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“A rollicking and delectable read.” – PEOPLE

“A charmingly improbable love story.” – USA TODAY

Preschool teacher Nancy Stern soldiers through her days cleaning spills, moderating bathroom breaks, and preventing that one kid in the back of the room from eating glue. America's precious future in her hands, Nancy rises to the occasion, but sometimes she yearns for something a little more glamorous. Already worried she's living a cookie cutter life, she can't even take comfort in being the only Nancy Stern in her apartment building.

The penthouse-floor wonder with the same name has a life that may put even the celebrities she interviews for her magazine to shame. To make matters worse for the “lesser” Nancy Stern: No one can seem to get her address right. That pile of party invitations spilling out of her mail box? Not for her. The stunning coat that's arrived straight from the cleaners? Not a chance it's hers. That smooth voice on the other end of the line calling to ask Nancy out on a blind date?

Now that is something the penthouse-floor Nancy Stern doesn't have to find out about. The Other Nancy bends her rules and accepts, hoping for a fun night out with a mystery hunk. What she doesn't expect? To fall in love and have her entire humdrum life turned upside down.

And just when it can’t get any better, or more complicated for preschool teacher Nancy, she finds herself smack in the middle of something worse: murder. Did someone have an axe to grind with penthouse Nancy, or with her?
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Diversion Books
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Apr 26, 2016
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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This hilarious romantic comedy is perfect for readers of Nancy Thayer and Mary Kay Andrews! The sequel to bestselling author Jane Heller’s much-loved novel Princess Charming.

"A hilarious culinary comedy dripping with both romance and suspense that deliciously sends up the farm-to-table foodie phenom. Prepare to laugh out loud—sustainably.”—Ciji Ware, New York Times bestselling author of That Winter in Venice

In Jane Heller’s wild and charming novel of romantic comedy and suspense, three friends go on a cooking excursion with a famous chef, only to discover one of their classmates is very keen on practicing knife technique.

Elaine Zimmerman and her best friends Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky venture to a farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. It’s been over a year since their last trip together, a Caribbean cruise aboard the Princess Charming, and after dealing with a murderous ex and his hit man, they’re yearning for a no-drama vacation this time. During their Cultivate Our Bounty Week, they and eight other guests will learn how to cook farm-to-table meals with Whitley’s artisan-in-residence, a renowned TV/restaurant chef named Jason Hill. Elaine, the jaded, neurotic narrator, is less than thrilled—especially because the program wasn’t supposed to include a surprise appearance by her former boyfriend Simon, who’s still the love of her life but can’t commit to her. What’s more, after milking a cow and making cheese, she stumbles on evidence that one of her fellow agritourists is out to murder Chef Hill at the resort’s Bounty Fest finale.

Is the killer among the freakishly fit Manhattan couple who takes their devotion to organic, hormone-free, non-GMO food to the point of obsession? The grandmother from Wisconsin who’s a groupie of the celebrity chef and follows him to every event? The mother and son from Palm Beach who bicker over whether he should give up his law practice to open his own restaurant? Three Blonde Mice serves up a crackling romance between Elaine and Simon, a twisty whodunit involving a screwball cast of suspects and a satire of current food fads and the farm-to-table chefs who perpetuate them.
The original “Three Blonde Mice” novel featuring three best friends, all divorced, who take a cruise together. The trip could be their last—unless they sort out which of the adoring passengers is Mr. Right and which is the hit man hired by one of their not-so-adoring ex-husbands.

What do you get when you put three divorced women and one desperate hit man on a ship bound for the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean? You get Jane Heller’s sparkling novel of love, sex, and murder. Feisty, fast-talking P.R. executive Elaine Zimmerman and her best friends Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky have taken their annual vacations together ever since they first met in the courthouse getting their respective divorces.

This year, Jackie and Pat have talked the land-locked Elaine into a seven-day cruise aboard a spectacular megaship, the Princess Charming. It isn’t her idea of a good time—especially when her luggage is mislaid and she’s forced to resort to the ship boutique’s tacky version of cruisewear. The chip on Elaine’s shoulder gets knocked off by a surge of romantic electricity the first night at sea when she’s seated next to Sam Peck. This couldn’t be love at first sight (because she doesn’t believe in love at first sight), or even lust at first sight (because she’s the least lusty person on the planet), but whatever it is she can’t resist it. She’s on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, and it wouldn’t kill her to fall in love.

...Or would it?

A glimmer of doubt becomes full-fledged suspicion when Elaine inadvertently learns that somebody’s ex-wife has been marked for murder—and the hired hit man is already on board. But who’s going to believe a world-wary New York career woman with a touch of paranoia? More to the point, whose ex is out to deep-six whom...

Princess Charming is a sexy, funny, buoyant celebration of friendship, life, lust and, of course, true love. Even if the glass slipper is several sizes too small and the prince arrives about ten years too late.

“Heller strikes again with this razzle-dazzle cruise ship murder mystery, sure to be a big hit with her faithful following.”—KIRKUS

“Jane Heller continues to carve out her own uniquely wonderful and wacky writing niche. PRINCESS CHARMING is sure to make you snicker with delight!”—RT BOOK REVIEWS
What happens when a woman goes to Sedona to commune with New Age spirits and instead runs into the ex-husband she hasn’t seen in years? A suspenseful romantic comedy about finding love the second time around.

No one craves order more than bean counter Crystal Goldstein. A partner at one of New York’s finest accounting firms, doting daughter to her aging father, and loyal girlfriend to her equally workaholic boyfriend Steven, her life is completely under control. But when Crystal discovers that Steven has been cheating on her with his ex-wife, that her father has spent his gruff silent years yearning for a brother she never knew she had, and that her job may be in jeopardy, she is brought up really short.

Crystal's best friend Rona – a New Age junkie – convinces her that her aura needs cleansing and her chakras need balancing. With nothing to lose, Crystal takes a long-overdue vacation in mystic, metaphysical Sedona, Arizona. One of her fellow guests at the resort is Amanda Wells Reid, the international jet-setter, consummate party-goer, and darling of the society columnists, along with her personal assistant, personal chef, personal trainer, and personal publicist. And when their tour driver appears, he is none other than Terry Hollenbeck, the irresistibly handsome, infallibly charming, totally irresponsible husband Crystal tossed out so many years ago. It doesn’t take a psychic to know that the mix of a reappearing ex-husband whose appeal has only ripened and a millionaire heiress who suddenly vanishes is going to add up to some pretty eye-opening—and mind-expanding—doings.

“More frivolous, flaky fun from Heller, who's quickly becoming the master of the slick urban modern woman's getaway romance.” —KIRKUS

“Jane Heller's special gift for lampooning the pompous and self-absorbed make for enormously funny reading. CRYSTAL CLEAR will have you snickering from beginning to end.”—RT BOOK REVIEW
What’s a golf widow to do when her commodities trader husband only has eyes for his putter? If she’s Judy Price, she teams up with a sexy cop to solve the murder of her one-and-only friend at the country club.

Judy Price has a handsome husband, a career as a cookbook editor, and a landmark house on two sylvan acres. But when Judy is downsized by her company and can’t find another job, her husband suggests she network by hanging around at The Oaks, the country club he reveres and she abhors. She chafes at the antiquated rules at the Club, where she’s banned from the Men’s Grill and the “visually eventful” 18-hole golf course, and consigned to B-list tennis, overcooked dinners in the main dining room, and the gossip of other golf widows.

Judy finds an unexpected ally in Claire Cox, America’s foremost feminist, who has broken the Club’s ironclad rule against admitting single women. And there are other things about The Oaks Claire wants to change – until she’s found dead in a sand trap on the golf course – bludgeoned with the golf pro’s pitching wedge. When ruggedly handsome local detective Tom Cunningham asks Judy to secretly investigate, she finds herself changing from a conventional wife into a daring woman – one willing to risk her life to bring a killer to justice and a husband to his senses.

“A good-natured murder story with the appealing camp of a TV movie-of-the-week.”—KIRKUS

“Warmth, humor and engaging characters are all elements that make Jane Heller's newest tale of skullduggery in the suburbs a true delight to read. If you haven't tried a Jane Heller novel yet, don't miss this one.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS
An unwitting pact with the devil transforms a hapless, lonely woman into a babe with everything she ever wanted – until the Faustian bill comes due in this hilarious be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale.

Florida real estate agent Barbara Chessner is down on her luck, up several dress sizes, drowning herself in Bloody Marys — and, worst of all, has just been dumped by her husband for a blonde TV weatherperson. Tired of living the life of a woman in a “before” ad, Barbara stumbles outside in the midst of a thunderstorm and beseeches heaven to help her — unaware that someone diabolical might be listening. Instantly, the storm vanishes and the sky fills with stars, one of which actually seems to be winking at her. Barbara wakes up with golden hair (not her own premature gray), perfect pitch (she’s tone deaf), a strange black dog (registered to her), no double chin, a waistline ... and definite cleavage! Talk about a good night’s sleep!

Even more bizarre things begin to happen. Without any effort, Barbara sells the least appealing house in Banyan Beach to David Bettinger, the most appealing man she’s ever met. Without any reason, Jeremy Cook, a crude charter-boat captain who has detested her since high school, starts paying her compliments. And without any explanation, everything she wishes for comes true. As David becomes passionate, Jeremy becomes jealous, and everyone becomes suspicious. Barbara’s friends at the Home Sweet Home agency attribute the inexplicable to everything from hot flashes to dark forces. Not even she knows what the devil is going on. But when she finds out, all hell is going to break loose...

“Campy, over the top, down-and-dirty, and a whole lot of fun.”—KIRKUS

“Author Jane Heller strikes gold again with her wickedly funny sense of humor in this hilarious tale of love battling the ultimate forces of darkness.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS

“Move over, Faust: Heller adds a witty, feminist slant to a strictly 20th-century story of the tug-of-war between good and evil.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Sly, smart-mouthed fun.”—PEOPLE

“Fiendishly funny.”—BOOKLIST
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