Swimsuit BodyNew York Times–bestselling author Eileen Goudge blends mystery and romance in a captivating new novel featuring intrepid property manager Tish Ballard, whose client’s beachfront home becomes a headline-making homicide scene
With a Hollywood movie about to start filming in the California seaside town of Cypress Bay, Tish Ballard, owner of Rest Easy Property Management, welcomes her first celebrity tenant. Delilah Ward isn’t your typical beautiful, spoiled actress; she’s America’s sweetheart. Even Tish is charmed by the young star, which makes her gruesome discovery of Delilah’s bloodied corpse all the more gut-wrenching.
When someone near and dear to Tish is named a person of interest, the fearless property manager defies the wishes of her former heartthrob, homicide detective Spence Breedlove, and launches her own investigation—with help from her best friend, Ivy, and her erstwhile sidekick, McGee. But no sooner than she starts rubbing elbows with the movie cast and crew—including Delilah’s eerily efficient personal assistant, the starlet’s sexy costar, and the film’s predatory director—is her own life threatened. With so much at stake, Tish has no choice but to do whatever it takes to lure a crafty killer out of hiding.
Swimsuit Body is the 2nd novel in the Cypress Bay Mysteries, which began with Bones and Roses, but the books can be read and enjoyed in any order.
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“Suspenseful . . . Sure to make fans of darker cozies feel right at home.” —Publishers Weekly
"Clever, fast-paced, and filled with as many laughs as twists and turns, Swimsuit Body is sure to delight cozy fans. Eileen Goudge breathes life into her lovably flawed and fearless heroine Tish Ballard and all the quirky characters that populate this killer tale of a headline-making homicide and the glittery world of the Hollywood elite.” —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone
"Eileen Goudge does everything right in this new mystery. The amateur sleuth is irresistible—you’ll want to be her friend. The dialogue crackles with wit. The plot is twisty and surprising. The northern California small town setting is fun and charming. You’ll delight in reading this master storyteller’s master work.” —Jane Cleland, author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries
Praise for the Cypress Bay Mysteries“Eileen Goudge’s first book in the Cypress Bay mystery series catches the reader in a strong undertow of a plot. Before you know it, you’re being drawn in, out, and under. Expect to become immersed with the indomitable heroine, Tish Ballard, the cast of colorful secondary characters, and Eileen Goudge’s trademark storytelling.” —Sandra Brown, New York Times–bestselling author, on Bones and Roses
“A sophisticated, cleverly crafted mystery with complex, intricately drawn characters . . . I was fascinated by everyone in this story, and never saw the ending coming.” —Donna Ball, author of Dog Days, on Bones and Roses
Praise for Eileen Goudge
“Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.” —Nora Roberts, New York Times–bestselling author
About the author
Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.
She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth—a sequel to Gardens of Lies—and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.