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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Handbag and Book guest-author Liz Lipperman and a new book!

 I am happy to announce a new book from a very dear writing friend, Liz Lipperman. Here we go!


Two years ago, DR. MACKENZIE ‘MAC” CONNOLLY, a biochemist for the CIA, went deep undercover to investigate a man so evil he was dubbed “Dr. Death”, and not even her handler knew where she was. Twenty-two days later, her team traced her cell phone to a laboratory in Morocco and extracted her, killing Dr. Death in the process...or so they thought.

     GRIFFIN ‘GRIFF’ BRADLEY III, a highly-skilled combat leader, heads up the elite SWEEPERS team on the clean-up missions. The son of a real estate mogul who died along with his wife in a corporate jet crash, the independently wealthy Griff holds a cynical view of women in general, since Mac, the only woman he ever loved dumped him and disappeared. Face to face with her after two years, he’s unsure if he can separate his personal feelings from his professional persona.

     JOSEPH PETROVIĆ, nicknamed Dr. Death, is a rogue Bosnian biochemist now working with both al Qaeda and Venezuelan rebels to produce a nerve gas capable of killing a large number of people within seconds. Operating his laboratory in the mountains outside Caracas, Venezuela, he is close to perfecting the weapon he will sell to the highest bidder. Two years previously, in the early stages of his experiments, he became obsessed with Mac, unaware she was an undercover agent with a mission to take out his entire operation.

     When he realized she’d betrayed him, it was too late to save the laboratory, but he escaped via an underground tunnel. The perception is that he perished in the fire that followed the massive explosion... until he showed up in an unrelated security photo taken in Caracas, Venezuela.

     The SWEEPERS’ mission: Find Petrović, and this time, make sure he doesn’t walk out alive.

Liz Lipperman started writing many years ago, even before she retired from the medical field. Wasting many years thinking she was a romance writer but always having to deal with the pesky villains who kept popping up in all her stories, she finally gave up and decided since she read mysteries and obviously wrote them, why fight it? She has two mystery series--the Jordan McAllister Mysteries (formerly the Clueless Cook Series) and The Garcia Girls Mysteries (formerly A Dead Sister Talking Series)which are available in all formats. You might also want to check out her romantic thrillers, Mortal Deception and Shattered and a romantic short titled Can't Buy Me Love. 

Also, be watching for the debut of a new romantic suspense series titled SWEEPERS coming sometime next year. She wants readers to know that her G rated cozies are written as Liz Lipperman and her R rated, grittier mysteries as Lizbeth Lipperman. Check out her web page for a more detailed listing of her books along with reviews and trailers. 

Find Sweepers at: Die Once More
Find Liz Lipperman at: website

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Handbag and Book welcomes mystery author Raquel V. Reyes

About the Handbag:

THE CASABLANCA: I don’t know if that is the name of this handbag or not. There isn’t a label inside. I’ve been using this bag for about two years. 

I’m a one bag at a time woman. It was a gift from my friend and SleuthFest co-chair, Michael. He is a Goodwill hunter (not the movie) for musical instruments. I don’t know what about this bag made him think of me. I’m not a Bogie and Becall superfan. I think I’ve only watched Casablanca in its entirety once, and that was for a film class. But whatever he saw in it, others have too. 

I have gotten more compliments on this bag than any other. And most of them have come from straight cis-men. I have to admit I’ve grown very fond of this purse. One reason is it is the shape I like-- a hard flat bottom so that the bag stands on its own and the straps are the right length for shoulder or arm. It is a mood, and that is why I think people are drawn to it. It is the nostalgia for black and white movies and glitz Hollywood of old.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Favorite Book and Book welcomes author Judythe Morgan

Your Favorite Book:  

My sister gave me Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale. She’d read it and thought of me and all the estate sales I’ve conducted. 

It’s literary fiction and I usually read romance, so I wasn’t sure. But the story turned out to be a delightful tale of love and redemption—not to mention some killer garage sale prices on some fabulous antiques. All written with the new-to-me author’s wry and witty voice.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, all the antique descriptions, and the humorous depiction of small-town Texas (or anywhere) life. It’s a perfect book club choice because you’ll want to talk about the story with someone. The book is being made into a motion picture. I can’t wait!