Fat Lady Press, known for its humorous mysteries, has released its newest novel, Murder at Cape Foulweather, the first in a series by the Sun City Sluts.

The five Sun City Sluts, fortyish, fast and full of hell, attend a writing workshop at a remote lodge on the Oregon coast, each hiding a secret they’re afraid to spill. The first night, a destructive storm hits, all power is lost and one of their classmates, Orchid L’Toile, meets a fate they consider worse than death: bloody murder without adequate makeup while naked in the bathtub. They must find the killer or become victims themselves.

Their sleuthing takes a few wrong turns. Roz falls in love and Ruby Jean falls—off a cliff. Babs and Jamie reveal their secrets, and Paige, with a plan, patiently knits. And knits. And knits. But the Sun City Sluts solve the murder, while living up to their creed: Men come and go, but girlfriends are forever.


Authors are Martha Miller, Portland, Oregon; Marjorie Reynolds, Camano Island, Washington; and Susan Clayton-Goldner, Grants Pass, Oregon.

Marjorie Reynolds is an award-winning author, conference speaker, writing teacher, former movie-advertising executive and newspaper reporter. William Morrow & Co. published her two novels, The Starlite Drive-in and The Civil Wars of Jonah Moran in hardcover, and Berkley released them in paperback. The American Library Association chose The Starlite Drive-in as one of the Ten Best Books of 1998 for Young Adults. It also received a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” award, and it was optioned for film. It was a Literary Guild alternate selection and a Reader’s Digest Select Editions book. Rights were sold to seven countries. Her novels have received praise in The New York Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She lives on Camano Island, WA.

Susan Clayton-Goldner’s novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation. She won the National Writers’ Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, by the Greenwood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings.

Martha Pound Miller is a Portland-based writer. Her thriller manuscript, Virgin of the Desert, is in the hands of Marian Young, a literary agent, and is currently being reviewed by editors.