FLOWER POWER FATALITY, A Psychedelic Spy Mystery

by Sally Carpenter

(Be sure to read my REVIEW of this book at end of this article)


Flower Power Fatality (The Psychedelic Spy Mysteries)
by Sally Carpenter

Cozy Mystery

About the Book

Flower Power Fatality (The Psychedelic Spy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (April 22, 2018)
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN-10: 1946063541
ISBN-13: 978-1946063540
Digital ASIN: B07DLJS6FF

The Cold War gets cozy in this retro-cozy spy caper set in 1967, a year of music, miniskirts—and murder! Actress Noelle McNabb works at the Country Christmas Family Fun Park in Yuletide, Indiana, but she longs for the bright lights of Hollywood.

Real-life drama comes her way when a stranger with a fatal gunshot wound stumbles across her doorstep. When she attempts to finds the man’s murderer, Noelle encounters a super-secret spy agency, SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Surveillance and Espionage). SIAMESE recruits Noelle on a quest to find missing microdots under the guidance of a street-wise agent, Destiny King. As Noelle goes undercover in a cheesy nightclub and faces the enemy in late-night chases, she uncovers family secrets and finds her moral values put to the test. Along with her pet cat, Ceebee, and the kooky residents of Yuletide, Noelle discovers it takes a village to catch a killer.

About the Author

Sally Carpenter has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

In her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series are: “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), “The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper” and “The Quirky Quiz Show Caper.”

She has short stories in two anthologies: “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in “Last Exit to Murder” and “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in “Plan B: Omnibus.”

She penned chapter three of “Chasing the Codex,” a group mystery written by 24 authors with Cozy Cat Press, and writes the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

Author Links

Website: http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com/

Blog: https://ladiesofmystery.com/



Purchase links  Amazon Digital    Amazon Print 


The cover of Sally Carpenter’s Flower Power Fatality features a very alert blue-eyed Siamese Cat. After reading chapter one, I returned to the colorful cover, confused.  The story’s young, single protagonist, Noelle McNabb, owns a jet black feline named CeeBee.  Tsk tsk, I thought. The artist obviously didn’t read the first chapter!

But my apologies go to that clever illustrator. There is indeed a very present and important Siamese in this story. In fact, most of  the book’s well-researched, fast-paced, and extremely funny plot is pinned on this” beast.” Here’s what happened.

When Noelle returns home one rainy night after playing the witch in the Santa’s Workshop play at the Country Christmas Family Fun Park, the last thing she wants is company. Especially a wet and wounded stranger who falls dead in her entry. While Noelle panics and tries to call the police (not on a cell phone, but by arguing on a party line that she really DOES have an emergency – remember this is a retro-mystery set in 1967), the cool as a cucumber, Ceebee teases a couple items from the strangers pocket and bats them under the couch.

The stranger’s body, which is eventually carried away, only to vanish into thin air, begins a series of mysteries that Noelle is compelled to solve.  Complications abound as do the suspects in the stranger’s murder.

Secret government agencies vie for information, and for Noelle’s help.  (This is where that cover cat gets involved and the danger and humor escalate.)  Noelle’s  undercover work alone is hilarious. (Think “Get Smart” or “Mission Impossible.”)  And the eventual solution takes more than one cat to get the job done.

Carpenter’s accurate research into the age of Hippies, convenience foods, TV programs and heroes (especially spies)  and music is right on.  It never overrides the story; it enriches it.  Her wry humor is evident throughout. And this book is “squeaky” clean. It’s a real gem. I look forward to Book Two in the series.

Oh, by the way – don’t read it first and spoil it – but the last line in the book made me laugh out loud.

 Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher 

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4 thoughts on “FLOWER POWER FATALITY, A Psychedelic Spy Mystery

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review on “Flower Power Fatality” by Sally Carpenter and for being part of the book tour. I very much want to read this book and hope to have the opportunity to do so.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Flower Power Fatality! What a great title. Book tours are fun, meeting new authors and revisiting with ones you know, like Sally! Good luck on a continued great tour, Jackie, and much success with your latest, Sally!

    • thanks for the best wishes, and a big appreciation to Jackie for that great review! BTW, the concept for the cover art was my idea but the designer did a good job of finding the various elements.

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