Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva

Marty Hudson Mysteries

Book 2
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…

 If there's one thing Martha "Marty" Hudson can't say no to, it's her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene's little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing "person" ends up being a missing corpse. Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty and Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who's now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything? Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

 

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2

 

What critics are saying about The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

"This is a terrific new series featuring modern updated Sherlock Holmes characters. I've been looking forward to reading this book as a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I was not disappointed."

A Cozy BookNook


"One of the most anticipated of the fall releases happens to be one of THE BEST of the fall releases! Halliday and Rey have joined forces to create a SUPERLATIVE new cozy mystery series that will leave readers clamoring for more."

Blogcritics, Diane Morasco


"This well-written book is loaded with fantastic, lovable characters.  Marty's story is full of humor, mystery and suspense."

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About the author

Gemma Halliday has worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally deciding to be a writer. Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Reader's Choice awards and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists. Gemma is the author of High Heels Mysteries and the Marty Hudson Mysteries as well as several stand-alone titles.

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Aug 14, 2018
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316
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9781947110588
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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From New York Times, USA Today and #1 Kindle bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...

Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade  and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2


What critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

 

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."

—Chicago Tribune

 

"Stylish...nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"

—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

 

"Smart, funny and snappy...the perfect beach read!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"

—Romance Reviews Today

 From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes another to-die-for culinary mystery...

 Full-time baker and sometime-sleuth Sally Muccio is enjoying life as a new bride and only wishes that sales in her bakery would pick up. So when popular TV host Donna Dooley invites her and best friend, Josie, to be guests on Someone's in the Kitchen with Donna, it’s the answer to their prayers. The pair is excited about the opportunity until they discover Donna's new assistant is none other than Josie's former nemesis from culinary school, Kelly Thompson.

Like cookies in a hot oven, temperatures rise, and their animosity escalates into a food fight during the taping—which then goes viral! But when a dead body is then discovered on the set, fingers immediately point to Josie, and Sal's usual sassy partner is at a loss of how to defend herself. Sal's world is once again plunged into chaos as she attempts to keep her friend out of jail, control a blast from the past that threatens to harm her marriage, and keep her crazy parents at bay as they film a commercial for a funeral home. Already knee deep in dough, Sal discovers a possible link between the current murder and an unsolved one from the past. But she’ll have to work fast because a killer is on her trail and determined to silence Sal...forever.

**Recipes Included!**

 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Baked to Death (book #2)

Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

Frosted With Revenge (book #4)

Silenced by Sugar (book #5)

A Drizzle Before Dying  (short story in the "Pushing Up Daisies" collection) 

Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)


What critics are saying:

"Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice."

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"

—Fresh Fiction

From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes another Merry Wrath Mystery that will leave you laughing 'til it hurts—scout's honor!


Ex-CIA agent turned suburban scout leader, Merry Wrath, is just trying to live a normal, quiet life.  But all that goes out the window when a convicted traitor (who’s inconveniently not in his prison cell) dies on her doorstep, and an obese cat, who bears a disturbing resemblance to Hitler, decides to move in.

 

To make things worse, it’s time for the annual troop cookie sale, her new boyfriend’s old college flame shows up to win him back, and someone’s shooting at Merry in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. Is the assassin after her or the cat? Is Riley, her hot former CIA handler, hitting on her? Is Rex, her boyfriend, going to dump her? Will she sell enough cookies to take her troop to Winter Sniper Camp? If Merry doesn't find answer to these questions soon, it may be too late!

 

Merry Wrath Mysteries:

Merit Badge Murder – book #1

Mint Cookie Murder – book #2

Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection

Marshmallow S'More Murder – book #3

Movie Night Murder – book #4

Mud Run Murder – book #5

Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the "Pushing Up Daisies" collection

Motto for Murder – book #6

Map Skills Murder – book #7

Mean Girl Murder – book #8

Marriage Vow Murder – book #9

Mystery Night Murder – book #10

 

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

 

"Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, 'Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…"

~ RT BOOKreviews

 

"Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense."

~ Chicago Tribune

 

"Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details."

~ Publisher's Weekly

 

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next dangerously delicious Cookies & Chance Mystery...

 

Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.

The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She'll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process.

Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?

 

**Recipes Included!**

 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Baked to Death (book #2)

Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

Frosted With Revenge (book #4)

Silenced by Sugar (book #5)

A Drizzle Before Dying  (short story in the "Pushing Up Daisies" collection) 

Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)

 

What critics are saying:

 

"Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice."

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"Catherine Bruns has found a winning recipe for an exciting mystery mixed with a dash of humor and a heap of danger. Add in a little romance for spice, and you get one sweet reading treat."

—Mary Marks, bestselling author of the Quilting Mystery series.

From #1 Amazon & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Fischetto comes a kidnapping gone wrong, an heiress undercover, and a Bond Girl torn between two men...

 

Her name is Bond. Jamie Bond. And this time, the stakes are personal...

Private investigator, Jamie Bond is used to danger—it's the name of her game. But when one of her past informants, an exotic dancer named Apple, goes missing, Jamie drops everything to find her. At first, Jamie suspects this may be a case of a weekend fling after a wild party at a Hollywood mogul's home. But it turns into something much more sinister when the movie mogul's daughter also appears to be kidnapped and a five million dollar ransom demand is made! Are the two missing women related? Which one of the movie mogul's angry associates is behind it? And can Jamie find Apple...before it's too late?

 

With the clock ticking, Jamie rallies her crew of Bond Girls to sort through a slew of suspects including a cagey caterer, a film producer with an axe to grind, and the movie mogul's former best friend turned worst enemy. To complicate matters, at the kidnapper's demand of "no law enforcement or she dies," Jamie can't breathe a word of her investigation to her on-again off-again love interest, ADA. Aiden Prince—just when things are heating up between them, despite Jamie's complicated feelings for her best friend, Danny Flynn. Torn between two men, racing against time, and tracking a cold-blooded killer, Jaime has the case of her life on her hands—complete with more twists and turns than an LA freeway! The only question is, can she solve it in time...or will it be Apple's life on the line?

 

The Jamie Bond Mysteries:
Unbreakable Bond (book #1)
Secret Bond (book #2)

Lethal Bond (book #3)
Bond Bombshell (short story)

Dangerous Bond (book #4)

Bond Ambition (short story)

Fatal Bond (book #5)

Here's what critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
—Chicago Tribune

"Stylish... nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

"Smart, funny and snappy… the perfect beach read!"

—Fresh Fiction 

From New York Times, USA Today and #1 Kindle bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...

Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade  and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2


What critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

 

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."

—Chicago Tribune

 

"Stylish...nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"

—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

 

"Smart, funny and snappy...the perfect beach read!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"

—Romance Reviews Today

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series!

"Gemma Halliday's Maddie Springer is like the west coast version of Janet Evanovich"s Stephanie Plum - only more stylish!"
- LG Book Club

Secret affairs, hunky gardeners, and housewives desperate enough to bare it all... welcome to Magnolia Lane, TV's hottest new prime time show. A place where L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer should be in fashion heaven. That is until the body of a rising young starlet is found dead on the show's set. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a leading lady with a secret, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a sexy cyber scandal, and one tabloid reporter who'll stop at nothing to get the story of the century. Not to mention Maddie's hot-cold relationship with the case's familiar lead detective, Jack Ramirez. In a world where secrets, lies, and deception can earn you an Oscar, Maddie plays the role of a lifetime to catch Hollywood's hottest killer. But if she doesn't watch her step, Maddie's fifteen minutes of fame just may be her last.

Other Books in the High Heels Series:
#1 Spying in High Heels
#2 Killer in High Heels
#3 Undercover in High Heels
#3.5 Christmas in High Heels (short story)
#4 Alibi in High Heels
#5 Mayhem in High Heels
#5.5 Honeymoon in High Heels (short story)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (novella)
#6 Fearless in High Heels
#7 Danger in High Heels

#8 Homicide in High Heels

#9 Deadly in High Heels

What critics are saying about Undercover in High Heels:

"Halliday is on top of her game, and readers will love Maddie's new adventure."
- Booklist

"It's rare to find a romantic mystery that's so funny, but this is certainly one of them. Maddie Springer (is) a "Versace" Nancy Drew everyone can appreciate."
- Press & Sun Bulletin

"The characters are full of flaws, which make them believable and appealing, and Maddie's amusing, irreverent voice relating the story will have you smiling ear to ear. Halliday pulls off another hit with UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS!"
- Fresh Fiction

"Readers who love romance, mystery, and a bit of humor will fall in love with UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS. Like me you will find yourself scrambling to find the whole series of Ms. Halliday's "High Heels" books."
- Fantasy Book Spot

"UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS was worth the wait! Maddie is on a bullet-spraying, wardrobe-ruining, get-her-(boy)friend-back, high-speed, stranger-danger adventure and she's willing to take you along for the ride. And what a ride it is!!"
- Once Upon a Romance

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS

“I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf

“This series is delightful, well written, and wildly entertaining.”—Suspense Magazine
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series!

"Gemma Halliday's Maddie Springer is like the west coast version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum - only more stylish!"
- LG Book Club

Maddie Springer is finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams. And she's got the perfect wedding planner to pull it all off in style. Well, perfect, that is, until the woman winds up dead - murdered in buttercream icing. Suddenly Maddie's hope of a dream wedding melts faster than an ice sculpture at an outdoor buffet. And when her groom-to-be is assigned the detective in charge of the case, there goes any chance of a honeymoon. Unless, of course, Maddie can find the murderer before her big day. With the help of her fellow fashionista friends, Maddie vows to unveil the cold-blooded killer. Is it the powerful ex-husband, the hot young boy toy, a secret lover from the past, or a billionaire bridezilla on the warpath? As the wedding day grows closer, tempers flare, old flames return, and Maddie's race to the altar turns into a race against time.

Other Books in the High Heels Series:
#1 Spying in High Heels
#2 Killer in High Heels
#3 Undercover in High Heels
#3.5 Christmas in High Heels (short story)
#4 Alibi in High Heels
#5 Mayhem in High Heels
#5.5 Honeymoon in High Heels (short story)
#5.75 Sweetheart in High Heels (novella)
#6 Fearless in High Heels
#7 Danger in High Heels

#8 Homicide in High Heels

#9 Deadly in High Heels

What critics are saying about Mayhem in High Heels:

"I love how Gemma Halliday intertwines laughter and romance with grit, suspense and murder. Her characters have incredible depth, which makes you feel like you know them on a personal level. Her story, MAYHEM IN HIGH HEELS, sparkles with charm unlike any other murder mystery."
- Romance Junkies

"Funny and appealing, Halliday's hapless detective is a pleasure to watch as she somehow manages to solve another mystery."
- Booklist

"Do not wait -- rush right out and get MAYHEM IN HIGH HEELS and join Maddie and her gang for a thrilling mystery adventure!"
- Romance Reviews Today

"Fans will no doubt enjoy the (5th book) in this fun series."
- Enchanting Reviews

"This fifth...installment in Halliday's High Heels series is wonderfully entertaining, with an absorbing and complex mystery. Her pleasingly non-ass-kicking heroine -- with her entourage of quirky and fascinating family and friends -- makes this a fitting (5th) to these fun stories."
- Romantic Times, 4 stars

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