Fun Palm Beach murder mystery & satireEver wonder what really goes on at secretive and high status resorts like the Palm Beach Country Club--ground zero for the Madoff scandal? The customs, the culture, the back stabbing? After a $10 million donor is found dead in an oceanfront pool, a charity fund raiser stops panhandling amongst the elite, and begins investigating fraud, mayhem, murder and relentless social climbing. In that order.RAVE REVIEWS FOR CHARITY BASHED“This frothy confection is equal parts glitter and grunge—a tabloid kingpin is murdered in Palm Beach and social worker Justine Romanoff descends into the decadent world of high-end philanthropy to solve the case…the prose is generally buoyant, reading like a catty gossip column as savage portraits of the sin-soaked elite parade across Justine’s path, tagged with copious and specific dollar amounts like ancient epithets. Following a trail of embezzlement, vehicular fraud, and blackmail, Justine discovers the lengths the latest wife of the victim would go to protect her reputation, and how far her employer would go to keep himself in a position to siphon off his charity’s income…the novel is a solid effort and a tight social drama that occasionally sparkles.”-----Publishers Weekly“Hilarious and witty murder mystery featuring Justine, the “chief panhandler” for a charitable organization, she finds herself in the thick of things when a philanthropist winds up dead in the pool the day before a big shindig. Told in first person, Justine’s wry observations of those around her are hysterical…The writing reminds me of a wittier entry in the Rachel Benjamin series, but this one…seems much funnier.”----Amazon Top ReviewerABOUT THE AUTHORFormer Jack Anderson intern and award-winning reporter Sharon Geltner raised money for Palm Beach nonprofits; via coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek.com and MSNBC.com. Her lunches at the Four Seasons featured Sports Illustrated columnist Frank Deford; Mavis Leno, wife of Jay Leno and Denise Brown, the sister of the slain Nicole Brown Simpson.Geltner, an adunct professor, created the national journalism campaign, “Net Needs News Day,” in which editorial cartoonists published on how “new media needs old media.” She is a founding board member of the Greater Boynton Beach Foundation and volunteers extensively for nonprofits. Geltner is president of Froogle PR, a multiplatform marketing, SEO and special events firm and is the first digital author invited to speak to Palm Beach County (FL) library patrons.She has been quoted in Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, Editor & Publisher, American Journalism Review, Washington Post, etc. Geltner was a Knight Ridder Newspapers foreign correspondent in Israel; and was under SCUD missile attacks during Gulf War I. She’s also been on assignment in Cairo, Lapland and Singapore.Geltner is currently at work on a motion graphics video and the nonfiction book, “The Fat Lady Has Not Sung: Why the Internet Needs the News.” She is represented by literary agent Jane Dystel in New York.