Joyce Tremel (Mysterywright1 on QT) has signed with agent Meredith Barnes of .
I was a police secretary for ten years. People kept telling me I should write a book with a police secretary protagonist. I never gave it a second thought until I ended up losing my job. Not too long after that I came up with the first line of the book.
Police secretary Irma Jean Bennett’s day goes to hell when the Chief drops dead in her office. It’s bad enough that the mayor wants to keep the murder investigation quiet, but the new acting chief of the Spite Police Department (who happens to be her ex-husband) agrees with him. Since her ex isn’t exactly Einstein, she figures the only way to find the killer is to do it herself.
When her pink-Cadillac-driving mother shows up on her doorstep, Irma Jean realizes finding a killer might be an easier task than putting a halt to Mama’s matchmaking attempts. Even though Mama’s run out on husband number five, it doesn’t stop her from trying to fix her daughter up with the hunky guy renovating the downtown hotel.
Between dealing with Mama, keeping her ex at bay, fending off the hunky guy, and avoiding the mayor, Irma Jean discovers the Chief had more than a few secrets. Before she can figure out which one got him killed, her main suspect ends up dead. On top of all this, she loses her job when the mayor gets wind of her activities. Now if she doesn’t find the killer, she’ll never get her job back. Even worse—she’ll have to move in with Mama.
IN SPITE OF MURDER, a mystery, is complete at 78,000 words.
I was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers. I figured writing was a better way to keep myself out of jail. My fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and my non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. I am a member of Pennwriters as well as Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the crime writing blog, Working Stiffs.
I would be happy to send you the completed manuscript.