death-in-advertisingYou’ve seen the movies where the hero (or heroine!) is hanging on to the side of a cliff by a fingernail, their demise looming below them like a veritable certainty.

Yeah, well, that’s been my life the past six months. Only instead of staring down at a canyon, I’ve been staring at a pile of bills on my desk that is multiplying faster than any bunnies I’ve ever seen. In an attempt to get rid of them (since I can’t pay them), I’ve tried to return them, burn them, hide them, and make them out and out disappear. But my efforts never last for long.

In a word, I’m screwed.

Technically, I suppose you might say my agency—the Tobi Tobias Advertising Agency—is what’s screwed, but since advertising has been my dream since I was old enough to understand the concept of a commercial, I’m screwed, as well. Because without my job, I’m lost. And, likely, homeless.

Ahhhh, yes, I. . .Tobi Tobias. . .am really living the life, aren’t I?

Fortunately for the hero (or heroine!) in those aforementioned movies, a hand always seems to appear at just the right moment to save the day. For me, that hand belongs to Andy Zander, co-owner of Zander Closet Company.

You see, Zander Closet Company isn’t doing a whole lot better than Tobi Tobias Advertising Agency. They need the kind of slogan that will stick in customers’ heads. . .and I need to create the kind of slogan that will stick in the heads of business types looking to up their game.

Sounds like a match made in Heaven, doesn’t it?

Yeah, I thought so, too.

Until my slogan (which was pretty darn clever if I must say so myself) became a blueprint for murder. . .

Yup, I’m really screwed now.

You can read more about Tobi in DEATH IN ADVERTISING, first book in the Tobi Tobias mystery series.

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

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About the author
Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website:, or hang out with her on Facebook at laurabradfordauthor. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at @Bradfordauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Death in Advertising is available wherever you buy E-books (a trade paperback is also available).

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