Go on a mysterious adventure with Wade and Mira Cullen, two teenagers who stumbled upon a house with a troubled history and a wandering soul. Thirteen-year-old Mira is very unhappy at home. She hates the way her father treats her mother, a woman who practically worships the ground he walks on. But things are about to change. One day, Mira and her brother head out to explore a large, wooded area near their home. They are unaware that their innocent adventure will open up the bowels of history in a most uncanny way.
A Perfectly Proper Murder When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But then a fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present, making her wonder if a ghost could really be on the loose. With her high school bully as one of the detectives in charge of the investigation, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she knows it won’t be. Maddie also grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home. Praise: "A delightful new series."―Library Journal (starred review) "A quirky murder mystery with plenty of small town charm."―ForeWord Reviews “A clever combination of characters.”―Kirkus Reviews “Humor, hints of romance, and twists and turns galore elevate this cozy.”―Publishers Weekly
Oops, I did it again… Leave it to me, Lexi Carmichael, to become a target for an elite organization of cyber criminals simply by being in the wrong place at the right time. As if I weren't already freaking out about planning my best friend's bachelorette party, I now have to keep my eyes peeled for people trying to kill me. After accidentally intercepting a dangerous hack into the NSA and discovering the involvement of a foreign country in said hack, things begin to get seriously complicated. Diplomats, danger and spies, oh, my! With Slash and my loyal friends by my side, I'm in a race against time to stop a team of sophisticated hackers on a deadly mission. My team of geeks is brilliant…but derailing an international plot for revenge will take everything we've got.
Hot Chocolate (book 1) is a cozy mystery with an astrology theme. Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks. Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center. Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong. The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi. Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan. When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.
A horribly murdered dog. A woman at a crossroads in her life. Samantha Holden finds the tortured body of a dog, launching her on a battle against animal abuse. The line between right and wrong quickly blurs, leading her down the path of bringing these abusers to justice. A path which calls for extraordinary - and sometimes illegal - measures. A modern day animal-avenger version of Robin Hood, Sam turns to robbery to fund her illegal projects. A mob family retiree, a housebound social media whiz, and a gorgeous Irishman who fences the things she steals, all are linked together in the search for the man who started it all. Can Sam balance this escalating crusade while keeping it all secret from her on-again, off-again boyfriend, who could cause it all to explode? If she finds the man she hunts, will either of them survive? Reviewers have said of Dog Gone: “Action packed and suspenseful, hard to put this book down!” “Sam Holden is a true Avenger!”
Bekki is excited when she gets an unexpected visit from a friend from New York, Jasmine. She is working for a new makeup company and is in Harroway promoting gift sets for the upcoming Christmas season. But then, Bekki finds Jasmine dead. Bekki is determined to find the murderer. With bad guys in town it is a race against the clock to find the murderer before any more harm is done. Will Bekki find Jasmine’s murderer? Will Bekki find what the bad guys are after? Or will the lives of Sammy and Bekki be in danger? Will her hunky boyfriend Detective Nick Malonie be able to protect her? Or will Bekki’s luck finally run out?
Julia Blake runs a cleaning business. She also has the uncanny knack of discovering murdered people. In this story Julia visits one of her clients, a genealogist called Hugo Barnes. Hugo has uncovered a family secret during the course of his work. He tells Julia that the client won’t be happy about the secret he’s discovered. Julia finds Hugo’s dead body the next day. She makes her own investigations into Hugo’s death and soon discovers that his assistant, Dinah, and his brother, Gilbert have strong motives for killing him. Julia also finds out who the last client of Hugo’s was. Did they have a motive to kill Hugo too? And who is that man who’s been watching Julia’s house? Julia is determined to find out who killed Hugo Barnes.
When Salem Grimes stumbles onto a dead body on her way to an AA meeting, she does what any self-respecting Christian would do—freaks out and screeches words that would make Jesus blush. However, learning her ex-husband, Tony, stands accused of the murder spurs Salem into action. Eager to help, she makes the bold decision to investigate the case as an amateur sleuth. What she lacks in skills, qualifications, or a general clue on how to find, well, clues, she makes up for with the genuine desire to help. With her octogenarian best friend, Viv, and beloved dog, Stump, by her side, can Salem’s faith lead her to answers that will clear Tony’s name? Or will this be one more element of her life she has boggled up? From USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Kim Hunt Harris, comes a hilarious and heartfelt mystery full of side-splitting laughs and shocking twists!
Who Stole It Best? A Wedding Themed Cozy Mystery Story Her big day is fast approaching but a bride can't walk down the aisle without a dress. Who stole it, and why? Find out in this cozy mystery story by debut cozy mystery author Quinlyn Kelley.
Vampire Career: A new vampire, a gnawing hunger, and a friendly guy equals disaster just a heartbeat away. Newly turned vampire Georgia can deal with the "dead all day" part, but the rest of her new lifestyle desperately needs a training manual. Review for Vampire Career by S. T. Hailstock VAMPIRE CAREER is book one in Phoebe Matthews' Turning Vampire series. Read it...read it...read it. If you are a fan of vampire books, or if you are not a fan, or if you are up to your eyes in vampire stories, this one is worth the time.
In this 2nd book of the Willows Bend Cozy Mystery series, Heather Stanton’s aunt’s past is slowly catching up to her. Julia had always run away from situations she chose not to deal with, but running these days is impossible since she’s stuck in a small town doing community service. Ever since Heather ran into her aunt in this speck on the map called Willows Bend, dead bodies have been turning up.
Julia believes the murders, and every bad thing happening, are because she’s plagued with an evil curse, cast upon her by an old crone for a perceived injustice in her recent past. So she seeks out Madam Z, a dubious occultist, to assist in getting rid of it.
Can Heather convince her aunt there’s no such thing as a curse before Julia becomes so entrenched in her beliefs she’s arrested for murder, for finds herself the next murder victim?
In CLUED to DEATH, Olivia Reynolds, owner and operator of the White House Dollhouse Store in Minneapolis, attends a National Park expo at the Xcel Energy Center as a vendor and as a fan. Liv leaves her employee, Gina, at the First Lady Dollhouse booth while she attends the opening ceremonies. Gina drinks a beverage meant for Liv, and dies.
The curtain may fall on the Calla Lily Players' first season unless Lily and Austin can find a killer on the loose in California's wine country. Torrential rains threaten to put a damper on The Calla Lily Players’ first outdoor theater production. When the ground suddenly shifts, buried secrets revealed amid the tangled vines put the spotlight on murder. As Lily and Austin dig deeper into the mystery, the drama unfolds onstage and off. The race is on to find a killer before opening night. Is it the Numbers Man? Grab your copy of the second book in the Calla Lily Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Anna Celeste Burke and join the race! Recipes Included. Free to read in Kindle Unlimited.
If you like smart women sleuths, murder and deception, you’ll love the Sister Sleuths latest case! A day at the rodeo ends up in murder, and sister sleuths Lea and Maddy find themselves defending more than one suspect. The weapon is a pistol belonging to Maddy’s close friend, Scott Miller, who has had run-ins with the deceased. Maddy’s desire to defend Scott makes detective Tom jealous, but could defending Maddy’s friend prove to be deadly for our heroines? The victim’s ranch is on a valuable piece of land. When a developer is suspected of foul play, Lea is asked to help clear his name. Will her snooping into the developer’s activities put the sisters in harm’s way? The setting is a rodeo in a small beachside community, so put on your boots and saddle up. You’re in for one rough ride! This stand-alone novel is the third in the series featuring sister sleuths Lea and Maddy.
Betrayed thrice over by her husband, Anna believes her imploded life will right itself if only she buys a dog. Investigator Frank Caburn has other ideas. Man to the bone and manufacturing testosterone like Frito Lay does chips, he is at once attracted to Anna. All he wants is to fall in love and be done with it. Anna Nesmith is the one. But how to tell her without tripping over a layer of lies is beyond him. Adding to Caburn's woe are his elderly bosses--both of whom who plan to keep their jobs until the Rapture or the sun burns out--whichever comes last, plus a cross-dressing dominatrix with OCD, a purple haired hacker on parole and Anna's back-stabbing mother-in-law. Falling love has never been more difficult.
Murder. Mayhem. A madcap lady vicar. In the village of Upton St. Mary, gossip arises as word spreads that a body has been found in the woods. Once the investigation begins, the forensic team finds that it has been there for years. But the question remains: who was buried there all those years ago?
FRAMED FOR ASSASSINATION When professional sharp shooter Sydney Smith is in Cincinnati for a gun show, a senator is killed by a sniper. Sydney is horrified to find herself the prime suspect, and it takes all her essential oils and the help of a mysterious man to keep her from being falsely imprisoned. With the evidence stacked against her, she must prove her innocence before the real clues are erased. REAPPEARANCE OF AN OLD FLAME Sparks fly when Harper Wasden, a highly capable Navy Seal, makes his presence known. Can they repair a prior misunderstanding while they work on clearing her name? The stakes have never been higher, and it will take every last drop of peppermint oil and ingenuity to come out on top.
At times funny, at times frightening--a fast-paced thriller... When Sheriff Jeff McQuede's friend, Barry Dawson, tricks him into attending a Bigfoot convention at the small town of Trails' End, he finds the adventure is only beginning. He is soon invited by the head of the research team, Dr. Adam Kurtz, to hike with them into the isolated mountains below Lost Man's Peak where few people ever venture. McQuede immediately notices friction among the members of the team--love triangles, resentment, and greed. Professor Callahan has obtained special funding for the project because of his claim to have encountered Bigfoot in this area, and Dr. Kurtz intends to call him out for being a fraud. The first night out trouble erupts. Ted Weiss insists that he spotted Bigfoot near his camp and tells them he was almost attacked. Is Bigfoot really out there, or is someone perpetuating a carefully-planned hoax? When murder follows, McQuede must solve the biggest case in his career!
Ally Sweet is happy to be returning for a short break to the small town where she grew up. She is planning on using the time off to get over her messy divorce and she is looking forward to spending time with her much-loved grandmother and relaxing making chocolates and anything chocolaty.
But then… the delivery driver for her grandmother’s chocolate shop is found murdered. The detectives investigating the crime have a prime suspect, Ally’s high school sweetheart, Brent. Ally believes that Brent would never murder anyone, so with the help of her trusted feline friend, Peaches, she tries to uncover the truth.
The search for the killer leads Ally straight into the line of danger. Will she be able find the murderer before she becomes a victim herself?
Triple Chocolate Muffin Recipe Included!
A Mystery for Ghost Hunters! When Betsy's Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital, she isn't sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.
Amelia Spelled has had a bad week. Her boyfriend dumps her when she inadvertently gives him food poisoning; her workplace, a telecommunications center, fires all their staff as they are outsourcing offshore, and she is evicted due to smoke damage resulting from her failed attempts at baking. Amelia thinks her luck has changed when she inherits her estranged aunt's store, two mysterious cats, and beautiful Victorian house. Yet has Amelia jumped out of the frying pan into the fire? To Amelia's dismay, the store is a cake store, and she discovers that her aunt was a witch. To add to the mix, the house has secrets of its own. When a man is murdered in the cake store, will Amelia be able to cook up a way to solve the crime? Will her spells prove as bad as her baking?
The chill in the air isn't the only change October is bringing to Casper, Wyoming. Jake Rand, local attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is being courted to run for county attorney and a killer is stalking one of the city's leading families. With Casper's only homicide detective out of commission, Jake and his wife Emma, a therapist in private practice, step in to crack the case. Will the accidental detectives be able to keep the killer from striking again?
Solve the mystery of how it all started! The day began in typical style with “June gloom” weather. It turned into the starting point for two sisters’ adventures into a world of mystery and crime. This Novella, the Prequel to the Sister Sleuths Mystery Series by Rayna Morgan, is a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the end! A fascinating introduction to how the siblings broke into amateur sleuthing by cracking a case full of nuts!
Her criminal past is behind her. The road to revenge is ahead. But the pit stop she makes along the way could reroute her life. Amanda Martin refuses to burn for the crimes of her manipulative ex-boyfriend. After all, he was the one who strong-armed her into committing fraud and left her to shoulder the blame. When an enraged investor sets fire to their office building, she scrambles onto the first bus out of the city. With the authorities hunting for her, she hides out to plot her revenge in the last place anyone would look—the tiny Texas town of Phoenix. But when Amanda uncovers a hidden talent for reporting at the local paper and starts a sweet romance with a charming cop, she starts to question whether she’d be better off building a new life than tearing her ex a new one. Just as she starts settling in, her work at the paper unearths a decades old cold case that threatens to turn the town against her and expose her criminal past. With time running out before the townsfolk discover her true identity, Amanda is faced with an impossible choice—turn her back on a fellow victim of crime or stand her ground and lose her precious freedom. Phoenix is the first book in an enthralling women’s fiction series. If you like compelling characters, nail-biting suspense, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Kimberly Packard’s small-town mystery.
“Danger was part of my job description, but none of my contingency plans anticipated an attack by a Maine Coon.” It’s summer on Whisper Island. Ex-cop-turned-private-investigator Maggie Doyle is looking forward to sun, fun, and romance. Instead, she gets bills, an assault allegation, and a busted wrist. To add insult to injury, there’s a movie being filmed on the island, and Maggie’s diva sister has been cast in it—her debut role. While other residents clamor for parts as extras, Maggie wants nothing to do with the shoot. But when hotshot director Con Ryder asks Maggie to investigate a series of suspicious accidents on the movie set, she can’t afford to refuse. Maggie and her UFO-obsessed assistant, Lenny, go undercover as extras, with Lenny intent on enjoying every second of the experience, and Maggie determined to solve the mystery and leave as quickly as possible. Maggie’s hopes for a quick-fix solution are shot to pieces when the woman who accused her of assault turns up dead.
The First Ladies Club tells the story of the first female pastor to be called to the pulpit of the struggling First Baptist Church of Bannoch, Oregon. Please let me introduce you to the charming Reverend Doctor I. Merrill Bishop, Th.D., the lead in our story. That's her, on the cover. Pastor Merrill, as she prefers to be called by her flock, is eager to serve the Lord in this small seaside community after serving on staff of a large Bay Area church in California. She expects to find resistant attitudes to ordained women, but never imagines she must also deal with a sudden rash of suspicious deaths in her new church home. She'll need all her faith and the support of her new friends in the First Ladies Club in order to meet these challenges and many more. On her own since the death of her husband, also a pastor, Merrill struggles with loneliness and out-dated prejudices as she works to revive the congregation of her troubled, possibly dying, church...but to make matters worse, that's not the only death she must deal with. The good will and encouragement of readers such as you will go a long way toward seeing her through.
Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than a pirate’s treasure.
Piper was hoping to meet her favorite author before he died, but she was a day late. The famous man's luck ran out right before Piper showed up at his house for a casual interview. Piper finds herself at the heart of the literary world's biggest scandal yet. When a budding romance with a murder suspect begins to blossom, Piper finds herself in a dangerous situation. INTERVIEW WITH A GHOST is a riveting cozy ghost mystery that will have you glued to the pages and gasping at the twist ending! All books in this supernatural suspense / paranormal thriller series are stand-alone novels, and may be read in order.
A missing girl. An amateur sleuth. And a whole lot of croissants. Meet Molly Sutton, recently divorced and ready for a new life, who moves to the village of Castillac in France to open a B&B. She’s looking for peace, pastry, and beautiful gardens—an altogether slower life than the one she’d had in Boston. But you know what they say about the best intentions…. Molly has barely gotten over jet-lag when she hears about a local student’s disappearance. In between getting her ramshackle house in order and digging into French food, Molly ends up embroiled in the case, along with the gendarmes of Castillac. And unlike the Nancy Drews she loved as a child, this mystery is complex, stirring up emotions she thought had been put to rest and terrifying the beloved residents of her adopted village. The Third Girl is the first book of the Molly Sutton Mystery series. If you like engrossing cozy mysteries, real characters you'd want to get to know, and mouthwatering descriptions of scrumptious food, you'll love Nell Goddin's tale of murder and intrigue.
Interior Decorator Madison Night might look like a throwback to the sixties, but as business owner and landlord, she proves that independent women can have it all. But when a killer targets women dressed in her signature style—estate sale vintage to play up her resemblance to fave actress Doris Day—what makes her unique might make her dead. The local detective connects the new crime to a twenty-year old cold case, and Madison's long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.
How much should you lie for the man you love? Can you really know your ex husband? And how can suicide look like murder? Just three of the questions which confront barrister Sarah Newby, as she struggles to revive her legal career. Shaken by her second divorce and the murder of her former lover, Sarah wonders if all her relationships with men are doomed. Her admirer, Detective Terry Bateson, hopes not, but what if he, too, has a secret he’d prefer to keep hidden? And if Sarah’s client is innocent of murder, why has he told such obvious lies?
Whose secret is a motive for murder? Sandra is murdered while working late at the office and the investigation drives Detective Elliot crazy because everyone has secrets. Ian is trying to hide illicit activities, Henry has a darker, hidden side, George needs money and will make it any way he can, Nathan wants escape from a mundane existence, Brody seeks power and respect, and Brooke wants to get ahead in the worst of ways. Will Lea and Maddy discover who wants to protect their secret badly enough to kill? Perhaps, but not without a surprise twist at the end!
Brighton Longfield is kinda bad at life. She’s divorced, childless, and she just got fired… again… With dwindling savings and few prospects, she packs her possessions into a U-Haul and sets out for the little town of Coventry where she inherited a dilapidated old house from her Great Aunt “Mad” Maude Tuttlesmith. Coventry is supposed to be a stop in the road for Brighton. The plan is to fix up the house, sell it, and then figure out what to do with her life. You know what they say about the best-laid plans… Coventry isn’t your typical small town. At one time, it was home to two powerful families of witches. But, the Skeenbauer and Tuttlesmith families couldn’t put their differences aside, and eventually, the feuding drove the Tuttlesmith witches out of town. The matriarch of the Skeenbauer family isn’t pleased to have a descendant of the Tuttlesmith witches return. The thing is, the Tuttlesmiths stopped practicing magic when they left Coventry, and Brighton has no idea she’s a witch. She’s about to get a big surprise. Oh, and there’s also a dead guy in an alley behind the diner. Brighton finds his body one night after stopping in for a stack of pancakes, and of course, the town’s hunky sheriff starts to give her the side eye. But, a lot of people wanted the victim dead, and that only complicates the investigation. There’s a murderer on the loose in Coventry, and Brighton’s got to learn to harness her powers to avoid the killer’s snare. If the Broom Fits is the first book in t ...
When a prominent businessman is found face down in his pool, the breakfast crowd at Jesse Camden's tearoom is buzzing. But as murmurs of murder grow, and suspicion strikes close to home, Jesse and the ladies of the Myrtle Grove Garden Club set out to find the real killer before mounting distrust tears their close-knit community apart.
Anything can happen on a reality show, though finding a body on set—and live on air—is new. Melissa McBallister is young, rich, and beautiful but frustrated. She wants nothing more than to be a famous author like her mother. When the opportunity to be on a new reality TV show comes her way, she grabs the chance, hoping to find some inspiration. When a castmate is murdered during a live broadcast and her blood is literally on Melissa’s hands, the young writer gets more than she bargained for—reality TV is much stranger than fiction. Can Melissa and her rescue dog Bubbles prove that she’s innocent? Ryan Sethi prefers to produce TV commercials. They’re boring and safe. But he can’t pass up the opportunity to produce a show about socialites in Fishcreek Falls, an exclusive ski town high in the Rocky Mountains. But can he keep the show, cast, crew, and especially Melissa safe while a killer is on the loose? Or will a reality TV show gone bad ruin both of their lives?
It’d be the season to be jolly if only someone hadn’t set the stage for murder. When a student is arrested for the crime, Professor Sheridan Hendley is cast in the role of amateur sleuth. Tensions run high, friendships are strained, and the college administration is beginning to panic. As the plot thickens Sheridan is yet again drawn deeper into danger. Will she find the truth before the final curtain call?
A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun, Amidst Alien Stars and Saving Paludis.
"Without intending to disparage our contemporary writing world, I must observe that Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham harkens back well and fondly to the golden years of speculative short-story fiction collected from great masters like Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. In addition to clever and intriguing plots, never gratuitously complicated but always with a satisfying twist, these simple but startling tales unfold with zeal and concisely controlled acceleration. Or, to switch analogies, imbibing them is like popping juicy morsels on impulse rather than methodically pacing oneself at a sumptuous feast. Something to be consumed immediately upon the craving. Something to make one smile. And you will. You will also, at times, find yourself quite amazed." Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Rome—the city of churches, marble, … and murder? For one American tourist, a famous fountain will become her final resting place. Wedding bells are ringing, and Lana Hansen could not be happier! Wanderlust Tours guide Randy Wright and his Italian girlfriend are tying the knot in Tuscany, right after he and Lana finish leading a Christmas-themed tour around Rome. Unfortunately for Randy, his ex-girlfriend is still convinced they are meant to be together. When she shows up at his hotel, they have a nasty fight, and Randy threatens to harm her if she doesn’t leave him be. After her body is found in the Trevi Fountain, Randy is immediately arrested. Lana is convinced he didn’t do it, yet none of her other guests seemed to have wished the young women ill. With a shortage of suspects, Lana must dig deep in order to sleuth out who really killed Randy’s ex-girlfriend—before his visit to the Eternal City becomes permanent.
Three Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this entertaining new mystery series from best selling British author Helen Smith. Emily receives an invitation to a party in a large house at the end of her street, hosted by a mysterious troupe of circus performers. She accepts, despite her misgivings, because her dog has died and she needs cheering up. But when she witnesses a murder in the midst of the surreal entertainment, no one will believe what she has seen. Is Emily befuddled with grief at the loss of her pet? Or has something wicked happened in plain sight of all the party-goers? Emily and her eccentric neighbors attempt to discover the truth in a charming story that will have you giggling at every funny line.
Was that a shark? Clownfish Cay is Starla Shadowend's worst nightmare. She'll have to deal with sun, surf, and tourists. (gross) Oh, and a dead body turns up right as she's getting acquainted with the island. Starla will have to clear her name and steer clear of a grumpy Clownfish Cay Police officer who has already decided that she's as guilty as sin.
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again. As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.
From Book 1: USA Today bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke, brings you an unconventional sleuth hot on the heels of high-living lowlifes in book 1 of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. Even in a desert paradise, life is full of surprises like A Dead Husband.
"My first day as a sleuth was more Stephanie Plum than Miss Marple." Meet Jessica Huntington, an amateur sleuth with a shopping jones and a black AMEX card. She soon finds out that money cant buy happiness or save your neck. Her well-planned life in shambles, shes hiding out near Palm Springs, California. When her best friends husband is murdered, Jessica and her friends are soon stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Maglis, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and what will they do to get it back?
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A dead body. Small town secrets. What’s Anne digging up this time? Anne Fremont is branching out into creating garden plans for town residents. After Anne finds Billie, the garden club president dead, something doesn’t add up. While her client’s death appears accidental, rumors of affairs and troubling questions emerge. Anne knows the truth hides in the tiniest details. As she digs further, more dirt is revealed into the lives of the garden club members. It appears someone may have silenced Billie to keep their secret hidden. Can Anne discover the killer before they plant her—forever? Potager Plot is the fifth book in the witty Backyard Farming series by Vikki Walton. If you enjoy sassy sleuths and clever clues along with light-hearted humor and sweet romance all tied up in a clean cozy mystery, grab this book today.
A marauding chicken. A deadly discovery. Will Anne regret her move to Carolan Springs, Colorado? The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life. Yet, before Anne's completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman. However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner. ! Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?
As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her. Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees. But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested, the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find… the business of beauty can be deadly.
A witch who can’t magic returns to Willow Hollow.
Harper Dade never expected to come back. Then again, she hadn’t anticipated her now ex-husband absconding with her inheritance. But the discovery of a casualty in the middle of the cupcake creation class? Not on her list of things to happen in her hometown. Neither is the murder threatening to ruin the reputation of her aunt’s bakery and destroying the town’s entire tourist season.
As the mystery heats up, Harper’s fresh start crumbles. Add kitchen disasters and a severe onset of wishcraft, and her plans to solve the crime might remain half-baked.
Among failed baking attempts, spells gone wrong and a renewed curse, the list of suspects grows, danger ramps and her homecoming ends up a recipe for disaster.
A corpse, a cantankerous camel, an entertaining array of suspects, and a yule tide of problems along the way…it must be a Flo and Agnes Christmas! Who would have guessed Agnes would rub Penelope the cranky camel the wrong way? Or that Flo would find herself ankle deep in camel dung while fending off a masked murderer? Or that TC would, once again, get on the wrong side of her handsome detective in an attempt to help her friends? Why…anybody who’s been to Silver Hills before…that’s who!
When Shay Reynolds moved back to her small hometown to open an escape room business, she had no idea she’d need to solve a murder. She never thought she’d discover something shocking about her own past. She never dreamed she’d have an opportunity to fall in love. She never expected she’d soon be fighting for her life after getting too close to the truth. After the unexpected death of her father, Shay moves back home and discovers her father left her a legacy to live out her dreams. Her new business is set to open in just a few weeks, and she needs to figure out why there’s a dead guy in one of the newest escape rooms. Join Shay as she reconnects with her best friends from childhood, tries to solve a murder, and locks horns with the attractive detective assigned to the case. Sparks fly and danger lurks where Shay least expects it.
Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she's especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri's world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri's impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success—until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. Adri must race to uncover the secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things will keep you turning pages long into the night.
When beloved town matriarch Pearl Clemmons dies on a warm June afternoon, the folks of Adams Grove, Virginia, can hardly believe it. Sure, Pearl was eighty-five years old, but everyone—particularly her granddaughter Jill—just assumed she would live forever. Now Jill must return home to settle Pearl’s estate, comfort a town in mourning…and face Garrett Malloy, the man who broke her heart years ago. Making matters worse, a string of break-ins at the Clemmons place has Jill and the rest of the town on edge. She can’t imagine what Pearl possibly could have had that is worth stealing. But when Jill’s safety is threatened, she and Garrett must join forces to unearth Pearl’s secrets before someone else—someone dangerous—gets there first. Garrett may have been the last man Jill wanted to see, but now, she may not want to let him go.
Hollywood actress Hope Hadley doesn't think that things can get any worse for her. In the last twenty-four hours, her boyfriend has broken up with her and her long-running police procedural TV show has been canceled.
When a homicide detective shows up at her door the next morning with news that her ex-boyfriend has been murdered, she realizes that her troubles are just beginning. She is shocked--not only to learn of her ex's death, but also to find out that the police consider her to be a suspect in the killing.
Hope soon realizes that the only way to clear her name is by finding the real killer herself.
The Grand Opening is set for the Spirits of Texas Inn, and Hannah Duncan has one goal – Go Big, or Go Home!
After her uncle gifts her the tiny hamlet of Hannah, Texas, the reluctant owner accepts the challenge of a new career. The town (a loose definition, at best) has one claim to fame—the historic stagecoach stop, otherwise known as the Spirits of Texas Inn.
To kick off the auspicious event, Hannah brings a Wild West Show to town for opening weekend. The event will bring in extra cash for the inn, provide fun activities for the guests, and create good will with the community. It’s a lot to tackle during the grand opening, but Hannah is taking a play from her uncle’s rule book. JoeJoe always says you never make your mark by playing it safe.
A fresh coat of paint and new décor gives the inn an updated look without sacrificing its authenticity, but its connection to the past is never an issue. Not with three resident ghosts in house!
But when the show’s wrangler is found dead before the gates even open, all Hannah’s efforts may be in vain. Shelton Long, the farrier caring for the inn’s horses—the same man who has expressed an interest in dating the innkeeper—comes to the rescue, offering his expertise at the last moment.
The show must go on, but it’s not without consequences. When the elusive Goyen makes a surprise appearance, Hannah knows something serious is afoot. T ...
All Willow Wells wanted was a fresh start. After a divorce that left her a dog trainer with no dogs to train, inheriting her Aunt’s property (complete with a downtrodden dog gym) seemed like the answer to her prayers. That is until the first day of excavation uncovers a dead local real estate mogul, and pins her current contractor as the lead suspect. With his funds frozen, and with no way to return Willow’s money, contractor Griffin Maynard has no choice but to join forces with his high school crush who also happens to be his current client—new arrival Willow Wells. Together they must find the real murderer and get construction back underway before both of their businesses go bottom up. But as they follow the trail of town gossip, Willow and Griffin discover more buried secrets than they first thought, and time is running out to solve this murder before they lose everything.
Little Italy, 1946 - Sophia Mancini would have enjoyed the grand opening celebration of her family’s private detective agency if the volatile chef at Vincenzo’s Ristorante had actually survived the meal. But before Sophia’s chilled spoon hit the spumoni, someone plunged a knife into Vincenzo’s back and the word on everyone’s lips went from mangia to murder. Sophia soon finds herself trailing crime boss Frankie Vidoni, chatting with his mouthy mistress Maria, and dodging henchman Mooch DiMuccio. She’s suspicious of Vincenzo’s widow, Stella, and his assistant chef, Eugene, because they don’t appear the least bit dismayed by Vincenzo’s passing. There is no conversation Sophia won’t eavesdrop on, no question she won’t ask, and no danger she won’t face to find the killer.
Just when she thought everything was on track for her new cafe’s opening, Quinn meets a bewitching stranger with a shocking secret about her husband. Now, she’s being haunted, swindled, and questioned about a murder. Empty nested and excited to start a new chapter in life, Quinn is thrilled to be opening her new lakeside café in the small town of Bookend Bay. Everything is perfect until she realizes she’s being followed. Confronting the stranger sets Quinn on a course where her problems no longer revolve around selecting a feature scone. She’s suddenly questioning everything she believed about her marriage and her sanity. Midlife isn’t supposed to bring a change like this! When police question her about a murder, Quinn quickly realizes she can’t tell anyone but her best friend about the conniving, ghostly stranger who’s visiting her. No one would believe she’s been talking to a dead person, and Quinn is barely coping with the truth herself. Things go from bad to worse when the ghost makes her agenda clear—an exchange of favors that could save or sink Quinn’s café before she serves her first spiced latte. The closer she gets to the truth, the more afraid she becomes of a horrible secret that could ruin her life. Now, she can’t help thinking some secrets should rest in peace.
Now in paperback! Four stories from the Happy Homicides anthology series (Volumes 1-4). Linda Gordon Hengerer combines her cooking talents and her love of crafts in Dying for Holiday Tea. Although the town is fictional, much of the lore within is fact. Pour yourself a cuppa and settle into a cozy read at the Beach Tea Shop. Love is part of life and death in Dying for Valentine’s Tea, featuring the Powell sisters from the Beach Tea Shop. The wonderful food cooked up by Alex, Dani, and Chelsea will make your mouth water, while you share their concern for a dear friend whose romance with Mr. Right seems to be All Wrong. In Dying for Graduation Tea, the Powell sisters can always be counted on in a pinch. Is that why someone has framed them for murder? Chelsea Powell and her sisters are providing treats for Citrus Beach High School’s Freshman Orientation. Can they solve the murder of the beloved softball coach before secrets are revealed and someone else dies, in Dying for School Tea? Bonus: Recipes for fragrant Gingerbread, decadent Black Forest Trifle, Tea Time S’mores, and Spiced Peach Pastries follow each story.
2016 LEFTY AWARD FINALIST BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY To Laurel McKay, there is nothing better than spending an autumn afternoon munching on caramel apples and cinnamon donuts. It’s a good thing her daughter Jenna has landed a seasonal job at Apple Tree Farm and Bakery. Then Laurel stumbles over the bakery owner coated in powdered sugar. Axel Thorson was a well-respected member of the community. Who wanted to sweeten him up? When the police arrest the heartthrob grandson of the bakery manager, Jenna decides to help him by solving the case herself, a move that lands her in jail. With Laurel’s detective honey in another state, and her octogenarian grandmother threatening to chase down the culprit, what’s a soccer mom with a sweet tooth to do but go undercover. Detecting among donuts should be a piece of cake, but not if Laurel discovers first-hand that sugar can kill you.
This set features six cozy mysteries from the Daisy McDare series: The Deadly Rock Star Affair The Deadly Restaurant Affair The Deadly Secret Affair The Deadly Rival Affair The Deadly Radio Affair The Deadly Political Affair Daisy McDare's vacation plans go awry when a washed-up rock star turns up dead and the local detective thinks Daisy's cousin Addison is the killer. Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before her cousin goes to jail for a crime she didn't commit.
Weddings always make hairstylist Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, especially when she attends her friend Jill’s reception as a member of the bridal party. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill’s matron of honor dead under the cake table. Lots of folks aren’t sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride’s sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She’d better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim. “Shear Murder is another stellar outing in Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day mystery series. Marla is a bridesmaid in her friend Jill’s wedding, but when Jill’s matron of honor--and sister--ends up dead with the cake knife embedded in her chest--hold the video! It’s a wedding to forget--not remember.”—Lorna Barrett, NY Times Bestselling Author Shear Murder was originally published by Five Star Publishing (Gale/Cengage). This Author’s Edition has been updated with added bonus materials.
The Strange Affair of October 24th, 1859: When a flurry of forgeries appear in museums and among collectors, the members of the Agora, a society dedicated to the betterment of man, take it upon themselves to stop the rogues.
But among the members, there is a traitor. Among the forgers, there is a murderer.
As friends betray their own and souls are sentenced to death, suspicions and tensions mount. Only one man, Carl Brooke, has the knowledge and expertise to stop the murderer.
But will he succeed? Or will the night of October 24th, 1859 forever remain an unresolved mystery?
If you like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books or stories set in the 19th century and with a touch of mystery, you will love Two Tocks before Midnight.
This is the first in the Agora mystery series.
Carl Brooke and the Agora society’s crime-solving escapades continue with The Penitent Thief and The Peace Party Massacre, both available on Amazon.
Armed with Victorian etiquette and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in the small colonial town of Nairobi desperate for a pot of tea. But she will need more than that if she is to unravel the mystery of the Ghosts of Tsavo without being eaten in the process. She must endure all manner of inconveniences while surviving the machinations of her best friend's dashing godfather and the efforts of her safari guide to feed her to any lion willing to drag her away. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?
A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her… Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased. What could be worse than spending ten days with her estranged mother? Lana is about to find out… The tour begins on a high note when the majority of guests bond during their visit to the Keukenhof flower gardens and a cruise around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. Despite her initial reservations, Lana thinks this might be the best group she had ever led. Until she discovers one of her guests – a recent retiree named Priscilla – is the person who destroyed her career in journalism. All Lana can see is red. But circumstances dictate that she figure out a way to lead the tour, make peace with her mother, and not murder her guest. She doesn’t know whether she can handle the pressure. Lana needn’t worry. Shortly after their fight, Priscilla falls off the balcony of a historic windmill at Zaanse Schans. Was she pushed or simply careless? The investigating officers suspect murder – and topping their suspect list is Lana’s mom! Can Lana save Gillian? Or will her mother end up ...
Welcome to Enchanted Bay, a picture-perfect small town on the coast of Northern California. Meg Walton comes from a long line of witches. It's a secret her family has been keeping for generations. The Waltons have been living a quiet existence, running the local donut shop in town. All that changes when a murder occurs. Enter Connor Smith, Meg's former crush, who left for San Francisco ten years before, and who has now returned to town as the new detective with the Enchanted Bay police department. If Meg's feelings were mixed enough over having Connor back in town, the detective wrongfully suspects one of Meg's good friends for murder. To prove her friend's innocence, Meg has to find the real killer herself--with the help of a few good spells.
Based on near-real events! Known to the neighborhood as Grandma Jan, Janice Kustodia has a routine and keeps to it. Up at 6 a.m., a pot of Jewel Extra Bold coffee and then out the door to bring the garbage cans up from the curb, sweep the sidewalks and walk South Linden Avenue to make sure all is as it should be. But today it isn’t when she discovers the postman murdered. This isn’t supposed to happen on her watch. To discover the truth, she must unravel the red tape of corruption at city hall, track down a killer who is targeting her neighbors and discover why the postman is late.
When the crime scene is pure coincidence and there’s no evidence, how do you prove it was murder? Ella Bridges faces her most challenging investigation so far when the vicar dies suddenly at the May Day Fete. But with evidence scarce and her personal life unravelling in ways she could never have imagined, she misses vital clues in the investigation. Working alongside Sergeant Baxter of Scotland Yard, will Ella manage to unearth the clues needed to catch the killer before another life is lost? Or will personal shock cloud her mind and result in another tragedy? 'A Clerical Error' is set in 1930's England, and is the third of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. ‘Miss Marple meets The Ghost Whisperer’ – Perfect For Fans of Golden Age Murder Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries and British Amateur Sleuths
The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Prequel
A Prequel to the Mystery Series that has won the hearts of fans all over the world! As the mother of an active toddler and the wife of an often absent husband, Kiki Lowenstein already has both hands full. But when the Lowensteins move into their new house on the same day the construction crew leaves, Kiki must learn to juggle boxes, baby, and big expectations. Her determination to be a good neighbor hits a serious roadblock when she angers the Nordstroms, the couple who live next door. Then Sven Nordstrom dies under mysterious circumstances, and Kiki is forced into the one role she never planned on playing: amateur sleuth.
Romance, suspense, and a little voodoo. Sloppy drinking habits. Stunted love life. Professional humiliation in a doomed celebrity trial. It’s no wonder high-strung Texas attorney Katie flees for the serenity of a tropical island, even if it’s the one where her parents died in a tragic accident. But when she gets there, the accident looks a lot like murder, the island seems more sinister than serene, and there’s no one to save Katie from the bad guys, except for herself. ˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest. 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist ˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer." If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time. ˃˃˃ The reviews for Katie are in, and they're good. Very, very good. "Taut suspense." — Midwest Book Review "Quick, entertaining read." — Kirkus Reviews "Fantastic mystery." — Once Upon a Romance ˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Katie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world.
Jewelry designer Kat Ramos comes to Banshee Creek to break the infamous Hagen House curse. To do so she must marry Liam Hagen, embrace her witchy heritage, and solve a centuries-old murder. That's quite a to-do list. Will she be able to do it all, or will the Hagen House curse prevail once and for all?
USA Today bestselling author brings you fun, food, cats, and mystery. A second chance romance, too, for Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler who meet in an unusual way! Read the first three novellas in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series. Here's a message for you from Georgie: "Welcome to my world--Marvelous Marley World! It's not always so marvelous at the 'cat factory,' an entertainment empire founded on the incredible success of Catmmando Tom, a cartoon cat. There's never a dull moment, though, 'working for the cat' as we like to say around here. Sometimes that's because of my boss, 'Mad' Max Marley who can't always curb his enthusiasm or his blustery temper. He knows that. I've told him enough times. I have to give him credit, though, Max always goes for the gold, aiming for five-star entertainment, hotels, and cuisine. Trained as a chef, I'm there to back him up about the food, even now that I'm a member of management. A creative genius, Max Marley is Walt Disney, and Dr. Seuss rolled into one. Catmmando Tom is only one of the fantastical characters that inhabit Marvelous Marley World. Life is often stranger than fiction, though, isn't it? Some of the most outrageous characters around here are the real ones. The most intriguing stories aren't always the ones created by our movie studios. Come! Join me for all the mayhem, mystery, and even murder. Get to know Jack Wheeler, the handsome detective who walks into my life under the most unusual circumstances. Meet my Siam ...
A portrait holds the key to recovering a cache of looted artwork, secreted away during World War II, in this captivating historical art thriller set in the 1940s and present-day Amsterdam. When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. Chill with a Book's January 2018 Book of the Month Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers' Award One of The Displac ...
How many times have you stood in a bookstore and wondered, "Have I read this book yet?" This journal is designed to help you (and me!) to avoid re-reads (unless the book was really great), to keep up with your favorite series, and to keep track of books you've bought and haven't read or want to borrow from the library. Also includes reading goals and challenges!
#3 in THE DEAD RED MYSTERY SERIES "Janet Evanovich meets aero-ag pilots." The Kindle Book Review What if quitting your boring job put you in line for murder? Her beloved great aunt wants to bar-b-que dad's side-kick, Bruce the goat, and her man-hungry cousin has her sights set on her number one pilot. What else could possibly go wrong? Oh yeah, her new pilot is really a CPA hiding from a vicious Las Vegas hitman.
ezabelle Jingle and her neighbors in the Penderghast section of Brilliant, Minnesota, have a mystery on their hands.Someone is stealing sections of hardwood floors in their homes and the thefts may be connected to a long-hidden treasure left by the founders of Brilliant. Not only that, there's a dead body in a basement to add to the mix. Can Jezzy and her quirky friends figure out the puzzle and find the treasure before some other, unknown person--maybe the murderer--beats them to the punch? Or will the town's Chief of Police, Hank Hardy, prevent the group from their sleuthing? Anything can happen in the strange little town of Brilliant, Minnesota. After all, brilliant minds create brilliant finds!
In The Glass House, the first book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series Pat Pirard, recently downsized Santa Cruz Law Librarian, needed to find a new job in a hurry. She printed business cards announcing she was Private Investigator Pat and crossed her fingers, hoping she could earn enough money working for attorneys as a PI to survive. Pat’s first investigation went well, so she’s excited when she gets a call from an estate attorney who offers her a second job. The attorney tells Pat his client died at a funeral and he needs help sorting out who is entitled to inherit her estate. Pat quickly discovers the dead woman’s past is as complicated as her estate. And when an autopsy indicates she had two deadly toxins in her body when she died, Pat’s new case becomes not only complicated, but dangerous.
"My first day as a sleuth was more Stephanie Plum than Miss Marple." Jessica Huntington, an amateur sleuth with a shopping jones and a black AMEX card, finds out money can’t buy happiness, or save your neck. Her well-planned life in shambles, she’s hiding out near Palm Springs. When her best friend’s husband is murdered, Jessica and her friends are soon stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Maglis, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and what will they do to get it back?
Bridget Sway is newly dead. And confused. Instead of cloud cars and harp-playing cherubs, the afterlife is working a full-time job that doesn’t pay and a heinous communal living situation with housemates who have no concept of privacy or personal space. As if that wasn’t bad enough, on her first day at work Bridget finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker. With the afterlife police looking to pin the murder on Bridget, her new best friend and ex-PI, Sabrina, suggests they solve the murder themselves. But with a handsome parole officer watching her every move and the afterlife police dogging her every step, solving the murder is easier than it sounds. If you like sassy heroines who break all the rules, laugh out loud humour and whodunnits that keep you guessing until the very end, then tag along with Bridget Sway on her afterlife adventures.
Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso. But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job. Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn finds his missing virtuoso. Advance Praise: "Elegantly written and plotted, the reader will be hooked from page one." New York Times Bestselling Author, Emily Brightwell "Vivid historical descriptions, intricate details, and a fascinating central character kept me turning the pages. Bravo!" Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of the Elizabethan Mystery Series "Will enthrall music lovers and mystery lovers alike." Kate Kingsbury, author of the Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries "Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world with her debut novel, one which she clearly masters." Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated author of Delivering the Truth. "A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!" Midwest Book Review
The pastor's wife is missing! Is the escaped felon to blame? Whether living in a rectory, manse or parsonage, life married to a small town minister calls for faith, hope, and charity; plus heaping helpings of tact and the skin of a rhinoceros. New to this life in the small coastal town of Bannoch, Oregon, Naidenne Davidson turns for support to her fellow ministers’ wives of The First Ladies Club. The women share sympathy, friendship and tips on dealing with difficult church members, but when tall, shapely Naidenne catches the eye of an escaped killer, the Club goes beyond mere friendship. Step into the quaint parlor of the drafty Bannoch Community Fellowship parsonage, nibble a Snickerdoodle, sip your tea from a chipped china cup and share the adventure. Although some scenes may be too intense for the traditional cozy, rest assured, Gentle Reader, evil gets its just desserts and good will prevail.
Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon and his wife Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Cuba. On the drive home from the airport Mike gets a call informing him that the owner of Doggie Love Kennel, where they had boarded their dogs when they were in Cuba, has been murdered. To make matters worse, all of the dogs in the kennel, including Rebel and Lady, have been released and are running loose in the surrounding area. They immediately begin to search for their dogs as well as trying to determine who killed Mary Barnes. They have plenty of suspects to choose from: the druggie kennel employee; the owner of the award winning Yorkie that was impregnated while staying at the kennel; the disgruntled head of the Pit Bull Sanctuary who was instructed by the owner of the kennel to get his pit bulls off of the property within twenty-four hours; the impoverished woman whose property is next to the luxurious kennel and is jealous of the dogs being boarded there; the kennel manager; and her husband who has anger issues. Will Mike and Kelly find the killer before the killer comes after them? And what about the dog named Skyy? Is she cute enough to make Mike rethink his decision to only have two dogs? Can she worm her way into his heart?
All Lizzie wants for Valentine's Day is for her fiancé NOT to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Is that too much to ask? Lizzie Hart is finally living the dream. She's engaged to the love of her life, Blake Morgan, and more importantly, she hasn't even given a thought to dead bodies or murder investigations for an entire year. The only hurdle in Lizzie and Blake's way to wedded bliss is introducing their polar opposite families to each other at their engagement party. Blake's parents have thrown a lavish shindig, but the fun is quickly over when Blake's brother arrives with an unexpected guest, the woman who left Blake at the altar years ago. If that weren't enough drama for one evening, Lizzie and Blake find the town mayor dead and the detectives on the case put Blake at the top of their suspect list. It's a race against the clock for Lizzie and Blake to find the real killer before the police decide to lock Blake up and throw away the key.
From Book 1: Sometimes one phone call is all it takes...
Amber Reed is a newspaper admin assistant tasked with making up the horoscopes. Her imaginary predictions seem as close as she'll ever get to excitement. Until a desperate phone call plunges her into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation.
Battling to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer, Ambers fighting something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined - and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and special agent Charlie Huxton!
Has Ambers wish for more excitement in her life landed her in big trouble - or is her fate written in the stars?
If you enjoy reading fun and flirty intriguing mysteries then you'll love the Amber Reed Mystery series.
Download In The Stars today and join Amber as she tangles with flirtation, facing her fears and fighting the bad guys in this addictive and fun romantic mystery series...
In UNFINISHED BUSINESS AN ANGELA PANTHER NOVEL, #1 AMAZON bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson introduces her now trademark blend of witty dialog and hilarious banter in the first book of her paranormal cozy mystery series. Filled with romance and friendships reminiscent of Chick-Lit novels, Unfinished Business is a humorous and heartwarming adventure.
When Angela Panther's mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother's got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother's body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she's the one that's nuttier than a fruitcake?
But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home--crazy or not--Angela's grateful for her mother's presence. ...
Antique hunters Anne Hillstrom and CC Muller witness the tragic death of rising country star Dave Southwell. The police determine Southwell's death is an accident. CC has her doubts, so when they are commissioned by a friend of Southwell's to hunt down musical antiques, they head to Nashville looking for clues. Along the way, both women meet men who make them question their present boyfriends, but new love gets put on the back burner when their snooping makes them a target for an unknown killer. PICKIN’ MURDER is the second book in the Antique Hunter Mystery series.
A DEEP-SEATED FEAR GRIPS THE TOWN OF RIVERBEND When Beck Graham gets a call from her reclusive grandmother in Montana, she knows something's not right. Leaving her familiar city life behind, free-spirited Beck sets off for the family ranch, only to walk straight into a potential crime scene. What kind of mess has she gotten into now? RUMORS OF A VILLAINOUS BEAST Are the stories of savage murder true? Or is it just a small town superstition? As more clues come to light, Beck begins to wonder if the "beast" is bent on killing her too. Messages tucked into essential oil bottles only heighten the mystery. Where will the trail lead? Can she survive in the wilds of Montana? Maybe with the help of a handsome Navy SEAL . . . Some creepiness, some crime, and a charming protagonist. - Kirkus Review
Seven long stories by seven bestselling and award-winning authors. The perfect gift for readers who love good, clean, traditional mysteries.
After McQuede is jilted at the altar by his long-time girlfriend, Dawson convinces him that a relaxing river rafting trip is just what he needs to get over his heartache. Unknown to Dawson, McQuede has also come along to investigate the disappearance of a young man who has recently vanished from the lodge. Andy Norton may be perpetuating one of his notorious hoaxes or he may be in serious danger. Dawson also has a secret motive for the trip. He is searching for a rare Native American Sheepeater camp, a project that draws Loris and her boss and rival, Arden Reed, to the scene. Surrounded by colorful characters and intrigue, McQuede finds himself in a race to save valuable artifacts and to find out what happened to Andy.
DEAD IN PARADISE… A killer roams the island paradise of Key West and a lost treasure is up for grabs. The Hemingway cats, Megs and Bartholomew, think Liberty Anderson was a spy. Can Trouble rely on their ramblings to get to the facts? A dead body behind a locked door is no small feat but Trouble, the black cat detective, will steer Ginger and Trout to more than one truth in this romantic mystery. Imagine that if you were a cat, and not just any ordinary cat, but a sleek, black cat detective who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his ability to ferret out crime and solve murders, what would you sound like? Well, Benedict Cumberbatch, of course. Meet Trouble, super sleuth and cat of mystery.
AMAZON # 1 BESTSELLER IN HUMOR AND COZY MYSTERIES Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes. Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel's only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she's innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That's more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life--before dating becomes a dead end she can't escape.
When Hollywood A-listers swarm Bartell County for a celebrity funeral, Miss Lillian takes in a temporary houseguest. After all, Abby Ruth is away and her room is sitting empty. She'll never be the wiser. But after the charming visitor leaves, Abby Ruth's adored arsenal has also vamoosed. Lil, Maggie, and Sera are in one hot mess trying to find the guns before Abby Ruth gets back. And when Abby Ruth divulges a heartbreaking secret, her friends are more determined than ever to catch the culprit themselves. Only this time the gals have crossed the line into deeper, more dangerous territory than ever before. Will they recover Abby Ruth's guns, or will they find themselves buried in a heap of trouble?
Between These Walls tells the story of Alana, who thought renting out rooms in her grandparents' home was a good idea. Until she learns secrets about her new roommates. Secrets that lead her in a dangerous direction. One shell have to fight her way out of to survive.
In What I Deserved, a young woman finds herself torn after discovering her new boyfriend has a dangerous wife, one that wants nothing more than for him to have a fatal accident. When he proposes they work together to strike first, she has to decide if shes willing to follow him down the dark path hes set on traveling.
A brand new female vicar. An accident-prone nun. Two friends. Two killings. Annabelle and Mary are best friends. But when one gets framed for murder, can the other one save her? Assigned to St. Clement's Church in an inner-city borough just outside Hackney in London, Reverend Annabelle Dixon brings an enthusiasm and drive to her clerical position that baffles her mentor, Father John, but which soon gains her fans and admiration. Annabelle is not your typical vicar, but her strengths prove to serve her, and those around her, very well. When Annabelle plans to meet her longtime friend, Sister Mary, a Catholic nun visiting from West Africa, at a local café, little does she know that she will soon find herself embroiled in a mystery of deadly design. Their meeting place is awash with horror, with Sister Mary standing in the middle, shaking, her hand over her mouth and a dead woman at her feet. Armed only with a note, a disappearing dart, vague hints, and a love of cake, this quick-thinking, quick-footed holy woman must gather the clues, pacify a detective, and find the real perpetrator before both she and her friend wind up in jail. Part Sherlock, part Father Dowling, Annabelle is a new kind of detective – one who sees the truth in the most unlikely places. If you love solving puzzles, then this suspense-filled, endearing, cozy mystery is just for you. Enjoy following our amateur sleuth as she careers around London. It will have you guessing until the very end!
2016 Murder & Mayhem finalist. Anne Hillstrom is hunting antiques, a diet that works and her Great Aunt Sybil's killer. This book tells the story of Anne and CC, two estate sale bloggers and antique hunters, who get more than they bargain for when they discover a killer who is hunting the antique hunters. Written by award-winning Chicago Tribune writer Vicki Vass.
Semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist has had visions all of her life. But when her twin Nathan confirms that the body she saw in her vision draped over a vintage Mustang was his granddaughter, her world changes forever. During subsequent research for friend and investigator Keoni Hewitt, Natalie has another unsettling vision and moves to the Honolulu foothills apartments where Ariel died. With Keoni’s cautionary aid, she explores the premises and personalities of the complex. There she discovers the fascinating story of the 1920s Shanghai origins of the affluent Wong Sisters—owners of the apartments—and more than a little discord between Pearl Wong’s nephew and the handyman who owns the Mustang. Unfortunately, Natalie’s on-site sleuthing with her feline companion Miss Una produces few concrete leads. Just as she questions the purpose of her mission, she experiences another revealing vision. When she declares her certainty that the girl did not fall from the apartment’s lanai to Keoni, she is forced to reveal her ongoing visions. At Natalie’s invitation, Keoni joins Nathan and her for meetings with the coroner and the Honolulu police detective who was once his partner. Despite items missing from Ariel’s effects, a lack of physical evidence means that the open case is being examined as an accident, or even a suicide. But why would a young girl approaching the end of a successful college career kill herself while touring an apartment? Natalie is determined to solve the myst ...
One body and one witness. Lisa struggles to sleep at night after witnessing a car crash in her own backyard. And her problems only get worse when a coworker turns up dead. After being questioned by police, Lisa learns she's part of a murder investigation – a witness who might be able to piece together some unanswered questions. And someone wants her dead. The fight to stay out of harm's way becomes more and more difficult. Lisa searches for the killer's identity and keeps winding up at the local bakery. She starts to wonder if it's a coincidence or if she too is destined for a sticky fate.
Laurel Beacham made working solo a personal success story and is known for her nerve, instincts, and ability to do whatever necessary to return each priceless masterpiece safely intact. As the world’s leading art recovery expert, she’s thwarted more heists than the average law enforcement professional. Museums applaud her skills. Thieves admire the cunning way she operates. Her last job landed her the head position over the London branch of Beacham Foundation, but bringing one case to a close only opened a bigger one. More importantly, the new case inextricably ties her to Jack Hawkes, a man smart enough to be her equal but who keeps her trust meter firmly in the red zone. Trying to stop a rumored heist of the century, the pair leap headlong into a plot that gets more dangerous and illusive by the minute. The clock counts down as the bodies and forgeries stack up.
Molly May meets murder in this charming cozy mystery! Molly returns to Tulip, Mississippi with her pride battered after losing a prestigious job at a world-renowned bakery. When she inherits her aunt’s home and cat café, she’s instantly caught up into a small-town murder mystery. Aunt Rosemary led quite the life in sleepy Tulip, and it ended in a scandalous murder. Between her aunt’s nosy friends, the dapper, elderly Wilson who stays busy playing the ladies against each other, and the cats—oh my word, the cats—Molly’s dragged right into the middle of the mess. Coffee, Cupcakes or Cats…which is the culprit?
When real estate tycoon Bucky Bloom is found stuck to the end of a sailboat mast, a land war erupts in Pineapple Port! Charlotte is commissioned to solve Bucky’s murder, but soon finds herself embroiled in a competition masterminded by Declan’s crazy ex, the ever-nefarious Stephanie.
Wildlife-rehabbing witch Tabitha Tapscott’s life among the mortals of Dove’s Creek, Virginia is just the way she likes it—until she finds a body on her property. Though the mortals write the killing off as a wild animal attack, Tabitha’s convinced there’s foul play at work because the body reeks of malevolent magic. When a mysterious paranormal detective swoops in to investigate and pins the blame on an innocent griffin, Tabitha has no choice but to investigate the murder herself. But as she uncovers secrets that change the way she sees the town she loves, Tabitha realizes an innocent griffin isn’t her only concern—because all of Dove’s Creek is at risk. With help from her feathered familiars, can Tabitha clip the killer’s wings? Parakeets and Pentagrams is the first book starring Tabitha Tapscott, wildlife rehabber, witch, and amateur sleuth. Discover the secrets and mysteries of Dove's Creek with Tabitha and her feathered and furred friends in this debut novel from an enchanting new series!