A TRUE CRIME
Soon to be a Lifetime movie!
Featured on Dominick Dunne’s
Power, Privilege, and Justice
Featured on ABC’s Primetime
Featured on A&E’s Women Who Kill
The Fortune Hunter
He Was A Lonely Millionaire Looking For Love
- REVISED AND UPDATED E-BOOK EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!!
- Multimillionaire Steven Beard, Jr. fell hard for Celeste Martinez, a shapely, blonde waitress who served him his nightly cocktail at the local country club…as well as sexual favors. In 1995, the 70-year-old widow Beard married the 32-year-old mother of twin teenagers and gave her homes, cars, and more jewelry and designer clothes than she could ever wear.
But it wasn’t enough for Celeste.
- Claiming she was depressed, she checked into a psychiatric facility, where she met fellow patient Tracey Tarlton, a prominent bookstore manager. Celeste seduced Tracey, convincing her that the only way they could be together would be to kill Steve.In the wee hours of an October morning, Steve awoke to a shotgun blast to his gut. Tracey was arrested but refused to implicate Celeste…until she learned the truth about her lover. In a sordid trial sensationalized even more by the antics of famed Texas defense attorney Dick DeGeurin, the depths of Celeste’s lies were revealed in a tale of lust, betrayal, and regret.
“…a brilliantly crafted and endlessly compelling true crime thriller, Spencer is among the best of the best.”—Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning author
“…a suspenseful, page-turning tale of bloody, Texas-style greed with a gripping narrative and colorful cast of characters…”—Caitlin Rother, New York Times bestselling author of THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER