CONNIE SHELTON SERIES:

Sweet Masterpiece - The First Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery

Sweet Masterpiece - The First Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

New from USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton! Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living. When she finds an unmarked grave, Sam calls the authorities. 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 mystery."Another winner!" The Book ReportUSA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton introduces her most delightful cozy mystery series yet—with a little romance, a little magic and a lot of chocolate! When she's not baking her delectable pastries Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living, and sometimes the things she discovers lead to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation with the good-looking Deputy Beau Cardwell. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed— it all adds up to a dynamic paranormal romantic mystery.Then, there is all that chocolate! Sam's real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets. She's gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep—jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible. Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true. Praise for Connie Shelton's previous mysteries: "Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review "Shelton, a major success for Intrigue, can only expand her fan base with this solid effort." -- Publisher's Weekly "Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist "Connie Shelton has another winner!" -- The Book Report“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
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Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Charlie Parker is a reluctant detective. As a partner in RJP Investigations, with her brother Ron, she really only intends to keep up the financial end of the business. He's supposed to be the investigator.But Stacy North, Charlie's former best friend, shows up and wants help in locating a missing watch, so Charlie agrees to help. When people start dying, Charlie knows she's in deep trouble.Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book TalkIn 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. 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.Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review"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"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review
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Sweet Magic

Sweet Magic

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

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!Samantha Sweet's life is a little crazy right now, beginning with her daughter's wedding, which coincides with Sam's receiving a huge new contract for her chocolate factory. The day after the wedding someone takes a shot at Sam and she discovers the bad guys are back. OSM's henchman, Marcus Fitch, who showed up in Taos once before, is more determined than ever to get his hands on the carved box that gives Sam her unusual powers. But as the sheriff's department investigates the shooting, it seems Fitch has an airtight alibi.Meanwhile, Sam's daughter is honeymooning in England where she and her new husband discover some interesting clues that connect to home. As Kelly learns of her mother's secrets, she is pulled into the world of the magical artifacts in...
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Escapes Can Be Murder

Escapes Can Be Murder

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." –Midwest Book ReviewCharlie and Drake are working a helicopter job in rural Maine when a man approaches and asks for their help. At first glance, it seems he's just an old man who needs to get to his son's remote cabin in the woods. But the cabin holds more secrets than Fergus McNab will admit, and it isn't until Charlie returns to Albuquerque that she discovers they may have just aided and abetted a criminal who has escaped the law back home.The secrets get twistier, the more she looks into the ten-year-old case where Rory McNab, facing a life in prison, seemed to vanish from the reach of the law. Just as Charlie is thinking she should report McNab's whereabouts, there's a murder that seems to rock the foundation of the old case. And Charlie is in handcuffs, caught in the middle.Praise for the Charlie Parker mysteries:"Charlie is just what readers want." –Booklist"Connie Shelton gets better...
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Movie Mogul Mama

Movie Mogul Mama

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Women are flocking to invest in film producer Robert Williams' latest project, and Gracie's mother is no exception. She has sunk her life savings into his latest movie investment scheme. Big returns were promised, along with the chance to hobnob with famous actors. Now, the money's gone, the bank is threatening foreclosure, and Mama has also taken on the responsibility of Gracie's younger sister and her two kids. Left homeless, the whole brood may be showing up at Gracie's door! As the Heist Ladies investigate, they learn the film's producer is a fake, a crooked, dirty rat, and the legal system is doing nothing to help. That's when they decide they're going to take him down! Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and the Heist Ladies: "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!" –...
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Competition Can Be Murder

Competition Can Be Murder

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

"Putting sunny, dry New Mexico behind them, Charlie Parker and her husband Drake Langston head off to Scotland to help out a dear friend. Brian Swinney is facing a family illness and must take an extended leave to London. Thinking they can couple a generous favor with a long vacation in Scotland, Charlie and Drake agree to fly Brian's aircraft on a lucrative contract shuttling men and equipment to the North Sea oil rigs. However, they are painfully unaware of the escalating battle between the competing helicopter and boat outfitters that service the rigs." "Taking up residence in a cottage on the grounds of historic Dunworthy Castle outside of Inverness, Charlie becomes acquainted with Robert and Sarah Dunbar, laird and lady of the castle. The stately couple appears to be just down-to-earth ranching folks, but Charlie soon learns that some of the locals have dissenting views about Mr. Dunbar's rulings in Parliament and curse his name." "Upon learning that Charlie is an experienced investigator, Robert Dunbar implores her to start looking for his two missing lambs. He feels some of his land tenants, those that curse him, are the culprits. Not knowing one lamb from another, and feeling somewhat silly, Charlie muddles along, unaware that she is slowly picking up clues for an imminent and far more serious missing persons case. The Dunbar's grandson, Richie, disappears, and deadly ransom notes begin to arrive." Meanwhile, with every trip out to the oil rig, Charlie and Drake feel the narrowed-eyed looks and disparaging remarks from the union workers are a bit more sinister in nature. A cold, uneasy feeling rises in their guts. It's quite possible that Charlie and Drake have been tagged to be the victim's of someone else's battle.
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Stardom Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mystery #12

Stardom Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mystery #12

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

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. But what will happen when the real star steps forward? Charlie knows that only her wits will save her from this band of desperate men. 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. “Shelton again has done a superb job.” –Albuquerque Journal “Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review “Connie Shelton has another winner.” –The Book Report
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Partnerships Can Be Murder

Partnerships Can Be Murder

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

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?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.Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, partner up to work on...
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Partnerships Can Kill: The Third Charlie Parker Mystery

Partnerships Can Kill: The Third Charlie Parker Mystery

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

Charlie returns from her Hawaiian vacation to discover that her brother Ron is in love. But the younger woman, Vicky, seems manipulative and full of secrets. Meanwhile, Charlie offers to help a friend whose business partner apparently committed suicide. But did he? The questions get tricky as Charlie starts to investigate financial fraud and finds her own life on the line.
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Obsessions Can Be Murder: The Tenth Charlie Parker Mystery

Obsessions Can Be Murder: The Tenth Charlie Parker Mystery

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

The town of Watson's Lake has a little unsolved mystery. Four years ago, a showplace home--beautiful and serene and tucked away in the mountains of New Mexico--blew sky high, due to an apparent gas leak. A young woman died. The owner disappeared. His gold-digging wife wants the insurance money, and his daughter wants to know what happened to her father. Charlie can't resist this kind of investigation... As she sifts through the clues, Charlie finds that the residents of the small lakeside town seem to know more than they're willing to say--including the sheriff. The more Charlie learns, the more mysterious the missing David Simmons becomes. Could David have intentionally abandoned his family, or is there a more sinister reason for his disappearance? "In this long-running but still too-little-known series, Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." -- BooklistFrom the AuthorObsessions gave me the chance to take another real situation and build it into a mystery story. Folks in my local area swear that I based this on an event where a large house exploded. Yes, but that's really as far as the similarities go. The only followup I ever heard about the real story was that the cause was determined to be a gas leak. Other than that, the entire story is fictional, including the name of the town where Charlie's story takes place.
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Diamonds Aren't Forever

Diamonds Aren't Forever

Connie Shelton

Mystery & Thrillers / Romance

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.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.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...
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