Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her bestselling novels include Private Deception, Hidden Betrayal, Storm Surge, and Silver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.
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When Detective Brian Vale resigned from the police force to be a stay-at-home dad, he never thought he'd use the skills he gained from years of detective work around the house. But that's before a neighbor asks him to solve a mystery. This short story is about 25 pages in length.
Defeating odds and ignoring well-meant advice is her specialty, so when reporter Jonie Waters follows a news tip and discovers her girlhood friend’s body, nothing can dissuade her from setting out to find the murderer. Jonie attracts the suspicions of local police as she finds herself in the middle of other related crimes.
When Jade is late to work, she's punished by being assigned what may be an unsolvable case: find a missing four-leaf-clover good-luck charm before the town's St. Patrick's Day Festival. This Sweetwater Short story is about 50 pages in length.
What begins as a white-collar crime investigation soon becomes deadly complicated with private investigator Jade O’Reilly on the scene. Will Jade get to the bottom of an embezzlement at a shipping industry and find dirt on her employer before she’s permanently exported? Action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for a page-turning whodunit.
In this 20-page short story, private investigator Jade O’Reilly finds herself on security-guard duty at a supposedly haunted historic mansion on Halloween night. She doesn't believe in the rumors that say the house is cursed; she doesn't believe in ghosts. Will she by the end of her shift?
This short story was originally published in the Tales from the Mist anthology.
Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what PI Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The advances of the artifact’s wealthy owner don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Will they resolve their differences when Jade's investigation takes a deadly twist?
For the 12 days leading up to Christmas, the crankiest old biddy in Sweetwater wakes up to a yard filled with Christmas decorations. But in her opinion, “they’re not decorations; they’re property damage!” Private investigator Jade O'Reilly is on the job, but the decorator strikes with stealth that rivals Santa’s elves. Will Jade catch the decorator before Christmas in this 50-page short story?
Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly solves her own problems and takes care of her own business. That business includes getting to the bottom of an investigation into a mysterious young bass player who sounds too good to be true. Will Jade be able to close the case, or will she finally have to admit defeat?
This Sweetwater Short story is about 50 pages in length.
Newspaper reporter Jonie Waters thinks the story she’s covering is bizarre. Even so, she’s not prepared for the shock of finding a corpse in a trunk beneath the floorboards of a house. She dashes from the grim discovery and calls the police. But by the time alluring detective Daniel Wyeth arrives on the scene and reenters the house, the trunk and its contents are missing!
Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly thinks she’s hit rock bottom when, in the midst of obtaining photos of a cheating spouse in a second-story apartment, she falls off a swing set to the feet of an attractive mystery man. But the next day, she learns that the cheating spouse was murdered and Jade herself is a suspect. Rock bottom just got a new definition.
When a priceless vase disappears during the fanciest party of the year in Sweetwater, NC, it's up to private investigator Jade O'Reilly to recover the family heirloom. As Jade tracks down the vase, she juggles pressures from her ex-fiancé, Dale Pickles, and hard-core co-worker Mack Blackmon along with her determination to uncover the truth about what happened to the vase itself.
Heart of Glass
on April 09, 2012
This was a wonderful, wonderful read. It hooked me early with a fantastic plot and well developed characters. The book spans years but reads in a snap, and the story has more depth to it than many of my recent reads. But Hayes includes that depth without bogging down the plot! And she includes the romance without it coming across as forced or fakey/sappy. W-O-W! This book is amazing. I'm off to buy more of her books!