Hide and Snake MurderBook - 2012
When a friend of Shay's steals a stuffed snake from a wealthy businessman, which is then taken by his aunt to New Orleans, a rollicking rescue mission is in order as they try to escape gun-toting thugs and a Latin cartel.
Book two in the riotous caper series starring Shay O’Hanlon and her trouble-prone pals
When Shay O’Hanlon’s ill-mannered friend Baz steals a stuffed snake from a wealthy businessman, he wasn’t expecting it to be filled with money. Nor was he expecting his aunt Agnes to take it with her on vacation to the Big Easy.
With trigger-happy thugs in hot pursuit, Shay leads her friends on a rowdy rescue mission from Minneapolis to New Orleans and back. Along the way, a bungled burglary puts the gang in a drug cartel’s cross hairs, and a beautiful professor offers the only way out. But can Shay and the gang trust her with their lives?
"The entourage of loveable and multigenerational characters is just right for those looking for a madcap romp."—Library Journal
"A rip-roaring sequel. Fans of comic cozies are in for a wild, enjoyable ride."—Publishers Weekly
"Chandler follows up her Bingo Barge Murder with another tricky plot fully worthy of your suspension of disbelief."—Lavender Magazine
"Fast paced and witty. It is peopled with wonderfully colorful characters, making it a strong second novel in the Shay O’Hanlon Caper series."—Lamda Literary
"After reading her novels, I have come to believe Jessie Chandler is the illegitimate child of Raymond Chandler and Dorothy L. Sayers. She's funny - and she's good!"—Lori L. Lake, author of The Gun Series and The Public Eye Series
"Wild and wacky Hide and Snake Murder will keep readers guessing all the way to a slam bang finale."—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author
"Hide and Snake Murder takes us to the beginning and end of the Mississippi, New Orleans and Minneapolis, capturing the quirky charm of both cities. It's a rollicking read with an entertaining cast of funny and fascinating characters. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough."—J.M. Redmann, author of The Goldie Award-winning novel Water Mark: A Micky Knight Mystery
"Jessie Chandler makes me laugh. A talented storyteller with a deft hand at pacing, she writes rollicking, raucous adventures that are sure to entertain."—Julie Hyzy, bestselling author of The Manor Mysteries and White House Chef Mystery Series
"Shay O'Hanlon can't say no to a friend in trouble—even a pain-in-the-ass one like her old buddy Baz. One miserable night, he comes to her with a story of mayhem, murder and a purloined toy snake. Bad guys want the snake, and Shay realizes that the mysterious toy holds the key to some serious malfeasance. When more of her friends become endangered, Shay has no choice but to find the snake before the criminals sink their fangs into everybody she knows. The trail slithers down to New Orleans, where the street performers know more than everybody else, but where success only leads to deeper mystery—and more danger. Back in Minneapolis, new helpers enter the picture, but are they true, or do they speak with forked tongues? Jessie Chandler doesn't just write twists in this novel, she writes twists within twists. Scaly thugs, venomous crime bosses, and the mingled scents of jasmine and gunsmoke constrict tighter and tighter around tenacious Shay as she follows the mystery to its surprising conclusion. Hide and Snake Murder is a unique story of zany friendship, tentative romance, and the deadly face of today’s underworld."—Elizabeth Sims, author of The Rita Farmer Mysteries and The Lillian Byrd Crime Series