Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Interview, mystery, Spotlight on July 31, 2016

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The Quirky Quiz Show Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Nysteries)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Cozy Cat Press (March 26, 2016)
Paperback: 242 pages


38-year-old formal teen idol Sandy Fairfax is a guest panelist on a TV game show–and the first category is murder! When his brother, a college professor is framed for the murder of one of his student, Sandy investigates, in between fighting with his ex, visiting his kids, wooing his new girlfriend, and presenting a concert at a black tie gala to save his father’s orchestra. Sandy’s ready to tear out his long blond hair as the game points and suspects pile up.


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Character Interview

I had a chance to interview Sandy Fairfax for today’s blog post.  I know these questions are so serious and you are just dying to know what I asked and how Sandy answered…so here you go!

If you had to describe yourself in 1 sentence, what would you say?

I’m a 38-year-old recovering alcoholic who’s grateful for his career and for having a chance to mend my broken bridges.

If you had the time to binge watch any show, what show would it be?

Rockford Files

Do you think the way that you are written about by the author is an accurate portrayal?  If not, what would be different?

I’m not happy on the way she wrote about my relationship with my brother, Warren. Okay, so we drifted apart over the years, but really, that was his fault more so than mine. And if I sounded petty about Warren’s life, that wasn’t envy as much as annoyance that my brother never gave me credit for my accomplishments. I mean, most families would be proud to have a celebrity in the clan. And the author makes me sound like a lusty old fool. I don’t go gaga over pretty women all the time (just a good portion of it).

What is your favorite snack food?

Gooey fudge brownies.  (me too Sandy, me too!)

Do you have a hidden talent and what is it?

I love tinkering on old cars. I use to have a Corvair that I restored to its former glory before I sold it to a friend. I keep my classic Mustang convertible in top shape. I’m thinking of expanding my collection with a few more vintage vehicles to fix up.

Praise for the book

The author does an excellent job of giving the reader a taste of the celebrity life. She, also, blends mystery, romance and adventure to perfection. ~Socrates’ Book Review

This was my first experience with Sandy Fairfax and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. ~Bookjunkie’s Book Blog

It’s great to see the family crucible which formed and supports Sandy. Add to that the facts that he has been married and divorced, with children, is a recovering alcoholic and is keen on a new lady. One thing is for certain, life will never be dull with Sandy around!  ~Back Porchervations

About the Author

CarpenterSally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, Calif.

She 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, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

The Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series is comprised of: “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.”

Carpenter penned chapter three of the Cozy Cat Press group mystery “Chasing the Codex.”

To atone for her sins of killing fictional people, she also writes the monthly Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers.

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She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter. Contact her at Facebook or


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