Other People's Baggage: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas

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Baggage claim can me terminal. These are the stories of what happened after a computer glitch mislabeled identical vintage suitcases and three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag.

MIDNIGHT ICE: When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and diamonds are rarely a girl's best friend.

SWITCH BACK: ...

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Overview

Baggage claim can me terminal. These are the stories of what happened after a computer glitch mislabeled identical vintage suitcases and three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag.

MIDNIGHT ICE: When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and diamonds are rarely a girl's best friend.

SWITCH BACK: Ballantyne Foundation director Elliott Lisbon travels to Texas after inheriting an entire town, but when she learns the donor was murdered, she must unlock the small town's big secrets or she'll never get out alive.

FOOL'S GOLD: When a world-famous chess set is stolen from a locked room during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, historian Jaya Jones and her magician best friend must outwit actresses and alchemists to solve the baffling crime.

"Lost luggage has never been this fun! With well-drawn characters, Other People's Baggage is your first class ticket to three fast-paced adventures full of mystery, murder, and magic." - Elizabeth Craig, Author of the Southern Quilting Series

"What do you get when you mix Doris Day with a dash of Texas two-step, then stir in a smidgen of Edinburgh, secret chambers, and magic? A recipe for fun entitled, Other People's Baggage. Although mixed up luggage is the thread that connects this trio of globetrotting novellas, it's snappy dialogue, clever storytelling, and charming characters that are the real common denominators. Writing in tandem with other authors is difficult work, but Lynn, Pandian, and Vallere make the pursuit seem effortless. I'm already hooked on their three new mystery series, and I've only read the prequels!" - Maddy Hunter, bestselling author of the Passport to Peril Mystery series

"Those who enjoy travel and mysteries like myself will definitely enjoy reading Other People's Baggage, three novellas about female sleuths who solve two thefts and a murder while coping with an airport mixing up their three bags. The mix-ups are a creative theme for tying the stories together, and I loved seeing how each sleuth dealt with the problem. A very fun collection!" - Beth Groundwater, Author of the Claire Hanover Gift Basket Designer and RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery Series

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Three novellas are built around the premise that a major airport snafu resulted in each protagonist picking up the wrong suitcase. In Diane Vallere's "Midnight Ice," interior decorator Madison Night (a Doris Day fan extraordinaire) gets caught up in an undercover operation dressed in Western wear that is decidedly not her norm. Lynn's "Switch Back" features a Texas town that proves less than hospitable to Eli Lisbon when she investigates a philanthropist's murder wearing tiny black pieces that belong to another sleuth. Meanwhile, across the pond in Edinburgh, Gigi Pandian's historian Jaya Jones ("Fool's Gold") is grateful for her magician friend's help in a decidedly locked room treasure hunt case involving a stolen museum-quality chess set. VERDICT A cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine. While the suitcase connection is slim, the pleasantly contrasting novellas make it easy to finish off a story in one sitting, plus each novella serves as a prequel to the respective author's full-length work.
Author - Elizabeth Craig
“Lost luggage has never been this fun! With well-drawn characters, Other People’s Baggage is your first class ticket to three fast-paced adventures full of mystery, murder, and magic.” – Elizabeth Craig, Author of the Southern Quilting Series
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938383106
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 826,590
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at age seven and has loved mysteries ever since. SWITCH BACK is a prequel to her debut novel, Board Stiff (April 2013), which won several literary competitions, including the Zola Award for Mystery/Suspense. Along with writing and reading, she spends her time editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner.

Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series. FOOL’S GOLD is a prequel to the first book in the series, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant.

Diane Vallere is a fashion-industry veteran with a taste for murder. MIDNIGHT ICE is a prequel to Pillow Stalk, the first Mad for Mod Mystery, published in October 2012. She also writes the Style & Error Mysteries, juggling both designer fashion and vintage style between the two series. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    This is the first novella anthology I've read in a long time, an

    This is the first novella anthology I've read in a long time, and it's a fast, fun read with great mysteries and funny characters. The authors did a great job of flowing the stories from one to the next, and the common thread of the luggage mix-up was great because it saved the reader from having to keep track of a common mystery from one story to the next.

    I love Madison Night's savvy juxtaposed with her Doris Day innocence. Super character. This is the first I've read of Elli Lisbon, and I can't wait to see more of her. Nineteen layers of hand sanitizer = a girl after my own heart. I wasn't that way before I had children, but three stomach bugs in one winter can make anyone hate germs. Jaya reminds me of a stiletto wearing Indiana Jones, and her magician friend Sanjay is a great sidekick.

    The settings were also all very well done, and very different, too, which was fun. The Doris Day hotel in the first story is a great, fun place to read about, and Lynn nails the small Texas town down to the emptying square and tent revivals. Scotland is one of those places I've always wanted to visit, and after reading Pandian's descriptions, I feel like I have, in a way.

    I read an advance copy provided by the authors, but was under no obligation to offer anything but my honest opinion, which is exactly what you see here. I'm looking forward to more books with these characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    fun book but not my favorite

    A good idea for the story, but I was not thrilled with they way it went with the actual story. Maybe I was just having a bad week and could not get into the story!

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    Posted May 19, 2013

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