Sally Berneathy


I grew up in a small rural town in southeastern Oklahoma where our favorite entertainment on summer evenings was to sit outside under the stars and tell stories. When I went to bed at night, instead of a lullaby, I got a story. That could be due to the fact that everybody in my family has a singing voice like a bullfrog with laryngitis, but they sure could tell stories—ghost stories, funny stories, happy stories, scary stories.

For as long as I can remember I've been a storyteller. Thank goodness for computers so I can write down my stories. It's hard to make listeners sit still for the length of a book! Like my family's tales, my stories are funny, scary, dramatic, romantic, paranormal, magic.

I have two ongoing cozy mystery series: Death by Chocolate and Charley’s Ghost. The first book in each series is a USA Today Bestseller.

Death by Chocolate is the first of seven books in that series. The others are Murder, Lies and Chocolate; The Great Chocolate Scam; Chocolate Mousse Attack; Fatal Chocolate Obsession; Deadly Chocolate Addiction; and Wives, Guns and Chocolate. There will be more!

Charley’s Ghost includes: The Ex Who Wouldn't Die, The Ex Who Glowed in the Dark, The Ex Who Conned a Psychic, and The Ex Who Saw a Ghost. There will be more!

Before my third divorce, I sold fifteen romance novels ranging from comedy to dark suspense under the names Sally Carleen, Sally Steward and Sara Garrett. For those novels, I won several awards including National Readers' Choice, Romantic Times Best Silhouette Romance and two Rita finalist slots. Most of the Silhouettes are available as e-books. Now my focus is on murder.

Besides writing, my interests are reading, eating chocolate and riding my Harley.

Contact information is available on my website. I love to talk to readers! Okay, I just plain love to talk!

Where to find Sally Berneathy online


Shifting Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,730. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
REINCARNATION, MURDER & ROMANCE Elizabeth Dupard awakens at the foot of the stairs in her home, looks in the mirror and sees a stranger. Elizabeth died 100 years ago. The face in the mirror is Analise Parrish. Someone killed her in her former lifetime. Someone is trying to kill her in the present, and she must recover her memories of this lifetime or die.
The Ex Who Hid a Deadly Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,100. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When a deadbeat customer becomes obnoxious in Amanda’s motorcycle shop, she grabs a hammer and threatens to bash his head in so far he will be able to see his dirty underwear. Three weeks later the deadbeat is found murdered in her parking lot. Strands of Amanda’s red hair are found on the victim. The deadbeat’s ghost accuses her of murdering him. The situation goes downhill from there.
Guns, Wives and Chocolate
Series: Death by Chocolate. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,350. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Lindsay hosts a welcome home party for a drug dealer’s release from prison. What could possibly go wrong? Soon her back yard is filled with felons, loud music, and smoke from various kinds of cigarettes. Lindsay’s ex’s ex, Grace, arrives with her young son and her new husband, Chuck. Chuck is murdered. His other wife calls. Wait…his other wife? Can things get worse? Yes.
Crimen, Mentiras y Chocolate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,270. Language: Spanish. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Un hombre visita a Lindsay en su restaurant, come de sus bizcochos de chocolate, y cae muerto. Prisioneros, asesinos, parientes locos y bailarinas exóticas son parte del caos en esta segunda entrega de la serie Muerte por Chocolate. ¡BONO ADICIONAL!: Incluye recetas con chocolate. El veneno es opcional.
Deadly Chocolate Addiction
Series: Death by Chocolate. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,650. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A chocoholic comes to Death by Chocolate, eats Lindsay’s desserts and intimidates her ex, Rickhead. He's her new best friend. He leaves a key under his plate. That night he’s murdered. Is the key a clue to his murder? What does it hide that makes it important enough for someone to kill to get it?
Triple Chocolate Murder
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 192,950. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Boxed set containing books 1-3 of USA Today Bestselling Death by Chocolate series - (1) Death by Chocolate, (2) Murder, Lies and Chocolate, and (3) Great Chocolate Scam. Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets.
The Ex Who Saw a Ghost
Series: Charley's Ghost. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,100. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Five bodies in a well. One of them is the brother of a police detective. That man’s ghost is Charley’s new best friend. But the new ghost isn’t going anywhere. He has an agenda, and it’s not finding his killer. Amanda, Charley, Jake, the medium Teresa, and the ghost’s brother Ross must hunt down his killer before one of them is killed. Charley’s not worried, but the others don’t have his i
Muerte por Chocolate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,520. Language: Spanish. Published: December 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Libro uno de la Serie Muerte por Chocolate Lindsay Powell sólo tiene un secreto y es su receta para preparar galletas con chispas de chocolate, sin embargo está rodeada de vecinos que guardan secretos mortales. Lindsay necesita algo más que una simple mezcla de chocolate para sobrevivir a todo este caos.
Fatal Chocolate Obsession
Series: Death by Chocolate. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,850. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A bouquet of roses, a bottle of wine, a crystal butterfly…and a dead man in the alley behind Death by Chocolate. Gifts for Lindsay, left in the middle of the night. Is her ex-husband Rick between girlfriends and pursuing her again? Did he leave the roses and wine? He has done the out-of-season Santa Claus thing before. But when the crystal butterfly appears, Rick is in the hospital.
The Ex Who Conned a Psychic
Series: Charley's Ghost, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,530. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Third book, Charley’s Ghost series USA Today Bestselling Author Sally Berneathy Amanda is haunted by her ex, Charley…literally. Teresa, a professional psychic, may be able to help but before she moves Charley on to the next life, she needs him to contact her dead husband to find out who killed him. Amanda wanted to get rid of her ghost. Now she has a killer, a crazy man, and two ghosts in her lif
Chocolate Mousse Attack
Series: Death by Chocolate, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,650. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Book 4, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE series USA Today Bestselling Author, Sally Berneathy A phone call at 2 a.m. is never good news. But there’s bad news and there’s strange news. Lindsay’s two a.m. call is a plea for help. There’s a woman in Fred’s closet and he can’t get her out. New neighbor Sophie Fleming is having nightmares about the brutal stabbing of her imaginary childhood friend in Fred’s bedr
The Ex Who Glowed in the Dark
Series: Charley's Ghost, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,120. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Book 2 in Charley’s Ghost series Amanda's lying, cheating husband Charley was murdered before Amanda could divorce him. Now she’s stuck with his ghost. When the brother of her assistant Dawson is kidnapped, Charley decides to help find the boy and prove he's a changed ghost. But first Dawson must explain why he's never mentioned a brother in the two years he's known Amanda.
Ghost of Summer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,760. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A magical story of love. Kate's mother died when she was two, but now her spirit is here to help Kate and her childhood friend, Luke, find the wonder and magic of love, the ghost of their summers past and the promise of all their summers to come.
The Great Chocolate Scam
Series: Death by Chocolate, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,240. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Book 3 in the Death by Chocolate series. Finally Rick has agreed to sign the divorce papers and give Lindsay her freedom! She is sitting in her lawyer’s office waiting for him when she gets the call. Rick is dead. Murdered by a bomb that blew up his car in his own driveway. Come for the Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, stay for the murder, mayhem and fun!
Murder, Lies and Chocolate
Series: Death by Chocolate, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,020. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Rodney Bradford comes into Lindsay's restaurant, Death by Chocolate, offers to buy her small house for double its value, eats her brownies, and drops dead on the sidewalk in front. Prisoners, murderers, crazy relatives and strippers are all part of the chaos in this 2nd book of the Death by Chocolate series. BONUS! Chocolate recipes at end of book. Poison optional.
Secrets Rising
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,920. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Murder, deception and romance as long-buried secrets rise from the past.
Secrets Among the Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,820. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Romantic suspense. Eliot Kane fears he's a modern day Jekyll and Hyde. Leanne Warner finds herself falling in love with Eliot even as his alter ego is trying to kill her.
Undercover Secrets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,770. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Brad Malone, undercover cop, is trying to blend with the street community and find a killer. TV reporter Allison Prescott is trying to get a story. She follows him, takes his picture, asks embarrassing questions and gets dangerously close to blowing his cover, but he can't seem to stay away from her.
The Ex Who Wouldn't Die
Series: Charley's Ghost, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 83,640. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Book 1, Charley's Ghost series Amanda has been trying for a year to divorce her lying, cheating, scam artist husband, Charley. Then he turns up dead. Finally they are no longer married! But she is the primary suspect and, if that isn't bad enough, Charley's ghost shows up in her apartment. He was rejected, not allowed to go to the light. Even death did not them part.
Death by Chocolate
Series: Death by Chocolate, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 73,750. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.77 from 13 reviews)
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Lindsay Powell loves chocolate. It tastes good, it makes her feel good, it never cheats on her like her almost-ex husband. But someone wants her dead and uses her inability to resist chocolate to try to murder her. As Lindsay battles an elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and a dead man who isn't very dead, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive.

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Harriet Rogers
Latest book: Cardboard Castles.
Published January 30, 2020. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Sally Berneathy

  • Maggie on April 19, 2012

    A beautiful, poignant story. With emotional intensity and a style that is pure poetry at times, the writer takes us on a journey from painful depths to triumphant happiness. A must-read.
  • Taxi Scramble on June 27, 2020

    Taxi Scramble: Taxi Scramble “Fascination and terror short circuited my brain as the skinny guy in line ahead of me shoved a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.” Thus begins the third book of Honey Walker’s adventures. And shortly thereafter... “I hammered on the automatic door until it reluctantly reopened. By the time I got outside, the would-be robber was stomach down, hands restrained behind his back with a pair of fuzzy purple cuffs.” Adventure delivered with unexpected, laugh-out-loud humor. Another winner!
  • Small Town Taxi on June 27, 2020

    Small Town Taxi: I was hooked from the first sentence: "When she shot the front seat of my taxi, I thought about getting a different job, but it was the passenger side and empty, so I didn’t update my resume." The author continues to deliver hilarious writing and a fascinating plot throughout the book. I highly recommend this book!
  • Sky High Taxi on June 27, 2020

    Sky High Taxi: Loved the first book in this series, Small Town Taxi. The author continues to deliver in the second book! Honey Walker, Belle, Jon, Lucille...all these quirky characters have come a part of my life, and I can't wait to read more of their adventures.
  • Cardboard Castles on June 27, 2020

    Cardboard Castles The latest adventures of Honey Walker are every bit as entertaining as the first three. I laughed out loud most of the time in between the terror of Honey being chased by the ominous black SUV and the touching-while-still-funny interactions of the characters with the homeless boy. Lucille returns with her delicious cookies and her closet of secrets! Can't wait for the next Honey Walker book!
  • The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: In the Eye of the Storm on June 28, 2020

    Meet Lt. Colonel Jackson MacKenzie, a man to whom honor is everything. He served his country and became a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Before he can recover from the mental and physical scars of that experience, his country betrays him even as they ask more from him. In the Eye of the Storm is a spell-binding account of Jackson MacKenzie’s war experiences as well as his emotional journey dealing with those experiences. The action scenes had me turning pages as fast as I could, heart racing, to find out what happened next. Some of the emotional experiences brought actual tears to my eyes. The author takes the reader through tension, emotion, and, ultimately, joy with a few laughs thrown in to ease the tension. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.