Now that four of the five the Rebecca Schwartz mysteries are available as ebooks, and Death Turns A Trick is hitting the blogosphere in its new digital clothes, we thought now would be a good time to post a little feature.
Released in 1992, Death Turns a Trick is Julie’s first published book. It introduces Rebecca Schwartz, a feisty and otherwise fairly normal Bay-Area attorney with perhaps a little too much imagination. Rebecca is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse (a fun favor for a friend and client) when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of Course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor…
The Sourdough Wars was published several months after Rebecca’s debut, and follows a cast of bread bakers duking it out over a frozen sourdough starter. An Amazon reviewer who apparently hadn’t much baking experience challenged the book’s basic assumption (that you can freeze sourdough starter), prompting an avalanche of protest.