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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 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 series first title.


Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:

"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review


"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views


"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News


"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal


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

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Deadly GambolI
October 2nd, 2015
I liked it alot. I could not wait to get back to it to see what would happen next. I can not wait to read another Charlie Parker book.
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Deadly Gamble
August 25th, 2015
A good chat~by~the~fire story. Well written. A good book for younger resders too. Does not need swearing to tell a good story.
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Deadly Gamble
April 27th, 2015
Brilliant edge of seat read, couldn't put it down. Great twist in the end. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. Recommended read in deed.
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Deadly Gamble: The First Charlie Parker Mystery
January 22nd, 2015
Very well written and made me not want to put the put down. Enjoyed it tremendously! Looking forward to the Second Charlie Parker Mystery!
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Deadly Gamle
January 18th, 2015
The story moved along quite well and I did not want to put the book down. I will be reading her next book.
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Deadly Gamble
July 17th, 2014
Couldn't put this one down even to get some sleep. Can't wait to read more by Connie Shelton.
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Deadly Gamble:The First Charlie
May 15th, 2014
Very enjoyable. Lots of action and twists and turns.
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Deadly Gamble
April 26th, 2014
A light mystery book, a virgin character. Enough to make me want to read on
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