Dustin Reviews: A Dead Red Cadillac (A Dead Red #1) by R.P. Dahlke

A Dead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.

A Dead Red Cadillac is the perfect solution for a dreary, rainy weekend. It has just the right amount of humor, drama and suspense to distract from the inclement weather outdoors. Kick off your shoes, wiggle your toes and sink into the couch with a cup of Earl Grey tea. For a couple of leisurely hours, totally lose yourself in Lalla Bains world.

RP Dahlke

About the author

I got to thinking why I so very much like reading and writing about strong women. To be honest with you, I think it’s because I’ve spent most of my life as a wimp, doing as I was told, minding my manners, saying all the right, and expected, things, until one day I realized being miss-goody-two-shoes was getting me exactly nowhere. Since then, I’ve been called disrespectful, annoyingly forward, and my favorite—uppity. To make up for lost time, I now suit up as Lalla Bains, born again bachelorette, ex-NY Model, crop-duster, sometime amateur sleuth. I might as well let her tell it… she’s crowding me for the spotlight anyway.

Lalla Bains here, and I seldom do as I’m told especially after my lyin’, cheatin’ whoring second ex-husband took up with yet another too-tasty-to-resist side-dish.

So what if I took a baseball bat to his recently restored vintage Caddy? It was worth it just to watch him try to yodel his way out of this latest lie… like I didn’t catch him and his secretary fogging up the windows of his pimp-mobile.

I smashed in the headlights, the driver’s side window, and just for good measure, slashed the tires. That way, he had to get a tow. I skinned him of the Caddy in the divorce and, just for spite, painted it candy apple red.

That’s me, hell raiser–well, sort of. Flying and partying don’t mix during the long hard days of summer. Even if I had the energy I get too damn little sleep as it is and now that I’m fu-fuuu-fu-forty.–‘kay, that’s–that’s just–rude to laugh. You try my life for a day–up at three a.m., chasing after lazy pilots and the smart mouthed ground crew I inherited when my dad when he went in for a triple by-pass.

“Would you mind coming home and taking over the crop-dusting business?” he says, coughing lightly into the phone. “I might not be around much longer.”

Miraculously recovered, my tight-wad father is now too busy to take back his desk, what with rediscovering a whole new wardrobe from the back of his closet. He’s in leisure suits, squiring local widows to funerals and scarfing up free meals at the wakes while I try to shake off the ankle biting Chihuahua we inherited from the last murder case.

On the bright side, my love life is finally out of the dumps since I have a wonderful relationship with Sheriff Caleb Stone. Well, that is, it would be, if only I could do as I’m told and stay away from solving crimes. It’s not my fault that people die at my feet, or they’re found six feet under a local lake strapped into the front seat of my trophy red caddy.

But, If I did as I was told and stayed out of trouble, I never would have solved those cases. Besides, it helps keep my mind off turning fu-fuu-forty. So, now you understand why well behaved women seldom make history is now my motto.

Note to self: tattoo the above quote somewhere I can clearly see it when I’m in another jam.

From the Author on Amazon

R.P. Dahlke’s author website: www.rpdahlke.com

A Dead Red Cadillac is available at: Amazon


Print Length: 289 pages Kindle Edition, 203 pages Publication Date: March 3rd 2011 by Dead Bear Publishing (first published March 1st 2011) Series: A Dead Red #1 Language: English ASIN: B004QOAZO2

4 out of 5 stars



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