Charlie is on vacation. A cozy cabin, a diner that serves delicious guilty-pleasures, and Drake--all Charlie needs to relax and enjoy herself. But the town of Watson's Lake has a little unsolved mystery. Four years ago, a showplace home--beautiful and serene and tucked away on the mountain--blew sky high, due to an apparent gas leak. A young woman died. The owner disappeared. His gold-digging wife wants the insurance money, and his daughter wants to know what happened to ..
Monona Quinn and her husband Doug are taking a relaxing vacation in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Mo’s enrolled in a writing workshop, and Doug’s resolved to learn to fish. Naturally, it’s the perfect time to solve another murder. Pompous, self-important writer Fletcher Downs was supposed to be the writer-in-residence; he was supposed to teach a classroom full of hopefuls how to write a great mystery—but he hadn’t intended to teach by example. Now..
Agent Kal Hakala, who has been running the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation as its temporary director, has his hands full. First there was the windigo crisis that threatened humanity with extinction. Now he has received an anonymous challenge from a creature calling himself Maydock: “Come to Omaha within the next five days, or every day thereafter I shall kill ten humans in many inventive and disturbing ways.” Maydock has infiltrated BSI Security ..
Danielle Ross’s life keeps slipping out of control. First, she must abandon her education to take over her ill father’s detective agency. Then, while pursuing a new case, Dani becomes a victim herself. She awakens in a strange place and is surrounded by eleven other people. Among them are a doctor, a dancer, a German submarine commander and an ex-convict -- all clueless as to why they are there. The culprit relentlessly insists they are all linked b..
The Gay 1890's aren't always. Gay that is. Sometimes life is dangerous, especially if you're next on someone's murder list. In 1896, there aren't many career choices for a young lady. China Bohannon has fled one bad situation and is looking to start her life over as a strong, independent woman in the wild and woolly town of Spokane, Washington. Convincing Gratton Doyle to take her seriously as a bookkeeper is hard enough, and when it comes to working ..
When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation--that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains--is soon discarded, as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, and an investigation reveals that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full..
The story opens with a poem and a premonition just outside Ft. Lewis in the early days of World War II. Young newlywed Maudie Cameron watches her husband and others around her do their part to help on the homefront. Feeling left out, she is determined to help with the war effort in the only way she can: she becomes a landlady and rents out one-room cabins and a trailer that resides on her secluded property. But Maudie, often to her husband's chagrin, becomes more than a m..
Four people, brutally murdered during the robbery of a Las Vegas convenience store. As the police investigation of the killings moves forward, the cops begin to suspect that robbery may not have been the motive at all. It appears more and more likely that the killer was really after one of the victims, and the heist was only a diversion. But which one was the real target? Was it the young clerk? How about the Hispanic man who worked at the airport? Or maybe it was the tough g..
Sheriff Martin Holman of the Posadas County Sheriff's Department didn't like flying. Much less at night, with bad weather. So why he took a plane ride over a nearby mesa under those dangerous conditions is a question as disturbing as why somebody shot the pilot dead from the ground--causing the plane to crash. Undersheriff Bill Gastner, a 60 something warhorse, just months away from retirement, now has a murder on his hands. The only possible lead is a roll of film --..
We were dancing, my client and I. But it was much more than just a dance. It was like doing the fox trot and getting your pants pressed at the same time -- or an anatomy lesson in four-four rhythm. I believe in the personal touch when it comes to a client -- and man, oh man, this was one time I meant to put my theory into practice. I'm Shell Scott, a private investigator with 20-20 vision, particularly when I have a 36-22-36 assignment. This assignment was a cha..
Art expert Alix Thorssen is asked to appraise the charred ruins of a friend's local gallery. The tragedy doubles when artist Ray Thornton's body is found among the debris. The death is ruled a suicide; the fire, arson. Case closed. But not for Alix, who doesn't believe the body was Thornton's. Her investigation raises disturbing personal questions, and puts her in the hot seat as prime suspect in a second murder. She must race to find the killer who knows..
Jake Hines works hard as the recently promoted Chief of Detectives in the deteriorating town of Rutherford, Minnesota. The town used to be a safe haven from the problems of the big city. Now many youth in the town are turning to drugs. Jake knows many of these kids in the crumbling downtown section--both users and dealers--aren’t local. A robbery in a local bar at the center of town takes the town into an even worse spin. The bar owner, Babe, is a friend to Jake, but re..
Sharon Ortega, an old school chum of Charlie's, hires Charlie to prove that her dead restaurant partner, David, didn't commit suicide. David's recent keyman life insurance policy won't pay for suicide, and Sharon needs the money to keep the business going. Charlie uncovers evidence of tax fraud, high level political connections, and two distinctly different sides to David's life. Amidst a confusion of relatives, she also discovers that members of Davi..
Amador Montalba, Mexico City guide and good friend of Shell Scott, alerts Scott to a wealthy woman in Mexico City who needs help. Shell is in Mexico City winding up another case and decides to follow up on the lead. Senora Lopez, wife of a prominent Mexican General, was secretly filmed during an extra-marital sex liaison with another man. After several payoffs to a blackmailer, she decides to turn the case over to Shell Scott. But the case is not one of simple blackmail...