Novels

GLASS DOLPHIN MYSTERIES

HANGED MAN’S NOOSE: A GLASS DOLPHIN MYSTERY (#1)

Publisher: Barking Rain Press

Publication Date: July 2015

Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in a tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.

Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused.

Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.

Available in trade paperback, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iTunes, GooglePlay and directly from the publisher, Barking Rain Press.

A HOLE IN ONE: A GLASS DOLPHIN MYSTERY (#2)

Publisher: Barking Rain Press

Publication Date: March 2018

Small town secrets have never been bigger…

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

Available in trade paperback, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iTunes, GooglePlay and directly from the publisher, Barking Rain Press.

MARKETVILLE MYSTERIES

SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC: A MARKETVILLE MYSTERY (#1)

Publisher: Barking Rain Press

Original Publication Date: August 2016

Re-release Date: December 2017

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?

Available in trade paperback, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iTunes, GooglePlay and directly from the publisher, Barking Rain Press.

 

PAST & PRESENT: A MARKETVILLE MYSTERY (#2)

Publisher: TBD

Publication Date: TBD/Fall 2018

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present…

It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier.

The mystery solved, and faced with the prospect of unemployment or going back to work at another mind-numbing nine-to-five job in Toronto, Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie, along with her best friend and new business partner, Chantelle Marchand, get their first client, a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her great-grandmother and doppelgänger, Anneliese Prei, and the man who killed her in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment except for one thing: Anneliese’s past has a way of winding its way into Callie’s present, and not in a way anyone, least of all Callie, could have predicted.

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