Sticky Sweet

Samantha Sweet Magical Cozy Mystery Series

Book 12
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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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

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About the author

 

Connie Shelton is the author of the USA Today bestselling Charlie Parker and Samantha Sweet mysteries and her newest—The Heist Ladies. She's known for a light touch when it comes to sex and violence in her stories, but is much more lavish with food and chocolate. She and her husband and two dogs live in northern New Mexico. Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at connieshelton.com and get her free mystery newsletter.

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Publisher
Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group
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Published on
Jun 10, 2018
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Pages
342
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ISBN
9781945422485
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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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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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

Search words: free, freebie, first in series, mystery, mystery series, romantic suspense, paranormal, paranormal romance, cozy mystery, female protagonist, female sleuth, culinary mystery, mystery books cozy, mystery books cooking, bestselling mystery books free, mystery books in series, free and bargain first book in series, female sleuth cozy mystery, books set in New Mexico, paranormal romantic mystery series

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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