Leslie Langtry is the USA Today bestselling author of the Greatest Hits Mysteries, The Adulterer's Unofficial Guide to Family Vacations, and several books she hasn't finished yet, because she's very lazy. Leslie loves puppies and cake (but she will not share her cake with puppies) and lives with her family and assorted animals in the Midwest.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something unique and making people laugh. If I can take people out of their lives for a few hours and help them forget their problems – that is the best feeling in the world.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Argh! There are sooooo many! Here’s five, but there are many, many more:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie because it’s a fantastic puzzle.
The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury because he made me think outside the box.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll because sometimes you just have to think 6 impossible things before breakfast.
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell because it’s a sweeping saga and it broke my heart.
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley because it’s bizarre and makes me laugh.
There's trouble in paradise...
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It's not Christmas in Who's There, Iowa without a severely mandatory holiday lights policy! Merry Wrath's Girl Scout troop shows up on her doorstep with a box of lights and an ultimatum. Unfortunately, as Merry's begrudgingly working on the display, she finds a dead man tangled in her lights. Can Merry find the killer and get her display back on track before the lights go out on Christmas?
What’s scarier than ex-CIA agent Merry Wrath’s pint-sized Girl Scout troop? How about the spookiest Halloween haunted house ever? But when a man is found murdered by "zombies" inside the girls' attraction, it's suddenly up to Merry to find the killer and save Halloween... before the horrors aim their haunting at her!
It's just another weekend camping trip for ex-CIA agent Merry Wrath and her precocious Girl Scout troop. But when a creepy camp caretaker is found inconveniently dead behind the rifle range and a violent storm comes out of nowhere, Merry and the troop are stranded with a killer! Can Merry unmask the murderer before she and the girls get burned?
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Ex-CIA agent turned Girl Scout Leader Merry Wrath is wary when her troop signs themselves up for a LARP (Live Action Role Playing Game). But what starts out as a game suddenly becomes very real when Steve the Sorcerer is murdered! Between epic battles, eccentric suspects, and a cranky local detective who’s really close to retirement, can Merry find a real killer among the role players?
Merry Wrath has been out of the spy biz so long that she's sure the CIA has forgotten all about her... until an assassin shows up with a contract to terminate her! It has to be an elaborate prank. Or so Merry thinks, until she learns that the contract also went out to a slew of suspicious bad guys. And when those would-be killers start showing up as bodies, Merry needs to find answers... and fast!
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of fabulously funny Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girl Scout troop leader, including: Mardi Gras Murder (book #22), Munchies and Murder (book #23), and Memories are Murder (#24)
Community theater comes to Merry Wrath's small town when two actors arrive from off-off-off Broadway (…Street in Peoria) with their stage pig, Iago, to put on a production of Derek the Sparkly Unicorn Ninja. But when one of the thespians takes Method Acting a bit too far and ends up dead on stage, Merry has to work fast to find a killer before the curtain falls on another victim!
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three hilariously over-the-top Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girl Scout troop leader, including: Mosquito Bite Murder (book #19), Manga and Murder (book #20), Mayor for Murder (book #21)
When someone from ex-CIA agent Merry Wrath's past surfaces just as a dead body turns up in her garage, she can't chalk it up to mere coincidence. Is Teo the Tapir framing Merry for murder? And can Merry keep her taxidermist sisters-in-law, her troop of unruly Girl Scouts, and fifty-one frantic hamsters in check long enough to discover the truth? Or are some memories too deadly to hold onto?
When Merry Wrath finds the body of her cranky conspiracy-theorist neighbor, she's suddenly caught up in a murder case. One where an innocent man is accused, wild theories and cryptic cryptozoologists abound, and a thirty-year old cold case may hold the key. Merry has to move fast to unravel this tangled web of lies to find the truth before the truth itself becomes another victim.
When ex-CIA agent Merry Wrath takes her scout troop to Louisiana for Mardi Gras, nothing goes as planned. Stories of a local half-gator/half-man, a ritual at a voodoo queen’s grave, and a tea room filled with taxidermy are just the start. But Southern hospitality gives way to suspicion when two people are murdered! Now Merry has to find the killer quickly, before Fat Tuesday becomes Fatal Tuesday!
Merry Wrath, can't believe it's finally here—the Who’s There, Iowa mayoral showdown between the dull and clueless Mayor Van Meter, and Merry's uber-ambitious eleven-year old Girl Scout Ava. But when the mayor goes missing and a dead body turns up, can Merry get to the truth and find the mayor before the election…or will she be leading future Scout meetings in juvie?
Murder at a comic book convention has ex-CIA agent turned suburban Girl Scout troop leader Merry Wrath in over her head. Especially when an innocent man is accused of the killing, and her scout troop is on the case and out of control. Can Merry move quickly to clear her friend's name and rein in her troop before it's too late?
When former CIA turned Girl Scout troop leader Merry Wrath takes a group of six girls camping in the woods, she can't imagine what could go wrong. Enter an abandoned scout camp, a dangerous spy, a shallow grave, hostile senior citizen hermits, and a 200lb snapping turtle! Can Merry figure out who is behind the strange occurrences before the camping trip ends up with a body count?
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three hilarious Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girls Scout troop leader, including: Mad Money Murder, Mind-Bending Murder, Mascots Are Murder
For Merry Wrath her 10 year high school reunion brings more than just spiked punch, when the loathed Class President threatens to reveal dangerous secrets, half the class starts hallucinating, and they all find themselves locked into the gym by a murderous ninja janitor. Merry has to move fast to make sure there are enough classmates left for a 15 year reunion!
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three side-splitting Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girls Scout troop leader, including: Maltese Vulture Murder – book #13, Musket Ball Murder – book #14, Macho Man Murder – book #15
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three laugh-out-loud Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girls Scout troop leader, including: Mystery Night Murder – book #10, Meerkats and Murder– book #11, Make Believe Murder – book #12
Former CIA agent and current suburbanite Merry Wrath knows she’s having a bad day when she wakes up wearing someone else's clothes in a locked room with a dead body. It doesn’t help matters any when the police burst in and arrest her on the spot for the murder of a man she’s never heard of. Can Merry solve this locked room mystery before she ends up locked in a cell?
When Merry Wrath inherits an urn of cremains, the ex-CIA agent turned Scout Leader also inherits a mystery: “If you’ve received this, it means that I need you to find out who murdered me.” With her best friend and five mischievous little Girl Scouts, Merry takes a trip across the state to her aunt's hometown for answers. But can she get them before a killer silences her questions…for good?
Girl Scout Troop leader Merry Wrath's former life as a CIA agent comes back to haunt her, when a Chechen strong man show up in her suburban front yard. Now Merry finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery that could spell danger to those closest to her, and she has to walk a fine line between doing the right thing for the wrong people, or the wrong thing for the right people.
When Merry Wrath's Girl Scout Troop participated in a Civil War reenactment based on the little-known Battle of Idiot Creek, Merry expected trouble... but she didn't expect to find a real human leg in the pretend medical tent! Only when the leg disappears, the sheriff doesn't believe her, and the CIA gets involved, it's up to Merry to prove that there was a murder before the reenactment ends
Merry Wrath, former CIA turned Girls Scout troop leader, is over the moon when her wacky taxidermist sisters-in-law present her with a stuffed King Vulture named Nellie Lou. But while the bird is beautiful, the deceased vulture has a secret past that leads to unanticipated trouble—ranging from a bad LSD trip to actually tripping over a dead body in Merry's garage!
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry come two hilarious short holiday mysteries about the Bombay Family, including: Four Killing Birds (short story) and Have Your Self a Deadly Little Christmas (short story).
Merry Wrath is surprised when her old friend, Hilly—a quirky CIA assassin—shows up at her door for a "vacation" in Iowa. But things get even stranger when Merry’s arch-nemesis, Lana, is sighted and a Chinese operative ends up murdered in her backyard! Merry wonders if her friend really is on vacation, or if she's after another target? Is it Lana? Was it the Chinese operative? Or is it Merry Wrath?
Take killer vacation in the deadliest little resort in paradise, Aloha Lagoon! This boxed set contains the first 5 full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors, including: Ukulele Murder, Murder on the Aloha Express, Deadly Wipeout, Deadly Bubbles in the Wine, Mele Kalikimaka Murder
Spend your next vacation at the most killer Hawaiian resort, Aloha Lagoon! This boxed set contains 5 full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors, including: Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6), Ukulele Deadly (book #7), Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8), Death of the Kona Man (book #9), Lethal Tide (book #10)
When a masked gunman breaks into agent turned Girl Scout Troop leader, Merry Wrath's home, things aren't looking good. But they look even worse when that same gunman later turns up murdered! From a cosplaying teenaged zookeeper to a possible plot by the Russians, Merry struggles to keep her troop together and catch a killer...before the killer catches Merry first!
What was supposed to be a fun weekend of pretend murder for Girl Scout Troop leader Merry Wrath, becomes something much more sinister when she finds herself on a secluded island in the middle of a Lake...where the guest are being killed off one by one! Is it Mrs. Gable in the Conservatory with a noose? Mr. Blunt in the Ballroom with a lead pipe? Merry must uncover the truth before she's next!
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three hilarious Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girls Scout troop leader, including: Map Skills Murder – book #7, Mean Girl Murder – book #8, Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
When an elderly florist is murdered in the first pew of a church the day before Merry Wrath's wedding, this ex-CIA turned Girl Scout Troop leader is in big trouble. Which only gets worse when the groom, Rex, vanishes into thin air. Creepy messages, puzzle-like clues, and a the wedding looming...will Merry find her groom in time for a happily ever after?
The Halloween Parade is coming up, and former CIA agent-turned-suburbanite Merry Wrath’s Girl Scout Troop hopes to repeat a 1st place trophy for the 3rd year in a row. But when they find a dead woman dressed as a witch, a mysterious treasure, and face a ruthless kidnapping, it looks like Merry’s in for a different kind of triple threat.
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three laugh-out-loud mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels in the bestselling Merry Wrath Mysteries series, including: Movie Night Murder, Mud Run Murder, Motto for Murder
When ex-CIA Agent turned Girl Scout troop leader, Merry Wrath digs up a treasure map in her yard, she's sure it leads to a century-old murder and a secret missing treasure. But unfortunately, the investigation of this cold case yields a modern day murder! Are these crimes connected? And more importantly—who has an axe to grind with Merry Wrath?
Ex-CIA Agent turned Girl Scout troop leader, Merry Wrath, is busy planning a wedding... until she witnesses a midnight murder next door. Or does she? Plagued by insomnia, she's not sure what she saw. But when strange incidents of arson start popping up all over Who’s There, Iowa and a mysterious woman vanishes, Merry begins to believe her neighbors are foreign spies and vows to find out.
Ex-CIA Agent turned small town Girl Scout leader, Merry Wrath, thinks she has her hands full getting her troop ready for the Mud Run out at scout camp. But when she realizes some at the Agency thinks she's leaked classified intel, Merry is suddenly dodging bullets as she tried to clear her name...making it a Mud Run for her life!
There's trouble in paradise... deadly trouble! From the Hawaiian resort town of Aloha Lagoon comes a boxed set of the first three, full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series! This set includes the following novels by USA Today bestselling authors: Ukulele Murder, Murder on the Aloha Express, and Deadly Wipeout
Ukulele player Nani Johnson is just starting to put the past behind her and settle in on Kauai. Unfortunately her island life proves anything but relaxing when a dead man is found in her backyard. Can Nani stay out of jail long enough to unmask the real killer…or will the police pin it all on her?
Merry Wrath has seen dangers galore in her former job as a CIA field agent. But nothing has prepared her for this—an overnight Mommy and Me lock-in with her Girl Scout troop, complete with movies, dodgeball, four cats, a baby…and a dead body.
From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three hilariously fun mysteries! This boxed set includes the first three, full length novels in the bestselling Merry Wrath Mysteries series, including: Merit Badge Murder (book #1), Mint Cookie Murder (book #2), Marshmallow S'More Murder (book #3)
Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. She is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! But when one of Nani's competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police's main suspect.
What could be better for former CIA agent turned Girl Scout leader Merry Wrath than taking twelve little girls to Washington DC for a bit of summer fun? Almost anything. And when her former handler, Riley, is kidnapped Merry has to turn to an old friend from her spy days and her parents to help her wrangle the troop and rescue the man she once briefly called her boyfriend.
From USA Today Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of 4 full length Greatest Hits Mystery novels featuring the Bombay Family of Assassins, including: 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy - book #1, Guns Will Keep Us Together - book #2, Stand By Your Hitman - book #3, I Shot You Babe - book #4
Ex-CIA agent turned suburban scout leader, Merry Wrath, is just trying to live a normal, quiet life. But all that goes out the window when a convicted traitor (who’s inconveniently not in his prison cell) dies on her doorstep, and an obese cat, who bears a disturbing resemblance to Hitler, decides to move in.
When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidentally" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her—Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp.
Laura Smith: mom of two, the wife of a successful man...and a shadow of the woman she was. That is until she takes her kids to Disneyworld, where she happens to end up in a room next to her college flame, Alan James. Old passions ignite and new excitement sparks! But when Laura and Alan's spouses show up it's a comedy of errors and only one thing is for sure: Laura's life will never be the same.
The Bombay Family Bedtime Stories continue with MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HITMEN! Four more family stories have been released from the vault, including Rio Bombay—wanna-be cowboy and wild west gunslinger, Caspian—the first Bombay to have to take out another Bombay, Aberdeen—the hoop-skirted Antebellum Assassin, and Dublin Bombay—the Scottish Viking Slayer!
What do the Minotaur, Rasputin, the first man hung for murder in America, and the Countess of Blood all have in common? No, they aren’t related. They all appeared on the Bombay Family’s Hit List! In this collection of Bombay Bedtime Stories, you’ll find out what Bombays did before Gin Bombay came along.
Paris Bombay is looking for lasting love--a real woman to share Harvey Wallbangers with--which isn't easy to find when you're a member of history's most prolific family of assassins. Instead, he ends up with a lethal assignment that isn't his, and a reluctant role as the new Bachelor on a reality TV show.