Title: Killer Wasps
Author: Amy Korman
Publish Date: September 16, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a haven for East Coast WASPs, where tennis tournaments and cocktails at the club are revered traditions. Little happens in the sleepy suburb, and that is the way the Lilly Pulitzer–clad residents prefer it. So when antiques store owner Kristin Clark and her portly basset hound stumble upon the area's newest real estate developer lying unconscious beneath the hydrangea bushes lining the driveway of one of Bryn Mawr's most distinguished estates, the entire town is abuzz with gossip and intrigue.
When the attacker strikes again just days later, Kristin and her three best friends—Holly, a glamorous chicken nugget heiress with a penchant for high fashion; Joe, a decorator who's determined to land his own HGT V show; and Bootsie, a preppy but nosy newspaper reporter—join forces to solve the crime. While their investigation takes them to cocktail parties, flea markets, and the country club, they must unravel the mystery before the assailant claims another victim.
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Bootsie, who graduated from high school with me fifteen years ago, is six feet tall, has chin-length blonde hair and a permanent tennis tan, and is married to a former Duke lacrosse star named Will, whom she met through her equally bronzed, blond brothers. Bootsie and I don’t have much in common, but we’ve stayed friends over the years—she works just down the street from my store, at the Bryn Mawr Gazette, the local newspaper in our small town outside of Philadelphia, where she covers both real estate and charity events. Basically, she writes about gossip.
Working at the newspaper is perfect for Bootsie, because she’s incredibly nosy. She has a network of family members and friends placed around the suburbs of Philly who funnel her information each day. When she’s not on her cell phone, she’s working the aisles of the Publix, the liquor store, and the post office. She’s honestly pretty talented at intelligence-gathering: Bootsie once called me in the middle of the night to tell me that my friend Holly Jones was getting divorced, which Holly herself didn’t even know until the next morning.
“You probably remember Will’s cousin Louis from our Christmas party,” Bootsie went on. “Tall? Blond? Big on golf and skiing?” This described every member of the McElvoy clan, but I nodded agreement.
“Louis is a lawyer, and he’s defending Barclay in a lawsuit about those townhouses Barclay built that fell into the giant sinkhole. And Louis got a call from Barclay’s wife at one-thirty this morning about the attack on Barclay,” said Bootsie triumphantly, pleased that her husband had such a useful person for a cousin. “Of course, the police called Barclay’s wife to let her know about him being attacked, even though Barclay and his wife are in the middle of a an epic divorce. So, anyway, Louis got the police report faxed over, which said that a Kristin Clark—you, that is”—with this, Bootsie pointed a tennis-tanned finger at me—“found Barclay after he’d been bashed in the head with something heavy. Like a hammer.”
About the Author
Amy Korman is a former senior editor and staff writer for Philadelphia Magazine, and author of Frommer’s Guide to Philadelphia. She has written for Town & Country, House Beautiful, Men’s Health, and Cosmopolitan. Killer WASPS is her first novel.