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Wendall Thomas, Drowned Under: A Cyd Redondo Novel

Saturday, March 23   |   4:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of Wendall Thomas’s new mystery, Drowned Under.

When Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo’s former in-laws go missing on an Australian cruise, she helicopters Down Under, only to stumble over a dead body and a desperate plot to save the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.

Eggnog notwithstanding, travel agent Cyd Redondo is not looking forward to the holidays. The borough of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn—along with most of her family—holds her responsible for landing her Uncle Ray in a minimum security prison.

So, when Cyd’s ex-husband, Barry Manzoni, announces his parents have disappeared from an Australian cruise, she rushes Down Under to enlist the help of travel liaison and friend Harriet Archer, who offers a free cabin on the Tasmanian Dream and insider assistance with the search.

When Cyd’s flights are delayed, she hitches a helicopter ride to the ship. She and her Balenciaga bag barely survive the drop, landing on a gorgeous man in a Speedo. When she finally makes it to her cabin, she finds Harriet dead, lying in a pool of blood.

The ship’s doctor/coroner—now in a tux instead of a Speedo—declares the death an accident. While Darling Cruises hurries to cover up the “unfortunate event” and sanitize the crime scene, Cyd scrambles to preserve evidence, terrified the murder is connected to the Manzonis’ disappearance.

The ship’s doctor/coroner―now wearing a tux instead of his Speedo―declares the death an accident. While Darling Cruises hurries to cover up the “unfortunate event” and sanitize the crime scene, Cyd scrambles to preserve evidence, find the Manzonis, and prevent the heist of the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.

Wendall Thomas grew up Chapel Hill, graduated from Chapel Hill High School and did both her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of North Carolina, where she studied with the late Doris Betts. She currently teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her novel Lost Luggage was nominated for both the Lefty and Macavity Award for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her short fiction appears in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017) and the upcoming Murders-A-Go-Go’s.