At age 14, the murder of Reggie Harper's twin sister Roxy averted the course of his forever. The siblings had a finely-honed sense of justice, and Reggie doubled down on it, in a lifelong pursuit of the kinds of monsters who took his sister, first as an NYPD officer, then as a homicide detective.
Until tragedy once again struck.
At a mere six years old, Elizabeth Harper lived through the brutal murder of her mother. Days prior, her parents sent her to her uncle Albert in Seattle, hoping to keep her out of cross hairs, and as far away from New York City as possible. In the aftermath, Elizabeth dedicated her life to making the world a better place, to keep her mother's light alive.
Traumatic through lines in their lives forced them down different, though not dissimilar paths. Paths that often show them the same destination. Paths that point to justice for life's victims.
Paths that lead to punishment for the wicked.
However, he ultimately decided writing books about a great detective and his family would prove far less dangerous than personally chasing down monsters.
The jury's still out on whether or not he was correct in that decision.
I'll go to my grave loving you. Missing you.
Reggie Harper has lived a hard life.
A deep, personal loss in his childhood sent him down an obsessive, often taxing path to either become the best detective the state of New York ever saw, or die trying. No option for failure. No in-between. His brash tenacity propelled him through childhood, junior high, and high school before landing him at Adelphi University a few months shy of his 18th Birthday.
But raw intensity wears down any soul, no matter how hardened. Eventually, they need anchors to keep them grounded in the real world. They need a reprieve from life's insistence on heartache. They need something they can't pull from within. They need other people. Above all else, people need love, and Reggie Harper is no exception.
Enter Maryanne Hillard - a beautiful, kind-hearted journalism student.
While recruiting for the school paper, Maryanne notices Reggie's eyes and his camera, and curiosity draws the two of them together like a magnet to steel. They quickly become enamored with one another in ways they never imagined possible.
But there's always trouble around the corner...
"Bully For You" (volume one of the "HARPER mysteries") follows cantankerous, slightly-alcoholic private investigator Reggie Harper as he attempts to track down Michael Waller, a missing eleven-year-old boy in Seattle, Washington.
Before long he discovers this is anything but your average missing persons case, stumbling upon a far-reaching web of fabrications, corruption, abuse, and murder.
Will Detective Harper find Michael Waller before it's too late, or will something strike him down before he ever gets his feet on the ground?
"Among the Dirt and Bones" (volume two of the "HARPER mysteries") picks up directly where "Bully For You" left off. While in the midst of investigating a grizzly, horrifying crime scene, detective Reggie Harper gets a call that further derails his night.
The caller? His daughter Elizabeth, bearing news of the murder of a loved one. The victim? A young woman named Robyn Ackerman, a once troubled girl Elizabeth mentored for a number of years after college.
Fighting through their shared grief, the Harpers set out to get to the bottom of Robyn's murder while an ominous shadow is cast upon Seattle in the form of a series of bizarre, brutal killings.
What led Robyn back to Seattle, and is her death at all connected to the serial killings, or just another random, unfair death in a random, unfair world?
Fame. Mystery. Romance. From CHRISTMAS to VALENTINE'S DAY. The box set includes FOUR fun novellas at 20,000 words each.
Killer Christmas (Book 1)
After breaking up with hunky movie star Nick Doyle, superstar singer Emma Wild returns to her hometown for Christmas to get away from it all. In Hartfield, a small town in Ontario, Canada, she gets caught up in a murder case after a fan's drink is poisoned at the Chocoholic Cafe, owned by Emma's sister Mirabelle.
Who is the killer and was the drink originally intended for Emma? To add to the chaos, Sterling Matthews is the detective on the case. He'd shattered her heart nine years ago and inspired all her hit singles, but now they must work together to find the murderer before the murderer finds Emma.
Includes holiday drink recipes.
New Year’s Slay (Book 2)
Things are heating up with Emma’s high school sweetheart, the handsome Detective Sterling Matthews, but when her movie star ex, Nick Doyle, comes looking for her with a huge diamond engagement ring, Emma’s world turns upside down.
When the owner of The Sweet Dreams Inn is stabbed to death with a chunky knitting needle, Nick is the prime suspect because he is the inn's only guest. Emma and Sterling must work together once again to prove Nick's innocence and find the real killer.
Three’s a crowd in this murder case. Will Emma make up her mind between her first love and her Hollywood hunk?
Includes special recipes.
Death of a Snowman (Book 3)
Everything's going well for singer Emma Wild. Taking a break from her crazy celebrity life in Hartfield has been a refreshing change, even if she did have some difficulty choosing between her movie star boyfriend Nick Doyle and her high school sweetheart Detective Sterling Matthews. But she has made up her mind: she knows who she wants to spend the rest of her life with.
The mayor of Hartfield asks Emma to perform at the annual Snowman Festival, where there are a plethora of fun activities to cure the townspeople of their winter blues every January. But when the mayor’s two children are kidnapped in broad daylight during the snowman building contest, Emma snaps into detective mode. The only clue she has is a ransom note, which contains a couple of lines from an obscure poet named Harold Winken. She thought she also saw the children talking to a man from the stage when she was performing, but she has no idea who this mysterious man could be.
Emma asks Detective Sterling Matthews for help, but he has a new partner, a smart and beautiful brunette named Sandra who only sees Emma as a shallow nuisance. Can Emma solve the case on her own and prove that she’s more than a pretty face.
Includes snow cone recipes.
Valentine’s Day Victim (Book 4)
It looks like superstar singer Emma Wild is going to be single on Valentine’s Day. She’s ignoring all of Detective Sterling Matthew’s calls and evading her promotional duties for her third album release. All she wants to do is sit at home, watch trashy TV shows and eat junk food.
But a journalist from Rolling Stone magazine on a tight deadline tracks her down and follows her around town the same time that Emma’s sister Mirabelle invites her to be one of the judges for the town’s annual baking contest. After the contest is over, Emma finds the winner’s dead body in a toilet stall! While Sterling and his partner Sandra arrests a contestant named Cherry, Emma thinks they have the wrong suspect.
Can she figure out who it is before the murderer kills someone else?
Includes cupcake recipes.
holiday cozy mystery series
christmas cozy mystery
small town cozy mystery
cozy mystery with recipes