Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Emma Jameson – Divorce Can Be Deadly is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

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The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Emma Jameson's New Book: Divorce Can Be Deadly.

Mystery Author Emma Jameson is the NYT bestselling author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge series and the Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries.








Divorce Can Be Deadly

Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries Book 2


Author: Emma Jameson


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Two ghosts troubled Dr. Benjamin Bones. One he feared would never release him. Another he worried might slip away, however much he tightened his grip...

So begins the long-awaited second book in Emma Jameson's wartime cozy mystery series. Return to Birdswing, a tiny Cornish village, in the bitter winter of 1939 and revisit old friends as they embark on more amateur sleuthing. Lady Juliet is vexed by the return of her ne'er-do-well husband, Ethan Bolivar, while Ben's obsession with the Fenton House ghost deepens. When a bloodless, naked corpse is discovered in a great house in the nearby village of Barking, Ben and Juliet uncover lies, theft, illicit affairs, and a butler who just might have done it. Brimming with historical details and warm humor, Divorce Can Be Deadly is already being called "worth the wait!"

Excerpt from Divorce Can Be Deadly
A coal fire burned low beneath the elaborate mantel. Positioned before it sat Lord Dudley Maggart, one leg propped on a leather hassock. Without turning his head, he called in a rasping voice, “Who was at the door, Odette?”

“No one of consequence, darling.” Lady Maggart sounded unconcerned, but her heels clicked rapidly on the marble floor as she made a beeline for the room’s far door. Ben tried to step softly as he kept pace, but his footfalls seemed absurdly loud, as did Lady Juliet’s.

“Good Lord, woman. Hannibal’s elephants crossed the Alps more quietly than you.” Lord Maggart turned in his chair, probably to upbraid his wife, only to behold two strangers accompanying her and Mr. Collins.

“Great Scott!” Lord Maggart pointed a trembling finger at Lady Juliet. “That’s a rough sort of man to admit through the front door. Was the tradesman’s entrance nailed shut?”

“Lovely to see you again, Lord Maggart,” Lady Juliet called in her sweetest tone. “I’m not a tradesman or indeed a man at all. I’m Juliet Linton. Lady Victoria’s daughter from Belsham Manor.”

“Yes, don’t let the dirty trousers and mannish boots deceive you. It’s Lady Juliet, come to take tea.” Lady Maggart maintained her carefree tone. Had she become adept at lying to soothe her husband, Ben wondered. Or could she lie smoothly on a variety of topics?

“Lady Juliet. Yes, of course. Misplaced my specs. Useless things,” Lord Maggart said. His raspy inhalations made each sentence painful. “Well, now you’re here, don’t run away like thieves in the night. Come closer. I have a right to look over who’s traipsing through my house.”

Lady Maggart grimaced, but in a light voice, she said, “Naturally, darling,” and led them over.

At close range, Ben was struck by the baron’s frailty. If he’d gone over the top at the Somme, he was probably around Lady Maggart’s age, the middle forties. However, he looked sixty—a weak and wasted sixty. His cheeks were hollow, his forehead stacked with creases; his hair and mustache were pale gray. Bizarrely, given the time of day, he wore evening dress. White tie, no less, with a red carnation in his buttonhole.

“Collins,” Lady Maggart said, her pleasantness becoming strained. “Why in heaven’s name is the baron attired for dinner? Dudley, you know we don’t stand on ceremony these days.”

“Don’t berate the man,” Lord Maggart said. “I’ll wear what I please. Besides, the earl has always been one for the old observances. We’ll have a drink together in the library before Collins rings the bell.”

Lady Maggart shot Ben a glance that communicated two things. Her husband had dressed for a visitor who wasn’t coming, and this wasn’t the first time he’d muddled his dates or perhaps even his years.

Lord Maggart squinted at Lady Juliet. “Still unnecessarily tall, I see.”

“I fear so, my lord. Should I ever discover a remedy for excessive female stature, I’ll be sure to disseminate it far and wide.”

“What? Hm. See that you do.” Lord Maggart looked Ben up and down. In the pervasive gloom, he couldn’t be sure, but the whites of Lord Maggart’s eyes appeared yellow.

“Well? Out with it. Who the hell are you?”

“Benjamin Bones, Lord Maggart. Forgive my intrusion. I’ll try to be brief.”

“Brief? You’ll be brief, will you?” Lord Maggart harrumphed as only a blueblood could. “Damn generous, keeping your intrusion brief. What is your business, sir?”

Ben involuntarily glanced at his black leather bag, and Lord Maggart cried out as if struck.

“White coat! A white coat. Come to poke and prod me!”

“Dudley, calm yourself,” Lady Maggart cried.

“No bloody white coats in my house.” Lord Maggart shifted his elevated leg off the hassock with surprising speed. Fumbling beside his chair, he seized on a hardwood cane with a pewter grip, leaning on it as he got to his feet.

“I’ll teach you to go where you’re not wanted,” he roared, swiping wildly at the air with his cane. Lady Maggart gasped, but Ben easily stepped aside. He didn’t think the baron meant to land a blow so much as to frighten him. Handing his bag to Lady Juliet, he lifted his hands to prove they were empty.

“I’m not a physician, Lord Maggart.” A plausible fiction occurred to him. “I’m an undertaker.”

“An undertaker?” The baron stumped closer, leaning on his cane instead of brandishing it. His scleras were indeed yellow. So was his skin.

“I’m not dead yet, young man, however much these jackals may wish it,” Lord Maggart said. “Come to stake out your territory? What abominable cheek. Even if my wife invited you to measure me for my coffin.”

“Dudley. Please don’t be cruel in front of our guests.”

“In front of our guests,” he repeated to Ben. “That’s forbidden. Cruelty when guests are absent? Compulsory.”





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Author Description: Emma Jameson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, Book #2, BLUE MURDER, and Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, are available now.

She is also the author of MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, the first book in a new series set in wartime Cornwall. She is at work on Lord & Lady Hetheridge book #4, BLACK & BLUE, and also DIVORCE CAN BE DEADLY, the second mystery starring Dr. Benjamin Bones.





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Dr. Bones and the Christmas Wish
Christmas Magic in Cornwall

A few days before Christmas 1939, Dr. Benjamin Bones is in a "Bah, Humbug," sort of mood. It's the coldest winter on record, his country is at war, and his love life has run aground. But magic as well as mysteries abound in Cornwall. When Ben makes a bargain with a elfin little man, it leads him to an old woman who longs to make amends--and a chance for Ben to show that certain someone how much he cares.


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Marriage Can Be Murder - Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries Book 1
Murder in Haunted Cornwall

On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population 1,221 souls. But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren't the only sacrifices facing Ben. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny's death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.

As he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing's eccentric inhabitants. Mr. Gaston, the volunteer air warden, obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies; Mrs. Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies; and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won't take no for an answer. While adapting to life during Britain's "War at Home," a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny's murder--with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghost.


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Black & Blue - Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 4
MURDER IN MAYFAIR

Modern art dealer Granville Hardwick has a way with people -- a way of making them wish he were dead. His London gallery is filled with works of questionable merit, his dating pool consists of other men's wives, and his home is the eyesore of a fine old neighborhood. The neighborhood of Scotland Yard's Chief Superintendent Tony Hetheridge, as a matter of fact. So when Hardwick turns up dead, bashed on the head by a rather tasteless reproduction, it's Hetheridge and his new bride, Kate, who embark on solving the case.

LORD & LADY HETHERIDGE

When he married Kate, Tony expected things to be different. But with Kate's ne'er-do-well relatives making trouble on the home front, and his own enemies attacking from within Scotland Yard, the case of the dead art dealer and three unfaithful wives might do more than change Mayfair. It might change Lord and Lady Hetheridge forever.


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Something Blue - Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 3
Anthony Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave and chief superintendent for Scotland Yard, will marry Kate Wakefield in three weeks. It's inevitable--the invitations are out, the flowers are ordered, the cake is chosen. But murder waits for no man, and no wedding.

In London's prestigious West End, a disgraced CEO has been murdered at Hotel Nonpareil, an exclusive destination. No one, it seems, liked Michael Martin Hughes. Not his estranged wife, Thora, or his defiant son, Griffin. Not Hotel Nonpareil's manager, its head of security, or perhaps even the two most important women in Hughes's life: his future bride, Arianna, or his secret girlfriend, Riley. And before Hughes died, he incurred the wrath of none other than Sir Duncan Godington, longtime nemesis of both CS Hetheridge and DS Paul Bhar.

Hetheridge, Kate, and Bhar find themselves under tremendous pressure to uncover the killer as fast as possible. Have Scotland Yard and Downing Street lost confidence in Hetheridge? Find out as you return to the world of Ice Blue and Blue Murder in Something Blue, the third in the New York Times bestselling Lord & Lady Hetheridge mystery series.


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Blue Murder - Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 2
Two Dead Men

In London’s fashionable Chelsea, a Halloween bash goes terribly wrong. Emmeline Wardle, daughter of a frozen foods baron, throws a party which results in the demise of two university schoolmates. Handsome golden boy Trevor Parsons is dead. So is pasty computer nerd Clive French. Both died on the Wardle estate within minutes of one another, and both died the same way – an axe to the skull. Given the social connections of all involved, New Scotland Yard sends a real baron to investigate: Chief Superintendent Anthony Hetheridge, also known as Lord Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave.

Two Prime Suspects

This time around, Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield and her partner, Detective Sergeant Deepal “Paul” Bhar, have their work cut out. Bhar must contend with Emmeline Wardle, a spoiled blonde with a penchant for the finer things, including a certain illegal white powder. Kate must decide if Kyla Sloane, model-pretty and delicate, is being truthful about the events of that fateful night. And if Kyla’s connection to a former lover of Bhar’s means nothing – or everything.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Merry Jones – CHILD'S PLAY is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Merry Jones' new Book: CHILD'S PLAY.

Author Merry Jones is the bestselling author of the Elle Harrison Thrillers, The Zoe Hayes Mysteries and the Harper Jennings Mystery series.








Child's Play

Elle Harrison Novels


Author: Merry Jones


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Since her husband’s murder two years earlier, life hasn’t been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She’s selling her house and delving into new experiences—like learning trapeze.

Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle’s school principal, who’d tormented Ty as a child, is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty’s former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty.

Ty’s younger brother, Seth, is in Elle’s class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser?

Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she’s the only adult he’s ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he’s been wrongly condemned. But when she’s assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim?

Before Elle discovers the truth, she’s caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she’s forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive.

Excerpt from CHILD'S PLAY
I was the first one there.

The parking lot was empty, except for Stan’s pickup truck. Stan was the custodian, tall, hair thinning, face pock-marked from long ago acne. He moved silently, popped out of closets and appeared in corners, prowled the halls armed with a mop or a broom. In fourteen years, I couldn’t remember a single time when he’d looked me in the eye.

Wait--fourteen years? I’d been there that long? Faces of kids I’d taught swirled through my head. The oldest of them would now be, what? Twenty-one? Oh man. Soon I’d be one of those old school marms teaching the kids of my former students, a permanent fixture of the school like the faded picture of George Washington mounted outside the principal’s office. Hell, in a few months, I’d be forty. A middle-aged childless widow who taught second grade over and over again, year after year, repeating the cycle like a crazed hamster on its wheel.

Which reminded me: I had to pick up new hamsters. Tragically, last year’s hadn’t made it through the summer.

I told myself to stop dawdling. I had a classroom to organize, cubbies to decorate. On Monday, just three days from now, twenty-three glowing faces would show up for the first day of school, and I had to be ready. I climbed out of the car, pulled a box of supplies from the trunk, started for the building. And stopped.

My heart did triple time, as if responding to danger. But there was no danger. What alarmed me—what sent my heart racing was the school itself. But why? Did it look different? Had the windows been replaced, or the doors? Nothing looked new, but something seemed altered. Off balance. The place didn’t look like an elementary school. It looked like a giant brick factory. A prison. An incinerator.

God, no. It didn’t look like any of those things. The school was the same as it had always been, just a building. It simply looked cold and stark, unadorned by running children. Except for wifi, it hadn’t changed in fifty years, unless you counted several new layers of soot on the bricks.

I stood in the parking lot, staring at the school, seeing it fresh. I’d never paid much attention to it before. When it was filled with children, the building itself became all but invisible, just a structure, a backdrop. But now, empty, it was unable to hide behind the children, the smells of sunshine and peanut butter sandwiches, the sounds of chatter and small shoes pounding Stanley’s waxed tiles. The building stood exposed. I watched it, felt it watching me back, cold and unfeeling.

Threatening.

Seriously, what was wrong with me? The school was unchanged, benign. A pile of bricks and steel. I was wasting time, needed to go in and get to work.

But I didn’t take a single step.

Come on in, Mrs. Harrison, the school taunted. What are you afraid of—I won’t hurt you. I’m just a tired old elementary school. Nothing but empty halls, vacant rooms. Blank walls. Maybe an occasional unexplained echo or lingering scent. A flitting shadow. An unclaimed memory.

For a long moment, I stood motionless, eyes fixed on the fa├žade. The carved letters: Logan School. The heavy double doors. The dark windows. Maybe I’d wait a while. Becky would arrive soon, after she picked up her classroom aquarium. Other teachers would show up, too. I could go in with them, blend safely into their commotion. I hefted the box, turned back to the car.

But no, what was I doing? I didn’t want to wait. I’d come early precisely so I could get work done without interruption or distraction before the others arrived. The school wasn’t daring me. I wasn’t sensing an impending tragedy. I was just jittery about starting a new year.

I turned around again, faced its faded brown bricks. Steeled my shoulders, took a breath, preparing to go inside. With a clank, the main doors flew open. Reflexively, I stepped back, half expecting a burst of flames or gunfire. Instead, Stan emerged. For the first time in fourteen years, I was glad to see him. Stan surveyed the parking lot, hitched up his pants. Looked in my direction. He didn’t wave or nod a greeting. Didn’t follow social conventions. Even so, his presence grounded me, felt familiar. I took a breath, reminded myself that the school was just that, a school. That I was prone to mental wandering and embellishing. And that children would stream into my classroom in just three days, whether I was ready or not.





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Author Description: I've been writing ever since I could hold a pencil, but I didn't start writing books until the year after my second child was born. At that point, I asked myself: if not now, when? And I closed up my freelance video business to focus on my writing.

In the twenty odd years since then, I've written two non-fiction books (including BIRTHMOTHERS: Women who relinquished babies for adoption tell their stories), five humor books (including I LOVE HIM, BUT...) and, as of 2014, eleven suspense novels (including OUTSIDE EDEN, ELECTIVE PROCEDURES, THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE, WINTER BREAK, BEHIND THE WALLS, SUMMER SESSION, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS, THE DEADLY NEIGHBORS, THE RIVER KILLINGS, THE NANNY MURDERS).

My favorite writing is about the shady area between reality and perception, where people can't be sure of what they're sensing and concluding. I like putting "normal" characters into unexpected situations where they confront shadows and have to feel their way toward the truth, no matter how dangerous or frightening it may be.





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In the Woods - A Harper Jennings Mystery
A relaxing camping break for Iraqi war vet Harper Jennings and her husband takes an unpleasant turn when Harper stumbles across a dead body Harper Jennings – mother, Iraqi war vet and archaeology graduate – knows she should be counting her blessings that she’s able to enjoy a child-free camping trip with husband Hank. Hank’s recovery from a brain injury after falling from their roof is nothing short of miraculous. But . . . Harper misses baby Chloe. And she worries that, in being so wrapped up in her toddler, she’s lost her own identity. But her worries pale into insignificance when she stumbles across a body in the woods. Accident? Harper doesn’t think so, and nor does Ranger Daniels, who seems to blame local militia known as the Hunt Club – who will do anything, it seems, to protect the land they see as their birthright. Harper wonders what exactly she’s doing, in some dark state forest, tripping over corpses, when she could be at home with her little girl – but when a fellow camper’s husband goes missing, she finds herself reluctantly sucked into the hunt, and into a waking nightmare . . .


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Elective Procedures - An Elle Harrison Thriller
Elle Harrison is back! She and her pals Jen, Becky, and Susan travel to Mexico where Jen has arranged cosmetic surgery, after which she will recover in a plush hotel suite. But more is going on at the hotel than tummy tucks. Soon after they arrive, Elle sees the woman in the suite next door fall from her sixth floor balcony. When the room is later occupied by another patient, Elle finds her brutally mutilated body on that same balcony. Police question Elle as the last person to see these women alive. Their doctor also takes an interest in Elle; a woman staying at the hotel asks Elle to help her fend off a creepy stalker; a veiled woman sneaks into Elle's suite at night, and her late husband, Charlie, reappears (or Elle imagines that he does) when Elle gets pushed under water in the ocean and nearly drowns. As dangers swirl and intensify, Elle is forced to face her unresolved issues with Charlie, even as she races to find the connections between killings before more patients-including Jen-can be murdered. And before she herself becomes prey.


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Outside Eden - A Harper Jennings Mystery
July, Israel. Iraqi war vet and archaeology graduate Harper Jennings doesn’t believe in the evil eye. So when Hagit – the woman assigned to show her and Chloe, Harper’s fourteen-month-old baby, around Tel Aviv – drags the pair of them into a market to buy charms to ward off evil, it isn’t the bad luck she fears but the market itself. Close, dark and crowded, the place worries Harper, and when an American man seems to be in trouble, it is only the presence of baby Chloe that stops her from wading in to help.

Later, to Harper’s dismay, she learns that the man she saw was murdered. So when she’s invited to take part in an dig fifty miles away, while her geologist husband Hank takes part in the international symposium that has brought them both to Israel, she accepts. It will be safer away from the market, she thinks. But Hagit, who’s coming along to look after Chloe, disagrees. She is convinced the evil eye is to blame, and that it will follow Harper wherever she goes . . .


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The Trouble With Charlie - An Elle Harrison Thriller
Elle finds the body of her soon-to-be-ex husband, Charlie on her sofa, stabbed to death with her kitchen knife. Elle's close friends stand by her through the difficult funeral, but Elle alone must face the loss of the man she'd loved. Except that the loss is not total--Charlie is still around. Elle feels his presence, smells his after shave. Hears him accuse her of killing him. And even though she doesn't believe in ghosts, she argues with him, asserting her innocence. Oddly, Elle has a gap in her memory; she can't account for her activity during the time of his murder. As she tries to clear herself by finding out how Charlie died, she discovers that she had plenty of reason to kill him. Charlie had secrets. Infidelity. Unsavory business associates. Involvement with an international organization of sex abusers. The more she learns, the more danger she faces. As unscrupulous people begin to fear she'll expose them, Elle races against time to avoid arrest, fight off attackers, solve the murder, and make peace with Charlie's spirit.


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Winter Break - A Harper Jennings Mystery
Pregnant Harper sees danger everywhere in the chilling third Harper Jennings mystery, but can she keep herself and her baby safe when no one believes her? Surely Harper Jennings can survive a visit from her mother and her new boyfriend while Hank’s on his first business trip since his accident? But she has more on her mind when she glimpses a nude young man being dragged into the woods near her house. Everyone – police included – concludes it was either kids playing around . . . or Harper’s hormones talking. But Harper can’t let it go; suspecting that her mother’s boyfriend might be hiding something, soon even her own home no longer seems a place of safety . . .


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Behind the Walls - A Harper Jennings Mystery
A Harper Jennings mystery - When Harper Jennings’ staunchest rival at Cornell’s archaeology department turns up on her doorstep, babbling about seeing a Pre-Columbian shape-shifter, Harper doesn’t know what to think. But she can spot a great opportunity – Zina won a coveted post cataloguing a priceless collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts, and if Harper humours Zina, she’ll be able to see them for herself. But then Zina is killed – and the more contact Harper has with the relics, the more her life starts going wrong. The artifacts can’t really be cursed . . . can they?


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Summer Session - A Harper Jennings Mystery
The first in a new series from the author of the 'Zoe Hayes' books - Harper Jennings is an Iraqi war veteran with PTSD. Now a teaching assistant at Cornell, her life is rosy until, carrying out repairs on their home, her husband Hank falls off the roof. The accident damages his brain and brings back terrible war memories for Harper. As Hank is treated at the prestigious Cayuga Neurological Center, Harper's flashbacks subside - until, during class, her student jumps out of the window. Suddenly, Harper is swept up in suicide, theft, betrayal and murder - and all the victims connect to her . . .


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The Deadly Neighbors - The Zoe Hayes Mysteries Book 3
In this third novel featuring art therapist Zoe Hayes, neighbors are shocked when a woman's body is found in the kitchen of Zoe's estranged father, Walter. In fact, they suspect Walter of killing her. But as Zoe investigates further, it seems that the neighbors are up to some pretty shocking shenanigans themselves.

As Zoe tries to prove her father's innocence, she encounters a cruel ring of organized criminals who specialize in dark and deadly forms of entertainment. Trying to escape their grasp, Zoe--with daughter Molly in tow--must solve a series of grisly murders, but in the process, she stumbles into secrets that force her to reconnect with a lost a frightening part of her own past.


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The Borrowed and Blue Murders - The Zoe Hayes Mysteries Book 4
Zoe Hayes is back with another fast-paced thriller set in Philadelphia. In the final days before Zoe's marriage to Detective Nick Stiles, a jogger turns up murdered on Zoe's back patio. Two of Nick's brothers have come for the wedding and are staying at her home, and Zoe--now the mother of two: baby Luke and six-year-old Molly--finds evidence that at least one of her future in-laws is not who he pretends to be.

When her babysitter has a breakdown, her wedding planner is attacked, and a psychotic former patient decides to come after Zoe and her family, Zoe is caught in an intricate web of intrigue and spiraling danger that threatens to destroy a lot more than just her wedding.


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The River Killings - The Zoe Hayes Mysteries
Continuing the pate-turning suspense of THE NANNY MURDERS, this sequel weaves another taut, fast-paced tale. Zoe Hayes, a divorced art therapist with a six-year-old adopted daughter, Molly, returns with another gripping mystery set in Philadelphia, this time taking place along historic Boathouse Row.

On summer vacation from her job, Zoe takes a sculling class for fun with her best friend, Susan Cummings. One evening, while Molly waits with Susan's children at the boathouse, Zoe rows off with Susan to practice for an upcoming regatta. When Susan's oar catches on some flotsam (which turns out to be a woman's dress), the boat flips, and the two find themselves in deep water with not just one but an entire throng of floating bodies.

Someone (but who?) along Boathouse Row is a murderer. After Zoe argues with Detective Nick Stiles, her boyfriend, he sets out for the river at night, and she and Molly head out after him. There, Zoe uncovers a sinister plot that she and Molly might be unable to escape.


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The Nanny Murders - The Zoe Hayes Mysteries
A mesmerizing page-turner about missing nannies who disappear, one by one, from a close-knit Philadelphia community.

Zoe Hayes, an art therapist at an institute for seriously deranged patients, is the divorced, single mother of an adopted and adorable little girl named Molly. When Molly makes a grisly discover while playing in the snow--finding a piece of litter that turns out to be a human finger, Zoe gets involved in the case of the missing nannies.

One of Zoe's neighbors seems to be a serial killer. Zoe and a mysteriously scarred detective named Nick Stiles team up to catch the killer, and Zoe suddenly becomes the prey…


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