The Tell-Tale Con: Rules of the Scam Mysteries book #1

Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From acclaimed author Aimee Gilchrist comes a story that proves it takes a con to spot one...

 

Tallulah "Talia" Jones has not had your average upbringing. The child of con-artists, her parents have bestowed such important life lessons upon her as, "the con is in the details" and "don't steal from your friends … because they can identify you to the cops way too easily."

 

Now her dad is in prison, her mom has become "Mystic Madam Magdala", and her biology partner, pro chess player, son of Hollywood bigwig, Harrison Poe, suddenly needs Talia's help solving a mystery in a way that only a person who understands the rules of a con can. It looks like a quick and legit way to earn some cash … until someone ups the ante with murder. Now Talia and Harrison are racing against time to find the killer before Harrison becomes the next victim.

 

It's going to take all of Talia's skills to pull off this con … because as any good con artist can tell you, "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull."

 

 

“This book had me guessing from start to finish! Talia is clever, cool, and the kind of girl I’d totally want as a best friend…and not an enemy! I can’t wait to read more from Aimee Gilchrist!”
- Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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About the author

Aimee Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and three children. She writes mysteries for both teens and adults. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another 'experience' for her books and not an inability to settle down. Aimee loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.

A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Aimee likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom and wife. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don't appreciate being served lunch and told, "This is the hot dog of your discontent." So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.

Aimee also writes YA and Inspirational Romantic Comedies under the name Amber Gilchrist.

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Publisher
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Feb 16, 2015
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9781940371184
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2) 

Deadly Wipeout (book #3) 

Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4) 

Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5) 

Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6) 

Ukulele Deadly (book #7)

Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8) 

Death of the Kona Man (book #9)

Lethal Tide (book #10) 


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What critics are saying about Aimee's books:

 

"Great characters and witty dialogue. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more."

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The only thing that Aloha Lagoon Resort manager Charlotte Conner hates more than her employees working on "island time" is Christmas. It isn't just the over commercialized tripe, but it's also the fact that once-upon-a-time her Christmas would-be wedding went up in spectacular flames. Now she has to share the hated Hawaiian holiday with her twin sister (the one responsible for Charlotte's ruined vows), Alexander Cho (the one currently responsible for destroying Charlotte's peace of mind and libido), and the body of one very dead assistant. Aloha Lagoon's police department can't find anyone else with a better motive for killing Charlotte's assistant than Charlotte herself, so now it's up to her, Alex, and her irritatingly ever-present twin to hunt down the real murderer before Charlotte spends her Christmas in a jail cell for a Mele Kalikimurder she didn't commit. This is one holly-jolly holiday that just might end up deadly!

 

 

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:

Ukulele Murder (book #1)

Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)

Deadly Wipeout (book #3)

Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)

Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)

Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)


 

About Aloha Lagoon:

There's trouble in paradise...

Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! visit us at alohalagoonmysteries.com

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