Balloons Can Be Murder

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Rachael Fairfield is a balloon pilot out to set a world altitude record during the upcoming Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. She's received several threats, though, and wants to hire Charlie and Ron to keep the stalker away from her. It shouldn't be a problem, says Rachael, because she knows who is sending the notes-her own father. Her testimony sent him to prison years ago and now he's out. They agree to take the case, but Charlie begins to suspect that it's not such a...
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Overview

Rachael Fairfield is a balloon pilot out to set a world altitude record during the upcoming Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. She's received several threats, though, and wants to hire Charlie and Ron to keep the stalker away from her. It shouldn't be a problem, says Rachael, because she knows who is sending the notes-her own father. Her testimony sent him to prison years ago and now he's out. They agree to take the case, but Charlie begins to suspect that it's not such a simple assignment.

Praise for the Charlie Parker mysteries:

"Fans of Southwestern mysteries will find that Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice."
- Library Journal

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

"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist

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Kirkus Reviews
Albuquerque's crystal-clear skies provide the perfect setting for the yearly balloon festival, and a place where danger lurks for the latest client of RJP Investigations. Accountant Charlie Parker has found herself taking over more investigative duties at the detective agency she owns with her brother Ron. Their new client, balloon pilot Rachael Fairfield, is hoping to set a new ladies' altitude record, but she's received anonymous letters intimating danger if she tries. She's convinced the culprit is her father, whose political aspirations were crushed when Rachael's testimony as a teen sent him to prison on molestation charges. Now her banker brother hopes for a political career of his own. His hunger for publicity undercuts Charlie and Ron's attempt to keep their client in the shadows. The siblings work as bodyguards, take turns running down clues and dig into the past and present looking for others who might want to harm Rachael. When bullets pierce the balloon, crew chief Sam Millson rushes the pair to his ranch in the hills. Rachael and Charlie are stalked and almost killed in a fire before the truth is revealed. Shelton's debut provides much information about hot-air ballooning, but not so much about a convincing solution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890768607
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: Charlie Parker Mystery Series
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,294,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Connie Shelton draws upon her own experience as a pilot who holds a high altitude record in hot air balloons for the storyline in her current Charlie Parker mystery. In addition to writing more than a dozen books in this series, Shelton is also the author of the new Samantha Sweet mystery series and the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous private investigative thriller

    Just prior to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, balloonist Rachel Fairfield hires RJP Investigations to keep her safe while she tries to set an altitude record in three days. Rachel shows sleuth Ron Parker and his sister Charlie two threatening letters that she received in the last couple of weeks. She insists her estranged father William sent the notes because her testimony sent him to prison when she was a teen and the wording is his. Ron explains that his agency is too small to protect her from an assassin amidst a crowd of 50,000, but the client says to just keep an eye on her dad, recently released form prison. --- Charlie, whose marriage to firefighting helicopter pilot Drake Langston has problems, looks into alternative threats of which there are two possibilities, an abusive former lover and a person accusing her of costing him his inheritance while Ron looks into William¿s activities. Neither Parker expected the incidents to turn increasingly dangerous towards their client nor themselves, as someone is trying to insure that Rachel fails at all costs. --- The latest Charlie Parker case is a fabulous private investigative thriller that also contains a powerful subplot centering on the heroine¿s estranged relationship with her spouse as both fails to communicate what disturbs them. The protection of Rachel is intriguing as the Parkers know they cannot keep her safe if she is going airborne during the gala, but try their best to watch the known threats. Connie Shelton brings the air balloon rave and its New Mexico locales alive as fantastic backdrop to this enchanting thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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