Marla Bradeen

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Visit Marla's website to learn more about her and her books: http://www.marlabradeen.com

Marla Bradeen previously worked as a software consultant and analyst. In 2012, she gave up a traditional job for no other reason than to have more time to pursue personal interests, such as sleeping in late and taking naps. Although she misses seeing regular deposits into her bank account, she hasn't once regretted that decision.

She didn't initially intend to begin writing novels, but after several weeks of doing nothing she realized sleeping all day isn't as easy or enjoyable as her cats led her to believe. Over the ensuing months, she wrote LETHAL INJECTION, which she self-published in 2013.

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Trapped in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,120. Language: American English. Published: March 23, 2018 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
What should have been a simple feral cat trapping turns deadly when a woman ends up murdered nearby. To make matters worse, Kat Harper's friend Imogene was seen arguing with the victim mere hours before her death. Determined to clear her friend's name, Kat launches her own investigation. But identifying "whodunit" isn't so easy when everyone seems to have a motive for murder.
Overdosed in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,580. Language: American English. Published: February 12, 2018 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Kat Harper discovers murder and mayhem when she pays a visit to a local veterinary office. This time the victim turns out to be one of the vet techs, and somehow Kat finds herself involved in yet another homicide investigation. But between jealous coworkers and angry clients, Kat's not sure who had more motive. Will she be able to figure out who's guilty before she becomes a victim herself?
Arson in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,540. Language: American English. Published: November 14, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper's morning walk is cut short when a nearby house goes up in flames. It doesn't take long before arson is deemed the cause, and Kat can't help but investigate. But when she discovers the guilty party may have personal ties to someone she cares for, she might soon wish she had skipped the amateur sleuthing just this once.
Fatal Fête in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,900. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper attends a birthday bash to remember when one of the guests ends up murdered. Now everywhere she looks a new suspect turns up, and even Kat has to wonder if this homicide will ever be solved. But the amateur sleuth refuses to stop investigating until the guilty party is caught—even if it means putting herself in the path of a killer.
Orphaned in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,230. Language: American English. Published: July 9, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper doesn't expect to be dragged into a four-year-old murder case when a friend asks her to meet with a troubled student. Now everywhere she looks Kat sees potential suspects. But will she be able to identify the killer after so many years have passed?
Drowned in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: American English. Published: June 2, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper's morning workout takes a sinister turn when she discovers a dead body in the gym pool. All evidence points to murder, and Kat can't help but speculate over "whodunit." But she'd better hope the killer doesn't find out about her amateur sleuthing, because this time her cats might not be around to save her.
Valentine's in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,070. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Kat Harper is in for a Valentine's Day surprise when her police detective boyfriend is spotted with another woman. Kat doesn't really believe Andrew would cheat on her, but that doesn't explain why he's being so mysterious. She realizes if she wants answers she'll have to investigate herself . . . but she better be careful or she might find herself facing a dangerous criminal.
Dropped Dead in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,640. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper's visit to Jessie's Diner ends abruptly when the man at the next table drops dead. Nobody suspects murder until a wannabe crime reporter and some disturbing evidence convinces them otherwise. Now it's up to Kat to figure out "whodunit" without getting killed herself.
Choked in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,730. Language: American English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Furry Friends Foster Families January fundraiser turns fatal when one of the guests ends up murdered. But who would want to kill popular local radio personality John Sykes? Kat Harper doesn't know, but she's running into plenty of people with motive for murder. Now if she could only figure out which one is guilty.
Christmas in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,410. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Kat Harper's holiday reunion with her mother turns out to be nothing like she expected. Maybelle Harper has no qualms about flirting with Kat's boyfriend, and she's more interested in seeing old friends than her daughter. Worse yet, she hates cats. But Kat might have to put her disappointment aside when bigger problems arise—unwelcome gifts have been showing up, and doesn't know who they're from.
Hit and Run in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,560. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Cherry Hills resident Kat Harper finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation when a local artist is run down by a car. Between a nearby gallery owner, a brooding rival painter, and the victim's jealous sister, Kat's not sure who had more motive. Will Kat and her justice-seeking felines be able to figure out "whodunit" this time?
Frozen in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: American English. Published: October 18, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper's first day at her new job doesn't go as planned when a runaway cat leads her to a dead body outside of her office building. Things only get worse when Sadie Cramer's death is deemed a homicide, and Kat starts running into plenty of people with motive for murder. But Kat better be careful, or her quest to figure out "whodunit" just might turn her into the killer's next victim.
Thanksgiving in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: American English. Published: September 14, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper expects her biggest Thanksgiving challenge to be coming up with an edible tofu pumpkin pie, but that all changes when a woman is mugged outside her apartment building. Now it's up to Kat and her two cats to figure out who in Cherry Hills would commit such a crime right before the big holiday.
Stabbed in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 17,830. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper wants nothing more than to forget about her disastrous job interview, but that's pretty hard to do when your interviewer turns up murdered. Now her search for a job has turned into a search for a killer. But Kat better watch her back, or she might just need her cats to come to her rescue once more.
Halloween in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,090. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Halloween has arrived in Cherry Hills, Washington—the worst time of the year for a black cat to go missing. But did Midnight sneak out, or was he kidnapped? It's up to Kat Harper to find out what really happened . . . before Midnight falls victim to the wrong person.
Strangled in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,180. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Kat Harper isn't the only one with a knack for finding dead bodies. This time she's led to the scene of the crime by her adventurous cat, Matty. And if Kat can't figure out "whodunit" soon, it might just be up to Matty to save her from becoming the killer's next murder victim.
Shot in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,420. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
What starts off as a foster dog wellness check turns into a nightmare when Kat Harper discovers a dead body. But who would want to murder Eric Halstead? Kat's not sure, but Eric's orphaned tuxedo cat just might lead her to the killer.
Vanished in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,500. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kat Harper's mother disappeared from Cherry Hills thirty years ago, but Kat is determined to locate her. The question is where does she even begin to look, and will her cats Matty and Tom be able to help her solve the mystery this time?
Poisoned in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,050. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Kat Harper has been looking forward to the Furry Friends Foster Families benefit dinner for weeks, never guessing it would come to a screeching halt when one of the guests ends up poisoned. Now the question she must answer is who would have wanted to murder Heidi Smith? Kat has a few suspects in mind, but before long her cats Matty and Tom are making her question everything about the case.
Framed in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kat Harper doesn't expect her first meeting with the Furry Friends Foster Families nonprofit organization to kick off with the mysterious absence of another member. But it soon becomes clear why Willow Wu is a no-show; she's been arrested for a crime that nobody can believe. Now, with a little help from her cat Matty, Kat has to figure out who is framing Willow and why.
Murder in Cherry Hills
Series: Cozy Cat Caper Mystery. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,840. Language: American English. Published: August 2, 2016 by Marla Bradeen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?

Books

Springtime Murder
Price: $9.99 $0.99 USD. (90% off until Aug. 23, 2020!) Words: 11,700. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Polly Blake never expects her family's annual spring barbecue to kick off with her uncle dropping dead in her backyard. When his death is ruled a homicide, it's up to her to figure out who the murderer is. (Previously published as part of the Seasons collection.)
Never Go Back
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 83,830. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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Beyond the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, someone is about to die. Alison Carter's world is upended when her boss is shot in front of her eyes. But what happens when the only eyewitness to a crime becomes the only suspect?
Murder in White Sands
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 89,620. Language: American English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
On the night of her engagement, Rae Lynn Dobbs stumbles across a dead body on the beach of White Sands, Florida. Not only does she recognize the murder victim as one of the retirement-home residents where she serves dinner, but it looks increasingly likely that someone there also killed him. Rae Lynn launches her own investigation, but the more she learns the more it seems anyone could be guilty.
Fatal Fire
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 76,360. Language: American English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Amy Wagner refuses to believe her sister Gina's fatal fire was a tragic accident, regardless of what the arson investigation concludes. Trent Steinbeck, Gina's colleague, also wants answers. But to get to the truth, Trent may need to put himself in danger. And if they can't figure out what's going on before he becomes the next victim, Amy might soon find herself seeking justice for two deaths.
Blind Justice
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 73,190. Language: American English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Haley Winequest will do anything to avenge her fiancé's death, including going after the people who sold him inferior marijuana. Armed with the knowledge that the group operates out of Sobaco, Oregon, Haley moves to the small town. But if she's not careful, her snooping could cost her her life. (Previously published as Secret Agenda.)
The Amicable Divorce
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 109,460. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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Vanessa Collins doesn't think much more can go wrong . . . until her husband Brian announces he's filing for divorce. Acting on her sister's advice, Vanessa steals Brian's financial documents. She's determined to either obtain a six-figure settlement or day trade her way into retirement. But Vanessa ends up with something she never bargained for, and now her future may be in jeopardy.
Lost Witness
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 104,860. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Single mom Betsy Holmes gets more drama than she bargained for when her mother Claudia drops a bomb that rocks her to the core: Betsy's father wasn't alone the night of his fatal car crash three years ago. Determined to prove Claudia wrong, Betsy investigates—and in the process she uncovers some disturbing family secrets that will change her life forever.
Lethal Injection
Price: $9.99 $3.99 USD. (60% off until Sep. 04, 2022!) Words: 90,310. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Megan Kelley led a simple life, avoiding bill collectors by day and stripping by night. But then her pregnant roommate turns up dead and upends Megan's life. Megan's determined to get answers, even if that means infiltrating a clinic for unwed mothers-to-be or partnering with a grumpy exotic dancer. What she uncovers is a horrifying truth more shocking than anything she imagined.

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  • Death on a Dig on Oct. 20, 2013

    DEATH ON A DIG is an interesting mystery investigated by an amateur sleuth. I appreciated the fresh premise and the various events that occurred to keep the story moving. I would have liked to have seen more interesting characters. The main character is likeable enough, but none of the people involved were really memorable. Half of the time when the characters spoke to each other their conversations were explained rather than played out in dialogue, which didn't reveal much of their personalities. Still, the mystery is an interesting one and I recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice cozy mystery. Review disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for a review.
  • Designer Genes on Nov. 05, 2013

    DESIGNER GENES is a cute, easy romance. Mostly set in a small town, it's filled with quirky, likeable characters. The characters combined with Diamond's humorous storytelling makes this an enjoyable light read. The romance aspect is fairly simple and straightforward. There were a few unresolved secondary events by the end of the novel, but the author addresses these nicely in an afterward summarizing what transpired in related books originally released in conjunction with this one. Review disclosure: I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
  • Danger Music: An Offbeat Sleuth Mystery on Nov. 19, 2013

    DANGER MUSIC is a fun mystery filled with diverse and interesting characters. The characters make the story, and Diamond skillfully develops each personality. The protagonist is an amateur sleuth who somehow finds herself more involved than intended. As she delves deeper into the mystery, the main character battles her own set of problems. Her personal struggles give this story a unique slant. Her issues were foreign to me personally, but I found it easy to sympathize with her. DANGER MUSIC kept me entertained from beginning to end. This story will likely appeal to those who enjoy a good character-driven cozy mystery. Review disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Killing Me Softly (Previously published as Live and Let Die) on May 16, 2014

    LIVE AND LET DIE is an engaging psychological thriller with enough plot twists to maintain intrigue until the very end. Sloane has crafted a unique story brought to life by her talented writing. The book is told from multiple points of view and from multiple points in time, but the shifts are easy to keep track of and only serve to heighten the mystery element of this captivating story. LIVE AND LET DIE should appeal to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel.
  • Home Free on July 23, 2014

    In HOME FREE, mystery and humor combine to create a thoroughly entertaining story. Set in a small town, the heroine is zany and likeable, and the supporting characters nicely round out the cast. The foul language can be a bit much at times, but readers who favor chick-lit mysteries and aren't sensitive to obscenities will likely enjoy this book.