A Toxic Craft by Debra Purdy Kong
An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella, and book 2 in the Evan Dunstan Mystery series
A crafty senior…
Evan Dunstan’s spunky grandmother is giving him major headaches. As organizer for the seniors’ Christmas craft fair, Gran faces warring vendors and acts of vandalism that threaten to ruin the event. When nasty knitter Cora Riddell is knocked unconscious and her water spiked with a hallucinogen, Gran begs Evan to find out who’s responsible before more harm is done—or someone dies.
A daunting task…
In charge of the fair’s security, Evan faces a challenge that grows more difficult by the hour. His boss expects him to find the culprit before police are called in and Southwest Trades & Technology’s reputation as a safe campus is destroyed.
A friend or foe?
A search for answers reveals the disturbing possibility that even friends and coworkers hope Evan will fail. Is the culprit closer to him than he thought? Whose startling secrets must be exposed to find the truth?
ISBN: 978-1-77223- (Kindle ebook); 3.99 US; December 6, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77223-078-9 (Smashwords); 3.99 US; December 6, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77223-284-4 (Trade Paperback); $9.99 US
“Evan is such an appealing character, with dreams and ambitions that may all be thwarted when he kindly offers to help his grandma with her craft fair. The seething resentments and jealousy among the quirky vendors keep him racing to find out who's responsible for all the problems at the fair, before they turn deadly. A fast-paced and fun read. You'll never think of craft fairs the same way again.” —Merrilee Robson, author of Murder is Uncooperative
“In A Toxic Craft, her second Evan Dunstan Mystery, Debra Purdy Kong’s diligent security guard protagonist finds himself facing a series of crimes on campus, including attempted murder. His investigation is thwarted at every turn by characters the reader will feel they know, brought to life by Purdy Kong’s talent for dialogue. A compelling short read, laced with lots of twists and turns that keep the reader going.” —Trine Bronken, author of The Bloody Business of Luck
“A quick read, that’s worth reading a few times. Debra Purdy Kong has created a level of ruthlessness that no one could ever expect within a Christmas craft fair. I’ll never be able to go to another craft fair without wondering if all the venders are secretly trying to kill each other.” —Erik D’Souza, author of Straight Men in Gay Bars
“Who knew little, white-haired, old ladies and Christmas craft fairs could be such a wickedly, frolicking mix. Add a jealous knitting needle and an angry Santa and you have the perfect ingredients for mayhem.” —R.H. Harlick, author of the Meg Harris mystery series
“Seniors’ scandalous sex lives, delicious vicious gossip, and violence at the Christmas craft fair will have readers eagerly flipping pages while they speed toward the frightful conclusion. A fun, fast read for all ages.” —Robin Spano, author of the Clare Vengel mysteries