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Saralyn Richard is the author of the Detective Parrot series, and several stand-alones. You can find out more about her on her website, 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.

Galveston Author Saralyn Richard

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—


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:, 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!

Saralyn Richard

Saralyn Richard is the author of Naughty Nana, Murder in the One Percent, and A Palette for Love and Murder. You can find out more about her on her website,, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Laurie Buchanan
    Laurie Buchanan

    Saralyn — As you know, I was fortunate to be an advance reader for “Murder Outside the Box.” I LOVED this five-star read and look forward, as always, to your next installment!

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      It’s an honor to have your early review and recommendation, Laurie. Sean McPherson and Oliver Parrott should be friends, don’t you think?

  2. Sherrill Joseph
    Sherrill Joseph

    Saralyn, I look forward to reading your series. Your upcoming book sounds quite intriguing! Best wishes for the holidays and your book’s release

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      Thanks so much, Sherrill. I hope Detective Parrott steals your mind and heart, and I wish you the best for the holidays and the coming year.

  3. GP Gottlieb
    GP Gottlieb

    Love your characters (Detective Parrott) and settings (Brandywine Valley) and delicious descriptions of food (gourmet), and can’t help noticing that the baby in the picture has a tiny resemblance, something about her smile, to the author. Hm….

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      Thanks so much for all the compliments. I’d love to take credit for that baby’s Mona Lisa smile, but I can’t. 🙂

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    Avanti Centrae

    I was so excited to get an ARC for this book. What a treat it was to read! Best of luck giving birth to it in early January 🙂

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      Avanti, you are a great writer AND reader! Thanks for the good wishes. 🙂

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    Margaret Mizushima

    Oh, Saralyn! I’m pre-ordering this book now. Sounds like another one of your books that I’m going to devour. Very best wishes and congratulations!

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      Thanks so much, Margaret. Not up for pre-order quite yet, but stay tuned. I’m so grateful to have you as a reader and a friend. 🙂

  6. Christine DeSmet
    Christine DeSmet

    Sounds wonderful! I love your detective. He’s multi-dimensional. Your new book is definitely one I will be buying AND recommending that my library buy. The issue you describe about babies being left at hospitals is an urgent one. I believe Wisconsin just passed a law making it even easier to drop off a baby if someone feels they can’t care for it. With homelessness and poverty rising dramatically in our country, we’re going to have to help babies in an ever-expanding way. Good luck with this new novel debut!

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      Thanks for your enthusiasm for Detective Parrott, Christine. You’re right about taking care of babies. One of the marks of a civilized people is its way of caring for those who are helpless and needy.

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    Laurie's Story

    What a great premise for a detective novel. Who doesn’t love a baby? Apparently, some desperate parents. Given the desires of Det. Parrott and his wife to have a child, I’m sure this novel will have all the makings of a bestseller. Brava!

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      Thanks for the high praise, Laurie. Murder Outside the Box gave me lots of opportunity to explore baby-related topics, and I learned a lot while creating this story. One thing I’ll guarantee–no babies were harmed in the creation of this story.

  8. Joy Ann Ribar
    Joy Ann Ribar

    I’m a fan of the Detective Parrott series and look forward to the twists and turns of this one. Congratulations on your new book baby coming after the New Year!

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      Your good wishes mean a lot, Joy. I can’t wait to share the new baby with you!

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    Jacqueline Vick

    What a wonderful storyline. I’m following you on Amazon, so I should get a notice. Love babies!

  10. tracey64p

    Good luck giving birth to the next book baby! I love your books, Saralyn, and as someone (currently) surrounded by grand babies, baby cousins and small children, I look forward to this next story in Detective Parrott’s adventures. Hope the new year is prosperous and full of inspiration.

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      Tracey, enjoy your baby-centered environment. As you know, babies don’t stay babies for long. Wishing all the best in the new year for you and your babies, including the literary ones.

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