Make Believe Murder

· Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 12 · Gemma Halliday Publishing
3 reviews

About this ebook

From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a former CIA agent turned Girl Scout troop leader and a laugh-out-loud mystery!

Merry Wrath’s summer plans didn’t originally include an unexpected visit from her old friend, Hilly—a quirky CIA assassin who’s been forced by HR to take her first vacation in…forever. The fact that Hilly chose a small town in Iowa for vacation doesn’t bother Merry or her scout troop (especially since Hilly’s teaching them how to kill a man with one punch), but her former handler, Riley, believes something sinister is afoot.


After all Lana, Merry’s arch-nemesis, is sighted all over town, and when a Chinese operative ends up murdered in her backyard, Merry starts to wonder if Riley is right and Hilly is secretly on the job. It doesn’t help that a group of cosplaying teenage druids have targeted Merry for a misguided ritual sacrifice, or that Medea Jones, cub reporter, constantly harasses Merry, seeing the former spy as her Pulitzer Prize winning vehicle out of Who’s There, Iowa.


Merry wonders if her strange friend really is on vacation, or if she's after another target? Is it Lana? Was it the Chinese operative? Or is it Merry Wrath?



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

Meerkats and Murder– book #11

Make Believe Murder – book #12

Maltese Vulture Murder – book #13

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

"I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S'MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza... what could possibly go wrong?"

~ Fresh Fiction

"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

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
Kirsten Huskić
October 22, 2019
An old colleague of Merry's is in town on vacation. Hilly is a quirky assassin, and while Merry is convinced she's really on vacation, others are not so sure. Especially when a dead body ends up in Merry's backyard. Merry, naturally, tries to figure out how this happened. Love a new Merry story! This one made me laugh a lot - especially the CIA rules regarding assassins, and the girls' antics - and was such fun to read.
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October 31, 2020
I really enjoy this series, but am disappointed with this one. A lot of unanswered questions (who was in the mask, how did they know the house to retrieve the 'pets', etc.) The solution was vague also, with no concrete evidence. Still has great characters and humorous situations though. Hopefully the next one will be better like all the others have been.
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Bernadette Cinkoske
December 24, 2019
Make Believe Murder is another great adventure with Merry Wrath and her girl scouts. This book gives a bit more background with another assassin from Merry's past. I really enjoyed Hilly! Betty and her crew continue to show great promise as future spies. They have a huge role in this book. I laugh so much while reading this series. This is just another, enjoyable book in the zany life of Merry Wrath.
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About the author

Leslie Langtry is the USA Today bestselling author of the Greatest Hits Mysteries, the Merry Wrath Mysteries, Sex, Lies, & Family Vacations, and several books she hasn't finished yet, because she's very lazy. Leslie loves puppies and cake (but she will not share her cake with puppies) and lives with her family and assorted animals in the Midwest.

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