- Title: Banking on Deceit: A Toni Jasper Murder Mystery
- Author: B. J. Dandro
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
- Length: 257 pages
- Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Banking on Deceit – Synopsis
Independent and fearless, Toni Jasper’s behavior often defies logic. She left the comfort of a small-town newspaper to run her own boutique advertising and public relations firm. With several sizable clients, her future seems secure until a bizarre bank heist, suspicious death and mysterious disappearance involving one of her major clients leaves her baffled—and even fearful. Yet, she must investigate to help close friends who are involved and possibly in danger. Even more troubling, Toni also suspects that a body, which turns up forty miles away, could be someone she knows from the usually low-crime City of Seminole.
Are all of these events somehow linked in more ways than timing? Is the by-the-book bank manager being framed? And where is the long-time vice president of this esteemed financial institution? His house goes up in smoke, but does he? The evidence is perplexing at best.
When a good friend is kidnapped, Toni’s investigative determination escalates into high gear, much to the dismay of her colleagues. The police investigator emphatically warns Toni to be careful, but she refuses to give up, putting her own life in danger to help her friend before it’s too late.
Toni counts on her worldly journalism smarts as well as her former editor—and handsome friend—to help her find the truth. Or is the responsible newspaperman too savvy to sleuth? Will he help her overcome the stiff restrictions of the local police investigator in charge?
At least Toni has the comfort of her cat, Bubbles, for tantalizing, one-sided discussions about the hard-to-prove bank theft, the enigmatic murder victim and her friend’s abduction. Toni’s investigation needs to root out the true culprits in all three crimes. Is it possible that one of her trusted, close friends is not whom he or she seems to be?
About the Author
B.J. Dandro is a businesswoman, murder mystery writer, and speaker. She grew up as a Nancy Drew aficionado, so it follows that mysteries still top her reading list – and now her writing priority. At the start of her business career, Barbara worked at a large newspaper writing feature stories and advertising copy, eventually starting her own ad agency.
The span of her professional work has included media writing, boutique agency ownership and management, corporate public relations, Real Estate sales, and university teaching. Over the years, she has encountered a variety of personalities. Some of them have luckily (or not) contributed to her inspiration for writing Banking on Deceit.
Barbara is thoroughly alive and living happily in Lutz, FL. She is fortunate to have one intelligent daughter and, over the years, has survived one playful, cool collie-shepherd and several inquisitive feline bosses.