Holiday Lights Out

Laina Turner
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Stella Cavanaugh planned the trip to Thief River Falls to get away from things but instead stumbled into trouble.

The bus ride to Thief River Falls was uneventful until they arrived at the hotel and not everyone got off the bus.

One of the vacation goers was dead. 

But how? Who?

Stella can't relax and enjoy her vacation until she gets to the bottom of things. But can she figure out who killed Reginald before someone comes after her?

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About the author

As a child, Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older, she realized her talents lay in other areas, and for the last several years has been a college professor teaching business and English.

Through all her career choices, she has continued to have a passion for writing stemming from childhood, where, as an only child, she developed a vivid imagination.

She is proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing, to being on the dance team for a semi-pro basketball team, to being a mom of 2 amazing kids.

She decided to follow her dream as an author in 2009 and has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). She often tells her family and friends that no one is safe from his or her ventures slipping into her books. Her blog, In Pursuit of Fabulous, was launched to share the daily fun in her life as a Real Midlife Housewife of the Midwest.

To find out more information about Laina and her books, check out her website at

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Laina Turner
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Dec 2, 2019
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
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This boxed set contains all 3 of the Spencer University Cozy Mystery books PLUS 2 bonus books.

Death by Suspenders Spencer University Cozy Mystery Book 1

Exciting first day of school turns to murder!

Olivia and Polly get to Spencer University ready for the first day of fall classes. Excited about meeting new students and kicking off a fantastic year when instead one of their co-workers was found hanging in the academic building.

David wasn’t always the most well-liked colleague, but Olivia and Polly couldn’t even imagine who would kill him. Was one of their co-workers a murderer? If so, was campus safe or should they be worried about what might happen next time there was a difference of opinion at the next faculty meeting?

Textbook Murder Spencer University Cozy Mystery Book 2

Chloe is a law professor who has accepted a one-year teaching contract at Spencer University Law School and hoped it would be the start of her dream career. However, what should have been a quiet summer teaching took a turn for the opposite when she found Bill, the professor she was replacing, murdered in his office.

She was curious to find out more because Bill had been taking leave to defend alleged embezzler, Randall Whittier. It was a high profile case, and she assumed they were related. Deciding to drive by Bill's house to check it out she ran into Randall.

After chatting, she found he was a likable guy, and her gut told her he was innocent. But the question remained, who killed Bill. And who broke into Chloe's car and house. Someone was looking for something but what?

Killer Classes Spencer University Cozy Mystery Book 3

Education is important. Who knew it was also dangerous!

Fall semester is starting at Spencer University, and Olivia is looking forward to an uneventful school year.

However, when the president of the university, Thaddeus Stoddard, doesn't show up for the fall kick-off meeting, it looks like things will be anything but normal.

His wife Candy comes to Olivia for help, but Olivia isn't convinced he's missing. When Candy receives a ransom note, and one of the Thaddeus' colleagues said he was about to divorce Candy because she was cheating, things take a turn.

Can Olivia find out the truth before it's too late and the President goes missing forever?

Friends and Foes A Read Wine Bookstore Cozy Mystery PREQUEL

Trixie is ecstatic that she is about to reach her lifelong dream of owning a shop which is a combination bookstore, coffee shop, wine bar. It's the best of all worlds. To make it even better she's doing it with her best friends Sally and Cora.

Everything is going smoothly until strange things start to occur. Someone trashes their store mere days before they are to open. Then Sally gets stranded when someone puts sugar in her gas tank.

Who has it in for them? Is it Sylvia, Sallys ex-husbands new girlfriend or is someone trying to sabotage Read Wine?

Switched Up

Sterling Towne decided to take a last minute vacation to a sunny paradise to cheer herself up after a divorce. When the airline misplaces her luggage, she thinks it's just a typical airline snafu until she gets her luggage back only to find out it’s not hers. Rather the suitcase belongs to someone who thought it a good idea to transport a gold Buddha statue via commercial airlines.

Sterling turns the statue into hotel security for safe keeping but then her room is ransacked, and she’s sure there was someone following her in town. Does the owner of the statue think she still has it? But if so, why not just ask? She’s getting nervous, and even her new friend, Steve, thinks she might be in danger.

Is she? Or is her imagination just working over time?

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