Local Author Pens Boomer/Senior Murder Mystery

The Seventeen Dollar Murders: A Boomer/Senior Mystery


Rose Ellen and Pearl are East Texas gals. Born and raised here, they walk the walk and talk the talk. The two women are now in their sixties, and prefer to be called boomer/seniors rather than “seniors,” which designates someone older, like their friend Peggy, who celebrated her 90th birthday dancing at the senior center.  

Rose Ellen and Pearl have been friends since high school, and became kin when Rose Ellen married Pearl’s brother. The marriage didn’t last, but the women’s friendship did, and now Pearl affectionately refers to Rose Ellen as “Ex.”  Since Pearl’s husband died, the two hang out regularly, attending potlucks and boot scooting at the local Tyler Senior Society dances. They also watch a lot of crime shows.

The more practical of the two, Rose Ellen sometimes has to rein in Pearl, who has a hankering to skinny dip at midnight, dance on a tabletop, and take belly dancing lessons. So when a third murder victim turns up in their quiet town of Tyler, Texas, it doesn’t surprise Rose Ellen that Pearl thinks they should investigate. The murder victims have all been women in their sixties who were stabbed after being strangled to death. In a bizarre twist, each woman is found holding $17.

After an unnerving experience at the Ben Wheeler Feral Hog Festival leaves the two crouching under a picnic table, Rose Ellen is convinced to join Pearl in her sleuthing. After all, the two had always agreed to live each day as if it were their last.

This cozy tale has the perfect blend of mystery and humor. For readers who know that age is just a number, this fun mystery will have them agreeing with Pearl and Rose Ellen that “...East Texas was a perfect place to stay engaged and young at heart.”

About the author: Melinda Richarz Lyons lives in Tyler, Texas. Once a Kilgore College Rangerette, she now performs the Charleston with a senior dance group at local assisted-living centers and nursing homes. She is the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction. This is her first Boomer/Senior mystery. The book is available as a paperback or Ebook from Amazon.  www.MelindaLyons.weebly.com


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