In The X Dames, J.J. Henderson’s third Lucy Ripken mystery, Lucy steps into a compelling tale ripped straight from today’s liveliest and most popular entertainment venue, the world of “reality” television
In The X Dames, New York writer/photographer Lucy Ripken gets lucky when an old friend calls with fabulous job offer: come to LA to work on a new reality TV show-catchily called The X Dames--featuring a shifting cast of curvaceous female athletes competing in extreme sports. Bored in New York and slightly desperate for a paying job, Lucy jumps at the chance and makes a move to Southern California. Soon she finds herself en route to Mexico’s Pacific coast, to the small but booming resort town of Sayulita, location for the show’s premiere event: a women’s surfing contest. Gigantic surf, real estate shenanigans, and a mysterious death by drowning combine to transform the reality show into a real-time investigation of murder in the high waves. With video cameras recording everything for the upcoming premiere of The X Dames, Lucy and her pals soon find themselves deeply enmeshed in uncovering a conspiracy involving crooked real estate dealers, corrupt politicians, and an old nemesis returning from one of Lucy’s earlier adventures.