Tuesday Trash and Trouble




Tuesday Trash and Trouble: Friday Night Mystery Club Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan

About Tuesday Trash and Trouble

Tuesday Trash and Trouble: Friday Night Mystery Club Series
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Illinois
Spot On Publishing (October 10, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8357296788
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B9T64ZNY


Set in 1986, Joanna Campbell Slan’s latest cozy mystery—Tuesday Trash and Trouble–features a down-on-her-luck divorcĂ©e whose passion for solving crimes lands her in the arms of a secretive cowboy–and the cross-hairs of a vengeful killer.

The year is 1986, the place is…pitiful. It’s Decatur, Illinois, known for high unemployment, striking unions, the pervasive stink of soybean processing, and seven railroad crossings at one intersection.

A wrong turn along life’s marital highway has left Catherine “Cragan” Collins stuck in Decatur. With a mountain of post-divorce bills to pay, Cragan takes a job selling high-priced newspaper advertising. If she’s lucky, her commissions will cover the cost of her grandmother’s stay in a nearby retirement home.

After the divorce, Cragan swears off men, but she’s a sucker for a guy in a nice suit. She falls hard for a man who publicly snubs her. On the rebound, she accepts an invitation from Ross Gentry, a quiet hunk who favors pearl snaps and cowboy boots. Cragan reasons that her heart is safe, because she and Ross come from two different worlds. But one night in his arms might be enough to prove her wrong.

Without warning, everything blows up in Cragan’s face. Her boss threatens to take away her accounts, a friend’s little sister is kidnapped, and an overnight guest is shot. Cragan’s best friend, Pru, is accused of attempted murder. After all, Pru’s gun was used in the crime.

Cragan calls an emergency meeting of the Friday Night Mystery Club. These mystery-loving career women are a group of smart cookies. Can their combined talents prove that Pru is innocent? And will they find an answer in time to save Cragan from the wrath of a vengeful shooter?

It takes a club to solve a mystery!

About Joanna Campbell Slan

Joanna is a New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author as well as a woman prone to frequent bursts of crafting frenzy, leaving her with burns from her hot glue gun and paint on her clothes. And the mess? Let’s not even go there.

Otherwise, Joanna’s a productive author with more than 80 written projects to her credit. Her non-fiction work includes how to books, a college textbook for public speakers, and books of personal essays (think Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Currently, she writes six fiction series: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist, contemporary, St. Louis setting, crafting), the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (contemporary, Florida setting, DIY, and recycling), the Jane Eyre Chronicles (Daphne du Maurier Award Winner, 1830s England, based on Charlotte BrontĂ«’s classic), the Sherlock Holmes Fantasy Thrillers (late 1800s, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s books), the Tai Chi Mystery Series (featuring a mature female amateur sleuth!) and the Friday Night Mystery Series (set in Decatur, IL in 1986 with a spunky female heroine.)

A former TV talk show host, college teacher, and public relations specialist, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors. She won a Silver Anvil for her work on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at jcslan@joannaslan.com or visit her website at https://linktr.ee/jcslan

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Since this series is set in 1986, I took a stroll down memory lane. It was surprising how much life has changed since then. For example, back in the 80s, I wore pantyhose to work every day. In fact, I could predict the rest of my day by my close encounter with a pair of L’Eggs. If the hose went on without a run, I was golden. If not, the struggle began. I’d paint the run with clear nail polish, let it dry, peel the nylons off, and put them back on—turning the hose around so the run was underneath my foot. What an ordeal! I also took to freezing nylons in my freezer and defrosting them before wearing because I’d heard that made the fibers less likely to snag. So yeah, there was a lot I’d forgotten about life in the 80s—and happily so!

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I’m in the midst of writing Mask Or Raid: Book #17 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. Kiki’s business, Time in a Bottle, must move because the city wants to redevelop the transitional neighborhood where she’s currently located. As a result, Kiki buys another property, a house that’s zoned commercial, but in need of a bathroom remodeling before she can open her doors. In the demolition process, the contractor finds the mummified body of a dead baby inside one of the walls. Kiki feels obligated to figure out where the baby came from and why nobody claimed the child’s body.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

There will be more books in the Friday Night Mystery Club series. The series revolves around five women who share a love of mysteries, both on the page and in real life. There’s a generous helping of romance, a look at the 80s, and a revisitation of the impact of working women on the culture. Back in the 80s, women were told to act like men in the workplace and to put up with all sorts of nonsense if they wanted jobs. (Somethings never change, do they? Okay, maybe they change a little but not a lot.)

How long have you been writing?

Ever since I could hold a pen and form words on paper. Seriously. 

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I derive a great deal of pleasure from writing. It’s kinda like reading, only you get more control. I sit down each day, eager to find out what happens next. My characters delight and frustrate me. My books offer entertainment, of course, but I also pride myself on exploring what makes people tick and learning something new with each piece I write. My readers tell me that my characters feel like best friends to them. That makes me gloriously happy. If I can brighten somebody’s day, then I’ve really done my job. And I am incredibly thankful to the many people who’ve discovered me and my work. They’re such nice people!


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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. This one sounds like a hit that I would love to read a print copy and review a few places peggy clayton

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  3. Sounds like a great Cozy Mystery. I like the cover and excerpt.

    1. So glad to hear you like the cover. We just changed it--and I think we've got it right!

  4. Sounds like a great cozy mystery read. I love the time period setting.

  5. I am curious as to why you chose the 80's??

  6. Hi, Mary--I chose the 80s because I started writing this book back then. Yup, took me nearly 40 years to finish it.


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