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Connie Shelton has been writing for more than twenty years and has taught writing (both fiction and nonfiction) since 2001. She is the author of three cozy romantic-mystery series and has been a contributor to several anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul.

"My husband and I love to do adventures. He flew helicopters for 35 years, a career that I've borrowed from in my Charlie Parker mysteries. We have traveled quite a lot and now divide our time between the American Southwest and a place on the Sea of Cortez. For relaxation I love art -- painting and drawing can completely consume me. I also really enjoy cooking, with whatever ingredients I find in whatever country we are in at the moment. We walk every day and love watching and photographing wildlife."

Smashwords Interview

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another saga of nearly 400 pages (it would take me awhile to figure out that family sagas were about fifteen years out of date at that point!).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.
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The Missing Heiress Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Pre-release—available August 18, 2022. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,740. Language: English. Published by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Louise Hayes, the 23-year-old heiress to the Thornton-Hayes Luxury Cruise Line fortune was vacationing in Beverly Hills, California. When she catches a taxi ride from the Beverly Hills Hotel to Los Angeles it’s the last anyone sees of her. Will the MG&M Detectives locate her in time or will they get swept into the vortex of deceit that surrounds the missing heiress?
Tinsel, Trials, & Traitors
Series: Katie and Maverick Cozy Mysteries. Pre-release—available August 18, 2022. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Katie and Maverick are out walking when Maverick dashes through the moving gate at a self-storage facility and they get locked in. By the time the police respond to the silent alarms the pair have set off, a car inside one of the garage-sized units is engulfed in flame. Was it a suicide that turned extra messy, or did someone rig the expensive sports car to explode and kill the woman inside?
Case of the Rusty Sword
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,970. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Zack and Jillian are starting their dream home, and the old farmhouse where they’ve been living must be razed. Things get complicated when the first bulldozer cut reveals a secret chamber under the existing house. How did a Civil War-era sword and other old artifacts get there? Sherlock the corgi takes an interest—there’s a mystery here, one Zack and his canine companions will be working to solve!
Spa Shadows
Series: Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,060. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Libby’s world is rocked to the core when her business partner Alexis—working late one night—is attacked by an intruder at their spa. JJ shows up in full cop mode, terrified that his wife has barely escaped the serial rapist who's been plaguing the city in recent months. But Lexi isn't convinced. Too many seemingly unrelated incidents mean that there’s something more going on.
Rescues, Rogues, & Renegade
Series: Katie and Maverick Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,820. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Katie and Maverick are training for Search and Rescue certification, and Katie is working with her math and science students. But several shocking events rock their small town—a teenage girl is found dead in a state park, a neighbor’s three-year-old daughter is abducted, and Maverick’s SAR exercise turns into a real emergency. Are the crimes connected, and can Katie figure out the puzzle in time?
Shadows in the Forest
Series: Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,270. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Libby Madsen offers a favor for a client, to deliver critical medication to her daughter who has gone camping in the Arizona mountains. But when Libby and her black Lab, Shadow, arrive at the campground, the young woman is nowhere to be found, and no one has seen the group she claimed to be traveling with. Something feels sinister, and Libby’s own life will be in danger as she seeks the answers.
Maverick, Movies, & Murder
Series: Katie and Maverick Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,290. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
After losing her husband of 17 days, Katie Wilk is starting over—new town, new career, and with Maverick, a Labrador retriever puppy she isn’t really sure about. When the pair discover a dead body in a marshland, Katie finds herself caught up in the investigation of two deaths, a slew of preparations for a movie premier, and a new man who may find his way into her life.
The Christmas Fairy: A Libby Madsen Mysteries Holiday Novella
Series: Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,380. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Libby’s new day spa venture will open with a gala evening to launch the business in fine style. When she gets a tip on a party planner, she’s thrilled. It’s the holiday season and no one else is available. But the guy takes off with the money and there’s not a decoration or nibble of food in sight. What will she do?
The Hanged Man Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,410. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Thirty-odd years ago, there was a bloody shootout at a Texas stagecoach stop. Three men dead, and fifteen-year-old Tommy Humphrey was suspected of being the killer. Now in custody, Humphrey tells the tale of a poker game at the depot and a ruthless stranger who gunned down the other three men before vanishing in a cloud of dust. It seems the stranger was a man once hanged, who is back for revenge.
Widow's Walk
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,990. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dan Mahoney is investigating an insurance claim, his private-eye wife Elaine sets out to prove a suicide was really a murder. The two cases intersect in ways neither could have foreseen, while a hurricane is closing in on them. It’s crime fiction filled with twists and turns.
Case of the Stuttering Parrot
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,250. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Zack and Jillian are back from their honeymoon. Life is filled with exciting plans, and the couple’s two corgis are getting along well with their new housemate, Ruby the African grey parrot. But suddenly Ruby is quoting Shakespeare and coming up with random sayings. And what does any of this have to do with a bank robbery and the death of a security guard in a town a hundred miles away?
Money Can Be Murder
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 20. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,870. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
There’s cash missing from a local charity thrift shop—lots of it. And when it looks like her surrogate grandma might be accused, there’s nothing for Charlie to do but take a job there and try to catch the thief from the inside. But when her top suspect suddenly and mysteriously dies, she discovers she’s tracking both a thief and a killer.
Fools and Madmen
Series: Verona's Vineyard Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,360. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2022 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
There’s been a murder in Delia Leary’s apartment building, and her best friend, Thomasina, is the prime suspect. But Thomi doesn’t want Delia’s help. Somehow, a major rift has developed in the friendship. Delia doesn’t believe Thomi is guilty. She has her own suspicions about who the killer really is and, as usual, some of her hunches are great ones and some, well, not quite so accurate.
The Amazing Esmeralda Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,860. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A day at the carnival takes a twist when the Mallorys stop at the fortune teller’s tent. The Amazing Esmeralda has a problem, a mob boss back east whose goons have kidnapped her son. Unless she can pick all ten winners in Saturday’s horse race, they will kill him. Since Esmeralda is no more psychic than anyone else, she’s in a panic. Can the MG&M Detectives find the boy before it’s too late?
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,490. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Later in Life
Shelly Sinclair’s life seems perfect—until the night her husband of 35 years informs her he is marrying someone new. She’s now alone. At sixty. To start over. Choosing a new home, dealing with her elderly parents, and dating for the first time in decades. Can Shelly cope with all the changes and remake her life to be exactly what she wants for herself?
Lure, Lore, and Legends of the Moreno Valley
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,810. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century, Nonfiction » Travel » By region » North America
Before it became part of the vast Beaubien-Miranda Land Grant in the New Mexico territory, the Moreno Valley was the summer hunting grounds of Apache and Ute tribes. Later the scene of a gold rush, the center of the Colfax County War, a passageway to the Santa Fe Trail, and the regular route of American frontiersman Kit Carson. A must-read for anyone who has dreamed of visiting northern New Mexico
The Caddis Man
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,070. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
The 1918 pandemic robbed Constance Warkentine of both her parents. The harsh terms in her father’s will robbed her of everything else. Unless she can find a husband the family farm will pass to the church, and she will be sent to a religious order. She has only a few months. So, when the traveling caddis man shows up it seems evident to Constance that God has indeed answered her prayer.
Case of the Missing Marine
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,420. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Sherlock and Watson have been invited to Buckingham Palace, for a meeting with the Queen herself. So, Zack, Jillian, and the dogs head across the Atlantic. There, Jillian is shocked to learn her US Marine brother has been working with MI6, and is currently missing. They soon discover Joshua was working on a top-secret project, and nearly every foreign government wants to get their hands on him.
The Ghost of Christmas Sweet: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 15. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,760. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Emily Plankhurst, the new librarian, stops in at Sweet’s Sweets, telling Sam a strange story about a hidden niche in the library, revealed to her in a vision supposedly by her dead grandmother. The hidden space contains a rare painting, The Ghost of Christmas, which was believed to have been destroyed in a fire years ago. How can Emily prove her own grandfather wasn’t the one behind the arson?
Paper Arrows: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 8
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,070. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Ben Pecos, on a road trip with his ward Nathan Yazzi, drives right into trouble in the small town of Spearfish, South Dakota, where the local sheriff is investigating the mysterious death of a Lakota Sun Dancer. Things are not looking good when the sheriff directs his attention toward Ben. And when it turns out the dead man was neither Lakota nor a Sun Dancer, the mystery deepens.
Fools of Fortune
Series: Verona's Vineyard Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,290. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Delia Leary’s cozy English-themed bakery is off to a great start, until an employee is found dead in the walk-in fridge with poisoned blueberries in her mouth. Delia is compelled, despite warnings from the gorgeous Detective Nicolo Montague, to follow the clues in order to save her business. The bodies keep dropping, but Delia is determined to figure it out and get the killer locked up forever.
The Irish Manor House Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Aging Killian O’Donnell is being haunted by specters of soldiers, and certain members of the family believe the old man should be in an asylum. Killian's son, Ryan, believes there’s more and he hires the MG&M Detectives. Garth and the Mallorys arrive at the Irish Manor House and discover far more than a ghostly prank. Lost gold, a crooked soothsayer, perverse family members ... and murder.
Case of the Ragin' Cajun
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,620. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Zack and friends, along with the two corgis, Sherlock and Watson, are in New Orleans for a big book fair, when there’s a blatant attack that sends everyone into a panic. The only clue: a mysterious stranger dropping a voodoo doll and running away. Could someone be after Zack, since this is his first book signing in decades?
Show Me the Money
Series: Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,720. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Amber Zeckis flies home to Phoenix after a dream vacation with her dream guy in Paris. But things go sour when she is stopped at the airport and US Customs finds a huge amount of undeclared cash in her luggage. The problem is, Amber has no idea where it came from. The Heist Ladies come to her rescue, but figuring it out becomes really tricky.
For the Love of Lauralee
Series: The Murphys of Long Winter Ranch. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,210. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Lauralee Murphy has had all the advantages of her respected family in Victor City, Colorado. Dante Quinn, with his new law degree, is on the way to accept a prestigious position. Until the gypsy hexes him. Lauralee is the only one who believes in Dante’s innocence, or is it because he’s the best-looking man to ever cross her path?
The Forgotten Murder Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,840. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
MG&M set out on the most unusual case of their lives when they meet a couple who say they live one hundred years in the future! And despite the outlandish claim, they present enough evidence to convince the partners that it’s true—James Mallory’s dear family friend will be murdered the next day unless they can stop the killer in advance.
For the Love of Jewels: The Murphys of Long Winter Ranch, a Novella
Series: The Murphys of Long Winter Ranch. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,580. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Eileen Murphy is on her way home to Colorado, carrying with her a valuable diamond and sapphire necklace, the precursor to a marriage proposal she isn’t sure she wants. The train journey becomes a chase as Eileen spots the jewel thief. She uses every trick in the book to catch him, until she begins to wonder … does she have the right man?
Case of the Shady Shamrock
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,170. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A mysterious chest appears on Zack’s doorstep. Who sent it? What does it contain? And why are there people after it? Zack and Jillian, along with their corgis Sherlock and Watson are on the case, searching out the clues to the puzzle of the silver Celtic shamrock.
Case of the Abandoned Bones
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,620. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
While working his winery's acreage, Zack is shocked to discover a complete skeleton buried in the ground. The bones of Charles Hanson, father of notorious femme fatale, Clara Hanson, are thought to be linked to a man named 'Red Dawg', a miner believed to be responsible for the start of the Oregon State Gold Rush in 1850. Why, then, are the police taking a hard look at Zack?
Sweethearts Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 19. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,730. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A teen girl hires Charlie to find her mom, who vanished without a trace years ago. The clues were sparse at the time, and the old police file doesn't have much. The problem for young Cassie is that the grandmother who has raised her is now dying and Cassie’s life is about to be upended. All that's holding her together is the belief that her mom is out there somewhere.
Case of the Dysfunctional Daredevils
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,580. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A US Marshal shows up in Pomme Valley, searching for a fugitive rumored to be hiding nearby. Meanwhile, to celebrate his 40th birthday, Detective Vance Samuelson manages to convince Zack and Harry, to join an adventure-seeking club in an effort to prove they're all still young at heart. Turns out, the Marshal believes his missing fugitive may be among the Daredevils, hiding in plain sight.
Case of the Ostentatious Otters
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,520. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
It starts out as a fun road trip to Monterey, California, for Zack, Jillian, and the two corgis, but when a dead SCUBA diver washes up on the beach where they are walking, well, the group senses a mystery unfolding. What was the diver doing when he died? And what about the group of playful otters who seem to be opening shells using gold coins?
Stage of Fools
Series: Verona's Vineyard Cozy Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,370. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Delia Leary has her hands full—renovating her new bakery in Owlswich and finding the right staff to hire, planning the cake for Juliet Da Vinci’s wedding, and trying to keep her sickly old truck running. The last thing she needs is a dead body, right off the fire escape from her apartment.
Case of the Highland House Haunting
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,820. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When Jillian Cooper purchases one of Pomme Valley's historic properties, Highland House, little does she know a violent murder happened there 70 years ago. Rumor has it Dame Highland’s ghost walks the halls, guarding her long-hidden treasure. Can Jillian move forward with her plans for a bed and breakfast, even when it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want people snooping around the house?
Case of the Chatty Roadrunner
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,030. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Zack and his two corgis take on their most difficult case yet: to learn what happened to his late wife, Samantha. Was it a car accident, as originally believed? Or, could it be murder, as suggested by a mystery caller in the middle of the night? Zack begins his investigation in his hometown of Phoenix, only to learn that what they discover could simply be the largest coverup anyone has ever seen.
Case of the Muffin Murders
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,900. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2021 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A string of baffling incidents have befallen Taylor Adams, baker extraordinaire of Pomme Valley, Oregon. When her friend Jillian Cooper recommends Zack and the corgis investigate, Taylor’s run of bad luck worsens as multiple murders are discovered. All evidence suggests the town baker is to blame. Can Zack and the dogs clear Taylor’s good name before someone he cares about becomes the next victim?
Case of the Pilfered Pooches
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,860. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Dogs gone missing! Chocolate Labs, cocker spaniels, and even a German Shepherd have fallen victim to a notorious dognapper, and the small-town citizens are determined to take whatever means necessary to protect their beloved pets. Now Zack, Sherlock and Watson have been asked to look into the case. Can this favorite canine duo sniff out the culprit and prevent panic from spreading in Pomme Valley?
Ghost Dust: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 7
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,350. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Ben Pecos is called back to NM, this time on the Navajo reservation. It’s the year of the global pandemic and the Navajo Nation is under particular threat when critical supplies are being stolen before they reach the reservation. Is it someone within the tribe or are the darker forces of the Skinwalkers at work and can Ben unearth the answers when hundreds of lives are at stake?
Case of the Holiday Hijinks
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,710. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
There’s a Grinch in Pomme Valley! Someone is stealing presents right from under the noses of unsuspecting home owners and leaving no trace of how he broke in. Corgis Sherlock and Watson are on the case! The townsfolk are scared. City officials are nervous. Can Zack and the dogs put a stop to this crime spree before Christmas is ruined for everyone?
Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,480. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose after a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified but there’s a catch: he’s over 3,000 years old. Zack and the corgis are on the case, this time at the request of the police.
Case of the One-Eyed Tiger
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: Free! Words: 67,040. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
First book in a new cozy mystery series. When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, and a priceless sculpture turns up missing, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Armed with a determination to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of his feisty corgi named Sherlock.
Case of the Great Cranberry Caper
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,380. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Zack, Jillian, and the corgis find themselves in the midst of a new mystery with a Thanksgiving twist. Just as they are planning a big holiday dinner, someone is breaking into stores and stealing only the cranberries! Will the corgi duo, Sherlock and Watson, be able to sniff out the clues and discover who is behind the treacherous deed, in time to save holiday meals everywhere?
The San Carlos Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,140. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The MG&M detectives are at it again when the vivacious flapper, Victoria Davis, asks them to investigate her father’s death. Ashton Davis was a successful jeweler on San Carlos Avenue and founder of the San Carlos Business Guild. Surprisingly, many Guild members' sinister secrets are discovered and MG&M find themselves threatened and attacked. Will they survive to find the killer?
Deadly Sweet Dreams: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery, Book 14
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,350. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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Samantha is back at her cozy bakery and husband Beau is now ranching full-time. Their helpful ranch hand, Danny Flores, finds himself troubled with a manipulative and domineering girlfriend pressuring to marry. When Lila is murdered the most damning clue, the words Sweet Dreams, point to Danny. Sam cannot help but get involved in the mystery and clearing him, even when it involves a bit of magic.
For the Love of Murphy
Series: The Murphys of Long Winter Ranch. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,960. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Escaping to a new life out West, Katie Thomas becomes the main suspect when the stagecoach she’s riding in is robbed and three men killed. Handsome Sheriff Sam Murphy has no choice but to arrest her, although Katie doesn’t remember anything and the only other witness is barely alive. Will the Chicago mobsters get to her first, or will Sam believe her? And is there any hope for love between them?
The Blue Sky Affair
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In California, Garth and the Mallorys meet the Hollywood elite of the 1920s. When a producer offers bit parts in his newest movie, they’re off to the Blue Sky Resort to begin filming. But before the camera rolls, someone is taking shots of another sort. Bathtub gin, flappers, thugs, and a not-so-secret speakeasy provide the backdrop, but will our detectives survive to catch the elusive killer?
Francis March's Visions: an MG&M Detective Agency Short Story
Series: MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Former Pinkerton detective Sherwood Garth can't possibly know what mystery he's about to step into when David March asks him to secretly investigate why the perfectly healthy but elderly patriarch, Francis March, has suddenly begun to experience hallucinations and visions of his dead wife. David is very concerned. Garth is intrigued and agrees to investigate. What happens next is unbelievable!
Wilde Card
Series: The Wilde Girls. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jessa Wilde fell in love with Adam Gray years ago, when he was a teenage ranch hand at her grandfather’s ranch and she was a gawky eleven-year-old. Jessa doesn’t know the reason behind the feud between the Wildes and the Grays, only that her heart still thumps when they meet again, just as a hurricane forces them together for a night. And then it starts to get complicated.
Wilde at Heart
Series: The Wilde Girls. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,360. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Margie Walker is sort of accident prone. Alex Wilde needs to get moving so he can save his land. The last thing either of them needs is to get caught up with the other but he demands that Margie give him a ride. It’s a comedy of errors, with laugh-out-loud antics and a loveable cast of characters that will keep you reading way past bedtime!
Lucy Goes Wilde
Series: The Wilde Girls. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,240. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Lucy Richeson has her life all planned—sort of. Her summer job as a lifeguard is okay. Nicholas Wilde just wants to run his ranch, but dreads his mother’s constant matchmaking. Then Lucy gets fired and her friend Chloe offers an out—come work at the ranch. Only then does Lucy realize she’s sleeping in the room next to the guy who got her fired.
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Katie and Maverick Cozy Mysteries
After losing everything, Katie Wilk is starting life over in Columbia, Minnesota, with a new career—giving up cryptanalysis in favor of teaching school—and a canine companion, Maverick, a black Labrador retriever. Each mystery is filled with puzzling clues, adventures, and friendships. Katie and Maverick are quite the sleuthing team.
MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries
Garth Sherwood, a Pinkerton detective in the 1920s, team up with former Army Major James Mallory, and his wife, Anneka to form the MG&M Detective Agency Mysteries. Set in the roaring twenties, this jazz-age mystery series will keep you on your toes while these detectives unravel one complex crime after another.
Corgi Case Files
Soon after Zach Anderson sadly finds himself a widower, he decides to move from Phoenix to the cozy small town of Pomme Valley, OR. He has barely settled into his new surroundings when he finds himself the proud daddy of two corgis, Sherlock and Watson--and accused of murder. Join the wildly popular corgi duo as they become the most successful crime-solving team the police department has ever seen. You’ll find yourself laughing, crying, and always amazed—how do these corgis do it?
Libby Madsen Cozy Mysteries
it all. During what she thinks of as ‘tabletop confessions’ her clients often talk about way more of their personal lives than she really wants to hear. Libby and her trusted black Labrador pup, Shadow, find themselves entangled in webs of mystery--you don't want to miss this series!
Dan Mahoney Mysteries
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney travels wherever United Life & Casualty sends him to investigate suspicious claims. But when the mystery goes beyond a missing item or unbelievable tale, Dan finds himself involved in murder.
Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series
This nearly-cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton introduces Albuquerque CPA Charlotte "Charlie" Parker. Charlie and her trusty sidekick dog are supposed to handle the business side of RJP Investigations while her brother, Ron, does the detecting. However, somehow Charlie always manages to get more involved than she wants to be.
Verona's Vineyard Cozy Mysteries
A modern twist on the great classics, CJ Love's Verona's Vineyard Mysteries delight the senses with mystery, intrigue, romance, adventure, and a lot of humor. The characters are a modern-day cast based loosely on Shakespeare's stories. Her first trilogy in this series centers around Juliet Da Vinci and her large Italian family who are full of surprises. Between dead Romeo as well as loved ones who are blamed for murders, Juliet finds herself smack dab in the middle of several crime scenes. And while saving loved ones, she realizes she is caught between two great loves herself. Where will her heart lead her? And will she keep out of trouble and stay alive long enough to find out? The second trilogy in the series follows the life of Delia Leary and her friends. She has her hands full—renovating her new bakery in Owlswich and finding the right staff to hire, planning the cake for Juliet Da Vinci’s wedding, and trying to keep her nose out of other people's business. The last thing she needs is a dead body, right off the fire escape from her apartment.
Juliet & Dead Romeo
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O' Happy Dagger
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Thus With a Kiss
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Stage of Fools
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Fools of Fortune
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Fools and Madmen
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Ben Pecos Mysteries
Native American psychologist Ben Pecos lives and works in New Mexico.Traveling between the northern pueblos and reservations, he becomes embroiled in a new mystery in every location.
Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries
Bad guys sometimes win. But these five spunky females are determined not to let them get away with their crimes. It's vigilante justice with a woman's touch when the Heist Ladies jump in to steal it back--jewels, money, dignity, reputation. They'll get it every time!
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