…She seduces him with every color, flavor, and ritual of Carnival. And he asks himself, “How can she not be loved?” It is the late 1990s, and world-famous author Barron Docksteder has been murdered in the small rural town of Tryon, NC. His protégé knows the police are blaming the wrong person, but how can he prove it? Is the answer in one of the celebrated writer’s numerous notebooks? Accompanied by Docksteder’s highly trained guard dog, Doc—a menace to men yet docile to women—the former café owner embarks on an adventure to the heart of Carnival and Mardi Gras in the notorious French Quarter. There, fate and Docksteder’s notes bring him to the home of Desirée, the mysterious and alluring former Queen of Carnival. What is Docksteder’s connection to Desirée? And what does her tragic past have to do with the newly minted writer, his next book, and his quest to solve his famous mentor’s murder? Available in print or kindle here on Amazon and other book sites. Coming soon in audio. Available locally at The Book Shelf in Tryon, NC.