Henry Hartman's Fall Guy Crisis: An Off-the-Books Mystery #3 [NOOK Book]

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How did things change so quickly? One day, she is the brains behind Sydney Stansfield Interiors, running a successful Hilton Head decorating business, and the next, she is foster mother to an eight-month-old baby and boss to a hot-tempered handyman on parole....

Sydney Stansfield Hartman is just a woman who wants to live a good life. Once married to a man who laundered money for the Irish mob, she's now married to FBI Agent Henry Hartman and enjoying her new Lowcountry lifestyle...

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Henry Hartman's Fall Guy Crisis: An Off-the-Books Mystery #3

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Overview

How did things change so quickly? One day, she is the brains behind Sydney Stansfield Interiors, running a successful Hilton Head decorating business, and the next, she is foster mother to an eight-month-old baby and boss to a hot-tempered handyman on parole....

Sydney Stansfield Hartman is just a woman who wants to live a good life. Once married to a man who laundered money for the Irish mob, she's now married to FBI Agent Henry Hartman and enjoying her new Lowcountry lifestyle in South Carolina. Excited about the prospects of building her business, the last thing Syd wants is disruptions.

A chance encounter at a yard sale turns everything upside down....A desperate man threatens her life, all because she won't surrender a pine chest she bought for twenty bucks....When Syd calls for back-up, the resulting confrontation exposes some very interesting secrets for the man she calls "Bigfoot". Once on the maintenance crew for the Military Sealift Command at the Charleston Naval Base, charged with preparing supply ships with communications cable for undersea installation, Harvey Poulin has gone from being a respectable member of the United States Navy to being a public menace. Did he have some kind of a psychological breakdown or were there hostile forces pushing him into position as the fall guy for a spy operation?

Poor Syd finds herself dragged into a counterintelligence investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Unable to clear him on theft charges, NCIS leaves the former sailor dangling on the hook. Enter Henry Hartman, that wily FBI agent whose specialty is "off-the-books" investigations that impact national security. Reaching out to an old Navy buddy, now a rear admiral, Henry is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and he needs his wife's cooperation to get it done.

Helping "Bigfoot" get back on his feet after some bad luck is one thing, but does Henry have to insist she hire the man as her assistant?....Especially when he says the most outrageous things to her newest client, Martha Stenkill....And that Rottweiler of his could turn out to be a work site danger when "Fang” unexpectedly plays protector for her master. How can Syd control this hot mess that just keeps getting hotter?

Just when she thinks things can't get any more complicated, there's a break-in at the Hartman home by a pair of baby-toting robbers....“Don’t let them put my baby in foster care! I’m a good mother! I only did it to save her!”....What does that mean? Syd finds herself roped into serving as foster mom after the tearful plea from a desperate mother. Good thing Syd and Henry have the Hartman ladies to help them....Prudence and Charity take on babysitting duties, while former Department of Justice prosecutor Faith insists on serving as the baby's legal protector. When little Sonia's father turns out to be a member of Harvey's old Navy crew, the FBI agent knows there's more to this tale of woe than meets the eye.

As the mystery begins to unravel and the number of characters involved in this sinister plot grows, it's up to Syd and Henry to sort out the good guys from the bad....It won't be easy, given the obstacles in their way, especially when it turns out the bad guys aren't men at all, but a gang of ruthless women who will stop at nothing to meet their objectives. (Novella)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045420389
  • Publisher: Sara M. Barton
  • Publication date: 11/4/2013
  • Series: Off-the-Books Mystery , #3
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,746
  • File size: 232 KB

Meet the Author

Sara M. Barton is the author of several fast-paced mystery and thriller series, featuring lively characters and lots of action. "Miz Scarlet" (Scarlet Wilson Mystery series) is a teacher-turned-innkeeper, who throws herself into danger with a feisty determination to make things right, relying on cohorts like "Captain Peacock" and "Colonel Grey Poupon" to help her solve the clues. Deputy Gabby Grimm (Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery series) protects the citizens of Latimer Falls, where there are more cows, goats, and chickens than people, and she has her hands full when terrorists, organized criminals, and other bad guys wreak havoc with the peaceful village of Latimer Falls, Vermont. Sydney Stansfield (Off-the-Books Mystery series), an artist and interior decorator, is the sidekick of FBI Special Agent Henry Hartman, and she is often dragged into crises that result from his investigations. Bea Jones, a former bookstore manager, is the beleaguered wife of Benedick, a CIA officer forced into early retirement, and they bicker their way through a myriad of intelligence situations of Shakespearean proportions, even as they run their Vermont bed and breakfast, hosting a variety of spies, operatives, and even a couple of war refugees.The author's passion for writing fiction comes through each tale. "There is nothing sweeter than sticking characters in the hot seat and making them find their way out of the darkness. I'm fascinated by human behavior and I love to see characters grow as they go through tough times. Life is never fair, but I believe in heroes, those people who don't take no for an answer, who put the greater good ahead of 'me, me, me'. But most of all, I enjoy a good story, seasoned with action, memorable characters, unpredictable behavior, and a monkey wrench big enough to jam up the best laid plans. It's the perfect human storm."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Great Novel!

    Loved the plot and characters. It kept me constantly reading. Writing style with humor reminded me of Janet Evanovich's series of Stephanie Plum. Great novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Enjoyed

    Light, fun novel; nothing deep bur enjoyable.

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    Posted July 8, 2014

    Anon

    Light, fast, good. 145 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Very simplistic

    This book was very simplistic and predictable. Contrary to the other three reviews, I found it inane and boring. About 150 pages. For ages 16 and up, due to rather tame sexual situations. Editing was okay. Some violence. More a chick lit mystery. I cannot imagine a woman of this age not knowing how to care for an 8 month old infant. She has had to have seen tv shows, schools and mothers tend to a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    good read

    keeps your interest

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    I will be reading more of these books

    I will be reading more of these books

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