A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death: Helen Binney Mysteries holiday short story

Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones comes a holiday short story of murder, mayhem, and cookies...

 

How could something as sweet and wholesome as a gingerbread-house contest lead to a murder investigation? Just include the ex-first-lady of Massachusetts, Helen Binney, on the judging panel and require a unanimous decision for the prizes. The other judges are dampening Helen's Christmas spirit, and she's beginning to think that someone involved in the contest is a killer targeting her friends at the nursing home. Could it be the local politician who would do anything to hold onto her power, the wealthy invalid who guilts people into acting against their own beliefs, or the male nurse who looks a lot more like a bodyguard/assassin? Helen is determined to find out, no matter how many cookies she has to crumble!  

 

**This is a short story of approximately 19,000 words/37pages**

 

Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

 

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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About the author

USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones is a lawyer who specializes in ghost-writing for other lawyers. She prefers to write fiction, though, since she doesn't have to worry that her sense of humor might get her thrown into jail for contempt of court. In her spare time, Gin makes quilts, grows garlic and serves on the board of directors for the XLH Network.

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Mar 3, 2016
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Pages
50
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ISBN
9781940371870
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Book 5
From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones...

 

Helen Binney is frustrated with the challenges of her lupus and is desperate to hit something—anything! So what better place to go than a martial arts studio owned by a friend? Only her frustrations remain when she finds herself in a minor car accident, a female martial arts competitor mocks her physical limitations, and the studio owner won't let her engage in any satisfyingly high-impact exercise.

 

But when the rude competitor is found dead in the locker room, Helen is distracted from her personal problems. She learns that the woman owned a Bed & Breakfast, and wasn't very good at making friends. Murder suspects abound, with several ex-boyfriends, mistreated employees at her B&B, a competing B&B operator, and a romantic rival. And the murder isn't the only mystery in Helen's life. Her handsome ex-lawyer Tate seems to be withdrawing from their newly personal relationship, and she can't get him to tell her what's wrong. Can Helen keep Tate from giving up on their relationship and defend herself against a killer who was able to overpower a highly skilled martial artist? Or will this be one fight she doesn't limp away from?

 

Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

A Dawn of Death – book #4

A Darling of Death – book #5

 

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author  


Book 14
From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes a brand new mystery...

 

It's Independence Day weekend, and Maria Dolores, the descendant of Danger Cove's first lighthouse keeper, is the new manager of the Lighthouse Farmers' Market. While she may be a bit uncertain about her career change—trading financial planning for flower stalls and farm fresh produce—she's still determined to get the market into shape and onto one of the region's "best of" lists.

 

From the very beginning, though, events conspire against her. Her mentor and attractive local farmer, Merle Curtis, fails to show up to introduce her to the vendors, the stalls are all in the wrong place, and an earthquake shakes up everyone in the market! In its aftermath, Maria realizes the flower vendor is more than shaken up... she's dead. Maria suddenly finds herself embroiled in a small town mystery that's got everyone on edge. Will it all lead to the end of Maria's new career? Or worse yet... her life?

 

The Danger Cove books:

Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)

Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)

Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)

A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)

Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Famers' Market Mystery)

 

About Danger Cove:

Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

Book 5
From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones...

 

Helen Binney is frustrated with the challenges of her lupus and is desperate to hit something—anything! So what better place to go than a martial arts studio owned by a friend? Only her frustrations remain when she finds herself in a minor car accident, a female martial arts competitor mocks her physical limitations, and the studio owner won't let her engage in any satisfyingly high-impact exercise.

 

But when the rude competitor is found dead in the locker room, Helen is distracted from her personal problems. She learns that the woman owned a Bed & Breakfast, and wasn't very good at making friends. Murder suspects abound, with several ex-boyfriends, mistreated employees at her B&B, a competing B&B operator, and a romantic rival. And the murder isn't the only mystery in Helen's life. Her handsome ex-lawyer Tate seems to be withdrawing from their newly personal relationship, and she can't get him to tell her what's wrong. Can Helen keep Tate from giving up on their relationship and defend herself against a killer who was able to overpower a highly skilled martial artist? Or will this be one fight she doesn't limp away from?

 

Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

A Dawn of Death – book #4

A Darling of Death – book #5

 

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author  


Book 16
From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes "fresh" new mystery...

 

Labor Day weekend starts with a bang in Danger Cove when a dead body is found in the orchard of Maria Dolores' mentor and maybe-boyfriend, Merle! While it's clear the murder took place long ago, the police are still keeping Merle tied up, leaving Maria on her own to run the local farmers' market. She's prepared for the petty squabbles, disorganized vendors, and even a rowdy group of costumed pirates—it comes with the territory. But she isn't prepared for the fresh body found in an isolated corner of the market!

 

Maria would like to leave the investigation to the local homicide detective, but he's stretched thin with two separate murders, and her nemesis—the farmer who lost out to her for the manager's job—is demanding quick answers or else. With a nearly endless array of suspects, since the victim had upset just about everyone at the market, Maria has her work cut out for her! Can she prevent another murder in the market... or will she end up the next victim?

 

 

The Danger Cove books:

Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)

Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)

Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)

A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)

Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Famers' Market Mystery)

Divas, Diamonds & Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)

A Slaying in the Orchard (a Danger Cove Famers' Market Mystery)

A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch (a Danger Cove Famers' Market Mystery)

About Danger Cove:

Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

Book 11
From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby...

 

For quilt appraiser Keely Fairchild, the opportunity to appraise more than a hundred quilts feels almost too good to be true. And then she learns the bad news: the quiltmaker was murdered and the police have no leads. Keely suspects that the quilts hold the key to the dead woman's death as well as to her life. While looking for answers in the quilts, Keely uncovers a variety of suspects, including the greedy heir, a smarmy used-car salesman, a feuding neighbor, and even a rival quiltmaker. As if this project weren't enough to complicate Keely's quiet life, she's also under a short deadline to find new meeting space for the quilters' guild and she's running out of time to decide whether to let charming local reporter Matt Viera into her life. Of course, those other problems may not matter if the quiltmaker's killer strikes again, this time to prevent Keely from finding the clues in the calico.

 

The Danger Cove books:

Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)

Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)

Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)

A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)

Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)

 

 

About Danger Cove:

Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

Gin Jones
From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and  Elizabeth Ashby...


The holidays can be a killer.

Quilt appraiser Keely Fairchild is thrilled that the Danger Cove Quilt Guild has teamed up with the Historical Museum to make miniature quilts to decorate the museum's Christmas tree. To join in the holiday spirit, she offers free appraisals of holiday quilts during the ornament-making workshop. But when the owner of a Tree of Life quilt is fatally stabbed in the museum's parking lot, Keely finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation! The police think it's a random act of violence, but Keely is convinced it has something to do with the quilt, which is now missing. Everyone is a suspect including the workshop instructor, the instructor's annoying assistant, a shady retired cop, and even the local quilt shop owner who found the body. And don't forget hot local reporter, Matt Viera, who isn't proving to be as reliable as Keely had hoped. Can she count on him to help her solve the case or will he abandon her again...this time to the mercies of a vicious killer?

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers' Market short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)


About Danger Cove:
Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove...from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don't let our name fool you—we're the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest! Visit us at dangercovemysteries.com

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