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The Paper Detective
The Paper Detective
by E. Joan Sims
Edition: Hardcover
2 used & new from CDN$ 142.52

5.0 out of 5 stars An Icy Adventure, June 29 2004
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Paisley Sterling is back in her most exciting adventure to date. When her daughter Cassie buys her a used laptop to replace the one she lost in her last adventure, she discovers that the previous owner didn't entirely clean it out and there were intriguing letters left on it. Adapting some phrases from the letter, she writes her latest mystery using the pen name of Leonard Paisley, since her publisher contends that people don't want hard-boiled mysteries written by a middle-aged woman who used to write children's novels. But now Pen and Ink magazine wants to do a feature story on Leonard and she has to find a Leonard. She decides that the former police chief of a neighboring county, Bert Atkins, who had taken early retirement after being shot, would be the perfect Leonard and since his stepson was the new chief and was dating her daughter she figured she had a good chance of talking him into it. He agrees to impersonate Leonard and they go to Nashville where the interview goes well, with the exception of Paisley getting jealous of the reporter flirting with "Leonard". But a few days after they return home, Bert calls Paisley with the news that someone tried to kill him and asks her what she has done. Paisley begins to investigate what is going on and quickly finds herself under attack from a militia group, rogue soldiers and her traitorous heart, as she battles her growing attraction to Bert.
When she tries to infiltrate the militia camp to gather evidence, she realizes that she is in over her head and ends up in a desperate race for her life across a snow covered, bitterly cold Kentucky forest. She soon finds that the only thing standing between thousands of people dying in a terrorist attack and the terrorist is her.
With plenty of action that races across the page at breakneck speed, this is a breathtaking look at the side effects of the new, scary world that we find ourselves living in now. Sims takes the peaceful backdrop of a snowy Kentucky countryside and adds an element of terror that seems worse in such a setting and highlights the fact that terror can strike anywhere, not just big cities. You will be staying up all night to finish this roller coaster ride.

Murder of a Barbie and Ken: A Scumble River Mystery
Murder of a Barbie and Ken: A Scumble River Mystery
by Denise Swanson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good one to curl up with, Nov. 23 2003
Settle into a comfortable chair and get ready for another side-splitting visit to Scumble River. In Swanson's latest Skye Dennison adventure, she and Simon have joined the Scumble River social club in order to expand their horizons. One of the women in the club, Barbie, invites Skye to a Instant Gourmet party where she pressures her into buying a week's worth of gourmet food. Barbie and her husband Ken seem to have such a perfect life it was almost as if it were scripted. But when Skye goes to their house a week later to pick up her food and finds them both murdered, she realizes that the police will need her help with this one, whether they want it or not. As she begins to dig into their lives, she finds that the old saying about beauty being skin deep is especially true in this case as she uncovers the ugly secrets that both Barbie and Ken hid.
And of course, since this is Skye, she always has several complications in her personal life to deal with. This time Simon's estranged mother has showed up and has moved in with Skye, much to both Skye's and Simon's dismay, especially when they find out she is having some problems with the law. Also, two of Skye's 16 year old students are determined to help her solve the murders so they can write about it for the school paper, and then the monster snow storm hits and paralyzes most of the area.
Swanson has once again taken us to one of the funniest towns we will ever visit, filled with some of the quirkiest and eccentric characters we ever have met, with a sharp, witty protagonist who once again is thinking that running away from home wasn't such a bad idea after all.

The Curse of the Holy Pail: An Odelia Grey Mystery
The Curse of the Holy Pail: An Odelia Grey Mystery
by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pail of fun, June 3 2003
People are killed for many reasons - money, love, drugs, hate - but not many people are killed for a lunch pail, even if it is a one of a kind from a cancelled TV show from the 60's. In Odelia Gray's latest adventure, she feels compelled to investigate the murder of wealthy businessman Sterling Price, who was killed shortly after she was in his office picking up some papers for the law firm she worked for. Price was showing her his prized lunch pail collection, even giving her a Zorro pail, when he showed her the jewel of his collection, Holy Pail, which was the prototype for a lunch pail for the Chappy Wheeler show, an old cowboy show that was cancelled when its star was murdered.
Shortly after Odelia left, Price is found dead and the Holy Pail is missing. Odelia, who really liked Price, begins nosing around and stirs up more secrets than she thought one family could have. At the family home after the funeral, she comes across his ex-fiancé cuddling up to both his son-in-law and his son and finds out that his daughter was plotting to take over his company. Odelia decides that maybe this is a family she really doesn't want to get to know any better. But when her office is trashed and searched and her home is searched as well, she realizes that someone thinks she has the Holy Pail and that, if she doesn't want to be victim number 2, she needs to find both the murderer and the lunch pail. Add in the complication of her boyfriend proposing, her boss getting attacked and having to spend time with her dad and his family, and you have the makings of a very delightful cozy.
This is a fun book; even though you have murder and mayhem, you still sense it doesn't take itself too seriously underneath, and you will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the situations Odelia finds herself in and giving her advice on how to handle people and events.

The Burning of Her Sin
The Burning of Her Sin
by Patty G. Henderson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spooky Mystery, May 29 2003
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If you like strong women characters, meet Brenda Strange, a wealthy lawyer who is a dead ringer for Princess Diana. Brenda has everything going for her, looks, money, and brains, about to become partner in a prestigious law firm. And then, in one terrifying moment, her life is changed forever. A disgruntled former client goes on a killing spree, leaving many of her co-workers dead and Brenda was at first thought dead. But when she comes back, it is a slow, difficult recovery from her near death experience, so she and her lover decide to move to Tampa, Florida into the house of their dreams, hoping to speed her re-entry into the land of the living. But after she and Tina move into Malfour House, an old Victorian mansion located in an exclusive community for the rich, she begins to feel the past closing in on her and ghosts screaming for her help in finding peace and justice. When no one believes her about her feelings, Brenda decides to revive her career as a private investigator. As she begins to travel a trail of love, betrayal, murder, Santeria curses and greed almost a hundred years old, she begins to realize that the past and the present are hopelessly intertwined and that either one could prove fatal. The Burning of Her Sin is a dark, almost gothic style mystery that moves seamlessly between the past and the present in a story that you will make you want to lock the door and read it undisturbed from beginning to end.

Murder in the Forecast
Murder in the Forecast
by Valerie Wolzien
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Blow you away, Oct. 31 2001
Josie Pigeon can't believe her bad luck. The biggest contract her construction company has ever landed, remodeling the Point House, the grandest house on the island, is in jeopardy when the national weather service begins predicting a hurricane. And while everyone else on the island scurries to weather proof his or her property, Josie is in denial, she refuses to believe that Hurricane Agatha will actually hit. She keeps telling everyone that the weather people are always wrong, that they make these predictions several times a year and are always wrong. But when people begin calling her company for help in boarding up windows and doors, she finally gives in to the hysteria and begins to get ready, although she refuses to go into hurricane panic like many people are doing.But when the authorities order the island evacuated, Josie is reluctant to just up and leave. She goes out to check on The Point House; soon to be renamed The Hudson House for its new owner and finds said owner strangled in the living room. And when local police Chief Rodney shows up, checking for stragglers who haven't evacuated yet, Josie has to think fast. Chief Rodney isn't too fond of Josie, having tangled with her on previous murder cases and the last thing Josie wants is to have to try to explain finding the body of her employer. Josie assures the chief that she was just leaving and ends up rescuing him when his police cruiser gets stuck in high water. Josie and the Chief go to an emergency shelter on the mainland, where Josie has the unpleasant task of trying to avoid Hudson's daughters, spoiled, unpleasant rich girls, who keep demanding Josie tell them where their father is.Imagine Josie's surprise when, after returning to the island, to find not only the body of Cornell Hudson gone, but also the entire house with it, washed out to sea in the hurricane. Now Josie has a serious problem, she has to try to solve a murder that she can't tell anyone about. As Hudson's spoiled daughters slowly come to the realization that their father is missing, Josie is left wondering not only who killed him and why, but what he was doing on the island in the first place. She figures if she can discover why Hudson, who owns one of the largest contracting firms in New York hired her to remodel his house, it will lead her to the why and who of his death.In this latest Josie Pigeon mystery, Wolzien once again brings out her arsenal of her quick wit, small town humor and ability to create mayhem in a most delightful manner to create a story that will leave you laughing and wanting more.

Murder in the Forecast
Murder in the Forecast
by Valerie Wolzien
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Blow you away, Oct. 31 2001
Josie Pigeon can't believe her bad luck. The biggest contract her construction company has ever landed, remodeling the Point House, the grandest house on the island, is in jeopardy when the national weather service begins predicting a hurricane. And while everyone else on the island scurries to weather proof his or her property, Josie is in denial, she refuses to believe that Hurricane Agatha will actually hit. She keeps telling everyone that the weather people are always wrong, that they make these predictions several times a year and are always wrong. But when people begin calling her company for help in boarding up windows and doors, she finally gives in to the hysteria and begins to get ready, although she refuses to go into hurricane panic like many people are doing.But when the authorities order the island evacuated, Josie is reluctant to just up and leave. She goes out to check on The Point House; soon to be renamed The Hudson House for its new owner and finds said owner strangled in the living room. And when local police Chief Rodney shows up, checking for stragglers who haven't evacuated yet, Josie has to think fast. Chief Rodney isn't too fond of Josie, having tangled with her on previous murder cases and the last thing Josie wants is to have to try to explain finding the body of her employer. Josie assures the chief that she was just leaving and ends up rescuing him when his police cruiser gets stuck in high water. Josie and the Chief go to an emergency shelter on the mainland, where Josie has the unpleasant task of trying to avoid Hudson's daughters, spoiled, unpleasant rich girls, who keep demanding Josie tell them where their father is.Imagine Josie's surprise when, after returning to the island, to find not only the body of Cornell Hudson gone, but also the entire house with it, washed out to sea in the hurricane. Now Josie has a serious problem, she has to try to solve a murder that she can't tell anyone about. As Hudson's spoiled daughters slowly come to the realization that their father is missing, Josie is left wondering not only who killed him and why, but what he was doing on the island in the first place. She figures if she can discover why Hudson, who owns one of the largest contracting firms in New York hired her to remodel his house, it will lead her to the why and who of his death.In this latest Josie Pigeon mystery, Wolzien once again brings out her arsenal of her quick wit, small town humor and ability to create mayhem in a most delightful manner to create a story that will leave you laughing and wanting more.

Where Secrets Lie
Where Secrets Lie
by L. C. Hayden
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets uncovered, June 11 2001
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What do you do when you find that your whole life is based on a lie? Lisa Littau is called to the hospital when her mother has a heart attack and as she lies dying, tells Lisa that as an infant, she was illegally adopted. Lisa is devastated, her entire world turned upside down and she becomes obsessed with finding her birth parents. With her young daughter in tow, she heads to Dallas to search for her natural parents. Her search attracts the attention of James Johnson, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in America. Johnson is a haunted man, who has also built his life on a series of lies, most of which will destroy him if they become known. Where Secrets Lie, L.C. Hayden's latest is an absorbing suspense novel, filled with red herrings that will have you dashing down many wrong turns in your efforts to solve the puzzle. She brings such depth to her characters that you sometimes forget they aren't real. As Lisa spirals closer to the truth, she faces the realization that someone doesn't want her to find that truth. This is a good old-fashioned heroine in danger suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Murder of a Sweet Old Lady: A Scumble River Mystery
Murder of a Sweet Old Lady: A Scumble River Mystery
by Denise Swanson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read, April 9 2001
Skye Denison, who like so many young people fled her small hometown, is back after a bit of bad luck. Working as a school psychologist, she is trying to live down her past and adjust to small town life again. In the second book in the series, Murder of a Sweet Old Lady, Denise Swanson has taken us back to the delightful town of Scumble River, filled with eccentric characters. Skye has developed the habit of going by her grandmother's house each day after work to hear stories of the family history. When Skye finds her grandmother dead in her bed, the family is outraged when Skye suggests it might be murder but since the housekeeper is missing, the family convinces themselves that she is the killer. So they are even more outraged when Skye starts looking at family members. And when Skye finds herself the victim of several acts of vandalism, she isn't sure who is behind them, a family member or the angry parent of one of the children she are counseling. As Skye digs down to the disintegrating roots of her family tree, she is left wondering if destroying the family is worth the price of unmasking a killer. And while she is trying to find her grandmother's killer, she is also having to deal with some very sticky issues at work when her boss asks her to lie on a report, the same issue that got her fired from her last job. Swanson does an excellent job of dealing with some very sensitive issues, while at the same time creating a delightful, fast-paced cozy.

The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn: A Joe Barley Mystery
The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn: A Joe Barley Mystery
by Eric Wright
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will kidnap your attention, March 28 2001
When Joe Barley's cleaning lady asks him to find one of her clients who seems to have disappeared, Joe, a part-time teacher, is not sure he wants to help. Joe also works part time for a security agency as a watcher, they pay him to watch a doorway, a park, and a street and then report back on what he saw. But Helena is convinced that he is a real detective so what could he do but agree to help. Rosie Dawn, is a college student paying her bills by doing exotic dancing on the side and being the mistress of a fast-food entrepreneur, is missing. While trying to find Rosie Dawn, Joe must also solve the mystery of why his live-in love, Carol, is acting strange and help his office mate defeat the campus political-correctness police. With a great deal of understated humor, witty phrases and plots within plots, Eric Wright's The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn, is a very enjoyable book to read. Wright has the ability to make complex plots easy to understand while at the same time leaving you with a sense of wonder at the layers he has created. Wright has a real talent for fleshing out his characters and capturing both their strengths and weaknesses. You are left with the feeling that Barley could easily be your next door neighbor or co-worker, just the average guy you meet every day.

License Invoked
License Invoked
by Robert Asprin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost magic, March 28 2001
Fionna Kenmare, lead singer of the Irish acid-folk rock band, Green Fire, is sure someone is trying to kill her. But the only person who sees or hears the attacks is Fiona herself, which convinces her that they are magical in nature so when the band gets ready to tour the United States, her father calls in some favors to get her a bodyguard. Liz Mayfield, with the British Government Office of Occult and Paranormal Sightings Investigation, is assigned to protect her. Liz is probably the only person in her department who actually believes in good and evil, for the rest it is just a cushy job. And with that idea Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye set the stage for a hilarious romp through New Orleans in their latest, License Invoked. With help of her American counterpart from the FBI, Boo-Boo, who appears to know everyone in New Orleans, Liz must battle the most fearsome magical onslaught of her life, all the while trying to convince everyone that it is real but at the same time, keep the press from finding out so that both governments are embarrassed. With the help and hindrance of a whole cast of odd and off-beat characters, Liz must work to defeat not only the minions of Satan, who wish to kill Fionna because she is a good influence on our children, but the non-believers who would try to assign a rational explanation to the events around them. Definitely a great twist on the good v evil theme. Not as good as Asprin's Thieves World series, but still a good read.

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