The Last Straw

By Manning Wolfe and V.P. Chandler


Biology teacher Barbara Gibson believes in using science to make the world a better place. The fact that she achieves this through poisoning people doesn’t bother her in the least. Thrown into the recipe is a copycat poisoner, threatening anonymous letters, and an underestimated former student who is the detective assigned to the serial murders. The end result is a deadly mixture of hate, fear, and revenge. Will Barbara and the copycat get away with murder?  

Or… will Detective Monica Ruiz stop the killing and save the children?


V.P. Chandler is currently working on her first novel, Gilt RiddenHer Bullet Book, The Last Straw debuted in Fall 2019. She has short stories in the Austin Mystery Writers’ anthologies, Murder On Wheels and Lone Star LawlessShe has also collaborated on the Writer Unboxed book, Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide To What It Really Takes To Get Published (Writer’s Digest). 

V.P. has been a paralegal, a teacher, and a rancher. She received her B.A. in Literature from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

Manning Wolfe, an award-winning author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, fast-paced crime fiction. Her legal thriller series features Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges. Manning is co-author of the popular Bullet Books Speed Reads, a series of crime fiction books for readers on the go.

As a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.

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