Deadly Detecting Duo mystery authors Elena Hartwell and Adam Walker Phillips will discuss the inspiration behind their characters, Eddie Shoes and Chuck Restic, and the selection of working in the private investigator sub-genre. Elena's sophomore novel is Two Heads are Deader than One, in which Private Investigator Edwina "Eddie Shoes" Schultz, assisted by new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry, regrets assisting a childhood friend visiting Bellingham, Washington, by literally bailing her out.
Adam's "qualifications" for The Silent Second, his debut mystery include:
- 15 plus year cubicle denizen / 1 year in an office
- Long track record of inappropriate humor
- Los Angeles native (since 2001)
- Numerous appearances on HR’s watchlist
- Poster child for the Peter Principle
- Has read The Long Goodbye ten times
Dakota, PI Eddie Shoes' best friend from high school in Spokane, has showed up in Bellingham in jail. Eddie covers her bail, but as soon as her friend is free, she disappears again. Why did Dakota jump bail? And what are Eddie's business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims? To find answers and clear her own name, Eddie must dig into the past.
PI Eddie Shoes photographs her client's husband in a seedy hotel with his girlfriend. It should be an easy case, but the girlfriend is killed and the client goes missing. Is Kendra in danger or is she the killer? Not usually one to carry a gun, Eddie is soon dusting off her Colt 45. To complicate matters, her rowdy mother shows up on her doorstep, and her ex is the new homicide detective in town.
Chuck Restic has achieved the American dream: a successful career with a large corporation, his own home, the best health care insurance and retirement package... but he's crumbling inside. Twenty years in Human Resources have pushed him into an existential crisis. He realizes there is so little value in what he does all day, and it is only when he embarks on a mission to find a missing employee from his firm that he truly starts to feel alive again.
This is Chuck's first step toward moonlighting as a private detective - a job in which he turns out to excel. Constantly balancing the inane demands of his office and the excitement of his new "job," he finally finds what he's been missing. By applying his HR skills and wit to his new passion for detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked real estate deals and three murders, staving off a fourth: his own.
The first in a series of Chuck Restic mysteries, The Silent Second introduces readers to a sharp, witty, regular-guy detective who's rapidly winning fans.