No one else really believes Aunt Jewel killed Mrs. Bunch--that is, except maybe the sheriff. And he's the one who counts. He'd just as soon throw Jewel Moore in jail as look at her. But he has no solid proof; he's not going to waste his time trying to prove her innocent. He'd rather bide his time and wait for the murderer to slip up and come to him.
Kendra decides that if anything is going to be done to get her aunt off the hook, she'll have to do it. Along with her friends---a very colorful waiter at Do-Lolly's Diner named Jeremy, Deputy Jim Wyman, Ginger Marshall (a local art quilter) and her friends---she sets out to prove that her aunt is innocent.
And there are other mysteries in town. Who chopped down Jewel's indigo bush in her own yard? Who is the inebriated stranger that shows up to Eula-Mae's funeral? And what does an erotic romance novel have to do with all of it? Tongues are waggin' in Nameless! Things haven't been this exciting since George Leroy Johnson got the back of his britches caught in the revolving door at the old Railroad Hotel and was pitched out the middle of Main Street with his wherewithalls showing.
DYE, DYEING, DEAD is the first novella in the Nameless, TX mystery series and features Kendra Louise Harper, Folklorist. 35,000 words.
Readers comment on other stories in the series:
"The real star of this clever short story is the town of Nameless, Texas (population 2,354,) where the people and goings on are about as quirky as you'll find. Bank robberies, a Thanksgiving celebration and a quest for a pork loin roast drive the story, but the characters are who you will remember." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin
"What a romp! With quirky characters, secrets large and small, a town with a personality all its own, and a solid plot, I found myself smiling more often than not when reading Dye, Dyeing, Dead. I hope more books about Kendra, Aunt Jewel, and Nameless, Texas are coming soon." On DYE, DYEING, DEAD
"I loved this. I am Texas born and bred and this is a wonderful spoof of small town characters. This is in the tradition of the fabulous Greater Tuna." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin
"Throw bungling cross-dressing bank robbers together with quirky small town Texas folks preparing for a community Thanksgiving gathering and you've got a quick, enjoyable comic read." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin
"A zany story about a unique town. I just loved it." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin
"A great read, perfect for summer reading, or a cool, rainy fall day. As a native Texan, I found much of the dialogue familiar and fun. The characters are broadly drawn, but definitely true to the Lone Star mystique. If you're hankering for an engaging mystery with an entertaining cast of characters, this will more than fill the bill. Dying to see what Chukran has up her sleeve next."