Leslie Langtry

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Leslie Langtry online

Series

Aloha Lagoon Mysteries
There's trouble in paradise... Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! visit us at alohalagoonmysteries.com
Ukulele Murder
Price: $4.99 USD.
Deadly Wipeout
Price: $4.99 USD.
Mele Kalikimaka Murder
Price: $4.99 USD.
Death of the Big Kahuna
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Macho Man Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 15. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,010. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2020 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
Mad Money Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 16. Pre-release—available September 29, 2020. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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?
Musket Ball Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 14. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,730. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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
Maltese Vulture Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 13. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,050. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2020 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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!
Greatest Hits Mysteries Holiday Bundle
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,500. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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).
Make Believe Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 12. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,490. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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?
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-5)
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 339,750. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 6-10)
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 349,210. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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)
Meerkats and Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 11. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,860. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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!
Mystery Night Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,870. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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!
Merry Wrath Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. III (Books 7-9)
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 196,870. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
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
Marriage Vow Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,680. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2019 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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?
Mean Girl Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2018 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
Merry Wrath Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. II (Books 4-6)
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 190,160. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
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
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. III (Books 7-9)
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 204,850. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2018 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Palm tress, warm sand, and a "killer" vacation resort! Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, the deadliest little spot in the Hawaiian islands, with this boxed set of three, full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series by USA Today bestselling authors, including: Ukulele Deadly, Bikinis & Bloodshed, and Death of the Kona Man
Map Skills Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,960. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2018 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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?
Motto for Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
Pushing Up Daisies (a short story collection)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 116,900. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Spring into fun with these spring themed short stories by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award winning authors! Enjoy a little mystery, a hint of romance, and a lot of laughter with these shorts from some of Gemma Halliday Publishing's bestselling series.
Mud Run Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,040. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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!
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. I (Books 1-3)
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 213,580. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
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 Deadly
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,480. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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?
Movie Night Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,490. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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.
Cozy Christmas Shorts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,210. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Enjoy this USA TODAY bestselling collection of holiday themed cozy mystery short stories in some of our most popular series! Written by #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling authors! These short holiday bites are perfect for enjoying while waiting in shopping lines or binge-reading over a cup of hot cocoa.
Merry Wrath Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. I (Books 1-3)
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 192,080. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
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)
Ukulele Murder
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,730. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
Marshmallow S'More Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,210. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
Greatest Hits Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 260,820. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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
Killer Beach Reads (Short Story Collection)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 144,560. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Summer themed short stories by USA Today bestselling mystery and romance authors! Enjoy mystery, romance, and lots of laughter under the sun with shorts from some of your favorite series. The perfect quick reads for vacation lounging or sipping frosty drinks poolside! **Recipes included!**
Mint Cookie Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,470. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Merit Badge Murder
Series: Merry Wrath Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,960. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(4.00 from 1 review)
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.
Sex, Lies, & Family Vacations
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,690. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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.
My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen: And Other Bombay Family Bedtime Stories
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,450. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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!
Snuff the Magic Dragon: and other Bombay Family Bedtime Stories
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,690. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
Paradise By The Rifle Sights
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,160. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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.
I Shot You Babe
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Coney Bombay isn't your average PhD. While he may be well versed in philosophy, he's also one of the most lethal members of the Bombay Family of assassins. Even in his crazy family, Cy stands out as wild card.But after a series of run-ins with perennial grad student, Veronica Gale, the cool cat is starting to feel a little hot under the collar.
Stand By Your Hitman
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,260. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Missi Bombay invents things--fatal flowers, Jell-O bullets, stroke-inducing panty hose and other ways to kill a target without leaving any trace behind. Unfortunately, the family that kills together also meddles together, and when Missi's mom decides her daughter's life is a little too solitary, she packs Missi off the Costa Rica for an undercover assignment on a Survival reality TV show.
Guns Will Keep Us Together
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,730. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Dakota Bombay prided himself on his Bond-like image---bad-guy killer by day, lady-killer by night. But his life gets both shaken and stirred by an irate grandmother demanding a marketing plan for the family assassination business, a precocious six-year-old son he never knew he had, and a mysterious redheaded funeral director who's got him intrigued in more ways than one.
'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,940. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Death by Chocolate is her favorite dessert. And those knitting needles aren't just for craft projects. To most people, Gin Bombay is an ordinary single mom. Then again, they don't know she's from a family of top secret assassins. Somewhere between leading a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner—would nooses count for a knot badge?—and Gin now has to take out a new target.