Checkered CrimeHave you ever taken a look at your hands? I mean a real look at your hands? Your fingers? Go on. Take a nice long look at them. Yep. Hold them out in front of you. Do you see the creases where your joints meet? Bend them. Up and down, up and down.

Now. . .bend your pointer finger down like it’s missing or how your dad use to play the “where did my finger go” game.

Well…my dad didn’t. Hell, my dad left me on the steps of an orphanage in Walnut Grove, Kentucky—of all places. But Trixie did a fine job raising me even though there wasn’t a single family who wanted to adopt me.

I guess I couldn’t blame them. I was. . .am. . .sort of a rebel. And I did sort of blackmail the local Baptist preacher and kind of steal money from the bank. . .but that’s all in the past. I’m going to prove this town that I’ve changed.

Now I’m a port-a-potty sell’s rep for Porty Morty’s with a company car. . .was. I keep forgetting that Morty Shelton “laid me off” and now I’m driving a 1957 yellow Belvedere given to my by another orphan now turned cop, Derek Smitherman.

I have to find a new job, but no one wants to give me a chance. . . until Trigger Finger Tony mistakenly thought my Belvedere is a taxi and jumped right in.

I protested, but the wad of cash he flashed me is a little hard to walk away from, especially when I need a job. So I agree to be his personal driver while he is visiting Walnut Grove. It isn’t my business why he is here. But it sure is Jax Jackson’s business, the undercover FBI agent who jumped in my car right after I dropped of Trigger.

Jax Jackson demands that I go undercover and help the FBI bring down Trigger Finger Tony and the mob or he’s going to bring me up on federal charges for my criminal past.

But back to the hand.

Trigger Finger Tony is missing his pointer finger. He jokes that he lost it to his hungry piranhas and doesn’t have a problem introducing his pets to people who make him angry.

Hmm…working with the FBI and the mob isn’t how I wanted to prove this town wrong. And I’m a little partial to my fingers.

Well, at least my stray cat, Henrietta, keeps me company while riding shotgun.

You can read more about Laurel in Checkered Crime, the first book in the new “Laurel London” mystery series, published by Tonya Kappes. Books are available at online booksellers.

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Meet the author
TonyaKUSA Today Bestselling Author, Tonya Kappes writes humorous cozy mystery and women’s fiction that involves quirky characters in quirky situations. Not only have her novels made the USA Today bestsellers list, but they are an Amazon Top 100 author, Amazon Movers and Shakers, and International bestsellers., the first novel in the Olivia Davis Mystery Series, is a double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories. Carpe Bead ‘em is 2012 winner in Amazon’s eFestival of Words in the Women’s Fiction Category. A Charming Crime, the first novel in the Magical Cures, is the 2013 eFestival of Words in the Fantasy Category Winner. A New Tradition, the Indie Romance Convention 2013 novella of the year.

When not being the princess, queen, and jester of her family of three teenage boys, an adoring husband, and three fury kids, she travels to various writing groups as guest speaker on “How to Market and Promote Your Novels Effectively,” where she is known as a marketing guru.

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