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A fan of historical mysteries, Kendall writes atmospheric books about the 1960s that capture the turmoil and spirit of the age. Kendall is also an award-winning international PR executive who lives in Texas with her husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills.
Kendall has degrees in Russian and Soviet history, and her book titles show she’s a Bob Dylan buff. She blogs twice a month at thestilettogang.blogspot.com
Kay Kendall’s Rainy Day Women picked up two awards at Killer Nashville 2016—for best mystery AND best book (by an attending author). Kay was a finalist in two categories, and won for both!
Rainy Day Women is the second book in the Austin Starr Mystery series. In 1969, during the week of the Manson murders and Woodstock, the intrepid amateur sleuth, infant in tow, flies across the continent to support a friend suspected of murdering women's liberation activists in Seattle and Vancouver. Then her former CIA trainer warns that an old enemy has contracted a hit on her. Her anxious husband demands that she give up her quest and fly back to him. How much should Austin risk when tracking the killer puts her and her baby's life in danger?
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“Determined to clear a close friend who’s suspected of murdering a popular feminist leader, Austin Starr struggles to balance family and personal independence. Vivid detail of the 1960s and a clever plot make Rainy Day Women an outstanding follow-up to Kay Kendall’s strong debut, Desolation Row. Austin Starr is a memorable protagonist, and Kendall’s skill at crafting a compelling mystery kept me turning the pages!”
– Robert Rotstein, author of The Bomb Maker’s Son and Corrupt Practices
“Kay Kendall’s second Austin Starr mystery will have you believing it’s 1969 all over again. In a book where the musical references mean you’ll find yourself humming tunes now known as “classic vinyl”, Kendall peppers her work with references to the times which make the decades disappear – and she respects her readers enough to not overdo it. Her sense of place as she allows the mystery to unfold within Vancouver’s University of British Columbia, beset by the rain for which the “wet” coast is known, is pitch perfect. Hot diggity - a thoroughly enjoyable read. Now I’m off to dig out my Bob Dylan albums and find an old bra I can burn.”
– Cathy Ace, author of The Cait Morgan Mysteries, and the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries
“Feminism, the '60s, murder, and a friend in big trouble. Austin Starr is back to help, leaving her husband behind but bringing her baby along. Rainy Day Women is an entertaining and fast-paced mystery set in a turbulent time. Right on!”
– Bill Crider, Anthony Award-winning author of The Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery Series
“An exciting jaunt back to the days of flower power and Women's Lib, Kay Kendall's RAINY DAY WOMEN explores serious issues that still resonate today, nearly fifty years later. Austin Starr's second mystery (after 2013's DESOLATION ROW) packs danger and lots of heart, and hits all the right notes in depicting the late sixties. Austin is a smart, relentless sleuth with a baby on her hip and a Makarov pistol in her macramé purse. Right on, sister!”
– James W. Ziskin, author of the Ellie Stone Mysteries, STYX & STONE, NO STONE UNTURNED, and STONE COLD DEAD
“Kendall's crackerjack amateur-sleuth novel, set in the days of Mad Men, reminds you how much has changed since then, but also that the rules for writing a knockout mystery remain the same: compelling characters, vivid setting, absorbing story.”
– Timothy Hallinan, award-winning author of the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender mysteries
“Kendall paints a vivid portrait of the times – everything from macramé purses to bell bottoms and beads – but it’s her protagonist who wins our hearts in a mystery that explores issues as timely today as they were for the Woodstock generation. Highly recommended.”
– Lynne Raimondo, author of the Mark Angelotti crime novels, Dante's Wood, Dante's Poison, and Dante's Dilemma
“The hours passed by like minutes as Rainy Day Women drew me back to the volatile and heady times when Women's Liberation first made its mark. A smart. deftly written mystery with depth that kept me guessing—all the way to the end.”
– D. J. McIntosh, bestselling author of The Witch of Babylon
“Austin Starr is at it again, tackling a mystery in the heady days of budding feminism. But this time around she has to juggle her investigation with a new baby. A totally absorbing book.”
– Terry Shames, award-winning author of A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge
“Austin Starr is back, and that’s great news for mystery fans….Suspenseful and entertaining, this is a worthy follow-up to Kendall’s excellent debut, Desolation Row.”
– Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries