Hi! I'm Sally Kilpatrick, and I usually write southern fiction. (The Happy Hour Choir--available from Kensington in April 2015--my husband made me tell you that, BTW) That said, I have a bit of a habit--a mystery/suspense/thriller habit. Nancy Drew was one of my favorites growing up. From there I went to Mrs. Pollifax and Agatha Christie and, well, Stephanie Bond. When I saw that one of her characters, Coop, was a body mover, I became positively giddy. My third book features a funeral director, and I've been told the Funeral Director Fiction market is, unfortunately, a small one.
Y'all, I had a lot of fun writing this short story, and I really hope you'll have fun reading it. I only created one character this go round--Mary Michael--because my mind kept going back to an incident that occurred when I was working at Upton's. I bet you'll see it when you get there.
But I digress. My story picks up at the end of book 3--it's a What If Story, if you will. Book 4 goes in a different direction, and I wanted to see if things could work out between Coop and Carlotta if the Charm Killer had never come into the picture. So here's how it could have happened....
Out of the kindness of her heart--and the emptiness of her pocketbook--Carlotta picks up an extra shift from Mary Michael in the lingerie department. It would so happen that Carlotta would have an interesting customer AND catch a shoplifter that night.
She thinks the whole matter is over and done and goes on a body retrieval mission with Coop. This time they're exhuming a body that's already been buried so it can be reinterred with the proper family. There's just one problem. . . the body's not there.
Will Coop and Carlotta ever get to know each other Biblically? Will they solve the mystery of the missing body? And, when shoplifting turns into murder, will Carlotta figure out who the murderer is before she becomes the next victim?
One more confession before I send you out to sample my story: I used to be solidly Team Jack. Then I started envisioning Cooper Craft as David Tennant. Not so solidly Team Jack. Please do give A Day Late a try and let me know what you think. Also, if you want to find out more about Oakland Cemetery, my Neiman Marcus inspiration, or, you know, gaze longingly at David Tennant, you can visit my Pinterest board for the story. You can also ask me questions here, but I haven't figured out how to put up a picture of David Tennant--give me time.
I'm solidly Team Jack. But...Coop is the most noble character in the series to me. Can't wait to read your story!
Thanks! I'm excited about reading yours, too. I still think Jack is the best fit for Carlotta. Coop needs another woman, methinks.
I always felt bad for Coop that he was unlucky in Book 3. Looking forward to reading it.
Yes! What about Wes's hot redhead parol officer?
This is definitely not the worst idea I've ever heard...
I fear poor coop and Carlotta are doomed....fun story!!