FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy

Unbalanced

Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, is happily planning her son's wedding, until she sees a bank robbery that nobody else apparently saw. When her husband's long lost brother turns up then disappears, leaving behind his young son, Carly is at her wit's end. However, that's only the beginning of her trouble. Add in that someone is trying to keep the wedding from happening, as well as her own credibility is being called into question, and Carly has major problems on her hands.

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No Accounting for Murder

Join Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, in her first published mystery. Missing money, suspicious threatening faxes, a mayor who is avoiding her, and a mystery company that is trying to set up a nudist colony in Carly's small east coast town of Bear Cove all combine to send her on the trail of the person responsible.

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Bread of the Dead

Life couldn’t be sweeter for Tres Amigas Café chef Rita Lafitte, decorating sugar skulls and taste-testing rich, buttery pan de muerto in anticipation of Santa Fe’s Day of the Dead bread-baking contest. That is, until her friendly landlord, Victor, is found dead next door.

Although the police deem Victor’s death a suicide, Rita knows something is amiss. To uncover the truth, she teams up with her octogenarian boss Flori, the town’s most celebrated snoop. The duo begin to sift through long-buried secrets and take full measure of duplicitous neighbors, but the clock is ticking and their list of suspects is growing ever longer. Just as the clues get hotter than a New Mexican chile, one of their main suspects winds up dead. Rita fears that the killer is dishing out seconds—and her order might just be up.

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A Parliament of Owls

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent, Angela Dimato discovers the body of a woman in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado. Not only is the woman found in a bizarre and contorted position, her body is located within a few feet of the nest of the protected burrowing owl. Angela uncovers that the dead woman is a local "soccer mom" and activist, suing the city over the encroachment of prairie dogs onto the local soccer fields. She's made some folks mad and, with the help of local police, Angela sets out to crack the seemingly open-and-shut case of murder.

Then, in a relentless hunt, things grow stranger with the discovery of two more deaths that same morning that may have ties to the Refuge. With her trademark instinct, Angela digs toward the truth. But the investigations takes a sinister twist, putting more lives at stake, and Angela's forced to turn to the case's only eyewitness--a burrowing owl--for answers.

Goff's suspense-filled writing combined with authentic Colorado locations and precise descriptions of bird life will keep Birdwatchers and cozy mystery lovers enthralled.

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A Basket of Trouble

When Claire Hanover saddles up for the opening event of her brother Charley's new riding stable, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation. Kyle Mendoza, one of the stable hands, is found dead in Gunpowder's stall. Everyone thinks the horse trampled him, until it's discovered someone killed Kyle before dragging him into the stall. Charley's troubles worsen with Kyle's family suing him and a rival stable owner wrangling up his clients, so Claire decides to find the real murderer before her brother's business is put out to pasture.

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The Semester of Our Discontent

English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University, until she finds one of her colleagues dead. She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.

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