I love music. It has always been a huge part of my life, and I have playlists for reading, writing, editing, and revising. Music is always on at home or work. I love all kinds of genres, but I seem to gravitate back to songs from the Big ‘80s. Songs from my high school and college days will always be my favorites. And that era plays a huge role in the first novel in my series, Secret Lives and Private Eyes.
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.
So here's my playlist for The Tulip Shirt Murders. These songs make me think of Delanie, her sassy spirit, her nose for trouble, and of course, her beloved Mustang.
1. Adam Ant's “Goody Two Shoes”
2. Robbin Thompson’s “Candy Apple Red”
3. Kelly Pickler’s “Red High Heels”
4. Robbin Thompson's “Sweet Virginia Breeze”
5. Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive”
6. Rachel Platten's “Fight Song”
7. Cyndi Bruce Springsteen's “Dancing in the Dark”
8. Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
9. Keith Urban’s “Jeans on”
10. Cyndi Lauper's “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
11. The Beach Boys' “Fun, Fun, Fun”
12. Wilson Pickett's “Mustang Sally”
13. Chuck Berry’s “My Mustang Ford”
14. Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town”
15. Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl”
16. Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom”
17. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”
18. Rascal Flatts’ “Life is a Highway”
19. Jim Croce’s “Roller Derby Queen”
20. George Jones’ “White Lightnin’”
21. Brad Paisley’s “Moonshine in the Trunk”
22. Mark Wills' “Nineteen Something”
23. Bowling for Soup’s “1985”
24. And Hall and Oates' “Private Eyes”
Music is such a big part of our lives. We remember lyrics from songs that were popular ages ago, and it invokes a variety of emotions. This list makes me think of my sassy character and the adventures she has as she tries to track down bootleggers and a serial killer.