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Monday, March 14, 2022

The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur by Charlene Bell Dietz - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Charlene Bell Dietz and her new book, “The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Charlene and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur

by Charlene Bell Dietz


GENRE: Mystery



A workaholic bio-medical scientist, Beth Armstrong, is torn between saving her sabotaged ground-breaking multiple sclerosis research or honoring an obligation to care for her chain-smoking, Cuba Libre drinking, ex-flapper aunt. Nursemaid ranks just above catching the plague on Beth’s scale, yet her ex-flapper aunt would prefer anything deadly to losing her independence under the hands of her obsessive compulsive niece. While a murderous culprit runs loose in the science institute, the raucous aunt entertains Beth’s neglected husband with nightly cocktails and stories form the Roaring twenties. The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur intertwines a corporate espionage mystery with a generational battle-of-wills story between a dedicated professional intent on fighting chaos to restore order and a free-spirited aunt who needs her niece to live in the moment.



“Are you making this up?” Harold frowned.

It sounded like something out of a movie, but Kathleen’s face told otherwise.

“I was still in my dance costume, so Max thought I could slip in unnoticed.” Kathleen grinned. “Now how fine was that? Two big-muscle men hide in the car while I go and get my brains blown out.”

“Did my grandparents know you were an entertainer?” Beth pictured herself with cropped hair, long pearls, and a life of pure fun. “My parents would have a cow.”

“I didn’t want to be in that neighborhood alone, day or night.” Kathleen spoke low.

“Why would your friends put you at risk?” Beth cringed. That sounded like her mother.

“They found a guy named Sullie to be my escort. But Max said we had to be careful because Sullie played both sides, which can get a person a ticket to the bottom of the river.”

Beth and Harold looked at each other, then burst out laughing.

“Child, what’s so funny?”

“Go on, we’ll be quiet—honest.”

“Sullie was waiting on the corner where they let me off. We sauntered along as if we were doing the town. We all agreed, if it was Sophie, we wouldn’t do anything, and Max insisted we leave right after her number. She wouldn’t be able to see us because of the stage lights.”

Beth could feel the cold night air, the rush of adrenaline.



Charlene Bell Dietz writes science and historical-suspense, award-winning mystery novels and short stories.  Her award-winning short stories have been published in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2016 Anthology and SouthWest Writers 2019 Anthology. The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur combines family saga with corporate espionage. The Flapper, the Impostor, and the Stalker propels readers back into 1923 frenetic Chicago during the Roaring Twenties. Both these novels were named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018, and each won the coveted Kirkus Starred Review.  Her latest novel, The Scientist, the Psychic, and the Nut, gives readers a frightening Caribbean vacation. Her current work in progress, a biographical historical novel, starts in England in 1638 and ends in precolonial Maryland. Charlene, a retired educator, traveled the United States as a consultant for Houghton Mifflin Publishers after a career of teaching little ones, older ones, and college graduates. Surrounded by forests and meadows, she currently lives in the foothills of the mountains in central NM several miles from the small village of Torreon. Charlene is the current president of Croak & Dagger, New Mexico Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She belongs to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and SouthWest Writers. Connect with Charlene on Facebook – and at the links below!









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  1. I love to read all historical novel books. This is on my must-read list. Good Luck on your book. Thank you for this giveaway.

    1. Diane, how sweet of you to say this. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have before or after reading my story. It's based on an actual aunt of mine who intimidated the daylights out of me. Good luck on winning.

  2. Charlene ~ Good morning!! Welcome to FAB!! It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

  3. Wonderful book, author is a terrific storyteller. I've read all her books and they are a joy to read. Great blog.
    M. Glenda Rosen.

    1. Aw, Marcia, you're so generous with your praise about my writing. Thank you!

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    1. Well, Rita, I hope you win so you can find out. I bet it will keep you entertained. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting my work, Ally. What a delightfully designed blog site. I'm happy to answer any questions your followers might have. I'll be checking in during the day.

  6. Great cover and the book books good.

    1. Sherry, the cover designer is terrific, and she's won many awards. Some of the Independent Bookstores here in NM say the cover actually sells the book for them. I'm really fortunate. Thank you for your comments.

  7. I love the title, cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details and for offering a giveaway, I am looking forward to learning more about you and your books throughout this tour

  8. Bea, now I wish I could give all of you a free copy. I bet you'd enjoy hanging out with my imaginary gang. They are quite the group and always stirring up excitement. I'd love to know what you think. Happy reading to you.

  9. Wonderful book, thank you,

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    1. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. The book is almost two stories in one.

  11. I love reading mysteries, this one sounds great

    1. Marisela, this isn't your usual who-dunnit according to Kirkus Reviews. It becomes much more complicated and they called it literary. Surprised the daylights out of me. Thank you for you comment.

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    1. Cali, everyone who reads this book loves the cantankerous, ex-flapper. She's smart, sassy, and doesn't put up with nonsense. I hope you'll get a chance to read this and let me know what you think.

  13. Ally, I so appreciate your hosting my and my book yesterday. Our Internet went down, so I couldn't keep up with replies. You have some delightful followers and after looking at your site, I know why. Have a wonderful week, and again, thank you.

  14. Great excerpt, Charlene, The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur, sounds like a great mystery for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the blitz! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

  15. I can understand the focus of a dedicated scientist working on something of great benefit to mankind. It would seem to be more important than their life and relationships. It could be hard to step back and put it all in perspective.

  16. Thanks for the great excerpt! This book sounds fascinating.