Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

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by Connie Shelton
     
 
"An auspicious debut!" -- I Love a Mystery newsletter

"An impressive debut mystery." --Albuquerque Journal

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it." -- Book Talk

The first book in this nearly-cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton introduces Albuquerque CPA Charlotte "Charlie" Parker. Charlie and her trusty sidekick dog

Overview

"An auspicious debut!" -- I Love a Mystery newsletter

"An impressive debut mystery." --Albuquerque Journal

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it." -- Book Talk

The first book in this nearly-cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton introduces Albuquerque CPA Charlotte "Charlie" Parker. Charlie and her trusty sidekick dog handle the business side of RJP Investigations while her brother, Ron, does the detecting. When Ron is out of town, however, Stacy North, who eloped with Charlie's fiance, Brad, 10 years earlier, comes calling, hoping to hire someone to find her missing Rolex watch. Charlie reluctantly takes the case and soon locates the watch. Stacy, it turns out, had been having an affair. Soon the lover is dead, and Stacy is an obvious suspect. Charlie sticks with the case and finds herself involved with still more murder.

Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.

Praise for Connie Shelton's other mysteries:
"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

"Down to earth and very readable." --Library Journal

"Charlie is slick, appealing, and nobody's food--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." --Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Stuart Miller, Booklist
This is a well-plotted debut mystery with a nice surprise ending and some excellent characterizations. Charlie, in particular, is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth. Look forward to the next installment in what shapes up to be a promising series.
Booklist - Stuart Miller, Booklist
This is a well-plotted debut mystery with a nice surprise ending and some excellent characterizations. Charlie, in particular, is slick, appealing, and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth. Look forward to the next installment in what shapes up to be a promising series.
Albuquerque Journal - Steve Brewer Albuquerque Journal
An impressive debut mystery.
Steve Brewer Albuquerque Journal
An impressive debut mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012269843
Publisher:
Secret Staircase Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Series:
Charlie Parker Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
7,474
File size:
165 KB

Meet the Author

Connie Shelton is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen mysteries. Her Charlie Parker series is based in Albuquerque, and her new Samantha Sweet series is set in the northern New Mexico town of Taos. In addition to her full-time writing career, Connie has taught writing, is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course, and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. She and her husband reside in northern New Mexico with their two dogs. Visit her website at connieshelton.com

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Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BrianJackson More than 1 year ago
I just read Deadly Gamble, the first Charlie Parker mystery novel, last night and couldn't wait to get back online to review it. I found the book to be thoroughly entertaining. The mystery was compelling, contained several twists, and ended with a surprise. Along the way I grew to care about both Charlie, a simple CPA who takes on sleuthing for a friend, and her dog Rusty. The mystery plays out against the backdrop of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which the author brings to life with descriptions of local haunts and the odd weather (the last time I was there, it snowed on me in May). Food is also discussed which made me have to eat huevos rancheros this morning. Looking for a simple, comfortable mystery without the lurid details, this may be the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and the Charlie Parker character.I just wished it had been longer, but am planning on reading more in the series.
NYM 9 months ago
While I found the general story line satisfying, and enjoyed the characters and their plights, I never really connected with any of the characters, and found the climax to be a bit lacking. I don't want to put in any spoilers, but I feel a mystery should have enough clues along the way that at the end, you have the big "AHA" moment and thump yourself on the forehead for not figuring it out sooner. I didn't find that to be the case, so I was left feeling a little unfulfilled.
RuthMO More than 1 year ago
I'm counting on the rest of the series to be as great as this one!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I've said it all.