Charlie Parker Mysteries

Book 1

Deadly Gamble

Deadly Gamble

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.

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

Book 2

Vacations Can Be Murder

Vacations Can Be Murder

Second installment in this USA Today bestselling author's cozy mystery series. Charlotte "Charlie" Parker's last case (Deadly Gamble) left her tired and emotionally drained. She books a vacation trip to the beautiful garden island of Kauai. In her own words, "Vacations mean different thing to different people. There's the planning, the packing, the anticipation. Then there's the late arrival, the sunburn, the fuzzy pictures. In my case, add a romance with a good-looking pilot and fourteen stitches in the back of my skull."

So starts her vacation. Her first day on the island, Charlie takes a helicopter tour and partway around the shoreline she and the pilot, Drake Langston, spot a dead body lying on the rocks below. When Drake's friend and employer is accused of the murder he implores Charlie to help find the real killer.

Although Charlie misses home and her usual sleuthing sidekick dog, she finds herself romantically intrigued with Drake and wondering what will happen between them once she leaves the island.

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

"....a promising series." -- Booklist

"A good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal

"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account." --Bookwatch

Book 3

Partnerships Can Be Murder

Partnerships Can Be Murder

USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton brings the third installment in her popular pet-sleuthing mystery series. Charlie Parker 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 sidekick dog, Rusty, partner up to work on the case, a move that ultimately puts them both in danger.

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

“Shelton again has done a superb job.” -- Albuquerque Journal

Book 4

Small Towns Can Be Murder

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.

It is to one of these towns, Valle Escondido, that Charlie and her office assistant Sally Bertrand go for a July 4 weekend getaway. But almost immediately after their arrival they receive upsetting news and suddenly Charlie has a new mystery to solve.

Meanwhile, Drake Langston, the handsome helicopter pilot that Charlie met in Hawaii (Vacations Can Be Murder) is still in her life. He's coming to New Mexico for a visit, with the idea that he might convince her to move to Hawaii rather than continuing a long-distance relationship.

The plots intertwine and Charlie finds herself sifting through the clues to discover the hideous secrets harbored in Valle Escondido, while she wrestles with the decisions about her personal life as well.

"A good story and a challenging puzzle." -- Robert O. Greer for National Public Radio

. . . and for the earlier books in this series from USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton

"Good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal

"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth!" -- Midwest Book Review

"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account" -- Bookwatch

Book 5

Memories Can Be Murder

Memories Can Be Murder

Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton:

“This novel offers memorable details . . . and an edgy, paranoid atmosphere.” –Booklist

“Connie Shelton has another winner.” –The Book Report

“Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with.” –Mystery News

“The best of the series. Memories Can Be Murder demonstrates Connie Shelton’s talent as the audience will find a night with Charlie is an exciting evening.” –Harriet Klausner, online reviewer

While stowing boxes away in her attic in preparation for her fiancé’s move-in, Albuquerque CPA Charlie Parker uncovers chilling information about her father — and his work as a scientist during the Cold War years. Worse, she now suspects the fatal plane crash that killed both her parents was murder, and that her father's employer squashed the investigation.

Determined to solve the fifteen-year-old crime, Charlie quickly learns that asking questions is dangerous. Soon, dead ends — and dead bodies — have her worried she's next on the hit list. But what secret is worth killing for after all this time? And who is worried enough to go to murderous lengths to keep the door to the truth closed? The shocking answers are tied inexorably with the past — and present — and just might cost Charlie her future.

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

Book 6

Honeymoons Can Be Murder

Honeymoons Can Be Murder

It's Christmas and Charlie and Drake are finally able to go on their dream honeymoon. It's a mixed blessing--they get to spend three months at the famed Taos Ski Valley, but Drake will be working, shuttling skiers with his helicopter. When Drake's assistant, Eloy Romero, is accused of killing his own brother, a Catholic priest, Charlie offers to help sort out the clues.

Drawn into the art world for which Taos is known, Charlie and her sidekick dog Rusty begin to uncover connections between the murdered priest and the theft of millions of dollars in religious artifacts. As the pieces click into place, she finds that she, Rusty and Drake are placing their lives on the line.

Here is what others have said:

"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life in her colorful, vivid description... Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue." -- Albuquerque Journal

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

Book 7

Reunions Can Be Murder

Reunions Can Be Murder

Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton's previous mystery books:

"Charlie is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." --Booklist

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

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

Charlie gets her newest case (the seventh in this bestselling mystery series) when an ill-tempered female attorney hires her to find the family's missing patriarch in time for an upcoming family reunion. The elderly man took off two months earlier to do some gold prospecting in the hills of southern New Mexico. Charlie agrees to ask around but privately she thinks the old man probably just left town to avoid his irritating daughter

However, when she visits the almost-ghost town of White Oaks, Charlie comes upon a body that could be the missing Willie McBride. The mystery deepens and Charlie finds herself hiking Arizona's Superstition Mountains in search of the truth. What she finds leaves her facing a huge moral dilemma and there is no one to ask for advice.

Editorial Reviews:
"A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read." Southwest Book Views

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

"...a female sleuth with an original slant to her methods." -Small Press Magazine

"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." --Midwest Book Review

"A good story and a challenging puzzle." --Robert O. Greer, National Public Radio

"Down to earth and very readable." -Library Journal

"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account." --Midwest Book Review

Book 8

Competition Can Be Murder

Competition Can Be Murder

Charlie and Drake are spending a few months in Scotland, fulfilling a helicopter contract for a friend. Flying over the frigid North Sea is dangerous enough, but they soon learn that there is an ongoing feud between the helicopter operators in the area and the union-run boat operators. Charlie and Drake find themselves right in the midst of the battle.

The upside of the assignment is that they are experiencing life on a Scottish estate, living in a rented cottage on the elegant grounds of historic Dunworthy Castle. The resident lord and lady of the manor have problems of their own--several valuable lambs from their flock have gone missing and Robert Dunbar wants Charlie to investigate. And then there is the Dunbar's grandson, Richie, who is visiting with two friends. When Richie is kidnapped and the ransom demands begin, Charlie tries to convince the Dunbars to call the police but they resist. Before she knows it, Charlie finds herself pulled into the vortex of that dark mystery.

Editorial comments about the Charlie Parker mysteries:

"...will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

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

Book 9