Wendy Kendall

Wendy Kendall

Book Spotlight on Kat Out of the Bag

Author of the Series: In Purse-Suit Mysteries

Author Bio:

Wendy Kendall has a passion for purses and stories of the women through history who carried them. Her cozy mystery, Kat Out of the Bag, is the first book of the In Purse-Suit Mystery series. The prequel will be available on September 2nd, entitled, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash.

Wendy is a blogger, editor, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Catch exciting author interviews on her two YouTube podcasts – A Novel Talk, and also, Kendall & Cooper Talk Mysteries.

She loves her two sons, Alex and Brad. 

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Kat Out of the Bag:

When celebrated international purse designer Katherine Watson hosts a gala for her Purse-onality Museum she never expected the next day's headline to read: Murder at the Gala Premiere. After a dead body is found during the event, that's exactly what happened.

Working to solve the murder, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner Hobbs. Although Holmes and Watson disagree often, they discover an undeniable attraction building between them. But they'll have to put their feelings on hold and focus on solving the murder before Katherine becomes the killer's next knock off.

Kat Out of the Bag

Release Date: April 13, 2020

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Kim Mendoza

Genre/Sub-Genre: Cozy Mystery


Excerpt 1:

“There's an officer nearby. We'll alert him. Hold the line.”

Katherine was worried by the operator's monotone. Did she understand the urgency? Katherine watched in disbelief as the shadow figure moved toward the shed attached to the waterwheel. Too late, she thought to get a picture after the person disappeared inside the shed.

“Oh no,” Katherine uttered. She spoke into the phone, “Hurry. I think it's the killer, maybe looking for something left behind? Hello?” Had the operator hung up?

“Yes, the officer is on the way. Please stay on the line.” The operator's voice now sounded bored.

Fear gave way to irritation at the invasion. Irritation gave way to anger. Someone had to stop that killer from removing whatever incriminating thing was so critical it had driven a return to the scene of the crime. Katherine wanted to scream. Where were the police? Maybe MJ was right about them. She pressed against the french doors. The light in the shed went out. Her breath caught in her throat. The silhouette walked out of the shed toward the alley leading to the maze that burrowed throughout Bayside and beyond.

Katherine spoke gruffly and fast, “Hello. Where's your officer? The suspect is getting away.”

“Ma'am, please stay calm and hang on the line. They're on the way.”

Katherine unlocked the door to the yard and whispered to the 911 operator, “I'm in pursuit.”

Time for some of Jeny's TattleTales!

Favorite movie: Romeo and Juliet directed by Vincent Minelli

Best place you’ve visited: Florida

Place you’d like to visit: Italy

Favorite food: Italian

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you? Anne Hathaway

What song best sums you up? Windy by The Association

Pen or pencil? Pen

Favorite music? Rock and Roll, but I also love jazz

Coffee or tea? Tea

What is your writing vice or must-haves? Chocolate treats

Plotter or pantser? Hybrid

Mac or PC? PC

Favorite dessert? Ice Cream

"I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy creating them. A very wise woman said to me that everyone was a writer, some just don’t know their own story. I hope you find yours and write it down."

Jeny Heckman


  1. Sounds like a really great read. Good luck and God’s blessings

  2. Wendy has combined all the best of mysteries–a great main character, quirky secondary characters, a murder, of course, a fabulous setting, and a fun plot that keeps us guessing! Perfect for a fall read wrapped in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea.

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