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Bundled set of the first four titles in the Charlie Parker cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton.

 

Praise for the Charlie Parker mysteries:

“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist

 

“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

 

"Down to earth and very readable." Library Journal

 

BOOK 1 - Deadly Gamble

Charlie Parker really doesn’t want to track down killers. She’s an accountant, a dog lover and a partner with her brother in a private investigation business. But when her old friend Stacy North comes looking for help, Charlie gives in and agrees to help.

 

Stacy’s Rolex watch is missing and she’s afraid her husband Brad will find out. The truth is that she was seeing another man, and she’s terrified of Brad’s legendary temper. Charlie and her sidekick pooch find the missing watch--no problem--but when the “other man” suddenly turns up dead, Stacy is desperate. Can Charlie find out who the real killer is before the police connect Stacy to the victim? It turns out to be the challenge of Charlie’s life.

 

BOOK 2 - Vacations Can Be Murder

Charlie is riding front seat on a Hawaiian helicopter tour when she and the pilot spot a lifeless body lying on the rugged rocks of Kauai’s NaPali coast. Drake Langston is the pilot flying the tour. When the flight is over, Charlie assumes her acquaintance with Drake is, too. Within twenty-four hours, though, Drake’s friend and employer, Mack Garvey, is arrested for murdering Gilbert Page. Drake persuades Charlie to help clear Mack.

 

It isn’t easy. The investigating officer has an old grudge against Mack, and it doesn’t help that Mack knew the victim and owed him a half million dollars. Charlie roots out the suspects one by one, never guessing that her own life will be in danger before her vacation is over.

 

BOOK 3 - Partnerships Can Be Murder

Charlie returns from her Hawaiian vacation to find her older brother Ron involved with a much younger woman. The more Charlie sees of cute Vicky, the more she realizes how deceitful Ron’s new love is. Is it simply a case of male mid-life crisis, or is there something more devious going on?

 

Meanwhile, Charlie doesn’t have much time to ponder Ron’s problems. Her friend Sharon Ortega is a partner in a restaurant business with David Ruiz. When David turns up dead, an apparent suicide, Sharon comes to Charlie for help. Sharon’s problem is a double-edged sword. If he did kill himself, David’s life insurance won’t pay and Sharon will probably lose the restaurant because she can’t afford to hire a replacement. But if he didn’t kill himself, then it was murder, and Sharon could very well find herself a suspect. Charlie and her dog, Rusty, put their lives on the line to discover the truth.

 

BOOK 4 - Small Towns Can Be Murder

Tucked into the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico are the hidden towns, little enclaves of history and tradition–and secrets. Charlie and her office assistant Sally Bertrand visit one such place over the July 4th weekend, and when they drop in on a friend they learn that Cynthia Martinez suddenly suffered a miscarriage and died. Privately, friends wonder if spousal abuse caused her death. Charlie agrees to ask a few questions and see what she can find out.

   Meanwhile, Charlie and her brother Ron have an ongoing dispute over gun control. And Drake Langston, the helicopter pilot she met in Hawaii, is visiting and the romance is heating up.

 

“... superbly crafted story...”  – Gothic Journal

 

“Another delicious read for the beach.” –The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC

 

“Three plot strands are capably and grippingly entwined, and Shelton doesn’t shirk from confronting big issues” – Crime Time, Birmingham, England


Author bio
Connie Shelton is the USA Today best-selling author of more than two dozen books in the Charlie Parker mystery series and in her new Samantha Sweet mystery series. Both series are based in her home state, New Mexico. She and her husband love to travel and she frequently takes her characters to new and exciting locations as well.

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    Charlie Parker series 1-4

    I like to read about women slueths, the series has several twists and turns. The series is worth reading

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    Loved it

    Love how the main characters life continues through each book, never read anything from this Author before, but I am eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of her novels.

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    Accountant from Albuquerque

    Although depicted as an attractive auburn haired young heroine, Charlie comes across as an overweight middle aged conservative American. It's hard to imagine anyone who eats this much take away and drives herself and her dog the one mile to work ever being a sharp, efficient sleuth. Even the romance feels middle aged.

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    Fun read.

    I enjoy characters that don't take themselves too seriously. The ongoing story of her neighbours, brother, beau, and food make Charlie real.

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    easy read

    these books are really easy read something to curl up with on a rainy day not too challenging not too exciting but well written

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