last of those. The town isn’t called Danger Cove for nothing.

You can read more about Alex in Secret of the Painted Lady, the first book in the NEW “Danger Cove” mystery series, published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

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Meet the author
Christina wrote her first novel, a time-travel romance, more than twenty years ago. Writing fell by the wayside as ChristinaBfamily and career obligations took over. She earned advanced degrees in business, taught for colleges, managed staffing agencies, and started several entrepreneurial ventures, until she found her way back to fiction writing through the unlikely avenue of metastatic breast cancer. She believes laughter is the best medicine and hopes her readers find a cure for what ails them following the wacky antics of the characters she creates. Christina, her husband, Jim, and their two children live in Dover, Delaware with the family sidekick, a shitzu-poodle mix named Max.

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