Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Christy Barritt's Death of the Couch Potato's Wife

About the author:
Christy Barritt has penned articles for Campus Life, Marriage Partnership, Blueridge Country, The Plain Truth, Guideposts for Teens, Brio, and The Lookout.

She's the author of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series (Kregel Publications). Hazardous Duty, the first book in the series, took third place in the ACFW Book of the Year contest. The series is about a crime-scene cleaner who also solves crimes. The second book in the series, Suspicious Minds, will hit shelves in May 2008.

She also co-authored a non-fiction book, Changed: True Stories of Finding God in Christian Music. The book is currently available in Christian bookstores across the country.

Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia (suburbia, America), she journeyed off to college in Cincinnati where she majored in communications and psychology. She worked at a Christian publishing house for two and a half years after college. During this time, she also had a short jaunt in the independent Christian music field.

When family obligations called her home, she saw it as the push she needed to start writing again. The journey has been scary, she says, but it's definitely where she should be.

She's married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she's hilarious--but only when she's not trying to be. Christy's a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who's known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She's only won one contest in her life--and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay... actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.

When she's not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

Christy's married to Scott, a high school teacher and funny man extraordinaire. In June 2006, they added a little boy named Eli to their happy mix. They also have two dogs and a houseplant named Martha. When Christy's not writing, she's also on staff part-time at Celebration Christian Church, where she leads worship each week.

For more information, visit her website at:

The Blurb:
Welcome to Boring, Indiana, home to patio cookouts, homeowner dues, carpeted lawns, and neighbors so welcoming they’re dying to meet you—literally.

City slicker turned suburbanite housewife Laura Berry isn’t taking well to life in her new neighborhood. She moved to follow her husband’s dream, and now she can[‘t tell if she’s clinically depressed or just bored half to death. But
Boring becomes anything but when Laura discovers her neighbor Candace Flynn face up on a sofa with her hand buried in a snack bag. With a healthy dose of neighborly suspicion and street smarts, Laura stes out to find
Flynn’s killer, but her curiosity becomes desperation when the killer targets Laura.

Someone is determined to stop her from digging deeper into the murder, but Laura is just as determined to figure out who’s behind the death-by-poisoned-pork-rinds.

   “This is called breaking and entering.” 
    Babe, my neighbor, waved her hand in the air in a laid-back way that made me wonder if she’d been a cat burglar in her pre-senior citizen days discount days. “We’re not breaking anything.” 
    My neck muscles clenched tighter. “How about the law?” 
   “Nonsense, Laura. We’re just being neighborly.” Babe used that word a lot, including when gossiping and borrowing lawn equipment from other people’s sheds—without their permission. My husband and I had been the recipients of her neighborly deed on many occasions. 
   Babe and I stood on the porch of Candace Flynn’s house, staring at her front door. Though it was only 3 p.m., the crisp winter sun was already beginning its descent, and a glare of light caught on the glass atop the door, nearly blinding us.
All the other neighbors on the cul-de-sac seemed to be occupied at the moment because no one else stirred. Most of them were working or at afternoon tot time at the local gym. 
   Sure, Candace’s husband had been out of town all week on a golf outing. But was that really an excuse for the mostly dry, yellowing grass in her front yard to be uncut with wisps of some kind of winter weed waving to everyone who passed? Or for the garbage cans to remain curbside for two days? For various flyers, once stuffed behind her door handle, not to litter the stoop? 
   Even more disturbing than the aesthetic no-no’s of her yard was the fact that the storm door, which had been closed just yesterday, not flapped open. 
   And there was the small fact that on one had seen the woman in two days—and Candace always made herself known. She wasn’t even answering her cell phone, which usually appeared to be glued to her ear. 
   All of these things left me with three thoughts. First, I considered that maybe Candace had spontaneously taken off on a trip herself. I couldn’t fault her for doing so, because I knew her husband never cut her any slack.

Purchase The Book At
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Christy Barritt is giving away a copy of  Death of the Couch Potato's Wife. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Rick Estep said...

Her books have been well received in our church library. Nice, light reads! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Librarybooks at religious dot com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

It has been a blessing getting to know Christy through our back and forth email's. I can't wait to meet her for real.

ann said...

Death by pork rinds LOL - hard to find in most store around here. I love a good mystery.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Pat Dyer said...

This is my kind of book. Def. going on my to-read list.
pdyer3@cfl.rr dot com

apple blossom said...

sounds like a cute book thanks for chance to win

Nancee said...

I love the humor Christy has put into this story. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Pam K. said...

I think anyone who has a plant named Martha (or named anything for that matter)who writes a book would have some humor in it. I enjoy reading mysteries and especially the lighter ones with humor. Death of the Couch Potato's Wife sounds like it would be fun to read. I'd love to win a copy.

Judy said...

Would love to win a copy of Death of the Couch Potato's Wife.

Thanks for this giveaway!


Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in, please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Comments weren't working right for me yesterday and it looks like my comment didn't make it. Please enter me to win a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Jo said...

I have read one of Christy's books and loved it. Would love to read more.


Anonymous said...

Linore Burkard said...
Hi Christy,

I really enjoyed HAZARDOUS DUTY, and look forward to the next one in the series.
And Sharon, great job on this blog!
It's eye-appealing and welcoming.


August 9, 2012 10:54 PM

Anonymous said...

Crystal Laine said...
I'm hoping to read this book. You don't read about crime scene cleaners everyday. :)

August 21, 2012 8:43 AM

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