Mystery and children’s book author, Saralyn Richard, has been a teacher who wrote on the side, but now she is a writer who teaches on the side. Some of her poems and essays have won awards and contests from the time she was in high school. Her children’s picture book, Naughty Nana, has reached thousands of children in five countries.
Murder in the One Percent, soon-to-be-published by Black Opal Books, pulls back the curtain on the privileged and powerful rich. Set on a gentleman’s farm in Pennsylvania and in the tony areas of New York, the book shows what happens when someone comes to a party with murder in his heart and poison in his pocket.
A member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Saralyn is revising her second mystery, A Murder of Principal and working on her second Detective Parrott mystery. Saralyn is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America.
Praise for MURDER IN THE ONE PERCENT:
"An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect...Detective Oliver Parrott, who takes charge of the case, is so struck by the partygoers' consensual impressions of the selfish businessman that he realizes the case may be more about who didn't kill Preston than who did."--Kirkus Reviews
The twists unravel, then turn around and bite you. Saralyn Richard’s take on the classic murder mystery is fresh, fun, and deadly. – Bob Bickford, author of Deadly Kiss, ITW Best First Novel Award Winner
Newcomer Saralyn Richard rolls out a swanky Rolls Royce of a novel in her debut mystery, Murder in the One Percent. It’s no simple task to clothe a troupe of shallow, upper-crust characters in true-to-life garments, but with this one, you can smell the over-priced cologne and catch the atomic blast blinding glare of perfect teeth while you settle in for the slow burn—there’s as much intrigue here and build-up as the best the genre has to offer. Ms. Richard has a modern winner in Detective Oliver Parrott, a real cop’s cop. If there’s a sequel coming, I’ll want first dibs. –George Wier, author of the Bill Travis Mysteries and co-author of Long Fall From Heaven
Some might call Murder in the One Percent an American cozy with nods to contemporary social issues. I call it a page-turner packed with humorous lines that made me laugh out loud. Or maybe it’s best to call this delightful mystery a satire about the upper class. However you describe it, Saralyn Richard successfully delivers a rollicking whodunit that will make you stay up late at night and leave you guessing until the very end. Move over, Dame Agatha Christie. There’s a new kid on the block. – Ann Weisgarber, The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
The festering secrets and grievances of the idle rich make for a combustible combination during a weekend birthday gathering in bucolic Pennsylvania horse country... With a crisp, felicitous prose style, and a vivid eye for the kind of detail that conjures a world and characters of dimension, Saralyn Richard stakes claim to territory pioneered by P.D. James and Agatha Christie... An impressive, page-turning debut... The perfect beach read. –Mark Valadez, Executive Story Editor, USA Network's "Queen of the South,” Crackle's "The Oath"
In this Detective Parrot mystery, Author Saralyn Richard gives the reader convincing insight into the lives of 21st century party-going one-percenters, many with a motive for murder, and a puzzle worthy of Dame Agatha. — Susan P. Baker, Author of Unaware, A Suspense Novel