Competition Can Be Murder (Charlie Parker Mysteries, Book 8)

Competition Can Be Murder (Charlie Parker Mysteries, Book 8)

by Connie Shelton


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The eighth adventure in the bestselling Charlie Parker mystery series finds Charlie and Drake spending a few months in Scotland, fulfilling a helicopter contract for a friend. Flying over the frigid North Sea is dangerous enough, but they soon learn that there is an ongoing feud between the helicopter operators in the area and the union-run boat operators. Charlie and Drake find themselves right in the midst of the battle.

The upside of the assignment is that they are experiencing life on a Scottish estate, living in a rented cottage on the elegant grounds of historic Dunworthy Castle. The resident lord and lady of the manor have problems of their own--several valuable lambs from their flock have gone missing and Robert Dunbar wants Charlie to investigate. And then there is the Dunbar's grandson, Richie, who is visiting with two friends. When Richie is kidnapped and the ransom demands begin, Charlie tries to convince the Dunbars to call the police but they resist. Before she knows it, Charlie finds herself pulled into the vortex of that dark mystery.

Editorial comments about the Charlie Parker mysteries:

"...will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945422089
Publisher: Columbine Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Charlie Parker Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 547,014
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.68(d)

About 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 and get her free mystery newsletter.

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Competition Can Be Murder 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
seasidereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Shelton's "...Can Be Murder" series set in New Mexico, but her latest, Competition, was disappointing. It felt like she was reaching too far to squeeze a believable story line out of a personal trip to Scotland, and it did not convey a sense of place very well, unless one counts some sheep and off-shore oil rigs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all in the series so far and have found them very entertaining Only one complaint The food is boring
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Married couple Charlie Parker and Drake Langston leaves sunny New Mexico for the mist and fog of Scotland to help get their friend Brian Swinney out of trouble. Britt won the lucrative contract transporting goods and people on his helicopters to the oil rigs but his is essentially a one man operation and he has to leave to see his very ill father in the hospital. Charlie and Drake will take over the contract and rent a cottage on the Wealthy Dunworthy estate................................ When Charlie arrives at the castle for tea, she mentions that she is a private investigator back home and host Robert Dunbar wants to hire Charlie to find his two missing lambs that he thinks his neighbor stole. When their grandson Richie is kidnapped and held for ransom, The Dunbars beg Charlie to rescue their grandson. While working that case she and Drake are met with hostilities by the men on the oil rig who want the contract to be given to the boat transports which are also union members. The situation threatens to escalate into violence................................. The two protagonists are fierce individualists who go their own way and don¿t let anyone tell them what they can or cannot do, but the way they need each other is a beautiful sight to behold and somewhat softens their desire for total independence. Between the kidnapping case and the situation with the boat owners and the oil workers who want the flying contract canceled, Charlie and Drake have all they can do to stay alive. There¿s a lot of action in this exciting crime thriller and Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes......................... Harriet Klausner