Studs, Tools and Fools - a comic mystery by Kathleen Hering

"Jack fell down and broke his crown."

Laura Howard didn't plan to take down a bank robber.  Any more than she meant to subvert the police investigation following the bank heist . . .

Now all she wants is to reclaim her quiet life as an interior decorator in Portland, Oregon.  Right on cue, that peaceful existence explodes again when local TV newsmen broadcast the photo taken of Laura during the bank robbery.  Is her life now in danger?  Are those hate notes and home invasions related to her heroism at the bank?  Is she responsible for the death of a local hero?  Or, is something more sinister at play?

Laura Howard and her pesky cat Louise return in Book Three of the Designer Mystery series along with building contractor Russell Graham, zany Aunt Esther, and much of the Portland Police Bureau.  This time it may take all of them to separate the skunks from the scoundrels in the police lineup.

Character Laura Howard is a strong, spunky, independent woman.  The stories are told in a fresh voice that reflects that strength while surrounding the bizarre plot twists with quirky humor and sizzling dialogue.  Consumer Caution:  Readers have been known to laugh aloud while reading in bed.

Earlier books in the Designer Mystery series are Hammered, Nailed and Screwed and Ripped, Stripped and Flipped.  Each of the three books is written in a fresh witty style and includes humorous decorating tips from character Laura Howard.

Examples of decor tips:  (1)  "Use monograms sparingly.  If your name is Amy Sue Smith, don't use them at all."  (2) "Thrown Mexican pottery can cause injury to cheating spouses."