Columbine Publishing Group, LLC

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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another saga of nearly 400 pages (it would take me awhile to figure out that family sagas were about fifteen years out of date at that point!).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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Five O'Clock Shadow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Newlywed Pauly Caton watches, horrified, as the hot air balloon—the one she should have been riding in—falls from the sky. She races to the wrecked basket to discover both the pilot and her husband Randy dead in the fiery crash. The lone survivor appears to be an unknown child, who runs from the scene, naked and fearful, and disappears from sight.
Movie Mogul Mama
Series: Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,770. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Women are flocking to invest in film producer Robert Williams’ latest project, and Gracie Nelson’s mother is no exception. She has sunk her life savings into his latest movie investment scheme. Big returns were promised, along with the chance to hobnob with famous actors. Now, the money’s gone and the Heist Ladies hatch a plan to get it back.
Hair Of The Dog: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 3
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,410. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Hair of the Dog sees Dan Mahoney and fiancée Elaine Linden traveling to Florida for his next investigation, where five insured racing greyhounds supposedly died in a kennel fire. But circumstances are suspicious right from the start. Who is the dead body at the kennel entrance, and how is it possible the knife sticking out of his back is not the cause of death?
Rollover: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 2
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,860. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When international bestselling author Susan Slater puts facts and imagination together, she comes up with a dynamic mystery novel based on this unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney is sent to find out what happened and whether his company will have to cover the loss of a spectacular heirloom sapphire and diamond necklace, insured for half a million dollars.
Flash Flood
Series: Dan Mahoney Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,510. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Chicago insurance investigator Dan Mahoney is sent to the prosperous Double Horseshoe Ranch in southern New Mexico to investigate the deaths of several prized—and well-insured—cattle. The stakes are high, and Dan hasn’t counted on witnessing a murder or falling in love. But it’s the flash flood that changes everything, sweeping away a vintage Cadillac and its occupants in a torrent of raging water
Under A Mulberry Moon: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 5
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ben Pecos takes a job transfer to Florida, which puts him right in the middle of a terrifying case where a student threatens his teacher with a gun. Ben works with the traumatized teacher, Maureen Beltzer. When Mo is offered a new job at the prestigious Whitney Labs, she jumps at the chance little knowing that photographing rare orchids could bring her more danger than her pint-sized adversary.
Sticky Sweet: A Sweet's Sweets Bakery Mystery
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,210. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00 from 1 review)
Breaking into another house, creating chocolates worth $200 a box, and helping her sheriff husband solve a traffic accident-turned-murder … Samantha Sweet has her hands more than a little full as the new year begins. USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton has nearly 2 million books sold and downloaded in more than 60 countries. Find out what the fuss is all about!
Fire Dancer: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 4
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,290. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ben Pecos has the opportunity to work in Albuquerque on a research project for the Indian Health Service. Ben and Julie are hardly settled when people begin dying, and they find themselves swept into the midst of another mystery. The twists and turns in this complex plot will keep readers guessing to the very end!
Thunderbird: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 3
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,220. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The fiery midnight crash of a Stealth fighter on a New Mexico reservation and the disappearance of a young Navajo woman put psychologist Ben Pecos and tribal police officer on a sinister and mysterious trail. Tribal police lock horns with air force personnel over jurisdiction and the right to search for the missing woman.
The Trophy Wife Exchange: Heist Ladies, Book 2
Series: Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,980. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Mary Holbrook worked alongside her husband to build a successful business, but when she wasn’t looking, all their money vanished and Clint found himself a cute new wife. Mary might be homeless now but she certainly isn’t helpless. She teams up with the Heist Ladies whose mission is to see justice done, and Clint Holbrook is the perfect guy to do it to. "Such an awesome book!"--Goodreads review
Yellow Lies: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 2
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,270. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Salvador Zuni is a master carver of traditional Native American fetishes. He is also a cheat. He makes synthetic amber that rivals anything to be found in nature, complete down to the insects he places inside. His recipe is worth a fortune, and someone is after it. Ben Pecos arrives and immediately finds himself caught up in a murder investigation. Newly edited first e-book edition.
The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,450. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Native American psychologist Ben Pecos has returned to the New Mexico pueblo of his birth as an intern with the Indian Health Service. Still struggling with the demons of his past, he is plunged into the nightmare rampage of a mysterious illness that is killing the residents of the pueblo, including his own grandmother. Newly edited first e-book edition.
A Way To The Manger
Series: Ben Pecos Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A week before Christmas Charlene Toya, local teen basketball star, goes missing on the way to her Tewa pueblo home. Native American psychologist Ben Pecos offers to help the family and begins to piece together some disturbing facts—Charlene’s dark and painful secret has likely put her on a collision course with some very nasty bad guys.
Spellbound Sweets: A Samantha Sweet Halloween Novella
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,370. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It’s Halloween, crazy busy for Samantha's pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. After baking a zillion pumpkin cookies, ghostly cupcakes, and an all-black cake for a young witch’s wedding, the gang is looking forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookshop. But when one of the guests is murdered and a rare book vanishes, Sam is in the midst of another mystery. 10 dessert recipes included!
Diamonds Aren't Forever: Heist Ladies, Book 1
Series: Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,960. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A missing million-dollar necklace, a nearly flawless museum robbery, a stalled police investigation. Caught in the middle, successful novelist Penelope Fitzpatrick stands to lose her family treasure. But Pen doesn’t give up that easily. When no one else is willing to act, she and a group of friends band together. They’ll simply catch the crooks and steal back the priceless legacy.
Alibis Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mysteries, Book 17
Series: Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series, Book 17. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Cheating spouses, a pawned Super Bowl ring, a hundred-thousand-dollar scam. That's only one of Charlotte "Charlie" Parker's new cases. The second has Charlie tracking teenage twin girls who practically live on social media. One case turns into a comedy of errors, while the other has dark and potentially deadly implications, and Charlie is right in the middle.
Spooky Sweet: Samantha Sweet Mysteries, Book 11
Series: Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series, Book 11. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,860. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Samantha Sweet has a contract to provide her special handmade chocolates for the wealthy jet-set clients of Book It Travel, and her bakery is taking on a whole new dimension. Only problem, Sam isn’t ready. It’s almost Halloween, her pastry shop is bursting at the seams and she needs more employees. A spooky old Victorian house might provide just the right space--or it might be haunted.
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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.
Gift Wrapped For Murder: Four Holiday Mysteries in One Neatly Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 236,960. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Come visit New Mexico at Christmas! Four books by USA Today and international bestselling author, Connie Shelton. Featuring the characters from both of her popular cozy mystery series, each of these stories features a holiday setting that is sure to whet your appetite for the season! Set includes: Sweet Holidays, Honeymoons Can Be Murder, Buried Secrets Can Be Murder and Holidays Can Be Murder
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: 66,400. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(4.29 from 7 reviews)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(3.00 from 1 review)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. 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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.30 from 10 reviews)
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.

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