Cold Feet by Karen Pullen
"“Stella Lavender [is] the appealing 26-year-old heroine of Pullen’s absorbing first mystery … Readers will hope to see a lot more of Stella in future installments.”"
“Stella Lavender, an SBI undercover narcotics agent, really wants to work homicide. Her boss should listen because she has both the smarts and the nerves. Karen Pullen combines good suspense with such nice touches of humor that this strong debut promises to turn into a habit-forming series.”
—Margaret Maron, award-winning author of the bestselling Deborah Knott series
"Karen Pullen of Pittsboro has just had her debut mystery published and it's a winner. The protagonist, Stella Lavender, is an undercover narcotics agent who gets pulled into a murder investigation at a local bed and breakfast. The author herself runs the Rosemary House bed and breakfast in Pittsboro so she definitely knows her stuff. Before that she was a math teacher and an engineer so she brings a wealth of different experiences to her writing which makes it all the richer."
—Sarah, Quail Ridge Books & Music
What happens when an undercover drug agent, two religious scammers, a stalkerish ex-girlfriend and a cocaine dealer attend an elegant outdoor wedding in central North Carolina? Someone gets cold feet. In this traditional mystery, SBI agent Stella Lavender investigates her first homicide. BookList: “The fast pace; multiple plot strands, which work together nicely; and the well-drawn characters, including strong-willed, intelligent Stella, distinguish this promising new series.”
Karen Pullen left a perfectly good job at an engineering consulting firm to make her fortune—(er, maybe not)—as an innkeeper and a fiction writer. Her B&B has been open for twelve years, and she's published short stories in Every Day Fiction, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Outreach NC, and Spinetingler. She lives in Pittsboro. Her website is www.karenpullen.com.