Small-town waitress Tory Bauer is no longer taking orders from anyone, now that she has become co-owner of the only café in tiny Delphi, South Dakota.
And since corpses on the premises are bad for business, Tory is understandably peeved when a young Swedish member of a traveling international choral group keels over in one of the booths, leaving a suicide note behind claiming the Reverend Clay Deibert, drove her to it.
Tory knows Clay is the straightest of straight arrows -- he's also Tory's cousin by marriage -- but when a dead body winds up stuffed into Clay's closet, she realizes that clearing the reverend might be tougher than finding a sarong in Saskatchewan.
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This has not been an uneventful year for Tony Bauer and that is the biggest understatement of the century. In a period of seven months, she has become involved in six homicide investigations, began and ended an affair with a married man, and became the co-owner of the Delphi Café when her mentor and friend passed away. The new co-owner is a former stripper who drives her nuts and she fears to becoming romantically involved with her best friend because if things go wrong, she will lose a relationship she deeply cherishes. Just when it looks like her life might be getting back to normal, a girl dies in the Delphi¿s café. Leaving a note behind, the girl, in her letter, accuses the Reverend Clay Deibert of molesting her. The Reverend is married to Tory¿s cousin Junior and she does not believe Clay would do anything so horrendous. She intends to prove this and winds up getting involved in another murder investigation. FOREIGN BODY is a laugh out loud amateur sleuth novel that will appeal to anyone who likes an Agatha Christie like mystery with a twist of humor. The lead and supporting characters have all appeared in previous works in this series so readers will feel as if they are revisiting with old friends. Kathleen Taylor has a dry sense of humor, which comes out at unexpected turns in the voices of the characters and helps make FOREIGN BODY an enjoyable reading experience. Harriet Klausner