Connie Shelton

1 Sweet Masterpiece: The First Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Paranormal 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2010-08-27
Description :  New series from bestselling author Connie Shelton!<br /><br />Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living. When she finds an unmarked grave, Sam calls the authorities and feels an immediate spark when she meets Beau Cardwell, the deputy who responds to the call. A small mural in the abandoned house provides clues--add a fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that gives Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed and it's a dynamic paranormal romantic mystery.<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton's previous novels:<br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her colorful, vivid description….Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue in another installment.” –Albuquerque Journal

2 Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2009-10-31
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:<br /><br />"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist<br /><br />"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk<br /><br />In this debut nearly-cozy mystery series book, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, retrieve the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.<br /><br />Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.<br /><br />Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.<br /><br />Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:<br />"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views<br /><br />"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News<br /><br />"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

3 Sweet's Sweets: The Second Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2011-01-09
Description :  Samantha Sweet is realizing her dream of opening her pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets. But she still has the obligations of her other job, breaking into houses. When a blood-soaked garment shows up among the discards at one of Samantha's properties, and when a friend makes a shocking confession, Sam finds herself in the midst of a complex mystery.<br /><br />"Connie Shelton has another winner." The Book Report

4 Sweet Holidays: The Third Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2011-10-16
Description :  "Connie Shelton has another winner." --The Book Report<br /><br />"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life." -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --Midwest Book Review<br /><br />In this third installment in the Samantha Sweet mystery series it's Christmas and a chocolatier shows up at Sweet's Sweets, offering to create a special line of hand-dipped chocolates for Sam's customers. He says he will work for no pay, just to prove himself. But she learns that he has connections to the wooden box that seems to give Sam her mystical powers, and discovers that certain evil people will do just about anything to take it away from her.<br /><br />With the same combination of mystery, romance and the paranormal as the other books in this series, Sweet Holidays brings a bit of magic to the season.

5 Sweet Hearts: The Fourth Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-01-21
Description :  Praise for Connie Shelton's previous novels:<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life." --Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist<br /><br />Will there be Valentine wedding bells for Samantha Sweet and Beau Cardwell? (introduced in this mystery series opener Sweet Masterpiece) Sam's pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets is busier than ever this Valentine week, as she struggles to replicate the magical chocolate-making techniques of the enigmatic chocolatier who boosted her winter holiday sales into the stratosphere.<br /><br />However, candy classes take second place to a new mystery, when Sam meets a woman whose missing son's case seems to have been dropped by the authorities. Marla Fresques learns that she is dying and needs for her son to come home and raise the daughter he left behind. Sam agrees to help, hoping that Sheriff Beau's inside connections will bring about a quick and happy resolution.<br /><br />But what about Sam's and Beau's own wedding plans? They may be in jeopardy when an entirely new development appears in the form of Beau's ex-girlfriend who is determined to win him back.<br /><br />****<br /><br />Connie Shelton is the #1 bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mystery series and the Samantha Sweet mysteries, both set in her home state, New Mexico.<br /><br />She has also taught writing courses and workshops and is the creator of the Novel in a Weekend writing course.

6 Bitter Sweet: The Fifth Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-09-05
Description :  Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous mysteries:“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” —The Midwest Book Review“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.”—Albuquerque Journal“Shelton can only expand her fan base with this solid effort.” —Publisher’s Weekly“Connie Shelton has another winner!” –The Book ReportIn this fifth installment in the Samantha Sweet mystery series, it’s the height of the wedding season at Sweet’s Sweets and Sam has all she can do to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Plus, her side job—breaking into houses—isn’t allowing much summer time off either. Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set their wedding date. When Sam encounters two older women who then die suddenly, it appears that there may be a serial killer on the loose. Sam and Beau are shocked to consider that Beau’s own mother may have been an earlier victim of someone who operates by preying on the women’s trusting natures. As they begin to investigate, a number of suspects emerge and it looks like someone is out to keep Sam quiet.Connie Shelton is the author of the bestselling Charlie Parker mysteries and the Samantha Sweet mystery series. She has taught writing—both fiction and nonfiction—and is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend™ writing course. She lives in northern New Mexico.

7 Sweets, Begorra: The Seventh Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2013-07-12
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton's previous mysteries:<br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Once again Connie Shelton has given “us readers” another great book. Both of Connie’s series are a must read.” —online reviewer, 5 stars<br /><br />"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist<br /><br />In this seventh book in Connie Shelton’s bestselling mystery series, Samantha Sweet learns that an Irish great-uncle left her an inheritance, so she and Beau change their honeymoon plans and go to the Emerald Isle. Will the gift be something lavish and wonderful, or is there no pot of gold waiting for Sam?<br /><br />Meanwhile, before Sam fully has the answers to her questions, a new mystery presents itself when a local charter boat is found adrift near the rocky Irish coast, its occupants missing. The family of the captain wants answers and when it looks like a group of Americans might be implicated, the Galway homicide detective in charge of the case enlists Beau’s help. With all the extra excitement, the honeymooners begin to wonder if they will ever find some romantic time alone.<br /><br />"Love this new series. Can't wait for the next!" --5 stars, Smashwords<br /><br />About the author:<br />Connie Shelton is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charlie Parker mysteries and the Samantha Sweet mystery series, along with several award-winning short stories and essays, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She has taught writing—both fiction and nonfiction—and is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend™ writing course. She and her husband and two dogs live in northern New Mexico.

8 Sweets Galore: The Sixth Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2013-03-14
Description :  Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous mysteries:<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” —The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships.” – Booklist<br /><br />“Fans of Southwestern mysteries will find that Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice.” – Library Journal<br /><br />Samantha Sweet and Beau Cardwell are getting ready for their September wedding, with the whole Sweet clan about to show up for the celebration. Dealing with her mother may turn out to be the least of Sam’s problems when an unwelcome visitor walks into her pastry shop—Sam’s old heart-throb, the charmer, Jake Calendar. Jake wants money for a Hollywood get-rich-quick scheme and he wants Sam to finance the deal. Can Sam convince him that the answer is ‘no’ or will he sabotage the plans for her wedding?

9 Vacations Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-01
Description :  Second installment in this USA Today bestselling author's cozy mystery series. Charlotte "Charlie" Parker's last case (Deadly Gamble) left her tired and emotionally drained. She books a vacation trip to the beautiful garden island of Kauai. In her own words, "Vacations mean different thing to different people. There's the planning, the packing, the anticipation. Then there's the late arrival, the sunburn, the fuzzy pictures. In my case, add a romance with a good-looking pilot and fourteen stitches in the back of my skull."<br /><br />So starts her vacation. Her first day on the island, Charlie takes a helicopter tour and partway around the shoreline she and the pilot, Drake Langston, spot a dead body lying on the rocks below. When Drake's friend and employer is accused of the murder he implores Charlie to help find the real killer.<br /><br />Although Charlie misses home and her usual sleuthing sidekick dog, she finds herself romantically intrigued with Drake and wondering what will happen between them once she leaves the island.<br /><br />"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk<br /><br />"....a promising series." -- Booklist<br /><br />"A good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal<br /><br />"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account." --Bookwatch

10 Sweet Payback: The Eighth Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-02-14
Description :  "Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes."--The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />New, in the #1 bestselling Samantha Sweet mystery series--Sweet Payback!<br /><br />Revenge is often a cold dish, but in the tiny northern New Mexico town of Sembramos emotions are running decidedly hot. When Lee Rodarte and Jessie Starkey, convicted of murdering a local girl, are released from prison after serving only a few years, their convictions overturned, the town’s old pain rises to the surface and tempers flare. Samantha Sweet has her hands full with Easter at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets, while her husband, Taos County Sheriff Beau Cardwell, is charged with keeping order among the two hundred residents of Sembramos. Topping it off, as part of her sideline job, Sam is assigned another house to break into and must drive to the huge abandoned mansion daily, right through the small war zone where payback seems to be on everyone’s mind.<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous mysteries:<br />“Shelton, a major success for Intrigue, can only expand her fan base with this solid effort.” —Publisher’s Weekly<br /><br />“Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships.” —Booklist<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal

11 Sweet Somethings: The Ninth Samantha Sweet Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-07-14
Description :  Praise for Connie Shelton's novels:<br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” —The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />Two things are weighing on Samantha Sweet’s mind this summer—organizing the Sweet Somethings chocolate festival and tracking down information on the mystical carved wooden box that came into her life nearly two years ago, changing her forever. At last, she believes she has located the person who can give the answers.<br /><br />The festival is behind schedule, committee members are at each others’ throats, competitors are after the big prize money and hungry crowds will soon be gathering at the gates. A slew of conflicting personalities are going at each other, and Sam is holding her breath, certain that this will not turn out well. When someone does indeed turn up dead, the trick is to find out who among the many parties committed the dirty deed.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Sheriff Beau has his own set of problems trying to keep order at an encampment of free-spirited hippies who have moved into the area, so Sam is mostly on her own to keep the festival on track and find a killer. And the magic box? What Sam learns is that its powers are greater than she ever imagined, its history much more convoluted.

12 Sweets Forgotten: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2015-08-09
Description :  When a woman walks into Samantha Sweet’s pastry shop, claiming to have amnesia, it’s a puzzle that seems to have nothing to do with Sam’s new commission for a fantastic one-of-a-kind order of chocolates, although "Jane Doe" seems to know a lot about that. Sam calls Sheriff Beau to solve the mystery of who this stranger is and where she belongs.<br /><br />But Beau’s attention is occupied by other things: nearly his entire force is out sick with some kind of flu bug, and now a murder far from Taos requires his full attention.<br /><br />Nothing is fitting together, until suddenly it does. “Jane’s” forgotten memories become vitally important as Beau and Sam work to piece the puzzle together in this latest installment in Shelton’s internationally bestselling series.<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”—The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“I’m addicted to this series!” --Mollie D. Williams, 5 star review online<br /><br />“Great series. Holds your interest and leaves you wanting more.” --Paula Kroencke, 5 stars,<br /><br />* * *<br />USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton is the author of two bestselling mystery series featuring Charlie Parker and Samantha Sweet. She's known for a light touch when it comes to sex and violence in her stories, but is much more lavish with food and chocolate. She and her husband and two dogs live in northern New Mexico. Visit her website at connieshelton.com

13 Partnerships Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-10-06
Description :  USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton brings the third installment in her popular pet-sleuthing mystery series. Charlie Parker returns from her Hawaiian vacation to find her older brother Ron involved with a much younger woman. The more Charlie sees of cute Vicky, the more she realizes how deceitful Ron’s new love is. Is it simply a case of male mid-life crisis, or is there something more devious going on?<br /><br />Meanwhile, Charlie doesn’t have much time to ponder Ron’s problems. Her friend Sharon Ortega is a partner in a restaurant business with David Ruiz. When David turns up dead, an apparent suicide, Sharon comes to Charlie for help. Sharon’s problem is a double-edged sword. If he did kill himself, David’s life insurance won’t pay and Sharon will probably lose the restaurant because she can’t afford to hire a replacement. But if he didn’t kill himself, then it was murder, and Sharon could very well find herself a suspect.<br /><br />Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, partner up to work on the case, a move that ultimately puts them both in danger.<br /><br />“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job.” -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com

14 Honeymoons Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton:<br />"Charlie is...just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist<br /><br />"Tension is fast paced..." -- Bookwatch<br /><br />"A well written by-the-book who done it that will enthrall purists." --Midwest Book Review<br /><br />It's Christmas and Charlie and Drake are finally able to go on their dream honeymoon. It's a mixed blessing--they get to spend three months at the famed Taos Ski Valley, but Drake will be working, shuttling skiers with his helicopter. When Drake's assistant, Eloy Romero, is accused of killing his own brother, a Catholic priest, Charlie offers to help sort out the clues.<br /><br />Drawn into the art world for which Taos is known, Charlie and her sidekick dog Rusty begin to uncover connections between the murdered priest and the theft of millions of dollars in religious artifacts. As the pieces click into place, she finds that she, Rusty and Drake are placing their lives on the line.<br /><br />Here is what others have said:<br /><br />"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her colorful, vivid description... Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue." -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

15 Memories Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton:<br /><br />“This novel offers memorable details . . . and an edgy, paranoid atmosphere.” –Booklist<br /><br />“Connie Shelton has another winner.” –The Book Report<br /><br />“Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with.” –Mystery News<br /><br />“The best of the series. Memories Can Be Murder demonstrates Connie Shelton’s talent as the audience will find a night with Charlie is an exciting evening.” –Harriet Klausner, online reviewer<br /><br />While stowing boxes away in her attic in preparation for her fiancé’s move-in, Albuquerque CPA Charlie Parker uncovers chilling information about her father — and his work as a scientist during the Cold War years. Worse, she now suspects the fatal plane crash that killed both her parents was murder, and that her father's employer squashed the investigation.<br /><br />Determined to solve the fifteen-year-old crime, Charlie quickly learns that asking questions is dangerous. Soon, dead ends — and dead bodies — have her worried she's next on the hit list. But what secret is worth killing for after all this time? And who is worried enough to go to murderous lengths to keep the door to the truth closed? The shocking answers are tied inexorably with the past — and present — and just might cost Charlie her future.<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />* * *<br /><br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

16 Small Towns Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  "Another delicious read for the beach!" -- The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />Tucked into the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico are the hidden towns, little enclaves of history and tradition--and secrets.<br /><br />It is to one of these towns, Valle Escondido, that Charlie and her office assistant Sally Bertrand go for a July 4 weekend getaway. But almost immediately after their arrival they receive upsetting news and suddenly Charlie has a new mystery to solve.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Drake Langston, the handsome helicopter pilot that Charlie met in Hawaii (Vacations Can Be Murder) is still in her life. He's coming to New Mexico for a visit, with the idea that he might convince her to move to Hawaii rather than continuing a long-distance relationship.<br /><br />The plots intertwine and Charlie finds herself sifting through the clues to discover the hideous secrets harbored in Valle Escondido, while she wrestles with the decisions about her personal life as well.<br /><br />Here is what others have said:<br />"A good story and a challenging puzzle." -- Robert O. Greer for National Public Radio<br /><br />. . . and for the earlier books in this series from USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton....<br /><br />"Good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal<br /><br />"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth!" -- Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account" -- Bookwatch<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

17 Reunions Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton's previous mystery books:<br /><br />"Charlie is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." --Booklist<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"...Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." --Library Journal<br /><br />Charlie gets her newest case (the seventh in this bestselling mystery series) when an ill-tempered female attorney hires her to find the family's missing patriarch in time for an upcoming family reunion. The elderly man took off two months earlier to do some gold prospecting in the hills of southern New Mexico. Charlie agrees to ask around but privately she thinks the old man probably just left town to avoid his irritating daughter<br /><br />However, when she visits the almost-ghost town of White Oaks, Charlie comes upon a body that could be the missing Willie McBride. The mystery deepens and Charlie finds herself hiking Arizona's Superstition Mountains in search of the truth. What she finds leaves her facing a huge moral dilemma and there is no one to ask for advice.<br /><br />Editorial Reviews:<br />"A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read." Southwest Book Views<br /><br />"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk<br /><br />"...a female sleuth with an original slant to her methods." -Small Press Magazine<br /><br />"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." --Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"A good story and a challenging puzzle." --Robert O. Greer, National Public Radio<br /><br />"Down to earth and very readable." -Library Journal<br /><br />"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account." --Midwest Book Review<br /><br />Author bio:<br /><br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

18 Competition Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-03
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries:<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Charlie is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool. Just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." --Booklist<br /><br />Charlie and Drake are spending a few months in Scotland, fulfilling a helicopter contract for a friend. Flying over the frigid North Sea is dangerous enough, but they soon learn that there is an ongoing feud between the helicopter operators in the area and the union-run boat operators. Charlie and Drake find themselves right in the midst of the battle.<br /><br />The upside of the assignment is that they are experiencing life on a Scottish estate, living in a rented cottage on the elegant grounds of historic Dunworthy Castle. The resident lord and lady of the manor have problems of their own--several valuable lambs from their flock have gone missing and Robert Dunbar wants Charlie to investigate. And then there is the Dunbar's grandson, Richie, who is visiting with two friends. When Richie is kidnapped and the ransom demands begin, Charlie tries to convince the Dunbars to call the police but they resist. Before she knows it, Charlie finds herself pulled into the vortex of that dark mystery.<br /><br />Editorial comments about the Charlie Parker mysteries:<br /><br />"...will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

19 Balloons Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-03
Description :  "Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton puts her own real-life experience as a balloonist to work in this, the ninth Charlie Parker mystery.<br /><br />Three days before the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, balloon pilot Rachael Fairfield walks into the offices of RJP Investigations. She has received threatening notes, which she believes came from her father, a convicted felon whom she sent to prison fifteen years earlier. To complicate matters, her brother has initiated a huge publicity campaign for the world altitude record Rachael plans to attempt on the final Sunday of the Fiesta.<br /><br />It seems simple enough. Charlie and Ron will locate William Fairfield and keep him away from Rachael for the duration of the Fiesta. But as they follow leads on William Fairfield, the threats escalate and Ron and Charlie start to wonder whether he's really the stalker. Amid the color and beauty of the world's largest ballooning event, Charlie also finds herself at odds with her husband and reassessing her life's priorities. Only when she nearly loses her own life do the answers begin to fall into place.<br /><br />Reviews for the Charlie Parker mystery series:<br /><br />"...Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal<br /><br />"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk<br /><br />"Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue...." -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton spent 16 years in the world of hot air ballooning, where she set national and international women’s high altitude records for size AX-4 balloons. Today, she is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

20 Gossip Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2010-05-26
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries:<br /><br />“Fans of Southwestern mysteries will find that Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice.” – Library Journal<br /><br />"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool." -- Booklist<br /><br />Charlie is invited to a plush Santa Fe spa, a week-long spiritual/nutrition retreat with her friend Dr. Linda Casper. The massages and spa treatments sound great, until she realizes that there is something darker going on at the mountain resort.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Drake has his own set of concerns. He's been asked to testify as an expert witness in a helicopter crash case and it's causing him more anxiety than any feat of flying ever did.<br /><br />It seems that they are each on their own but their two cases overlap and dangers abound, from all sides.<br /><br />"Charlie is just what readers want." -- Booklist<br /><br />"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Readers can only hope the likeable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue." -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"A fun and fast read." -- Small Press Magazine<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries in two series. The first is the Charlie Parker series featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Parker as an accountant who reluctantly tends to get involved in cases that come into the private investigation firm she owns with her brother, Ron. Connie's second series features Samantha Sweet, a Taos baker with a magical touch, who also breaks into houses for a living.<br /><br />In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

21 Buried Secrets Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mystery #14

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2013-11-12
Description :  Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries:<br /><br />“Charlie is just what readers want in an amateur sleuth.” –Booklist<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job of bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />It’s Christmas in Albuquerque; Charlie and her family are ready for a quiet holiday at home. But right away, her hopes for that scenario fade when Charlie’s brother and PI business partner, Ron, brings in two new cases, one of which made national headlines.<br /><br />Five years earlier, in a tide of media attention and despite public sentiment against her, Tali Donovan was acquitted of killing her two children and then she disappeared from the radar. Now, at the anniversary of the children’s disappearance, their father wants answers. Charlie realizes that the distraught man will not find peace until he knows what really happened. RJP Investigations digs up more than past history as Charlie and Ron work to find the answers.<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />*******<br /><br />Connie Shelton is the author of more than two dozen books in the Charlie Parker mystery series and her new Samantha Sweet mystery series. She has also won several non-fiction writing awards and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in New Mexico with their two dogs.

22 Obsessions Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-11-03
Description :  "Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist<br /><br />Charlie, Drake and their dog Rusty want a little time away from it all. A cozy cabin, good books, a little fishing at the lake. It's what Charlie needs to relax and enjoy herself.<br /><br />But the town of Watson's Lake, New Mexico, has a little unsolved mystery. Four years ago a showplace home--tucked away in the mountains above the lake--blew sky high. A young woman died. The owner of the home disappeared the same day.<br /><br />His gold-digging wife wants the insurance money; his daughter wants him to come home. And Charlie can't resist investigating. As she sorts out the clues she finds that the citizens of this little mountain town--including the sheriff--have loads of secrets. The missing homeowner's life is an intricate puzzle and Charlie is determined to piece it together.<br /><br />Here is what others have said about USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton and her books:<br /><br />“Shelton can only expand her fan base with this solid effort.” –-Publishers Weekly,<br /><br />“Charlie Parker is getting rather good at her vocation, as Connie Shelton is proving to be an adept practitioner of hers.” –New Mexico Book Talk,<br /><br />"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

23 Sticky Sweet: A Sweet's Sweets Bakery Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2018-06-09
Description :  It’s here -- USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton’s newest Samantha Sweet cozy mystery. With nearly 2 million books sold and downloaded in more than 60 countries, find out what the fuss is all about!<br /><br />Breaking into another house, creating chocolates worth $200 a box, and helping her sheriff husband solve a traffic accident-turned-murder … Samantha Sweet has her hands more than a little full as the new year begins.<br /><br />“Love Connie Shelton’s work. She usually has me at the first word.”—5 stars, Terry Brown<br /><br />It's the beginning of a new year at Sweet's Sweets pastry shop and chocolate factory, and Samantha Sweet finds herself busy as ever, especially when her top client comes in with a new idea. His travel firm is selling a new Travel the World itinerary for the jet-set, and Sam is to come up with special chocolates to make the spectacular trip even more memorable for his wealthy clientele. At $200 a box, she can't exactly say no. Things get a little sticky when a friend calls with a problem, which involves Sam going back to her old job (temporarily, at least) of breaking into houses. How she manages to juggle it all ... well, it just might involve a little magic.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Beau answers the call to a traffic fatality that turns way more complex when he realizes he has a murder to solve. The couple's paths cross less frequently than they would like, but as luck would have it, Sam ends up providing some of the critical clues in Beau's case and the answers come as a surprise to both of them.<br /><br />“I get started reading and find myself not wanting to stop”—5 stars, Amazon review<br /><br />“I love this series. This is one that is hard to put down when you start to read it.”—5 stars, Goodreads<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”—The Midwest Book Review

24 Stardom Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2011-04-21
Description :  USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton brings her most edge-of-seat Charlie Parker mystery to date. It’s a terrible case of mistaken identity when a gang of bank robbers think that Charlie is a famous movie star. Disappointed with their take from the bank, they decide that a hefty ransom will be their ticket to riches. Charlie is terrified to think will happen when the real star steps forward and reveals their error. She knows that only her wits will save her from this band of desperate men.<br /><br />Meanwhile, in a race against the clock, Charlie's husband Drake is working with the FBI and local authorities to get Charlie back before her captors realize their mistake.<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton's previous books:<br /><br />"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job.” –Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries in two series. The first is the Charlie Parker series featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Parker as an accountant who reluctantly tends to get involved in cases that come into the private investigation firm she owns with her brother, Ron. Connie's second series features Samantha Sweet, a Taos baker with a magical touch, who also breaks into houses for a living.<br /><br />In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

25 Phantoms Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-05-18
Description :  It’s almost Halloween when Albuquerque accountant Charlie Parker receives an enigmatic letter from her namesake aunt she has never met. Charlie is off on a quick trip to England, and soon she’s seeing ghosts in the medieval Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds. But it isn’t only slightly-eccentric Aunt Louisa’s beliefs in the occult or her spooky “haunted sites” tours that pique Charlie’s interest. Something sinister is brewing in this quaint village and Charlie finds herself drawn into an investigation of crimes that are far too real.<br /><br />Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton and her Charlie Parker mysteries:<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Charlie is just what readers want in an amateur sleuth.” –Booklist<br /><br />"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review<br /><br />"Shelton again has done a superb job." -- Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." -- Booklist<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries in two series. The first is the Charlie Parker series featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Parker as an accountant who reluctantly tends to get involved in cases that come into the private investigation firm she owns with her brother, Ron. Connie's second series features Samantha Sweet, a Taos baker with a magical touch, who also breaks into houses for a living.<br /><br />In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

26 Spooky Sweet: Samantha Sweet Mysteries, Book 11

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2016-10-09
Description :  Now that Samantha Sweet has a contract to provide her special handmade chocolates for the wealthy jet-set clients of Book It Travel, Sweet’s Sweets bakery is taking on a whole new dimension. Only problem, Sam isn’t ready. It’s almost Halloween, her pastry shop is bursting at the seams and she needs extra employees but there is no place to put them.<br /><br />Right before the witching day, she comes upon a large Victorian house she can adapt for the business, and it seems her problem is solved. But is it? The mysterious, spooky noises at night are way more than the normal creaks and groans of an old building. Something else is going on and Sam suspects it may be related to her husband’s newest case, investigating where an abandoned duffle bag crammed full of cash came from. Beau is dealing with a greedy reward-seeker, a robbery with no leads, and a waif who appears and vanishes. Sam’s mystery has her watching for ghosts and working almost around the clock. Is she relying on magic?—well, occasionally.<br /><br />* * * * *<br />Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and her mystery books:<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”—The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Just reading about Samantha Sweet and friends at her pastry shop will leave you drooling in anticipation of delicious treats.” Joanne K, 5-star review (Spellbound Sweets in Midnight Mysteries)<br /><br />“The teamwork between Samantha and Beau was a main draw as well as attention to detail, down to the last frosted cookie.” – Janine Thiemann, 5 stars (Spellbound Sweets in Midnight Mysteries)

27 The Woodcarver's Secret: Complement to the Bestselling Samantha Sweet Mystery Series

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2015-03-15
Description :  Connie Shelton’s bestselling Samantha Sweet mystery series begins when Samantha is given an ancient carved wooden box from a woman reputed to be a bruja, a witch. Immersed in the series, readers have wondered: Where did the box come from? When did it become magical? How does Samantha receive its powers?<br /><br />The history of the box begins on a summer day in 13th century Ireland when a simple Celtic woodworker takes a walk past a near-dead alder tree. Lightning strikes. With the shattered tree lying all around him, John Carver pulls himself up and decides to make the best of it—he takes the usable pieces to his workshop. From the shards of that dead tree John creates three boxes. Then the unexplained happens—shortly after handling one of them, John’s touch brings his young son back from the brink of death.<br /><br />When the second box demonstrates an opposite tendency, toward the dark side, Carver is terrified that witch-hunters will learn of the boxes and their mystical powers. Eager to rid himself of the artifacts and desperate for money, he sells the three boxes. As they are taken by three very different buyers—a common Englishman, a worldly merchant and a bishop—John feels a foreboding about the future.<br /><br />From the 13th century, the boxes travel the world, eventually drawing the attention of two rival organizations, each with very different motives and methods for gaining what they want. Reminiscent of The Red Violin in scope, this historical novel follows the three boxes to the 21st century and confrontation between the two factions.<br /><br />The Woodcarver’s Secret is the prequel and companion novel to Connie Shelton’s Samantha Sweet paranormal cozy mystery series. The Midwest Book Review says: “Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”<br /><br />Praise for Connie’s previous books:<br />“... delightfully complex mystery.” —Romantic Times<br /><br />“... always a good read...” —Southwest Book Views<br /><br />“…transcends the series and becomes a remarkable book in its own right.” –MossRose, 5 star review<br /><br />“I’m addicted to this series!” --Mollie W. 5 star review<br /><br />“Great series. Holds your interest and leaves you wanting more.” --Paula K. 5 stars<br /><br />* * *<br />About the Author:<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including two international bestselling mystery series. She has also written several award-winning essays and was a contributor to Chicken Soup For the Writer’s Soul. She and her husband live in New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at connieshelton.com

28 Spellbound Sweets: A Samantha Sweet Halloween Novella

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2017-10-09
Description :  It’s Halloween, one of the busiest seasons of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. After baking a zillion pumpkin cookies, ghostly cupcakes, and an all-black cake for a young witch’s wedding, the gang is looking forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookshop. But when one of the guests is murdered and a rare book vanishes—practically in front of their eyes—the evening takes a whole different turn and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.<br /><br />BONUS: Includes 10 recipes from the author’s personal collection.<br /><br />“This was my first time reading Connie Shelton, but it will not be the last. I love her writing style and love her main character, Samantha Sweet, whose series I will be buying. This was a real whodunit in the classic sense, with actors, a bakery, an antique book store, and witches to enliven the story.”— Riverlizzie, 5 stars online<br /><br />“Connie Shelton’s Spellbound Sweets novella is delightful. Just reading about Samantha Sweet and friends at her pastry shop will leave you drooling in anticipation of delicious treats.... makes me crave another book in this series.” –Joanne K, 5 stars<br /><br />"Spellbound Sweets"- Delectable yet witchy storyline that never wavered from the bakery aroma for too long! The teamwork between Samantha and Beau was a main draw as well as attention to detail, down to the last frosted cookie.” – Janine Thiemann, 5 stars

29 Diamonds Aren't Forever: Heist Ladies, Book 1

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2017-08-14
Description :  A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled police investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures.<br /><br />Penelope Fitzpatrick wasn’t born to wealth. Her grandfather fed the family by selling his small stash of gemstones smuggled from tsarist Russia when the monarchy fell. Now, Pen has done well for herself as a successful novelist. But when the final jewel in her family legacy becomes the target of a cunning band of thieves, and the priceless piece is stolen, the police have many excuses why they can’t solve the crime. Not one to accept defeat, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace.<br /><br />It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.<br /><br />Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jana DeLeon will love this daring and spunky group of women friends in their first mystery caper.<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous novels:<br />“Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue …” –Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Down to earth and very readable.” –Library Journal<br /><br />“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review

30 Alibis Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mysteries, Book 17

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2017-06-05
Description :  Here’s what others are saying:<br />“... suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships.” –Booklist<br />“Shelton’s engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice.” – Library Journal<br /><br />The weather turns to spring, and Charlie faces a pair of puzzles. Against Charlie’s better judgment Ron, her PI partner, takes a cheating-spouse case that turns into a comedy of errors involving a star football player and his wife’s petty vengeance. Meanwhile, Charlie’s neighbor Elsa has a bad feeling about a family up the street. Is it a case of the neighborhood busybody having too much time on her hands, or is there truly something sinister happening with twin teen girls who’ve been left with too much money and not enough supervision? Charlie finds herself remembering what her own teen years were like as she tries to decipher what the twins are up to.<br /><br />Praise for the Charlie Parker series:<br /><br />“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist<br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”--The Midwest Book Review

31 The Trophy Wife Exchange: Heist Ladies, Book 2

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2018-01-15
Description :  Sandy Werner’s longtime client walks into Desert Trust Bank, clearly down on her luck. Sandy is shocked to find Mary Holbrook’s once-hefty account is down to less than $200. Mary worked alongside her husband for years to build a successful business, but when she wasn’t looking, all their money vanished and Clint found himself a cute new wife. Abandoned, Mary might be homeless but she certainly isn’t helpless. She teams up with Sandy and her friends who call themselves the Heist Ladies. It’s their mission to see justice done, and Clint Holbrook is the perfect guy to do it to.<br /><br />The ladies discover a huge shell game and track the deceitful ex to the other side of the world, determined to win back Mary’s financial security as well as her self-esteem. But Clint Holbrook has even more ominous problems involving Chinese mobsters, and he’s willing to take drastic measures to avoid being caught. Will the women catch up with him, or will his deadlier foes get him first?<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton’s Heist Ladies series:<br />“What I loved most is the international flair of this story … I gave this a 5-star because of the grab, the clutch, the pace, and most of all, because of the characters. Great job!” –Amazon review<br /><br />“The Heist Ladies series is going to be off the charts! Thank you Connie Shelton for such an awesome book.” – 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer<br /><br />“Wonderful characters, terrific plot and story line. I highly recommend Diamonds Aren't Forever … can hardly wait for the next installment!” –5-stars, Amazon review<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review (on the Charlie Parker mysteries)

32 Weddings Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2016-02-09
Description :  Charlie Parker's brother, Ron, is ready for the happiest day of his life when he will marry long-time girlfriend Victoria Morgan. Charlie will be matron of honor, her husband Drake the best man. But when Charlie stops by the bride's house to pick her up for the ceremony, the place is in disarray and Victoria is missing. And Ron has no proof of where he was the night before, after he and his fiancée had a terrible argument. Was the fight nothing more than pre-wedding jitters, as Ron claims? Or did the unthinkable happen? Things go from bad to worse when the media jumps on the story and the police treat Ron as a suspect.<br /><br />However, as usual, the answers are not quite so simple. Charlie has her hands full sorting out clues from the distant past, learning things about Victoria none of them knew.<br /><br />Praise for Connie Shelton’s Charlie Parker mystery series:<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” --The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist<br /><br />“Shelton has done a superb job bringing New Mexico to life.” --Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review<br /><br />* * *<br />Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries in two series. The first is the Charlie Parker series featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Parker as an accountant who reluctantly tends to get involved in cases that come into the private investigation firm she owns with her brother, Ron. Connie's second series features Samantha Sweet, a Taos baker with a magical touch, who also breaks into houses for a living.<br /><br />In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

33 Legends Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mystery #15

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-11-15
Description :  USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton takes her readers on a wild trip, in distance and in time, in the fifteenth installment in her original series.<br /><br />Charlie Parker and her husband Drake Langston accept a job with Gold Trail Adventures in Skagway, Alaska, flying visitors by helicopter to remote cabin sites to experience the outdoor lifestyle and seek their fortunes. It isn’t long before one of the guests finds a set of bones in an old mine, remains that date back decades. His hands full with present-day cases, police chief Sam Branson tells Charlie and her new reporter friend, Mina Gengler, that they are free to investigate.<br /><br />A second body is found, bringing up a lot of questions. Charlie gets a peek into the lives and times of Gold Rush-era Alaskans when she discovers a box of old letters written by one of the stampeders and begins to wonder if it's possible that the two bodies are connected. And, ominously, it seems that someone in Skagway today doesn’t want the women to dig for the truth.<br /><br />“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist<br /><br />“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review

34 Holidays Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Christmas Mystery

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  From USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton a light, charming holiday mystery novella, complete with lots of special Southwestern Christmas traditions. Bonus: two of the recipes featured in the story.<br /><br />It's a New Mexico Christmas. The lights are strung, the luminarias are set along the sidewalks. Treats are abundant and Charlie Parker is getting ready for her mother-in-law's holiday visit. But there is trouble in the neighborhood and when death shows up--right next door--Charlie's bright, festive plans suddenly take a turn for the dark. Get in the spirit with this holiday novella.<br /><br />"A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read." --Southwest Book Views<br /><br />"Connie Shelton does a fantastic job of interweaving various New Mexico locales and cultures into the plot so that the state feels like the land of enchantment." Harriet Klausner, online reviewer<br /><br />* * *<br /><br />Connie Shelton grew up with fond memories of New Mexico Christmas traditions. When she was asked by her editor to write this novella-length Charlie Parker story, she found a way to weave those traditions (and a few fictional ones) into a new whodunit mystery. She and her husband live in northern New Mexico with their two dogs.

35 Gift Wrapped For Murder: Four Holiday Mysteries in One Neatly Boxed Set

Author : Connie Shelton
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2014-11-12
Description :  Come visit New Mexico at Christmas! Four books by USA Today and international bestselling author Connie Shelton. Featuring the characters from both of her popular cozy mystery series, each of these stories features a holiday setting that is sure to whet your appetite for the season!<br /><br />“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her<br />colorful, vivid description…” –Albuquerque Journal<br /><br />“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />Sweet Holidays<br />This book is third in the Samantha Sweet mystery series which features a fifty-something woman who breaks into houses for a living. Her sideline business—baking delectable cakes and goodies—has now blossomed into a full-time pastry shop and Sam is about to experience her first Christmas season as entrepreneur, which she juggles with the commitments of her previous job and a budding romance with Beau Cardwell, the county sheriff.<br /><br />Honeymoons Can Be Murder<br />This book is sixth in the Charlie Parker mystery series, in which Charlotte “Charlie” Parker finds herself drawn somewhat against her better judgment into the cases that come into her family private investigation firm. This time, Charlie and her husband Drake—newlyweds—have been given the chance for an extended Christmas-season honeymoon at a cozy cabin in the snowy mountains near Taos, New Mexico. While the fireplace burns brightly indoors, a new mystery presents itself and Charlie becomes wrapped up in a puzzle involving false murder accusations, stolen artifacts, and someone whose actions mean to leave Charlie to die in the cold.<br /><br />Buried Secrets Can Be Murder<br />Charlie Parker is hoping for a holiday season without drama but that just isn’t going to happen. Her office assistant’s baby is due any moment, her brother is engaged to a woman Charlie is only now beginning to know, and her social calendar is becoming incredibly full. When she and Drake are invited to a Christmas soiree at a showplace historic home, she’s eager to go. But before she can fully settle in and enjoy the season, a disturbing case comes through the door at RJP Investigations and Charlie can’t turn away the distraught man whose life was ripped apart by the disappearance of his children several years earlier. She has to do everything in her power to make his family holiday a happy one, even if the effort might very well destroy her own.<br /><br />Holidays Can Be Murder<br />This Christmas novella brings together all that we love about the holidays—special foods, plenty of sweets, and visiting mothers-in-law. Charlie is about to host Drake’s mother for the week and isn’t at all sure how that will work out. They make ready for the visit with all the extras that make a New Mexico Christmas so special—setting out luminarias, hanging the outdoor lights, putting up the tree, making green chile stew and hoping for snow. It should be perfect. It would be perfect, except for the murder that happens right in their neighborhood. (Includes two bonus New Mexico holiday recipes.)



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