The Quirky Quiz Caper – Sally Carpenter

This week, I’m welcoming back author, Sally Carpenter.

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Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, Calif.

She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

She writes the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series: “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” (2012 Eureka! Award finalist), “The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper” and “The Quirky Quiz Show Caper.”

She has short stories in two anthologies: “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in “Last Exit to Murder” and “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in “Plan B: Omnibus.”

She blogs at and

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

The Quirky Quiz Show Caper

Former teen idol Sandy Fairfax is a guest panelist on a TV game show—and the first category is murder! When his kid brother, Warren, is framed for killing a college student, Sandy makes it his duty to track down the thug before the police move in. After all, Sandy did play a detective once on a hit TV show. Sandy will get right on the case—right after he visits his kids; fights with his ex; woos his hoped-to-be girlfriend, Cinnamon; and convinces his parents he should be the special entertainment at a black tie gala designed to raise funds for his father’s faltering orchestra. All this while he and his biggest fan attempt to “Raise The Stakes” on a rigged quiz show where––wonder of wonders––the murder victim had recently been a contestant. Sandy’s ready to pull out some of his long blond hair as the game points and the suspects pile up.

Here’s an excerpt from, The Quirky Quiz Show Caper:

I said, “Besides, if Warren wanted kill Dwight, he wouldn’t be stupid enough to use a knife with his name on it.”

Warren shouted, “Ernest! You are not helping!”

The detective gave a small smile. “Thank you, that brings me to my next point. Dr. Farmington, I understand that you own a rather unusual knife.”

“She means your letter opener,” I said.

She gave me a nasty look. So did Warren.

“I assumed that’s what she meant,” Warren said, “Yes, in the past I have used it as a letter opener. A few years ago I had a frame custom made so I could display it. It was a gift from my piano mentor. He called me one of his star pupils. He gave me the knife because he said I had a sharp mind and he wanted me to continue to honed my talents.”

“Where is this knife?”

“Here in the office, right where it’s always been.” He swiveled around in his chair so he could face the wall behind the desk.

Amid the myriad of decorations on the wall hung a silver frame holding a large, black, empty backboard. For a moment Warren stared at the frame and then at us, his face ashen and eyes filled with fear.

“It’s gone.”

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About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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One Response to The Quirky Quiz Caper – Sally Carpenter

  1. What a fascinating life you are living. It must give you a lot of material for your books.

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