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Private investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in The Tulip Shirt Murders. When a local music producer hires the duo to find out who is bootlegging his artists’ CDs, Delanie uncovers more than just copyright thieves. And if chasing bootleggers isn’t bad enough, local strip club owner and resident sleaze, Chaz Smith, pops back into Delanie’s life with more requests.

The police have their man in a gruesome murder, but the loud-mouthed strip club owner thinks there is more to the open and shut case. Delanie and Duncan link a series of killings with no common threads. And they must put the rest of the missing pieces together before someone else is murdered.

Character Interview with Delanie Fitzgerald

Delanie, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

My name is Delanie Fitzgerald, and I’m the owner of Falcon Investigations in Chesterfield County, Virginia. I chose the name of my company in honor of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

Who is your favorite character in The Tulip Shirt Murders (besides yourself, of course)?

One of my closest friends is my partner, Duncan Reynolds. He’s a computer guru who has a knack for getting computers to cough up all sorts of information. We share our office with his sidekick, Margaret the English bulldog.

Is there anyone you’re not so crazy about? 

I met this sleazy strip club owner last summer when he wanted some dirt on the Mayor of Richmond. Then I had to spend most of my summer helping him clear his name when the mayor ended up murdered outside of his establishment. The strip club owner, Charles Wellington Smith, III (Chaz) has horrible table manners and no filter. He says whatever pops into his head, but he’s a good, cash-paying client.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

Heather’s an interesting character too. Even though we are very different people, we both are redheads, love 80s music, and drive Mustangs.

What’s next for you?

Duncan and I have more clients in The Tulip Shirt Murders. We help a local music producer who thinks he is being bootlegged. And Chaz pops back in my life with a request to help solve a murder.



Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, Lethal Ladies Write, and James River Writers. The Tulip Shirt Murders is her second novel in her Delanie Fitzgerald series.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She blogs regularly with the Lethal Ladies and Pens, Paws, and Claws.

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