If Eve Iverson hadn’t spotted her stolen painting hanging on the wall in one of Sunshine Valley’s most popular restaurants, she and her husband, Adam, would never have discovered the dead body of the restaurant’s owner. Suddenly, the couple find themselves enmeshed in a web of chaos and intrigue, where they become key figures in a widespread homicide investigation. Although she is able to pursue her increasingly successful art career, Eve must also face the fact that everyone she meets appears to have had a motive and the opportunity to commit murder. As the suspense increases, the Iversons come to realize that all is not what it appears to be in this seemingly tranquil oasis in the desert––including the people who live there. Will the Iversons be able to work together to identify the person responsible for the CORPSE IN THE CACTUS?
Rita Strombeck has a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies and an M.A. in French from the University of Chicago. Like her heroine, Eve Iverson, she taught languages for several years and enjoys painting. In 1982, she started her own business. Over the years, she has developed more than 50 education books and programs for health care professionals and the general public. Rita also received 12 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has written successful grant proposals for various nonprofit organizations. She currently lives in Palm Springs, Florida, and wrote an article for Palm Springs Life magazine (March, 2013) on the city’s early women entrepreneurs––“Women With Vision.”
Rita has been a fan of mysteries since early childhood. In 1987, she participated in a small three-week workshop conducted by famous English mystery author P.D. James at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. James was very inspiring and encouraged Rita to continue writing. And so, she did. After completing her first cozy mystery with Cozy Cat Press, HOT TUB OF DEATH, she now has written her second cozy mystery––CORPSE IN THE CACTUS.