Dead Man Talking: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery

Jana DeLeon
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Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire’s fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse but Sapphire has no idea what they’re looking for. Determined to ensure her aunt’s ongoing safety, Zoe promises to expose the intruders, even though it means staying in Everlasting and confronting the past she thought she’d put behind her.

Dane Stanton never expected to see Zoe standing in the middle of her aunt’s living room, and was even more unprepared for the flood of emotion he experiences when coming face to face with his old flame. Zoe is just as independent and determined as he remembered, and Dane knows she won’t rest until Sapphire can return to the lighthouse in peace, so he offers to help her sort things out.

Armed with old legends, Sapphire’s ten cats, and a talking ghost, Zoe has to reconcile her feelings for Dane and embrace her destiny before it’s too late.

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About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Jana DeLeon is a former CFO who jumped off the corporate ladder to write books. She writes The Miss Fortune Mystery Series, Shaye Archer Series, and The Ghost-in-Law Series. Jana also wrote stand-alone titles Unlucky and Rumble on the Bayou. Several of Jana's books are also Indy bestsellers.

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Publisher
Jana DeLeon
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Published on
Oct 10, 2017
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Pages
186
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ISBN
9781940270470
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
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Lucy Quinn

7 cozy mysteries by seven New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

 

New Corpse in Town – Lucy Quinn

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed…until her sixty-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse.

 

Louisiana Longshot – Jana Deleon

It was a hell of a long shot.... 

CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever—in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. 

 

Rosemary’s Gravy – Melissa F. Miller

Personal chef Rosemary has more experience sautéing than sleuthing. But when her client dies from an allergic reaction, Rosemary must clear her name. She would never bring peanut oil into her boss’s house — so who did? A witty and satisfying mystery from a USA Today bestselling author.

 

Scene of the Grind – Tonya Kappes

Roxy's life couldn't be better. Business was booming, she's reconnected with special people from her past, including her first teenage love, and visits The Crooked Cat book store, which is still her favorite shop in Honey Springs.  One problem, Aunt Maxi and Alexis Roarke, owner of Crooked Cat, aren't on the best of terms. And when Roxy takes Alexis a fresh cup of coffee from The Bean Hive and a tasty pastry as a peace offering between the two women, she discovers the beloved book store owner murdered and Aunt Maxi is the number one suspect. Gossip in Honey Springs is as hot at the coffee served at the Bean Hive and Roxy has to uncover who is behind the murder not only to save her shop, her aunt, but her life.

 

The Case of the Screaming Beauty – Alison Golden

The prestigious Lavender Bed and Breakfast in Chiddlinghurst, England has a rich, Tudor atmosphere, an enviously manicured lawn… And a deadly problem. A young, beautiful woman, Norah Travis, has been found murdered in one of the rooms with no witnesses and seemingly no motive. Detective Inspector Graham, a man with a singular drive, a penchant for tea, and silent demons of his own, has been brought in to ferret out the perpetrator.

 

The Secret of Seaside – Agatha Ball

Paige Comber dreams of running off to Paris to train at the Cordon Bleu, but fresh out of college, she is stuck running her granny's coffee shop in the small town of Seaside. It looks like a lousy summer until a handsome stranger named Nate arrives.

He's here to help his Uncle Byron with his affairs, but when his uncle's body washes up on the beach and Nate is thrown into prison, it is up to Paige to find out which of the town's colorful characters might have been crazy enough to do it.

 

Murder at Honeysuckle Hotel – Rose Pressey

When Raelynn Pendleton inherits a Victorian house, she jumps at the
chance to turn it onto a hotel and turn her life around.

But before the new Honeysuckle Hotel even opens for business, Raelynn
discovers the body of a young woman in the garden. As a newcomer in
town, Raelynn is blamed for the murder. She's fired from her job,
which could mean she'll lose the house. The only way to save
Honeysuckle Hotel is to find the real killer - with or without the
sexy Sheriff Kent Klein.

One way or another, Honeysuckle will be buzzing.

 


 

cozy mystery, anthology, multi-author box set, women sleuths, romantic comedy 

 

Book 2
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon brings you the second book in the Ghost-in-Law series. 

Family can be the death of you…..

Sabine LaVeche needs to locate a blood relative fast – her life depends on it.

Then Helena Henry shows up offering to help, and Sabine knows she’s really in trouble when it’s the best idea she’s heard in a while. When private investigator Beau Villeneuve takes on Sabine’s case, things heat up in more ways than one, and Sabine struggles to balance thoughts of a life with Beau against her chances of living at all.

As the investigation proceeds, they begin to uncover the secrets of Sabine’s past and one thing becomes clear – someone doesn’t want Sabine to get the answers she seeks. 

Mischief in Mudbug is a humorous mystery and contemporary romance set in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It is the second book in the New York Times bestselling Ghost-in-Law series. Mischief in Mudbug has a cozy mystery feel and features a strong heroine turned amateur sleuth, a sexy hero, and a ghost unlike any you’ve ever heard of. It appeals to fans of light paranormal, paranormal romance, cozy mysteries and also to fans of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

"Southern wit at its best!" - NYT Bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Sinfully funny!" - NYT Bestselling author CC Hunter/Christie Craig

“DeLeon is excellent at weaving comedy, suspense and spicy romance into one compelling story.” – RT Book Reviews

“I don’t know where she comes up with this funny stuff, but I can’t wait to read the next book…” – Night Owl Reviews

“Jana DeLeon has a breezy style with enough of a comic touch to leave you smiling.” – The Romance Reader

“Son of a gun, we’re having fun in the bayou!” – Fresh Fiction

“The quirky characters keep the action moving…” – Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly Blogger

To learn more about Jana and her books visit her at:

http://janadeleon.com

http://facebook.com/janadeleonauthor

@JanaDeLeon

Book 4
 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fourth book in the bestselling Miss Fortune series.

What’s a little arson between friends?

Undercover CIA agent Fortune Redding spent her first three weeks in Sinful, Louisiana dodging insults, makeup advice, guard dogs, bullets, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc, both professionally and personally. But just when she thinks things are going to settle down in the small bayou town, someone sets her friend Ally’s house on fire.

Carter, who’d just started pursuing Fortune on a personal basis, goes back into cop mode and admonishes her to stay out of his investigation. This time, he swears he won’t issue any warning before arresting her. But with her friend’s safety hanging in the balance, Fortune can’t resist taking matters into her own hands and calls on her partners in crime fighting, Ida Belle and Gertie, to help.

This is a mission for Swamp Team 3. 

Swamp Team 3 is a humorous mystery set in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It has a cozy mystery feel and features a strong woman sleuth in a fish-out-of-water storyline. Swamp Team 3 is the fourth in the Miss Fortune series and appeals to readers of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

"Southern wit at its best!" - NYT Bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Sinfully funny!" - NYT Bestselling author CC Hunter/Christie Craig

“DeLeon is excellent at weaving comedy, suspense and spicy romance into one compelling story.” – RT Book Reviews

“I don’t know where she comes up with this funny stuff, but I can’t wait to read the next book…” – Night Owl Reviews

“Jana DeLeon has a breezy style with enough of a comic touch to leave you smiling.” – The Romance Reader

“Son of a gun, we’re having fun in the bayou!” – Fresh Fiction

“The quirky characters keep the action moving…” – Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly Blogger

To learn more about Jana and her books visit her at:

http://janadeleon.com

http://facebook.com/janadeleonauthor

@JanaDeLeon

 

Book 2
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon brings you the second book in the bestselling Miss Fortune series. 

No one in Sinful liked Pansy Arceneaux, but who hated her enough to kill her?

When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she’s in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen make Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy’s abrasive personality make it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight.

When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.

Armed with only her wits and two conniving seniors referred to locally as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune launches an investigation to find the real killer before her cover is blown. 

Lethal Bayou Beauty is a humorous mystery set in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It has a cozy mystery feel and features a strong woman sleuth in a fish-out-of-water storyline. Lethal Bayou Beauty is the second book in the Miss Fortune series and appeals to readers of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. 

"Southern wit at its best!" - NYT Bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Sinfully funny!" - NYT Bestselling author CC Hunter/Christie Craig

“DeLeon is excellent at weaving comedy, suspense and spicy romance into one compelling story.” – RT Book Reviews

“I don’t know where she comes up with this funny stuff, but I can’t wait to read the next book…” – Night Owl Reviews

“Jana DeLeon has a breezy style with enough of a comic touch to leave you smiling.” – The Romance Reader

“Son of a gun, we’re having fun in the bayou!” – Fresh Fiction

“The quirky characters keep the action moving…” – Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly Blogger

To learn more about Jana and her books visit her at:

http://janadeleon.com

http://facebook.com/janadeleonauthor

@JanaDeLeon

 

Book 3
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the third book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series.

When only a crack shot will do…

In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, poisoned, and shot at…and that was the easy part. But now, she’s about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in the tiny bayou town.

When mayoral candidate Ted Williams is murdered, everyone is surprised. Ted was a blowhole and a Yankee, but those usually weren’t good reasons to kill someone. When Sinful Ladies Society leader Ida Belle becomes the lead suspect in the crime, Fortune knows she’s got to solve a murder and save one of the only friends she’s ever had. 

But as the investigation begins, more and more secrets surface, and Fortune realizes that sometimes nothing is as it seems.

Swamp Sniper is a humorous mystery set in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It has a cozy mystery feel and features a strong woman sleuth in a fish-out-of-water storyline. Swamp Sniper is the third book in the Miss Fortune series and appeals to readers of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. 

Praise for Jana DeLeon:

“DeLeon is excellent at weaving comedy, suspense and spicy romance into one compelling story.” – RT Book Reviews

“I don’t know where she comes up with this funny stuff, but I can’t wait to read the next book…” – Night Owl Reviews

“Jana DeLeon has a breezy style with enough of a comic touch to leave you smiling.” – The Romance Reader

“Son of a gun, we’re having fun in the bayou!” – Fresh Fiction

“The quirky characters keep the action moving…” – Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly Blogger

To learn more about Jana and her books visit her at:

http://janadeleon.com

http://facebook.com/janadeleonauthor

@JanaDeLeon

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