The wages of sin is losing your job when you are a pastor having an affair.
Kelsey Garrett is an ambitious young reporter who hopes her stories on the death of a young church worker will propel her to a job with a big-city paper. Currently, she works for the Enterprise Country Caller Gazette, a small paper in a small town in Texas where football rules, but murder attracts everyone's attention. Beautiful Becca Cooper moved to Enterprise from Oklahoma to escape an abusive husband, and now her body has been found by a local teen near a bayou, and the suspects include her lover, the Rev. Robert Holiday, and his eccentric wife, LilliFay. The soon-to-retire town detective, Sgt. Hines, is willing to talk to Kelsey about the death, and her stories attract the attention of a Dallas newspaper. Kelsey can’t stop investigating the crime, even when she gets a threatening phone call. Hines’ nephew, Park Daniels, had briefly dated Becca and is now pursuing Kelsey, who can’t resist the attractions of the handsome pilot. Becca was pregnant, her low self-esteem led her into several affairs, and the unknown father is certainly a suspect along with her ex-husband and a number of jealous church members. If Kelsey can help solve the crime without getting herself killed, she will have a lot of life-changing decisions to make.
Bretting’s first in a planned series of Southern mysteries offers up romance, a realistic picture of small-town–Texas life and a mystery with enough suspects to keep it interesting.