Bradford comes into Lindsay's restaurant, offers to buy her small house for
double its value, eats her brownies, and drops dead on the sidewalk in front.
Then someone breaks into her house and tries to dig up her basement. Next her
almost-ex-husband offers to sign the divorce papers, but only if she'll give
him her small, old house and take his big, new house instead.
everybody wants Lindsay's house. Is there oil under the basement, plans to
bring the railroad through, pirate treasure buried in the basement? A second break-in occurs and causes her cat,
King Henry, to launch into full attack mode, taking a few chunks out of the
enlists the aid of her enigmatic neighbor, Fred, to help solve the mystery
while trying to keep her police detective boyfriend, Trent, from getting in
their way with his insistence on all those silly cop rules.
the positive side, sales skyrocket for the special dessert Lindsay calls
Murdered Man's Brownies. Prisoners, murderers, crazy relatives and strippers
are all part of the chaos in this second book of the Death by Chocolate series.
Chocolate recipes included. Poison optional.
IRS agent-turned-PI Mortimer Angel is relaxing in a hole-in-the-wall bar in a Reno casino when an attractive young girl hires him to find out who left her a cryptic message demanding a million dollars. At the girl’s house, Mort finds the body of missing rapper Jonnie Xenon―Jo-X to his legions of fans―hanging from the rafters with two bullet holes in him. Mort is shocked when he learns the identity of the girl’s father―and even more shocked when the father hires him to investigate the murder.
Mort-being-Mort accumulates a few felonies as he follows the clues to Las Vegas. And along the way, he picks up an alluring young assistant who changes his life―in every conceivable way.
Returning from a visit to her son's family in California, retired attorney Martha Patterson steps out of the plane at LaGuardia into a New York City heat wave. OK. She'll get home to her air-cooled apartment, have a leisurely bath, rest up from two weeks with wonderful but energy-demanding grandchildren, and get back to gentle retirement, punctuated by the occasional commission to prepare a brief or other legal document for friends in the law.
The first sign of trouble is Boris, the doorman at her apartment house. Boris has shed the uniform coat that seemed almost a part of him and is in his shirtsleeves. The entrance door has been propped open, to very little avail. Boris makes it official. He is sorry to say it, but the air conditioning is out of order.
Tired, hot, anxious for respite, why does Martha agree to take a place on the board? There are only two ways she can only explain it to herself. Either she feels it's her duty as a long-time tenant--or she's a damn fool. The board meeting the next day seems to confirm the latter; she finds herself in the midst of turmoil, and tempers rise with the temperature. But could a fight over putting in a new kitchen or selling an apartment really lead to murder? The tenants' concerns seem unconnected to the death of a former archaeologist.
The dangerous task of finding the killer and fending off another murder falls on seventy year old Martha, who combines exceeding common sense with sharp intellect.
Sprague makes her characters live for us, taking us into the world of middle-class midtown Manhattan professionals, showing them as the sometimes flawed, mostly decent humans they are, and giving them one of the city's crimes to roil their lives and engage ours. Whether her readers live in the City or in an Iowa village, there is no mystery writer who shares her crimes and their solutions more effectively. Turn on your air conditioning and enjoy Gretchen Sprague's Murder in a Heat Wave!
It's spring on the Island, and at the suggestion of her beekeeper, Victoria takes in a new boarder, Orion Nanopoulos. Orion is leading a project to lay a fiber-optic cable across the island. When a body is found in the trench where they are laying the cable, Orion tells Victoria he recognizes the dead man as someone who was a potential investor. Victoria, renowned for her skill at solving crimes and for her knowledge about the Island's residents, is hired by the dead man's sons to investigate the murder.
The Bee Balm Murders is the tenth entry in this delightful cozy series. Boasting a unique heroine, an eccentric cast, and beautiful descriptions of Martha's Vineyard, it's sure to please fans and create new ones.
Chief Investigator Dave is at the first night of the local amateur theatre's production of Macbeth when the curtain is brought down abruptly on a real-life murder. "The show must go on" and does, but the killings do not end, and there is more drama offstage than on for the doomed production before Dave--and (sshh!) Mom--arrive at the bottom of it all.
How he got that way doesn't concern Vic at first; she's too busy mixing drinks between casting calls. But soon she encounters increasingly strange goings-on at the bar, in her apartment, even in her love life--although nothing about her love life, she's the first to admit, has ever been exactly normal. When the regulars at McAleer's seem to know more than they're saying, when her own cat, Slasher, appears to be leading a double life, and when her policeman boyfriend Dan Duchinski acts, for once, oddly unconcerned about Vic's growing suspicion that someone is out to get her, she's forced to dive redhead first into Manhattan's shadowy economic underground to find a killer before he finds her.
As witty and irrepressible as ever, Vic is back in top form, battling the forces of bad hair, rude cabdrivers, and low tippers. This fourth entry in the series confirms Vic Bowering as one of mystery's most lovable and unforgettable heroines.
When potter Shandra Higheagle’s dog brings her a dead body in a sleigh full of presents, her world is turned upside down. Shandra’s dreams and Ryan’s fellow officers may not be enough to keep them alive to share Christmas.
When the doctor is a no-show for her appointment, potter Shandra Higheagle becomes wrapped up in another murder. The death of the doctor’s elderly aunt has everyone questioning what happened and who’s to blame. Shandra’s dreams soon tell her she’s on the right path, but also suggests her best friend could be in grave danger.
A runaway bride, murder, and arson has potter Shandra Higheagle sleuthing again. Sorting through the debris of her best friend’s childhood, Shandra believes she must solve the murder before her friend becomes the next victim.