Alibis Can Be Murder

Charlie Parker New Mexico Mystery Series

Book 17
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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Praise for the Charlie Parker series:

 

“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist

“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”--The Midwest Book Review

 

 

Cheating spouses, a pawned Super Bowl ring, a hundred-thousand-dollar scam. That's only one of 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.

 

 

Here’s what others are saying:

“... suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships.” –Booklist

“Shelton’s engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice.” – Library Journal

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About the author

Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels and three non-fiction books. An avid mystery reader all her life, she says it was inevitable that this would be the genre she would write. She is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend™ writing course and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She and her husband currently reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs.

 

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4.8
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Publisher
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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Published on
Jun 5, 2017
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781945422300
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Animals
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Book 1

Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:

 

"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal

 

"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist

 

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

 

In this debut mystery series novel, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, retrieve the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.

 

Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.

 

Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.

 

Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:

"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

 

"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views

 

"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News

 

"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

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Book 8
Book 1

USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton introduces her most delightful cozy mystery series yet—with a little romance, a little magic and a lot of chocolate!

When she's not baking her delectable pastries Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living, and sometimes the things she discovers lead to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation with the good-looking Deputy Beau Cardwell. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed— it all adds up to a dynamic paranormal romantic mystery.


Then, there is all that chocolate! Sam's real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets. She's gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep—jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible.

Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true.

Praise for Connie Shelton's previous mysteries:

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

"Shelton, a major success for Intrigue, can only expand her fan base with this solid effort." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist

"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life." -- Albuquerque Journal

"Connie Shelton has another winner!" -- The Book Report

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Book 11
Now that Samantha Sweet has a contract to provide her special handmade chocolates for the wealthy jet-set clients of Book It Travel, Sweet’s Sweets 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 extra employees but there is no place to put them.

 

Right before the witching day, she comes upon a large Victorian house she can adapt for the business, and it seems her problem is solved. But is it? The mysterious, spooky noises at night are way more than the normal creaks and groans of an old building. Something else is going on and Sam suspects it may be related to her husband’s newest case, investigating where an abandoned duffle bag crammed full of cash came from. Beau is dealing with a greedy reward-seeker, a robbery with no leads, and a waif who appears and vanishes. Sam’s mystery has her watching for ghosts and working almost around the clock. Is she relying on magic?—well, occasionally.

 

“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal

 

“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.”—The Midwest Book Review

 

“Just reading about Samantha Sweet and friends at her pastry shop will leave you drooling in anticipation of delicious treats.” Joanne K, 5-star review  (Spellbound Sweets in Midnight Mysteries)

 

“The teamwork between Samantha and Beau was a main draw as well as attention to detail, down to the last frosted cookie.” – Janine Thiemann, 5 stars (Spellbound Sweets in Midnight Mysteries)

Book 7
 Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton's previous mystery books:

"Charlie is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." --Booklist

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

"...Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." --Library Journal

Charlie gets her newest case (the seventh in this bestselling mystery series) when an ill-tempered female attorney hires her to find the family's missing patriarch in time for an upcoming family reunion. The elderly man took off two months earlier to do some gold prospecting in the hills of southern New Mexico. Charlie agrees to ask around but privately she thinks the old man probably just left town to avoid his irritating daughter.

However, when she visits the almost-ghost town of White Oaks, Charlie comes upon a body that could be the missing Willie McBride. The mystery deepens and Charlie finds herself hiking Arizona's Superstition Mountains in search of the truth. What she finds leaves her facing a huge moral dilemma and there is no one to ask for advice.

Editorial Reviews:
"A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read." Southwest Book Views

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

"...a female sleuth with an original slant to her methods." -Small Press Magazine

"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." --Midwest Book Review

"A good story and a challenging puzzle." --Robert O. Greer, National Public Radio

"Down to earth and very readable." -Library Journal

"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account." --Midwest Book Review

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