This mystery with humor has over 30 five-star reviews! It's today's spotlight book and a good buy at $2.99!

"In this witty, fun mystery we meet up with Lalla Bains as she's coming to after being knocked out cold and shackled to a truck parked in a cotton field. What? Lalla's got a wedding to go to (her own), a perky blond cousin who's desperate to be Mrs. Anybody, a well-heeled Texan great-aunt who drives Lalla's dad to taking up with a goat, and a crop-dusting business she's trying to wind down for the season--maybe forever. The just-hired pilot in Lalla's crop-dusting company falls over dead at their annual end-of-season barbeque. His wife had given him an oleander stick to roast a hotdog. Was she trying to kill him?

"Dahlke's wit and humor will have you laughing out loud. Her characters are quirky and memorable in this third installment in her popular "A Dead Red" mystery series. Highly recommended for readers who love a funny, fast-paced mystery." -- Amazon reviewer
A Dead Red Oleander (The Lalla Bains mystery series), by RP Dahlke

3rd in the Lalla Bains mystery series:

"Janet Evanovich meets aero-ag pilots." -- The Kindle Book Review

5 stars from Fiction reviews:
"The main protagonists and all the supporting characters, have larger than life personalities, which lend themselves to some great dialogue exchanges and some pretty strange and esoteric action scenes. In preparation for the couple's forthcoming nuptuals, Lalla's relatives have arrived in California, from Texas and now the fun really starts!!" --

When a late in the season emergency forces Lalla Bains to accept a greenhorn ag pilot for her dad's cropdusting business, she sighs in relief. After all, he comes highly recommended, his physical is spotless, and with a name like Dewey Treat, what could possibly go wrong?

Then her quirky relatives arrive from Texas and things go south in a hurry: Dewey Treat drops dead, his tearful widow claims he was murdered, clobbers Sherriff Caleb Stone with his own gun, and makes a run for it. Lalla, convinced the widow is innocent, sets out to prove it--against the express wishes of fiancé Caleb Stone.

Feds, local law, suspicious ag-pilots, nutso relatives, and her daddy's new sidekick, Bruce the goat, make life a living hell for Lalla. Will her nosey nature solve the crime and save the day? Or put them all in mortal danger?

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Meet the Author

I sort of fell into the job of running a crop-dusting business when my dad decided he'd rather go on a cruise than take another season of lazy pilots, missing flaggers, testy farmers and horrific hours. After two years at the helm, I handed him back the keys and fled to a city without any of the above. And no, I was never a crop-duster.

My Lalla Bains series is about a tall, blond and beautiful ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, has "been married so many times they oughta revoke my license." Lalla is no Danielle Steele character & she's not afraid of chipping her manicure. Scratch that, the girl doesn't have time for a manicure what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father's flagging business alive.

My romantic suspense, A Dangerous Harbor, is now up on Kindle and if you liked my Lalla Bains series, I know you'll love this book: More romance, more suspense, an exotic location with nastier bad guys and a bald parrot! Then Hurricane Hole, treasure hunt with Gabe Alexander & TV star Leila Standiford

Memberships: Sisters in Crime, National and Desert Sleuths 1st chapter Pres.Cochise County, AZ chapter of Sisters in Crime 2003-2005. Arizona Mystery Writers Society of Southwestern Authors, Tucson, AZ.

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