Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
by Lori Roberts Herbst
About Photo Finished
Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
4th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Independently Published (September 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: 310
Digital ASIN : B0B6DDSK75
When a visit to a Colorado dude ranch turns deadly, it’s up to photographer Callie Cassidy to corral the killer…
As maid of honor (aka grande dame) in her best friend’s upcoming wedding, Callie wants to plan the perfect bridal shower. And what could be better than a girls’ trip with their posse of friends?
The women jump at the idea and suggest a destination—Moonglow Ranch, a serenity retreat-slash-dude ranch owned by one friend’s aunt and uncle.
When they arrive, Callie is less than enthusiastic. Serenity doesn’t come easily to a former investigative photojournalist. Plus, her horse is stubborn as…well, a mule. She’s warned to be on the lookout for snakes. Worst of all—gasp!—Moonglow only serves healthy food. Still, her friends are having a great time, and even Callie’s golden retriever Woody and tabby cat Carl seem right at home on the ranch. For their sake, she tries to tap into her inner Zen.
Then the conniving wife of the town’s most powerful man interrupts the party and threatens the ranch’s proprietors. Callie worries the trip is destined for disaster.
Later, Callie finds the woman’s body in the stable, apparently trampled by a horse. Or did she die from a snakebite? Or—as Callie suspects—could something even more sinister be at work?
Answers are as difficult to find as a needle in the haystack. And when the police chief accuses the ranch owners of murder, Callie realizes she’ll need to lasso the real outlaw—before the wrong people end up in the pokey.
About Lori Roberts Herbst
Lori Roberts Herbst, who writes the Callie Cassidy Mystery series, spent much of her life writing, editing, and psychoanalyzing. Through thirty years of teaching journalism, advising newspaper and yearbook staff, instructing budding photographers, and counseling teenagers, she still managed to hang on to a modicum of sanity. Her books have earned first-place CIBA awards in the Murder and Mayhem division. She currently serves as secretary of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas chapter and is a member of the Sisters in Crime Guppies and the Mystery Writers of America.
Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
In Photo Finished, Callie and her friends embark on a week-long girls' trip to celebrate Tonya's upcoming wedding. Joined by Callie's golden retriever, Woody, and her orange tabby cat, Carl, the group heads to a dude ranch in Mustang, Colorado. It was great fun to take the cast to a different location and meet new people. Creating the dude ranch setting took me out of my comfort zone as a writer, and it offered me an energizing challenge.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
I have begun to outline book five in the series, as yet untitled. But I can say that the crew is back in Rock Creek Village for this book, and an old nemesis has returned to town...
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I'll keep writing Callie Cassidy mysteries as long as they stay fresh and interesting. I'm also in the planning stages of a second series, which will be set in a cruise port town on the Gulf of Mexico.
How long have you been writing?
Like my main character, I have a background in journalism, so I've been writing most of my life. As far as fiction, over the years, I penned a few short stories and novel chapters that never went anywhere. But I didn't get serious about becoming an author until 2018. At that time, I started a novel that, after a more than two years and half dozen revisions, turned into Suitable for Framing, the first book in the Callie Cassidy Mystery series. The book was published in January, 2021, followed by Double Exposure in June, 2021, Frozen in Motion in January of 2022, and now Photo Finished. It's been a wild ride, and I'm loving (almost) every minute of it!
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I hope you enjoy this book—and the series! I would love to hear from you. Send me an email through my website, or follow me on Facebook. I so enjoy getting to know readers!
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