Springtime Murder: A Cozy Mystery Novelette

Marla Bradeen
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Polly Blake never expects her annual spring barbecue to kick off with her uncle dropping dead in her backyard. When his death is ruled a homicide, Polly must turn her focus to finding a murderer. Unfortunately, her investigation soon reveals there's no shortage of suspects within her own family. Will the amateur sleuth be able to figure out "whodunit" before the killer strikes again? 

This murder mystery novelette was previously published as part of the Seasons collection.
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About the author

Please visit Marla's website to learn more about her and her books: http://www.marlabradeen.com

Marla Bradeen previously worked as a software consultant and analyst. In 2012, she gave up a traditional job for no other reason than to have more time to pursue personal interests, such as sleeping in late and taking naps. Although she misses seeing regular deposits into her bank account, she hasn't once regretted that decision.

These days, Marla enjoys inventing imaginary friends and killing them off. She's thrilled to have finally found a use for that bachelor's in psychology: getting into her characters' heads. When she's not plotting murder, she spends her time fighting for mattress space with her two rescue cats.

She also writes cozy mysteries under the pseudonym Paige Sleuth.
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Marla Bradeen
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Published on
Aug 27, 2016
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Pages
53
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English
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Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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Welcome to Cherry Hills, where small-town life can be deadly.

Kat Harper fled Cherry Hills, Washington fifteen years ago never expecting to return. And she certainly never expected murder to strike so close to home.

Kat has barely settled into her new apartment when she spies her neighbor's cat Matty sitting on her doorstep. But Matty's not making a social call. The newly orphaned feline has just witnessed her owner's violent death.

But who would want to kill Mrs. Tinsdale? Was it one of her fellow animal rescue volunteers? A money-hungry daughter? Or a local veterinarian with something to hide?

If Kat wants to close the case, she's going to need Matty to lend a furry paw to solving the crime. But how do you convince a cat eyewitness to reveal "whodunit"?

All of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery books can be enjoyed as standalones but will be better appreciated as part of the series. The books are light, fun cozy mystery novellas featuring an animal-loving female amateur sleuth, lovable and not-so-lovable quirky characters, and a page-turning mystery that needs solving. None of the books include cliffhangers, bad language, or graphic scenes. 

Books in the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series:
Book 1: Murder in Cherry Hills (free ebook download)
Book 2: Framed in Cherry Hills
Book 3: Poisoned in Cherry Hills
Book 4: Vanished in Cherry Hills
Book 5: Shot in Cherry Hills
Book 6: Strangled in Cherry Hills
Book 7: Halloween in Cherry Hills
Book 8: Stabbed in Cherry Hills
Book 9: Thanksgiving in Cherry Hills
Book 10: Frozen in Cherry Hills
Book 11: Hit & Run in Cherry Hills
Book 12: Christmas in Cherry Hills
Book 13: Choked in Cherry Hills
Book 14: Dropped Dead in Cherry Hills
Book 15: Valentine’s in Cherry Hills
Book 16: Drowned in Cherry Hills
Book 17: Orphaned in Cherry Hills
Book 18: Fatal Fête in Cherry Hills
Book 19: Arson in Cherry Hills
Book 20: Overdosed in Cherry Hills
Book 21: Trapped in Cherry Hills
Book 22: Missing in Cherry Hills
Book 23: Crash in Cherry Hills
Book 24: Independence Day in Cherry Hills
Book 25: Checked Out in Cherry Hills
Book 26: Blackmail in Cherry Hills

Fans of Lilian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who Series), Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Joe Grey Mystery Series), Liz Mugavero (Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series), Cate Conte (Cat Cafe Mysteries), Sofie Kelly (Magical Cats Mysteries), Sofie Ryan (Second Chance Cat Mysteries), Miranda James (Cat in the Stacks Mysteries), Kay Finch (Bad Luck Cat Mystery Series), and Ali Brandon (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series) are likely to enjoy this series as well.

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Detective Lottie King battles the clock and an unexpected Big Bad as she joins Colorado Springs Police in a race to find a bomb planted at a Christmas light parade where her Girl Power troop is marching. A Detective Lottie King Holiday Short Story that first appeared in New Shoes: Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol 2. Includes BONUS holiday recipes. 

The complete Detective Lottie King Mysteries Series: 

Rough Day (Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 1) 
New Shoes (Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 2) 
Thin Ice (Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 3) 
Tangled Truths (Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 4) 
Broken Heart Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 5) 
Dark Secret (Detective Lottie King Mysteries, Vol. 6) 

Books in this series are standalones and can be read in any order but are best enjoyed in sequence. 

Author's Note: Homicide Detective Lottie King first appeared in my Apostles thriller series and became an instant reader favorite. Lottie is salty and sassy and demanded time on the page. Who am I to argue with a Grandma with a Glock? So here's my new mystery series. It's perfect for readers who like clever crime fiction with a strong female protagonist, a dash of humor, and a lot of heart. Bonus: each short story comes with a Lottie-approved recipe. Enjoy!

Genres: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Female Detective, Strong Female Protagonist, Private Investigator, Murder Mysteries, Murder Mystery Series, Mystery and Suspense, Grandma with a Gun, Homicide Detective, Short Stories, Short Story Series, Short Story Collection, Humorous Mysteries, Mysteries with Recipes, Colorado Springs.
What happens when big trouble comes to a small town? 

 

Cherry Hills resident Kat Harper doesn't expect her first meeting with the Furry Friends Foster Families animal rescue to kick off with the mysterious absence of another member. But it soon becomes clear why Willow Wu is a no-show; she's been arrested for a crime that nobody can believe. 

 

Kat's convinced someone framed Willow. But who would do such a thing? A crooked small-town cop with big dreams? A local teenager looking for revenge? Or the disgruntled caterer who lost out on a lucrative job? 

 

With this case hitting so close to home, Kat's determined to find the guilty party. And if she can cajole her cat Matty into lending another helping paw, the amateur detective might just succeed. 



All of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery books can be enjoyed as standalones but will be better appreciated as part of the series. The books are light, fun cozy mystery novellas featuring an animal-loving female amateur sleuth, lovable and not-so-lovable quirky characters, and a page-turning mystery that needs solving. None of the books include cliffhangers, bad language, or graphic scenes.

Books in the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series:
Book 1: Murder in Cherry Hills
Book 2: Framed in Cherry Hills
Book 3: Poisoned in Cherry Hills
Book 4: Vanished in Cherry Hills
Book 5: Shot in Cherry Hills
Book 6: Strangled in Cherry Hills
Book 7: Halloween in Cherry Hills
Book 8: Stabbed in Cherry Hills
Book 9: Thanksgiving in Cherry Hills
Book 10: Frozen in Cherry Hills
Book 11: Hit & Run in Cherry Hills
Book 12: Christmas in Cherry Hills
Book 13: Choked in Cherry Hills
Book 14: Dropped Dead in Cherry Hills
Book 15: Valentine’s in Cherry Hills
Book 16: Drowned in Cherry Hills
Book 17: Orphaned in Cherry Hills
Book 18: Fatal Fête in Cherry Hills
Book 19: Arson in Cherry Hills
Book 20: Overdosed in Cherry Hills
Book 21: Trapped in Cherry Hills
Book 22: Missing in Cherry Hills
Book 23: Crash in Cherry Hills
Book 24: Independence Day in Cherry Hills
Book 25: Checked Out in Cherry Hills
Book 26: Blackmail in Cherry Hills

Fans of Lilian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who Series), Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Joe Grey Mystery Series), Liz Mugavero (Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series), Cate Conte (Cat Cafe Mysteries), Sofie Kelly (Magical Cats Mysteries), Sofie Ryan (Second Chance Cat Mysteries), Miranda James (Cat in the Stacks Mysteries), Kay Finch (Bad Luck Cat Mystery Series), and Ali Brandon (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series) are likely to enjoy this series as well.

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