Cardinal Sin

Cardinal Sin

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms will need help from her fine-feathered friends when an uncommon bird sighting plunges her into a hornet's nest of black magic and murder most foul . . . Amy's enjoying a rare moment of relaxation when a customer shows up seeking her expertise in ID-ing an unusual bird she's seen flying around her wooded cabin at the edge of town. Ruby Lake, North Carolina, newcomer Yvonne Rice resembles an exotic bird herself—apparently the kind that doesn't fly. When she's found shot to death in her locked cabin, the only witness found is a statue of a voodoo deity staring down from the mantel. Does the rare yellow cardinal Yvonne spotted hold any clues to her demise? What about the Ouija board spelling out the words I am murdered? As Amy delves deeper into Yvonne's life and meets her strangely secretive neighbors, she's determined to stop a fowl-hearted murderer from migrating to a new killing ground . . .
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Beignets, Brides and Bodies

Beignets, Brides and Bodies

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

Café owner Maggie Miller's offer to help out the bridal shop owners next door leads to a case of cold-blooded murder in this light-hearted mystery. Settling into her new life running a coffee and beignet café in the small town of Table Rock, Arizona, Maggie Miller expects nothing but smooth sailing from here on. But she's blown way off course when Clive Rothschild, co-owner of The Hitching Post, the bridal shop next door, begs her for a favour. That favour leads to Clive and Maggie discovering a dead body buried beneath a wedding cake. And with the evidence stacking up against Clive and his partner, former professional skater Johnny Wolfe, it's up to Maggie to dig through the layers of deceit and hem in the real killer. But she may have to skirt the law to do it . . .
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The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

A red-bellied woodpecker may lead to a yellow-bellied killer . . .One morning when unwilling early bird Amy Simms grabs her binoculars for a closer look at the woodpecker who's been waking her up, she can't believe her eyes. Across Ruby Lake, through a curtain of rain, she sees a body being tossed out of an upstairs window at the old McKutcheon place.Or at least she thinks she does. The police chief finds no body—only a discarded dressmaker's dummy—and complains that Amy sent him on a wild-goose chase. She should probably focus on minding her store, Birds & Bees, but Amy can't help snooping. And when she turns up another body—a murdered member of her birdwatching group—Amy once again needs to wing it as a sleuth to zoom in on a killer . . .Praise for J.R. Ripley's Buried in Beignets"Those who like their mysteries relatively nonviolent and delivered with a smile will thoroughly enjoy this little gem."...
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Towhee Get Your Gun

Towhee Get Your Gun

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

When Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms volunteers to act in a local production of Annie, Get Your Gun, she finds herself upstaged by a killer waiting in the wings . . . Who's got time for birdwatching? Amy has enough to do running her shop, fighting attempts by the town planning commission to demolish her old Victorian house, and rescuing an injured towhee. Yet somehow she allows herself to get roped into performing in the Ruby Lake, North Carolina, community theater's new musical after some cast members get injured by mysterious mishaps. The production seems plagued by bad luck, but events turn tragic when a member of the company is found murdered in a locked dressing room. Trading in her binoculars for a magnifying glass, Amy steps into the role of amateur sleuth and soon discovers the victim ruffled a lot of feathers. With a flock of suspects, Amy will need to beat the bushes before the cagey killer takes flight. After all, the show must go on . ....
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To Kill a Hummingbird

To Kill a Hummingbird

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .Praise for J.R. Ripley's Beignets, Brides and...
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Buried in Beignets

Buried in Beignets

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

Maggie Miller's attempt to run from her troubles leads her to Table Rock, Arizona, her own beignet café . . . and disaster.Welcome to Table Rock, Arizona, the place where folks who aren't too keen on the 'mainstream' move to. Maggie Miller has come here to forget about her dead husband. OK, so he isn't really dead. That's just what she tells everybody. Recently divorced, Maggie flees Phoenix and the sight of her husband and his new wife and moves to Table Rock to be closer to her own family. She's also planning on opening her own beignet and coffee business, Maggie's Beignet Café.But that dead guy in her storeroom might just put a kink in her plans. Unless she can figure out who killed him, and why, she might never open for business . . .
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A Birder's Guide to Murder

A Birder's Guide to Murder

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

A flying visit to the City of Brotherly Love takes a murderous turn for Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees. Amy and her bird-loving crew are ducking out of Ruby Lake, North Carolina to attend the annual American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. The event will generate publicity for Birds & Bees, though assistant manager Esther is strangely reluctant to attend. Before she's even set up their booth, Amy manages to insult JJ Fuller, famed bird photographer and the expo's guest of honor. An inauspicious beginning, made worse when JJ is found dead as a dodo, his head caved in by a pair of binoculars. The police suspect Esther is mixed up in murder, and her mysterious past starts coming to light. Amy isn't sure what to believe. JJ boasted that he would be the first to locate a near-extinct woodpecker. Did a rival decide to beat him—literally—to the punch? With a ZombieFest convention taking place in the exhibit hall next door, there's all kinds of...
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How the Finch Stole Christmas

How the Finch Stole Christmas

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the only things on Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms's wish list are peace, quiet, and birding beside her beau. But in small town Ruby Lake, 'tis the season to solve murders . . .Before Amy can get into the holiday spirit, she meets Franklin Finch—the cocky new owner of Christmas House Village, one of the most beloved attractions in town. Locals have been squawking over his decision to sack veteran staff members for cheaper help. And when Finch blows off a business deal with Amy, it confirms that he's the biggest scrooge around. Still, she's stunned the night his dead body is found swinging in the attic of a festive Victorian . . .Clashing against Chief Kennedy once again, Amy sets off to prove that Finch was murdered. But while her investigation quickly reveals a gaggle of disgruntled ex-Christmas House Village employees and unusual clues, Amy must move with caution as she focuses in on the seedy killer . ....
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Die, Die Birdie

Die, Die Birdie

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn't exactly been a breeze. But could a deadlydiscovery clip her wings for good? It's just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn't help that Amy's best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . . Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy's delving into the victim's ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!
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Beignets and Broomsticks

Beignets and Broomsticks

J. R. Ripley

J. R. Ripley

During the traditional Halloween festivities, one of Maggie Miller's customers comes to a sticky end in this entertaining cozy mystery. It's Halloween, and café owner Maggie Miller's special pumpkin spice beignet promotion is proving popular. But the evening ends in disaster when Maggie discovers the body of one of her regular customers, strangled to death with an expensive cashmere scarf.The late Nancy Alverson had tended to keep herself to herself – but what secrets was she hiding? And why had she been studying books on witchcraft?Of one thing Maggie is certain, it was no witch who killed Nancy. But has someone taken advantage of the spookiest night of the year to commit a brutal murder . . .?
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