BOOK 1: DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who isn’t very dead and a psycho stalker.
Lindsay needs more than a chocolate fix to survive all this chaos.
BOOK 2: MURDER, LIES AND CHOCOLATE
Rodney Bradford comes into Lindsay's restaurant, eats her brownies, and drops dead on her sidewalk.
On the positive side, sales skyrocket for the special dessert Lindsay calls Murdered Man's Brownies.
BOOK 3: GREAT CHOCOLATE SCAM
When Rick’s SUV is blown up in his driveway, Lindsay appears to be his only heir. But before his estate is settled, poor orphan Rick has more relatives than a lottery winner.
Are these people really related to Rick, or was he actually an alien stranded on earth when the mother ship left without him?
“Write what you know,” they said. I’d been married three times. I wrote romances.
Fast forward ten years.
“Write what you know,” they said. I’d been divorced three times and fantasized about murdering my ex. Only massive doses of chocolate kept my finger off the trigger.
Now I write about murder and chocolate.
A phone call at two a.m. is never good news. But there’s bad
news and then there’s strange news. Lindsay’s two a.m. call is a plea for help.
There’s a woman in Fred’s closet and he can’t get her out.
Their new neighbor, Sophie Fleming, has taken up sleepwalking,
straight into Fred’s house and his bedroom closet. She’s having nightmares
about the brutal stabbing of a little girl named Carolyn. But Carolyn was her
imaginary childhood friend.
Lindsay, Fred, Trent, Paula and Henry must solve a
twenty-year old murder with no bodies, no DNA and no proof the victims ever
How can someone who never lived be murdered? Why is Sophie
seeing it happen in Fred's bedroom? Why is she hiding in his closet? Will his
clothes even fit her?
When Alexandra Anderson is invited to work place reunion at the television station where she formerly worked, she's excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra's first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party's fake victim, Alexandra and her "team" are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex's team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.
But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murder among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with "players" disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse... where not everyone will make it out alive!
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Books by Beth Prentice:
Invitation to Murder
Is her ex-husband Rick between girlfriends and pursuing her again? Did he leave the roses and wine? He has done the out-of-season Santa Claus thing before. But when the crystal butterfly appears, Rick is in the hospital after a brutal attack leaves him near death.
If not Rick, then who? Is it someone she sees every day? The tall man who refuses to look her in the eye? The short man who looks her in the eye too long? The skinny man with crossed eyes who might or might not be looking her in the eye?
As the body count rises, Lindsay begins to see danger everywhere. Lindsay, Fred and Trent must catch this psycho stalker before someone else dies. Not bad enough he kills people. He also murders the English language in the horrible poems he leaves for her.
Butterflies are free and so are we.
Come fly away with me for all eternity.
I’ll shelter you from harm,
and always keep you safe and warm.
Anyone who troubles thee
will feel the wrath of me.
When the victim turns out to be someone close to both Maggie and Laurent, they leave their vineyard in France to say goodbye—and to find out why.
Once in England, they discover that the tranquil countryside of Shelley and Wadsworth can be every bit as treacherous as the most sinister souk in the backstreets of Marseilles. What Maggie also discovers is that if she ever hopes to be able to live with herself—or face Laurent with her own guilt—she’ll need to find the killer… preferably before she ends up face down in one of the Abbey’s bucolic fishing ponds.
One of them is the brother of a police detective.
That man’s ghost is Charley’s new best friend.
Amanda is thrilled that Charley can see him. Perhaps this means her ex-husband’s ghost is on his way to the light, to a higher plane, to Oklahoma, to anywhere so long as it’s away from her.
But the new ghost isn’t leaving. He has an agenda, and it doesn’t involve finding his killer. Amanda, Charley, Jake, the medium Teresa, and the ghost’s brother Ross must hunt down his murderer before one of them is killed.
Charley’s not worried, but the others don’t have his immunity to death.
Amanda's lying, cheating, scam-artist husband, Charley, saves her life in a
near-fatal motorcycle accident, she can almost forgive him for dragging his
feet on their divorce. Then she discovers he'd been dead for several hours at
the time she thought he rescued her. And not just dead…murdered.
good side, at least they are no longer married.
the primary suspect in Charley's murder and, as if that isn't bad enough,
Charley's ghost shows up in her apartment. He was rejected, kicked back, not allowed
to go into the light. The situation was bad enough when he was alive and trying
to charm his way back into her life, but now he claims to be unable to go more
than a few yards away from her. She can't even be certain he isn't peeking when
she undresses for bed.
did not them part.
Rick's car blows
up in his driveway. Lindsay
is left with an image of Rick's green SUV flying around the neighborhood along
with pieces of Rick—a blue contact lens in Mrs. Hawkins' driveway, a perfectly
creased trouser leg hanging on the street sign, a vertebra on the immaculate
divorce wasn't final and Rick has no family, Lindsay assumes she is his only
heir. Then Bryan Kollar, local celebrity bodybuilder and owner of the chain of
gyms, Body by Bryan, comes into Death by Chocolate and asks to buy back the
flour mill built by his great-grandfather and purchased by Rick before his
death. Lindsay readily agrees that, as soon as she gets title, she'll return it
But before his
estate is settled, Rick has more relatives than a lottery winner.
What was Rick
planning to do with the old flour mill? Why does Bryan want it back? He doesn't
even eat refined flour!
Is the obnoxious
Rickie Jr. really Rick's son? Why is the woman who claims to be Rick's mother
so certain the child is not her grandson? Are these people really related to
Rick, or was he actually an alien stranded on earth when the mother ship left
Come for the
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, stay for the murder, mayhem and fun!
After he’s gone, she finds a small brass key under his plate. Surely he’ll return for more chocolate and the key. But he’s murdered, and the Death by Chocolate box leads police to Lindsay.
Is his death connected to the blonde in four-inch heels who demands to talk to Lindsay about her relationship with the woman’s husband?
Who is her husband? Fred? For all Lindsay knows, he could be married, could be a bigamist or even a trigamist. He is an over-achiever.
Lindsay’s life is spinning out of control with lots of questions and no answers.
Is the key a clue to the murder? What does it hide that makes it important enough for someone to kill Lindsay to get it?
Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip
cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly
Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn't seem
very dead and a psycho stalker.
Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown,
hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any
room. Secrets from Paula's past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.
Determined to help Paula and to save her own life, Lindsay enlists
the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of
his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as
hidden microphones, guns and the inside of maximum security prisons.