Meet Intrepid Sleuth Jacquidon Carroll by Denise Weeks

Nice Work

Despite the wild adventure described in the first book about me (NICE WORK by Denise Weeks), I’m just plain Jacquidon Carroll, a regular person. Aside from my unique first name, I’m just a normal, typical, happy woman in my twenties with a younger sister I’m pretty close to (in age as well as in camaraderie). I’m not really any kind of amateur sleuth. Certainly not a Jessica Fletcher or Kinsey Millhone type.

Can you believe that Mama and my new, um, friend (he’s not exactly my BOYfriend, but I wish he were) Fred have started calling me and my sister Chantal the “Snoop Sisters”? In case you didn’t know it (I certainly didn’t–I’m only twenty-five), the “Snoop Sisters” was an old TV program, part of the NBC Mystery Movies series that included “Columbo” and “McMillan and Wife” and several others. Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick played elderly sisters who write mysteries and track down killers from their nursing home, dropping witticisms at every turn. Think “The Golden Girls” crossed with “Murder, She Wrote.” Anyway, my sister and I are NOTHING like them at all. It was only by accident that we bumped into a killer.

Anyway, we got involved in this sleuthing deal only temporarily when I was laid off from my job at CSD Enterprises, and the next day my ex-boss Yancey drank a bottle of JavaJuice and fell over dead. The police thought I might’ve found an opportunity to poison him (or to splash some quinine water into his drink–he’s deathly allergic–which they felt would be the same sort of thing) as I was taking my leave from the company. After all, I did put up quite a fuss because Yancey’d had me going through resumes and choosing an “assistant” over the past few weeks, and as it turned out, he replaced me with her. (It’s called “downsizing” and then “opening a new position,” if you hadn’t guessed.) Several people from the office said I was “out of control” (I wasn’t; you should see me out of control, dear) and implied that I should be a suspect–including my boss’s boss, who was also his ex-wife, Bonnie. I was really hurt because I had thought Yancey and Bonnie both liked me and respected my work, but oh well . . . you never really KNOW people, do you?

You’d never suspect that stolid old Yancey or that prude Bonnie could have been secretly involved in a different lifestyle and that they had a reputation for not playing fair in their dealings in those clubs. But the two of them had enemies there (for good reason, as it turned out), and my sister and I ended up having to visit sex clubs in order to track down the suspects and find the real killer (who got Bonnie before we could stop the madness).

My house got destroyed by one of the perp’s final desperate acts, so now I’m living with my sister in her old Victorian on the square in downtown Renner, Texas. Only temporarily! Because I’m going to get a check from the insurance company Any Day Now so that my dog Fala and my two cats Ampersand and Octothorp can move with me into a nice new place. I think we’re about to wear out our welcome with my sister, who doesn’t like cat hair on her furniture (whereas I do not feel that any outfit is complete without dog hair).

Staying with Chantal does help to keep me on my diabetic diet, though. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes a few weeks before I was laid off from CSD, so it’s all still pretty new to me. I’m doing pretty well, though. And I went through an outplacement career center to look for another job, and guess what? I ended up working in the career center’s office (at least for now) and dating the guy who runs the place. I guess the upheaval in my life all happened for a reason. I believe everything happens for a reason, and it all works together for the greater good. At least I hope it does.

Next on the agenda for me? I’m a finalist in the National Tree-Trimming Contest this year, and on the fifth of December, Chantal and I am going to New York City so that I can be in the final round, held at Rockefeller Center. (She’s going as my guest and has already amassed an entirely new travel wardrobe. She loves telling people that the only reason I am a finalist is that she sent in photos of my last few Christmas trees with an essay all about why I should be in the contest–I didn’t even know she had entered me until I got The Call from the organizers.) This should be a blast for us, as neither of us has ever been to New York. Might I win the $25,000 prize and all new Christmas decorations? Or might we get into some kind of trouble while we’re away from home, all alone? It’s up to you (as the song says), New York, New York! (You’ll be able to read all about the trip in the next Jacquidon Carroll mystery, HAVE YOURSELF A SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.)


Denise is giving away one (1) copy of NICE WORK. Contest open to US residents only and ends March 23. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher.


Meet the author
Denise Weeks, a lifelong writer from Dallas, Texas, has been writing since she could hold a crayon. Novelist, pianist, belly dancer, baton twirler (but no fire batons ever again, by order of the Renner, Texas, Volunteer Fire Brigade), and amateur radio operator, she is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (many years after Laura Bush). She has worked as a software engineer, Dairy Queen soft-serve cone maker (she perfected that little twirl on the top of the dipped cone), and math tutor. She and her husband live happily in a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas, with their two beloved pets: a yappy Pomeranian and Denise’s elderly mother. The first Jacquidon Carroll mystery, NICE WORK, won the Dark Oak Mystery Novel contest. Writing as Shalanna Collins, she has published several YA fantasy novels.

You can find more about Denise on her social media sites. Visit her websites:
http://deniseweeks.blogspot.com (general official blog)
http://jackiesjotting.blogspot.com (for the Jacquidon Carroll series)
http://www.amazon.com/author/deniseweeks
http://home.roadrunner.com/~shalanna/denise.htm
On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/DeniseWeeksBooks

Denise’s (and Shalanna’s) books are available from Amazon and other retail and online booksellers.

24 responses to “Meet Intrepid Sleuth Jacquidon Carroll by Denise Weeks

  1. would love to win

  2. She sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance to win. Dee

  3. Barbara Jones

    This sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. This sounds good! I’d love to win it! Thank you!

  5. Nancy Hill Bradford

    Oh does this ever sound like a lot of fun!!!!

  6. Sounds like a fun read. This is a new to me author and book. thanks for having this contest.

  7. staci nauert

    Sounds like a funny book. I will have to check her out.

  8. She sounds like a nice ditz. I think this book would be a fun read and I WANT IT, WANT IT, WANT IT!!!

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Sounds like the beginning of a nice new series!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

  10. Nancy Roessner

    Sounds like a fun series!

  11. I enjoy the speaker’s asides. Nice humor. The books sound like they must be good fun.

  12. Lisa Garrett

    I would love to know more about The Snoop Sisters.

  13. Thanks for entering the drawing and for saying such nice things about the series, everyone! I think I can dig up a second copy of the book to send to another lucky winner–so that makes TWO books being given away.

    For more information about the series, you can visit one of my blogs or my Amazon author page! If you have a specific question, feel free to ask here!

  14. I just love to see a little competition!

    Nice post, Denise!

    Billie Johnson, Publisher
    Oak Tree Press

  15. Sounds like a great cosy, want to win!

  16. I the actual book has as much humor in it as this post—I’ll be laughing all the time I read it—and it will be a a lot of fun. Please enter me in your drawing. The names of the cats just slay me, too.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

  17. I have the book so I don’t need to be entered in the contest, but just wanted to say it is a wonderfully funny, but yet still extremely suspenseful, mystery novel and I think it’s going to be a great series.

  18. Sounds like such a fun book.

  19. Sounds like a kick. I’d love to read this one. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

  20. Contest is closed, but comments are always welcome

  21. WINNERS OF DRAWING ANNOUNCED! (Or is anyone subscribed to comments at all. . . .) Hoping that the winners see this so they are expecting the book. I never accept unsolicited packages at home myself (LOL). The winners of the drawing are Sarah Parks and Carol Wong, and the winners of MY random “favorite comments” selection are Judy Dee and Sue Farrell, mostly because I can get in touch with them by email. Even though giving away extra books cuts into my $1 royalty for each book sold (I can’t remember how much it actually IS, but a dollar sounds like a round figure like mine), I’m going to send out books to all four of you! (Assuming I can get Judy and Sue by e-mail. I’ll have to get their snail addresses by e-mail.) Anyone who feels like posting an Amazon review, good or iffy or rotten, is welcome to DO IT! (LOL)

    And keep reading. Dru Ann has more in store!

    –Shalanna/Denise (whoever)

  22. Martha Franks

    Please add my name to the give-away. Thanks!