Diamonds Aren't Forever

Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries

Book 1
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled police investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures.

 

Penelope Fitzpatrick wasn’t born to wealth. Her grandfather fed the family by selling his small stash of gemstones smuggled from tsarist Russia when the monarchy fell. Now, Pen has done well for herself as a successful novelist. But when the final jewel in her family legacy becomes the target of a cunning band of thieves, and the priceless piece is stolen, the police have many excuses why they can’t solve the crime. Not one to accept defeat, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace.

 

It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.

 

Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jana DeLeon will love this daring and spunky group of women friends in their first mystery caper.

Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous novels:

“Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue …” –Albuquerque Journal

 

“Down to earth and very readable.” –Library Journal

 

“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)

 

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

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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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Publisher
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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Published on
Aug 14, 2017
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781945422324
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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 Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and the Heist Ladies series:

“The Heist Ladies series is going to be off the charts! Thank you Connie Shelton for such an awesome book.” – 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

 

Sandy Werner’s longtime client walks into Desert Trust Bank, clearly down on her luck. Sandy is shocked to find Mary Holbrook’s once-hefty account is down to less than $200. Mary worked alongside her husband for years to build a successful business, but when she wasn’t looking, all their money vanished and Clint found himself a cute new wife. Abandoned, Mary might be homeless but she certainly isn’t helpless. She teams up with Sandy and her friends who call themselves the Heist Ladies. It’s their mission to see justice done, and Clint Holbrook is the perfect guy to do it to.

 

The ladies discover a huge shell game and track the deceitful ex to the other side of the world, determined to win back Mary’s financial security as well as her self-esteem. But Clint Holbrook has even more ominous problems involving Chinese mobsters, and he’s willing to take drastic measures to avoid being caught. Will the women catch up with him, or will his deadlier foes get him first?

 

“Wonderful characters, terrific plot and story line. I highly recommend Diamonds Aren't Forever … can hardly wait for the next installment!” –5-stars, Amazon review

 “Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review (on the Charlie Parker mysteries)

It’s here -- USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton’s newest Samantha Sweet cozy mystery. With nearly 2 million books sold and downloaded in more than 60 countries, find out what the fuss is all about!

 

Breaking into another house, creating chocolates worth $200 a box, and helping her sheriff husband solve a traffic accident-turned-murder … Samantha Sweet has her hands more than a little full as the new year begins.

 

“Love Connie Shelton’s work. She usually has me at the first word.”—5 stars, Terry Brown

 

It's the beginning of a new year at Sweet's Sweets pastry shop and chocolate factory, and Samantha Sweet finds herself busy as ever, especially when her top client comes in with a new idea. His travel firm is selling a new Travel the World itinerary for the jet-set, and Sam is to come up with special chocolates to make the spectacular trip even more memorable for his wealthy clientele. At $200 a box, she can't exactly say no. Things get a little sticky when a friend calls with a problem, which involves Sam going back to her old job (temporarily, at least) of breaking into houses. How she manages to juggle it all ... well, it just might involve a little magic.

Meanwhile, Beau answers the call to a traffic fatality that turns way more complex when he realizes he has a murder to solve. The couple's paths cross less frequently than they would like, but as luck would have it, Sam ends up providing some of the critical clues in Beau's case and the answers come as a surprise to both of them.

 

“I get started reading and find myself not wanting to stop”—5 stars, online review

 

“I love this series. This is one that is hard to put down when you start to read it.”—5 stars, Goodreads

 

“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

 

It’s Halloween, one of the busiest seasons of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. After baking a zillion pumpkin cookies, ghostly cupcakes, and an all-black cake for a young witch’s wedding, the gang is looking forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookshop. But when one of the guests is murdered and a rare book vanishes—practically in front of their eyes—the evening takes a whole different turn and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

 

BONUS: Includes 10 recipes from the author’s personal collection.

 

Praise for Spellbound Sweets:

“I love her writing style and love her main character, Samantha Sweet. This was a real whodunit in the classic sense, with actors, a bakery, an antique book store, and witches to enliven the story.”— Riverlizzie, 5 stars online

 

“Connie Shelton’s Spellbound Sweets novella is delightful. Just reading about Samantha Sweet and friends at her pastry shop will leave you drooling in anticipation of delicious treats. Join the Halloween party at a bookstore where someone dies and a rare book is now missing. This makes me crave another book in this series.” –Joanne K, 5 stars

 

“Connie Shelton created a book full of mystery, perfect from the first page!” – Maria, 5 star review

 

"Spellbound Sweets"- Delectable yet witchy storyline that never wavered from the bakery aroma for too long! 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 star review

 

“Spellbound Sweets by Connie Shelton was fun – although I think I gained weight reading about Samantha Sweet and the “crew” at her pastry shop. It is one of a few Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mysteries I’ve read and I’ll find previous stories to catch up.” – GDS, 5 stars online

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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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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Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton's previous books:

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

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


Will there be Valentine wedding bells for Samantha Sweet and Beau Cardwell? (introduced in this mystery series opener Sweet Masterpiece) Sam's pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets is busier than ever this Valentine week, as she struggles to replicate the magical chocolate-making techniques of the enigmatic chocolatier who boosted her winter holiday sales into the stratosphere. However, candy classes take second place to a new mystery, when Sam meets a woman whose missing son's case seems to have been dropped by the authorities. Marla Fresques learns that she is dying and needs for her son to come home and raise the daughter he left behind. Sam agrees to help, hoping that Sheriff Beau's inside connections will bring about a quick and happy resolution.

But what about Sam's and Beau's own wedding plans? They may be in jeopardy when an entirely new development appears in the form of Beau's ex-girlfriend who is determined to win him back.

With the familiar mix of mystery, romance and a touch of magic that has enchanted readers of this series, Sweet Hearts draws the reader even further into the captivating world of Samantha Sweet.

 

 

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

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