Saralyn Richard is the author of the Detective Parrot series, and several stand-alones. You can find out more about her on her website www.saralynrichard.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here.
I’ve been obsessed with babies. Maybe it’s the season. We have a baby at the center of Christmas, a baby representing the new year, first babies born after midnight on New Year’s Eve making a big splash. Then there are all the baby-related metaphors, like cutting baby teeth, taking baby steps, reveling in child’s play, dressing in baby blue, recognizing a babe in the woods, crying over spilt milk, and more.
Everyone loves the innocence of little babies, the wide-open potential that a new little person has for growth. We have a sense of how fleeting babyhood is, and we wish for prolongment of the stage when all a little one has to do is eat, sleep, and eliminate in order to have its needs met.
There’s so much joy surrounding an expectant mother. Showers, gender reveals, gifts! And yet many expectant parents don’t want to have babies, and many aspiring parents can’t have them. I was astounded to read about a study conducted by the National Safe Haven Alliance that reported more than 22,000 babies per year are abandoned at U.S. hospitals.
All this approach-avoidance irony inspired my thinking and research about the premise for the fourth book in the Detective Parrott mystery series, and I learned a lot. Detective Parrott and his wife Tonya are at the stage in life when the quest for parenthood sets in. Making babies is a big topic for them, and it seems everyone they know is either reproducing are contemplating reproduction.
At this time, Parrott is called to the caretakers’ cottage on the property of Caro and John E. Campbell, wealthy residents of Brandywine Valley. A baby has been left in a box on the back porch steps. From then on—
IT’S A MATTER OF BIRTH AND DEATH.
The serene Brandywine Valley wakes up to an intoxicating double crime: a baby abandoned on the porch of a caretaker’s cottage, and a young post-partum woman murdered on the estate of a billionaire scotch whiskey magnate. Detective Parrott’s instincts tell him the two crimes are connected, but the evidence points him in directions that are both baffling and personal. Parrott searches for answers in high and low places, including his own office. As he races to find the truth about the baby’s origin and best placement, he untangles chilling murder clues that implicate people who harbor secrets that even their positions of power and trust can’t protect. Once again, Parrott may have to risk his reputation—and even his life—to uncover the real story.
MURDER OUTSIDE THE BOX will be released January 5. For more information, check out the website: http://murderintheonepercent.com, and sign up for my monthly newsletter there. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, or just a baby-lover, I look forward to connecting with you!