Merit Badge Murder

Merry Wrath Mysteries

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From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes a mystery series of laugh-out-loud proportions...


When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidently" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her—Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp. Suddenly Merry is forced to deal with her former life in order to preserve her future one.

It doesn't help matters that the CIA sends in her former, sexy handler to investigate…or that the hot new neighbor across the street turns out to be the local detective in charge of her case. And when Merry is forced to take on a roommate in the voluptuous form of a turned KGB agent/bimbo, things become trickier than wet work in Waukegan or cookie sales in the spring. Nothing in the CIA or Girl Scouts' training manuals has prepared her for what comes next…

 

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

 

"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

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About the author

Leslie Langtry is the 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.


Visit Leslie at: http://www.leslielangtry.com/

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Jan 13, 2015
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Pages
190
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ISBN
9781940371498
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes another Merry Wrath Mystery that will leave you laughing 'til it hurts—scout's honor!


Ex-CIA agent turned suburban scout leader, Merry Wrath, is just trying to live a normal, quiet life.  But all that goes out the window when a convicted traitor (who’s inconveniently not in his prison cell) dies on her doorstep, and an obese cat, who bears a disturbing resemblance to Hitler, decides to move in.

 

To make things worse, it’s time for the annual troop cookie sale, her new boyfriend’s old college flame shows up to win him back, and someone’s shooting at Merry in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. Is the assassin after her or the cat? Is Riley, her hot former CIA handler, hitting on her? Is Rex, her boyfriend, going to dump her? Will she sell enough cookies to take her troop to Winter Sniper Camp? If Merry doesn't find answer to these questions soon, it may be too late!

 

Merry Wrath Mysteries:

Merit Badge Murder - book #1

Mint Cookie Murder - book #2

Scout Camp Mystery - short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection

 

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

 

"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

 

From National Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry...

 

Missi Bombay invents things—fatal flowers, Jell-O bullets, stroke-inducing panty hose and other ways to kill a target without leaving any trace behind. Living a solitary life on her family's island, she's a great asset to her family of assassins. Unfortunately, the family that kills together also meddles together, and when Missi's mom decides her daughter's life is a little too solitary, she packs Missi off the Costa Rica for an undercover assignment on a low-budget Survival reality TV show.  Amidst the ridiculous challenges, tribal voting, and late-night sneaking to the nearby resort, Missi finds herself not only scoping out her family's latest target, but also Lex Danby, the hottest contestant on the island. But Missi's hormones get put on the back burner when someone starts sabotaging the show…and Missi is squarely in the sights of the deadly culprit.

 

Greatest Hits Mysteries available:

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1
Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2
Stand By Your Hitman – book #3
I Shot You Babe – book #4
Paradise by the Rifles Sights – book #5
Snuff the Magic Dragon - book #6
My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen – book #7
Four Killing Birds – a holiday short story
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas – a holiday short story

What critics are saying:

 

"When it comes to assassin-filled comedy, Langtry has cornered the market!"
~ RT BOOKreviews

"Stand By Your Hitman is another sure hit winner."
~ Chicago Tribune

"The Bombays deliver again their unique blend of danger, romance and madcap mayhem. Put all of that together with the worst put-together reality show possible, and the result is a fun read."
~ Newsandsentinel.com

"Fans of the Bombay brood will enjoy their latest escapades as the audience will stand by their hit-woman."
~ Midwest Book Review

From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes the latest Merry Wrath Mystery that will leave you dying of laughter...


What could be better for former CIA agent turned Girl Scout leader Merry Wrath than taking twelve little girls to Washington DC for a bit of summer fun? Almost anything. Unfortunately, between her girls terrorizing the Secret Service and "accidentally" destroying the hotel pool, Merry has her hands full with this troop. And when her former handler, Riley, is kidnapped Merry has to turn to an old friend from her spy days and her parents, Senator and Mrs. Czrgy, to help her wrangle the troop and rescue the man she once briefly called her boyfriend.

 

Armed only with a perpetually AWOL parent, stalked by a runaway King Vulture, and plagued by a mysterious death from her past, Merry's mayhem weaves a wacky trail from moonshiners in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the bowels of the Japanese Embassy, to the ductwork of the International Spy Museum. With things heating up with current boyfriend, Detective Rex Ferguson, can Merry decipher clues from her past to find ex­-boyfriend Riley and finally solve the murder of Yakuza boss, Midori Ito, before the target on her back is filled with lead?

 

 

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

 

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

 

"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

USA Today Bestseller!

 

Baker turned reluctant amateur sleuth, Sally Muccio’s, finally found the happiness that’s eluded her for years. She’s in love with a great guy, her bakery is thriving, and now she and her best friend Josie Sullivan are gearing up to appear on the popular reality baking show, Cookie Crusades. But a visit from Sal’s greedy ex-husband Colin, who's looking to cash in on the bakery’s dough, changes everything. Within a few hours Sal’s world—like the shop’s original fortune cookies—is broken apart when Colin turns up dead, and her boyfriend’s arrested for the crime. Now Sal’s mixing it up with vengeful ex-inlaws, a suspicious new employee, slippery baking competitors, and a greasy mobster who’ll stop at nothing to collect on Colin’s unpaid debt. Can Sal prove her man is innocent in time? Or is she about to get baked herself?

**Recipes Included!**

 

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

Baked to Death (book #2)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

 Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

What critics are saying:

 

"Catherine Bruns dishes up a deliciously devilish mystery with this feisty suspense story. This is a highly entertaining cozy mystery that would appeal to anyone who likes a little zaniness with their suspense. "

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

"I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times & USA Today bestselling mystery author

 

"Catherine Bruns has found a winning recipe for an exciting mystery mixed with a dash of humor and a heap of danger. Add in a little romance for spice, and you get one sweet reading treat."

—Mary Marks, bestselling author of the Quilting Mystery series.

From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes another Merry Wrath Mystery that will leave you laughing 'til it hurts—scout's honor!


Ex-CIA agent turned suburban scout leader, Merry Wrath, is just trying to live a normal, quiet life.  But all that goes out the window when a convicted traitor (who’s inconveniently not in his prison cell) dies on her doorstep, and an obese cat, who bears a disturbing resemblance to Hitler, decides to move in.

 

To make things worse, it’s time for the annual troop cookie sale, her new boyfriend’s old college flame shows up to win him back, and someone’s shooting at Merry in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. Is the assassin after her or the cat? Is Riley, her hot former CIA handler, hitting on her? Is Rex, her boyfriend, going to dump her? Will she sell enough cookies to take her troop to Winter Sniper Camp? If Merry doesn't find answer to these questions soon, it may be too late!

 

Merry Wrath Mysteries:

Merit Badge Murder - book #1

Mint Cookie Murder - book #2

Scout Camp Mystery - short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection

 

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry's books:

 

"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

 

22 summer themed short stories by bestselling mystery and romance authors! Enjoy mystery, romance, and lots of laughter under the sun with shorts from some of your favorite series. The perfect quick reads for vacation lounging or sipping frosty drinks poolside! **Recipes included!**

 

Stories include:

One Red Cent (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries) by Ellie Ashe

Brunettes Just Wanna Have Fun (Gilda Wright Mysteries) by Diane Bator

A Spot of Murder (Cookies & Chance Mysteries) by Catherine Bruns

Queenie Baby: On Location (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke

Done in the Sun by Mary Jo Burke

Hard to Control (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne

Lesson in Fear (Schooled in Murder series) by Tracy D. Comstock

Ice Cream Bombes & Stolen Thongs (Poppy Peters Mysteries) by A. Gardner

Barbecue & Bad Juju (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski

A Killing in the Market (Danger Cove Mysteries) by Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby

Fun to Fiasco (Misty Newman Mysteries) by Gina LaManna

Scout Camp Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry

Heating Up the Night (Heroes of the Night) by Nicole Leiren

Killer Conch Shell (Health Nut Mysteries) by Patrice Lyle

The Pen is Mightier (Proverbial Crime Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin

Backyard Bar-be-Feud (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson

Mr. Montana by Ellyn Oaksmith

Motion for Misfits (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey

Mystic Mojo (Mystic Isle Mysteries) by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

Blondes' Night Out (Barb Jackson Mysteries) by Anna Snow

Caper at Castle Rock (Amelia Grace Rock 'n' Roll Mysteries) by Anne Marie Stoddard

48 Hours in New York by Stacey Wiedower

From National Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry...

 

Dakota Bombay prided himself on his Bond-like image—bad-guy killer by day, lady-killer by night. But his life gets both shaken and stirred by an irate grandmother demanding a marketing plan for the family assassination business, a precocious six-year-old son he never knew he had, and a mysterious redheaded funeral director who's got him intrigued in more ways than one.

Suddenly the perennial playboy is knee deep in pie charts and play-dates, while juggling the demands of the not-so-family-friendly family business.  Throw in a team of rival assassins, and Dak's dreams of living trigger-happily ever after just may be put on ice.

 

 

Greatest Hits Mysteries:

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1
Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2
Stand By Your Hitman – book #3
I Shot You Babe – book #4
Paradise by the Rifles Sights – book #5
Snuff the Magic Dragon - book #6
My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen – book #7
Four Killing Birds – a holiday short story
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas – a holiday short story

What critics are saying:



"Langtry's ability to make this lethal and outrageous clan both funny and somewhat endearing is a testament to her style. Who knew the assassination business could produce so many laughs…"
~ RT BOOKReviews

"If you need a really good laugh, then get Guns Will Keep Us Together. The characters and plot emphasize a funny, even wacky view of life and a guaranteed happily ever after."
-Romance Reviews Today

"This novel is uproariously funny and will have you chuckling until the last page is turned…Guns Will Keep Us Together proves to be a definite keeper novel as it is one of the funniest romances I have read in a long, long time."
-Romance Reader at Heart

"Another wicked blend of action, romance, mystery and dark humor, Guns Will Keep Us Together gives readers bullets, buff guys and bad boys…I hope the Bombay family continues on with their deadly misadventures."
-Newsandsentinel.com

From National Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry, a Greatest Hits Mysteries novella...

 

Paris Bombay is looking for lasting love--a real woman to share Harvey Wallbangers with—which isn't easy to find when you're a member of history's most prolific family of assassins.  Instead, he ends up with a lethal assignment that isn't his, a reluctant role as the new Bachelor on a reality TV show, and a slew of menacing death threats.  Paris knew life as a Bombay wasn't easy, but if this assassin is going to find the love of his life, he's got to find out who's threatening his life first…

 

 

Greatest Hits Mysteries available:

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1
Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2
Stand By Your Hitman – book #3
I Shot You Babe – book #4
Paradise by the Rifles Sights – book #5
Snuff the Magic Dragon - book #6
My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen – book #7
Four Killing Birds – a holiday short story
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas – a holiday short story

 

What critics are saying:

 

"Fans of 'The Bachelor' will laugh their assets off when they read Paradise By The Rifle Sights! A hilarious take on reality TV!" 

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times Bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries  


"With an irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is, suburban-mom-assassin narrator, Leslie Langtry's 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy delivers wild and wicked fun."
~ Julie Kenner, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, 'Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…' one truly original and wacky novel!"
~ RT BOOKreviews

"Those who like dark humor will enjoy a look into the deadliest female assassin and PTA mom's life."
~ Parkersburg News

"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 in 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy."
~ Chicago Tribune

"The beleaguered soccer mom assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details."
~ Publisher's Weekly

"Irreverent, witty and fun…a wild, adventurous ride!"
~ Katie MacAlister, New York Times Bestselling Author

"The fast-paced romantic suspense chick lit thriller is over the top, but fans will want to follow suit as Leslie Langtry provides a satirical family drama."
~ Midwest Book Review

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