Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:
“An impressive debut mystery!” — Albuquerque Journal
“Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody’s fool–just what readers want in an amateur sleuth.” — Booklist
“This is a dandy. Don’t miss it!” — Book Talk
In this debut almost-cozy mystery series novel, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy’s Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he’s the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, retrieve the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.
Once again, Stacy begs Charlie’s help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller’s life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.
Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing mystery series first title.
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Charlie Cooper Profile: -Underpaid precinct secretary at the Boston Police -Grew up in Springston, 90 miles from Boston – but still not far enough -Weekend plans: toffee caramel ice cream, crime shows and the Laundromat -No friends, no pets, no hobbies -Special gifts: tripping over her own feet -Finding Mr. Right: negative -Healthy diet: cookies and all things sweet. At age twenty-nine, Charlie Cooper’s life is not exactly a hit. Working as a precinct secretary at the Boston Police answering phones, making appointments and writing up crime reports means she might not be on the fast track to her ultimate dream job. And her living situation? She is the proud inhabitant of the most minuscule “master suite” she can afford to pay, where she can brush her teeth, get her clothes out of the dresser drawer and turn on the hallway light without getting out of bed.
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Psychic medium Quinn Thatcher would never be classified as normal. Just ask her mother. Her people-pleasing skills could use some work, which is why Quinn prefers working with the dead over the living. Ghosts take her as she is, but when people experience Quinn’s sharp tongue and sassy attitude, there is no in between. They either love her or want to throw her off the nearest bridge, with the latter being more typical. Good thing she knows how to swim. When a Scottish ghost invades her home and insists she resolve his earthly issues, banishing his ghostly presence becomes priority number one, and a battle of wills and wits ensues until she ultimately agrees. Her task is easy enough. Return a gem to its rightful owner and then return home, minus the aggravating ghost. Quinn should know things are never as easy as they seem.
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While plenty of management wisdom has focused on leadership and teamwork, relatively little attention has been paid specifically to emerging leaders–people who have recently been or are about to be promoted to supervisory or managerial positions. Emerging leaders are usually bright, talented, and rising stars in their organizations. The challenge is that most new leaders are promoted, because they were good at what they did in their previous role, without any training and development. As a result they are often out of their element, unprepared, and even scared. And with good reason, because like so many people who have greatness thrust upon them, their handling of the often-rocky transition to manage their former team members will affect not only their future, but that of their company’s as well.
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NOTE: Contains violence, adult content and language. When three young filmmakers decide to make a movie based on a recent murder, they find through increasingly violent encounters with a masked man, that telling this story may end up killing them. This novella is 30,000 words and is the first in a series of standalone novellas.
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‘My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’ Soul is an outcast of the Immortal Societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half-breed who is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his existence being chased and killed by the Hunters. One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner. From Paris to Prague, their search for answers leads them deep into the Immortal societies and brings them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are revealed and fresh allies come to the fore as they uncover a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.