Interview with Connie Shelton

When did you first start writing?
Writing was something I always enjoyed in school but as far as serious writing with a career in mind, I didn't really start on that until I was in my thirties. I began with no knowledge of the process other than what I'd read in a how-to book on writing romances. I'm not sure what I was thinking....I really didn't read a lot of romances at that point, but I knew that I wanted to write.

I began with a family saga that ultimately ran over 500 pages long. I entered the first three chapters in a contest and took third place. That, I think, is what gave me the confidence to keep writing. I did a second book, another saga of nearly 400 pages (it would take me awhile to figure out that family sagas were about fifteen years out of date at that point!). Neither of those first two books were ever published, but that's okay. Looking back on the quality of my writing that that point---it's really a relief that they never made it to print. Anyhow, while those manuscripts were making the rounds of NY I turned to my first love in reading....mysteries.

I attended a lot of writers conferences in those days, meeting some of the big names in mystery like Tony Hillerman, Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton. I began to see that writing is a learned craft that takes a lot of practice, not something that most people can dash off quickly and hope for publishing recognition.
Tell us a little about your path to publication.
I finished two mysteries and noticed that my rejection letters were getting more complimentary. I ran into the same things that so many writers today are saying. Editors would say, "I love the characters, but--" or "The writing is really good, but--" There were always too few slots and too many manuscripts under consideration at any given time.

After I'd been at the game for nearly ten years (I did a LOT of writing during this time, really practicing and honing my craft) I decided to take a big risk. These were the days of print-only publishing and a time when self-published was a dirty word. I made the leap and invested a lot of my savings and started my own publishing company. I guess you could say that I was indie when indie wasn't cool (to paraphrase the country song). Pretending it really wasn't me at the helm, I published a few of my own books in hardcover, picked up other authors, and built the press into a thriving little house, one that gained the approval of some fairly stodgy organizations (no names shall be mentioned) and we garnered good reviews in nearly all the prestige publications, such as Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal.

We got enough attention that about six years into the venture I got an offer and sold out to a larger company. Suddenly, I was being traditionally published---hardcover, paperback, book club deals, audio and movie rights. While I missed working with my authors, I was very appreciative of the additional time to write my own books.

A few more years went by, and then things began to slip. My editor and publicist moved on and no one seemed to be taking over their jobs. I had a manuscript ready to go but no indication of when I might see it published. It was deja vu all over again, except this time I had fans of my mystery series who were repeatedly asking me when my next book would be out. When a series of shakeups occurred at the publishing house I requested and received my rights back on my older titles. At last I owned my whole series and could do anything I wanted. This was 2009 and you can guess the rest of the story. Amazon initiated its Kindle Direct program . . . Smashwords came along. Suddenly, indie actually was cool!

I immediately republished all my backlist, along with the new manuscript-in-waiting. I started a second series, sales were picking up and now whenever a fan asked about my next book I had an answer for them. From ten books that were barely scratching out enough for lunch money, I've gone to twenty-two titles and am approaching sales of a million books total. Mostly, I'm making a decent living at what I love to do. Every time I get a letter from a fan, my gratitude meter pings---I feel very, very lucky.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from fans of my two mystery series and knowing that I'm making someone happy through my efforts. It means everything to me!
What are you working on next?
The next couple of months will be busy for me. The 15th title in my Charlie Parker series will be out this fall, in time for the holidays (the story is set at Christmas time, in Albuquerque). Meanwhile, this week I am starting the first draft of my 8th Samantha Sweet mystery. That one should be ready by January or February.

Outlines are already written for the next Charlie and the next Sam, and then I hope to find the time to start on a five-book series that I've had outlined for quite awhile. Once I start on those, I'd like to write the five books in fairly quick succession, since the plots will tie very closely together. We'll see how quickly I can get all this done!
Where do you get your ideas? And do you ever have writer's block?
Ah, this is a popular one! I find ideas everywhere---sometimes it's a chance comment by someone nearby (yes, I'll admit that I'm prone to eavesdropping in restaurants and airports); sometimes I hear a news story that I can't let go of; oftentimes I just play "what-if" and bounce ideas around until something resonates.

Writer's block? Not really. I'll occasionally find myself stumped for the resolution to a certain scene or a plot problem, but usually taking a brisk walk or getting a good night's sleep will clear the cobwebs and get me started again.

One thing I never do is to sit around waiting for inspiration. I am either writing, promoting or publishing almost every day of the year. Once I start a book, I stay at my desk until I've met my number-of-pages goal for the day, usually 5-6 hours a day, six days a week. That first draft may not be excellent writing, but it's a starting point that can always be reworked during the editing phase. Many professional writers gave me good advice over the years, and this was part of it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
No problem there! In my two ongoing series, my characters have things to do and places to go. I have to be there to get it all written down!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Despite everything I've said so far, I'm not a complete workaholic--- I really do have a great home life. My husband and I take a two-mile walk every morning and then often go out for breakfast and have long discussions where we solve all the world's problems. We travel (more locations for those stories!) and we have a cutie-pie dog that we adore. I also love painting, craft projects, cooking and baking, and getting together with friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Probably the same way everyone else does---I track new releases by my favorite authors, but I also do a lot of impulse buys and have found some new favorite authors that way. I subscribe to the Kindle Daily Deal and follow recommendations on Goodreads, Amazon and the other bookselling sites. I've also been known to pick up my Kindle or iPad in the middle of a TV or radio show and grab the book by the author who is being interviewed, if the subject interests me. My biggest problem is the old "so many books, so little time" . . . I have enough unread books (not to mention the favorites I'd like to go back and reread) to get me well into retirement!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Assuming that we're talking about the first 'real' book, with chapters and no pictures . . . I don't remember the title or much about the plot, but I vividly remember that I was seven years old at the time and my immediate reaction was to beg my mother to take me back to the library so I could get another one. There has never been a time, for the rest of my life, that I haven't been reading a book. All this reading is surely a big factor in why I so much wanted to become a writer.
What do you read for pleasure?
While I'm plotting or writing the first draft of a mystery, I try to avoid reading other mysteries. I don't want to be influenced or inadvertently pick up someone's idea. During those times, I'll read literary fiction, historical fiction, suspense, thrillers, whatever is on the best-seller lists. Favorite authors are Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Steve Brewer, Diana Gabaldon ---there really are too many to name. In the non-fiction arena I'll read books on economics or investing, spirituality, how-to's on writing technique (yes, I believe we can always learn something!), psychology, legal advice. Again, too many to really get specific---I'm all over the board.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is . . . incredible . . . when it comes to the amount of support they give authors. All the information is there and so well organized---and working with them gives any of us the unprecedented opportunity to get our work out to a huge number of readers. As I mentioned earlier, I've gone the traditional route and the hardcover-print version of self-publishing. Both can be difficult and frustrating (not to mention the three garages full of books I had on hand at one point, just to fulfill Ingram and Baker & Taylor orders!). E-book publishing is SO much better, and I can now devote my time to writing great stories and staying engaged with my readers!

My hat is off to Mark for coming up with the amazing software that enables all this, and if I thought I had my hands full dealing with eight authors, I can't imagine how you cope with all 60,000 of us now---huge kudos!!!
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Weddings Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 16. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,490. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
It's Ron Parker's wedding day but when his sister Charlie stops by to pick up the bride, the house is in disarray and the bride is missing. Ron's dilemma--a terrible argument with his fiancee the night before and no alibi. It gets worse when the media jumps on the story and the police treat Ron as a suspect. Charlie has her hands full solving this one. "Charlie is just what readers want." Booklist
Sweets Forgotten: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When a woman walks into Samantha Sweet’s pastry shop, claiming to have amnesia, it’s a puzzle that seems unrelated to Sam’s new commission for a fantastic one-of-a-kind order of chocolates, although "Jane Doe" seems to know a lot about chocolate. Sam calls Sheriff Beau and the clues get tricky before this dynamic pair figure out the solution. "I'm addicted to this series!" --5 star online review
The Woodcarver's Secret: Complement to the bestselling Samantha Sweet mystery series
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 112,660. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » General
For John Carver, a 12th century Celtic woodworker, life is a struggle. Then one summer day, as he walks past a near-dead alder tree, lightning strikes. Carver recovers and takes the usable pieces of the tree to his workshop. From the shards 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.
Legends Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 15. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,900. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Charlie and Drake take a job with Gold Trail Adventures in Skagway, Alaska, flying visitors by helicopter to remote cabin sites to try the outdoor lifestyle and look for gold. Before long, one guest finds a set of bones in an old mine, remains that date back decades. Swamped with present-day cases, the police chief tells Charlie she is free to investigate, but someone is determined to stop her.
Sweet Somethings: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,930. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Two things are on Samantha Sweet’s mind this summer—organizing a chocolate festival and finding information on the mystical carved wooden box that came into her life two years ago. At last, she believes she has located the person who can give the answers. But death comes to the festival and as new facts come to light, Sam's own life is in danger. Here is book #9 in this bestselling mystery series!
Sweet Payback: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,130. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Revenge is often a cold dish, but in the tiny northern New Mexico town of Sembramos emotions are running decidedly hot. When two men 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 and tempers flare. Samantha Sweet and Sheriff Beau Cardwell get right in the thick of it, with three deaths to solve.
Buried Secrets Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 14. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,420. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Investigator Charlie Parker and family are ready for a quiet Christmas at home but along comes a new case which made national headlines. Five years earlier, Tali Donovan was acquitted of killing her two children and then she vanished. Now, at the anniversary of the children’s disappearance, their father wants answers, knowing he will not find peace until he knows what really happened.
Sweets, Begorra: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,630. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In this seventh book in Connie Shelton’s bestselling mystery series, Samantha Sweet learns that an Irish great-uncle left her an inheritance. Will the gift be something lavish and wonderful, or is there no pot of gold for Sam? Meanwhile a local charter boat is found adrift near the rocky Irish coast, its occupants missing, and Sam and Beau find themselves on the trail of another mystery.
Sweets Galore: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Samantha and Beau are ready for their autumn wedding. Dealing with the family may turn out to be the least of Sam’s problems when an unwelcome visitor walks into her 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 it. Can Sam convince him that the answer is ‘no’ or will he sabotage the plans for her wedding?
Partnerships Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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.
Bitter Sweet: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,440. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
It’s the wedding season at Sweet’s Sweets and Sam scrambles to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Her side job—breaking into houses—isn’t allowing much time off either. Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set their wedding date. When two older women suddenly die and Sam and Beau begin to investigate, they suddenly realize Beau's mother may have been a victim too.
Phantoms Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 13. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,170. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
An enigmatic letter from her namesake aunt, a trip to England, and Charlie is 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 and Charlie finds herself drawn into an investigation of crimes that are far too real.
Sweet Hearts: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00)
Samantha Sweet is planning her wedding to Beau Cardwell, coping with record Valentine sales at her bakery, and she takes on a new mystery when a dying woman begs Sam to find her missing son before it's too late. And if life weren't complicated enough, an ex-girlfriend of Beau's shows up to announce that she plans to win him back. Midwest Book Review: "Connie Shelton gets better with every book."
Sweet Holidays: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,230. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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. 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.
Stardom Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 12. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,830. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00)
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.
Sweet's Sweets: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,580. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00)
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. "Connie Shelton has another winner." The Book Report
Sweet Masterpiece - The First Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 59,450. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(4.67)
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 Report
Gossip Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 11. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,380. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.50)
Charlie is invited to a plush Santa Fe spa by her friend Linda Casper. The massages and spa treatments sound great, until she realizes that there is something darker going on at the mountain resort. Meanwhile, Drake has his own concerns as an expert witness in a helicopter crash case. The two cases overlap and dangers abound, from all sides. "Charlie is just what readers want."--Booklist
Obsessions Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,740. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Charlie & Drake just want a getaway, a weekend in a lakeside cabin. But within hours Charlie has found a new mystery. A showplace home near the small town of Watson's Lake blew sky high a few years ago, a woman died, and the home's owner went missing. The case was never solved and Charlie discovers a complex web of deceit. "Another delicious read for the beach." –The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C
Balloons Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,720. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
It's time for the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Charlie is hired to protect a lady balloonist who will attempt a world altitude record on the final Sunday of the Fiesta. Rachael Fairfield has been receiving threats and believes they came from her father, a man she sent to prison 15 years earlier. But Charlie isn't so sure and the investigation gets tricky. "Another winner!" The Book Report
Competition Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,460. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Charlie and Drake are off to Scotland to fly a helicopter contract at the offshore oil rigs in the North Sea, where they find that the helicopter operators are embroiled in an ongoing battle with boat owners. Meanwhile, at the castle where they are staying, Charlie finds herself helping the lord of the manor when his grandson is kidnapped. "Tension is fast paced..." --Midwest Book Review
Reunions Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,040. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Western
Charlie isn't thrilled when a forceful female attorney comes into the office demanding that RJP Investigations locate her missing father in time for an upcoming family reunion. Willie McBride had told people that he was going prospecting for gold in the mountains of southern New Mexico, and now Charlie suspects foul play. She's determined to find him, dead or alive. "A good bet!" –Booklist
Honeymoons Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,680. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Charlie and Drake get a dream honeymoon--three months in a secluded mountain cabin near the famous Taos Ski Valley, while their home in Albuquerque is under construction. Drake will operate his helicopter for skiers and Charlie finds herself drawn into a case that combines the Taos art world, stolen religious artifacts, and murder. "a delightfully complex mystery." Romantic Times, (4-stars)
Holidays Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Christmas Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,550. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
It's a New Mexico Christmas. The lights are strung, the luminarias are set along the sidewalks. A hint of snow is in the air and goodies are abundant. Charlie's mother-in-law is coming for a visit, and the preparations are nearly done. But when murder comes to the neighborhood, Charlie's holiday plans suddenly take a turn for the dark. Bonus: Two New Mexico holiday recipes included!
Memories Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,650. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(3.00)
Cleaning the attic Charlie comes across a small cryptic notebook that belonged to her late father, a top scientist at Sandia National Labs during the Cold War years. She never remembered much about that time, but now the questions are coming at her like crazy. When she learns that the plane crash that killed him was no accident she has to find out more. "The best of the series" Midwest Book Review
Small Towns Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,590. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Charlie and Sally Bertrand visit Sally’s hometown of Valle Escondido, New Mexico. An unexplained series of miscarriages among the local women has the recently-pregnant Sally worried. She asks Charlie to look into the death of one of them. Meanwhile, Drake Langston is back, wanting a commitment from Charlie. But she isn't sure she is ready. NPR called it "A good story and a challenging puzzle."
Vacations Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,430. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(4.50)
Off to Kauai for a much-needed vacation, Charlie takes a helicopter tour with a gorgeous and fascinating pilot, Drake Langston. But partway through the tour they spot a body lying on the rocks below. When Drake's boss, Mack, is accused of murdering the victim, Charlie finds herself with another mystery to solve. Romance is in the air, too, as Charlie and Drake work together to find the answers.
Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 62,770. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.30)
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.