USA Today Bestselling Short Story Collection
22 summer themed short stories by USA Today bestselling mystery and romance authors! Enjoy mystery, romance, and lots of laughter under the sun with shorts from some of your favorite series. The perfect quick reads for vacation lounging or sipping frosty drinks poolside!
Includes stories from: Ellie Ashe, Diane Bator, Catherine Bruns, Christina A. Burke, Mary Jo Burke, Wendy Byrne, Tracy D. Comstock, A. Gardner, Janel Gradowski, Gin Jones, Elizabeth Ashby, Gina LaManna, Leslie Langtry, Nicole Leiren, Patrice Lyle, Dane McCaslin, Kerri Nelson, Ellyn Oaksmith, Kelly Rey, Sally J. Smith, Jean Steffens, Anna Snow, Anne Marie Stoddard & Stacey Wiedower
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries book #1
Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. In spite of her certifiably crazy mom, Nani is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! Unfortunately her Julliard training doesn't help her break into the local music scene due to some heavy competition from the Terrible Trio—three hostile, local musicians. The only work she finds is a few bar mitzvahs and gigs at the kitschy Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel.
But when one of Nani's competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police's main suspect. A missing murder weapon, mysterious threats, and a heck of a frame-up job all have Nani worrying she'll be trading in her flowery muumuus for prison orange. Enter hunky local botanist Nick Woodfield, who just might be able to help her clear her name...that is if he doesn't have secrets of his own. With the bodies stacking up, the danger closing in, and the authorities circling, Nani must track down a killer...before she ends up the latest victim of the Ukulele Murderer!
Gianna Mancini Mysteries #3
When Gianna Mancini, reluctant ghost whisperer and plus-sized shoeista, attends a bridal shower for a family friend, she doesn't expect to see her favorite movie star, Raina Stone in attendance. Too bad Gianna's gift of communicating with the dead doesn't give her the ability to predict the future. If it did, she'd have known she was about to stumble on Raina's dead body.
The police rule it as an accident, but something feels off to Gianna. With the help of her dead Aunt Stella and a grumpy ghost named Freezer Dude, Gianna discovers that the celebrity was harboring secrets from her past. Secrets that may have contributed to her death. Between spying on suspects with Aunt Stella to having to rescue her favorite boots from Raina's quirky manager, Gianna has her work cut out for her.
The closer Gianna gets to the truth, the more danger seems to find her, and if she's not careful, she may just end up crossing to the other side.
Danger Cove Mysteries book #13
When Lilly Waters moved to her ancestral small-town home of Danger Cove, Washington, she hoped for a walk down memory lane and a chance to connect with the family she never knew. What she got instead was a bartending job at the Smugglers' Tavern, a mysterious man promising information about her grandfather—who had been listed as MIA since the Vietnam War—and a dead body she practically tripped over!
When the police point to Lilly as their number one suspect, she decides to take fate into her own hands. She enlists the help of a trivia loving waitress and a hot local security guard who sincerely hopes Lilly is doing more than just passing through. As Lilly searches for clues to clear her name, she uncovers puzzles that reveal secrets about her family and hidden treasure. Each clue brings her closer to the fortune...and to the real killer who will stop at nothing to get the gold.
Barb Jackson Mysteries Book #3
Feather boas, strippers, and murder? Oh, my!
After a busy few months, Private Investigator Barb Jackson is dreaming of a relaxing vacation with her hot man at her side...but her hopes of a little R&R are abruptly put on hold when an acquaintance from a past case, Cindy, comes to her in desperate need of help. Cindy is a dancer at the Double Trouble Gentlemen's Club, a somewhat upscale club that caters to somewhat less-than-law-abiding men. Recently two of Cindy's fellow dancers have been murdered. The police don't have a clue who killed the girls or why—and as far as Barb can tell, don't even really care. But with Cindy afraid the killer may strike again, Barb steps in to pick up where the police have left off. Even if her homicide detective boyfriend wishes she'd leave the murder investigations to him and stick to planning their getaway for two. Between an ex-boyfriend with a criminal past, a bouncer with a secret, and enough catty dancers to fill a scantily-clad lineup, Barb has suspects galore. But which one is targeting the ladies of Double Trouble...and just may do so again!
Platform heels, outrageous costumes, and body glitter abound when Barb takes on the craziest case of her career!
Mystery writer Caro Layton-Browning is thrilled when her small town of Seneca Meadows decides to throw a fall festival. Who doesn't love the changing leaves, bobbing for apples, fresh air...and murder? When the Chamber of Commerce sponsors what has been billed as a "murder mystery hunt" at the festival, no one—least of all Caro—is expecting to find a real deal body at the end of the night. And the plot thickens when there isn't just one body—there's two!
Caro suddenly finds herself up caught up in corpses, criminals, and counterfeit handbags that someone has been passing off as the real deal. Caro and her faithful sidekick, Merry Holmes, set out to find out who is behind the faux designer duds and who's been killing off the good citizens of Seneca Meadows. Is it the best selling author with an ax to grind, her zany personal assistant, or someone who is out to discredit Merry's leadership in her community? Caro is pressed to follow the clues and ferret out the truth... before the killer adds a third body to his count!
Amelia Grace Rock 'n' Roll Mysteries book #2
The last time Amelia Grace and her best friend, Kat, saw their college buds in the band Royal Flush, the guys had just launched a super-successful rock 'n' roll career. Five years later, Ame's world-famous musician pals are back for a tour stop at Castle Rock. But things get heated during a fan meet-and-greet, leading to discord among the band members. And when Royal Flush's bass guitarist, Sid Malone, is found dead, Ame's ex-boyfriend, Mickey, finds himself with an all-access pass to a prison cell. Between juggling her duties at Castle Rock and assuring her FBI agent beau, Emmett, that her former romance with Mickey was a one-hit wonder, Ame is on the case to prove her ex's innocence and expose a web of lies that goes deeper than the tracks on a rock album's B-side.
**2016 RONE Award Nominee**
Cookies & Chance Mysteries book #3
Just when things appear to be going well for baker and sometime sleuth, Sally Muccio, life turns up the heat again.
It's summertime, and the living is easy for the Muccio clan. Sal's wedding to her beloved fiancé is rapidly approaching, Mom's won a beauty contest, and sister Gianna is now a licensed public defender. But when the bakery Sal's worked so hard for goes up in smoke—along with her dreams!—she's not sure how much more she can stand. Even worse, the man found dead in the bakery's back room is none other than Gianna's latest client, Bernardo Napoli.
The dough really hits the fan for Sal and Josie when they're forced to temporarily relocate their bakery to the crazy Muccio home. Trouble is quickly stirred up as the best friend team must now contend with Sal's father and his new mortuary business "undertakings," a middle aged mother parading around customers in bikinis, and an Italian family hell bent on revenge. For Sal, several questions demand answers. Where has Gianna disappeared to? What role did she play in Bernardo's death? What secret is Sal's fiancé hiding from her? Sal is determined to find answers...before she gets burned once again!
Most women have them: those two very distinct, very different voices in their mind. One can usually be chalked up to common sense, the other to mischief, mayhem or just plain morbid curiosity. Both are always there, though, ready with their two cents worth.
Jemma Keith is no exception to the rule. She doesn't have a problem agreeing to photograph her cheating ex-boyfriend's wedding. The dilemma, however, is what to do once she gets there. Common sense feels like taking the high road; she can handle being the better person. Mischief wants to slither in, crashing the whole affair down around his worthless ankles.
What's a woman to do when she can't make up her mind?
At least both sides are in complete harmony about the bride's cousin, Anthony Giovanni: he's hot, handsome, and oh, so tempting.
Join Jemma as she weaves through a web of lust, temptation, revenge, and maybe even love.
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries book #4
After Simone Ryan is stood up at the altar by her fiancé, Elliott, she decides to enjoy her would-be honeymoon in paradise alone. She checks into the Aloha Lagoon Resort's bridal suite and promptly begins to drown her sorrows in champagne. But when Simone steps out onto the balcony to take in the glorious Hawaiian scenery, she gets an even better view. Hot local baker, Liam Bentley, is out for a stroll on the beach. Maybe being single isn't so bad after all.
But when Elliott makes a surprise appearance at the resort—with a younger woman in tow—things turn deadly, and suddenly Simone finds herself not in the role of newlywed but prime murder suspect! Fighting for her life—not to mention her dignity—Simone must uncover secrets from her ex-fiancé's past which may just have killer consequences for her own future. With the help of the ever-so-tempting Liam, his feisty grandmother, and the quirky Aloha Lagoon staff, Simone finds herself tracking down a murderer who may just be closer to home than she thinks...
Unleashed Mysteries book #1
Meet Chloe: she has a house, a best friend, and absolutely no idea how to say "no." So when her elderly neighbor asks her to surrender a little dog named Theo to the animal shelter, of course Chloe agrees. And when Theo pulls out his big puppy dog eyes, Chloe reluctantly gains a dog. And that's when the trouble starts.
An attempted dog snatching, a break in, a masked attacker, and a hit and run all add up to big problems. Everybody seems to be looking for something. If only Chloe knew what that something was. And with a sexy new neighbor named Brody, a creepy new neighbor named Rick, and her ex-boyfriend Jack snooping around, the men in Chloe's life seem to be multiplying. With the help of her new neighbor, Chloe may just be able to figure out what key Theo holds to the whole mess...if she can keep them both alive!
a romantic comedy
Jane Austen's Emma made a habit of meddling in other people's lives, but Melanie Abbott has turned it into a cottage industry.
As "modern American royalty" living in Abbott's Bay, Massachusetts, a town founded by her ancestor, Melanie Abbott feels it's her right—even her duty—to employ her uncanny knack for knowing exactly what everyone needs to improve their lives. She eagerly shares her wisdom and insight with her friends and neighbors...whether they ask for it or not. If only Conn Garvey, her dearest friend, agreed with her.
Connacht Garvey has been keeping an eye on Melanie since they were kids. A bit older, far more level-headed, and infinitely patient, Conn feels it's his duty to pull Melanie back from whatever cliff's edge she's about to wander off. Conn thinks Melanie is egotistical, self-centered, irritating, infuriating, relentless, ridiculous...and irresistible. Not that Conn's confessed to that last one. Yet.
When Melanie impulsively starts up a new advice-giving business, it's an instant hit. Conn doesn't approve, as usual, which is too bad, because Melanie's convinced he needs her VIP package. (Of advice!) His coffeehouse is showing signs of financial trouble, plus his toxic ex is suddenly sniffing around, acting like she's having second thoughts about their breakup. Will their friendship be blown to bits because of Melanie's meddling...or will it become something more?
Izzy Lewis Mysteries book #2
Amateur sleuth and artist Izzy Lewis' life is getting more complicated by the moment. First, she has to deal with an ex husband she thought she'd left in the rearview mirror. Then, she happens to discover a dead body while unpacking for a local quilt show. Now, the suspect in the murder is asking for her help in proving his innocence. Talk about a troublesome trifecta!
Despite the fact the accused is an ex-con, Izzy believes in his innocence and suspects the local detective is railroading the guy for personal reasons. With the help of the Qs—her Jessica Fletcher–wannabe band of seniors—Izzy sets out to uncover the truth. But with her budding relationship with her hot new neighbor on thin ice and a hyper-vigilant detective watching her every move, Izzy finds herself treading a thin line between sleuth and suspect. Can she catch a small-town murderer...or will Izzy be the victim of double trouble in Iowa?
Storybook Park Mysteries book #1
Ashling Cleary, the owner and manager of a storybook theme park in Northern California, isn't exactly leading the fairy tale life she'd always dreamed of. She's stress-stuffing herself like Jack Sprat's wife who could eat no lean, her happily-ever-after with her boyfriend isn't going as expected, and her employees are an unruly, if loveable, bunch of teens. Ashling hopes things will turn around when she lands the hot Hollywood actress Katrina Irvine to star in the lead of their summer Sleeping Beauty play. But when Katrina is murdered—right in the middle of a performance!—Ashling's luck goes from bad to worse. And when her best friend becomes the number one suspect, it's up to Ashling to figure out who the true killer is before anyone else comes to a not-so-fairytale ending in her park.
After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems go from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy's going to survive this culinary experience, she'll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?
Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #2
Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she's helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn't Miranda's dream job, she's eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda's timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI's investigation and protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can't seem to resist.
Just when Melanie Hamilton thought things couldn't get stranger at The Mansion at Mystic Isle, she finds herself in the middle of a true pirate treasure hunt! Fortune hunters have arrived Indiana Jones-style at the New Orleans resort where she and boyfriend Jack Stockton work, with their eyes on the prize of a long-lost and priceless letter stolen from the famous pirate Jean Lafitte. Two archeologists, a Hollywood camera crew, and a marauding gator suddenly have Melanie so busy she almost doesn't even have time to quarrel with Jack over the arrival of his ex-girlfriend... Almost. But her romantic issues take a back seat when a dead body shows up at the home of the resort's owner. Now it's up to Mel and the rest of the odd crew at Mystic Isle to bring order back to the bayou and solve the murder. But if someone would kill once for a piece of parchment, would they kill twice? And could Mel wind up at the bottom of Davy Jones' Locker?