Soon after Ginger Barnes’s husband becomes Head of beleaguered Bryn Derwyn Academy, the school’s attorney gets murdered in the Community room. Fearing the scandal will bury the school and put her family out on the street, Gin resorts to some amateur sleuthing. Why not? She tries to fix everything else. Will her secret mission succeed? Or will her good intentions backfire?
The temptation is great. Just drive her mother's high school chum to the Convention Center at 5:30 in the morning and Ginger Barnes gets to see the internationally renowned Philadelphia Flower Show before the rest of the world. What could possibly go wrong?
Lots. Winifred "Iffy" Bigelow is a bossy, ungrateful grouch. She treats Gin, her mother, and her niece Julia like low-paid employees then complicates their lives by ending up dead. Julia, just released from a mental hospital, snitches an Easter lily to place beside her strangled aunt and wins the title of Suspect No. 1. Mother Cynthia cannot bear the thought and commandeers Gin once again--this time to solve the crime. Achieved #1 Kindle store for Mysteries and Female Sleuths INS. PREVIEW A daylight burglary turns to murder when Ginger Barnes’s neighborhood friend returns home at the worst possible time. Thefts and threats and wild accusations swiftly follow, but it’s the attack on elderly eccentric Letty MacNair that hammers the message home—anybody could be next. Some discreet inquiries by an experienced amateur sleuth might speed the investigation along, but this is Gin’s safe haven we’re talking about. Does she have something more daring in mind? INSTANT PREVIEW On the heels of a nasty divorce, a dog trainer is blamed for her ex-husband’s messy death. Evidence suggests that she programmed their shared guard dog to attack the prominent diet doctor, but did she? As the accused is being led off to jail, she begs her friend Ginger Barnes to save the German shepherd’s life, an assignment that demands nothing less than the whole truth. INSTANT PREVIEW When the murder of an NFL quarterback endangers her family, savvy football fan and sometime-sleuth, Ginger Barnes, is summoned to Norfolk, VA. Terrified that her husband will be accused of killing his teammate, her cousin Michelle has been hospitalized to save her pregnancy. No amount of hand-holding or take-out food will do. Gin must tackle the suspicions head-on to save an innocent life. INSTANT PREVIEW
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Lauren Beck’s friends, phone, home, credit and credibility are all gone, severed with surgical precision by an enemy intent on framing her for murder. Is it one of the insureds she was hired to investigate? The fellow employee she upstaged? Does the daughter of her landlady and dear friend, Corinne Wilder, hate her even more than she thought?
Whoever targeted her should beware. An ex-cop who survived cancer knows how to fight for her life. INSTANT PREVIEW Who could refuse a two-week stay in a chateau perched on the edge of the Mediterranean? Certainly not Richard, who was fed up to his easel with the damp London weather. Babysitting a treasure-filled museum while his old Sorbonne roommate honeymooned in Spain was the least he could do. The vandals who'd been plaguing the chateau wouldn't dare return, the repairmen Tom hired would be completely trustworthy, and "murder" was only found in something by Agatha Christie. Richard might even meet a woman, someone capable of surprising him like never before. He should go. He really should. He was dying for a vacation. INSTANT PREVIEW Stockholders send you death threats, and your son-in-law/Chief Financial Officer just committed suicide. Now something is off about the blonde hanging onto the deceased’s remaining brother. Should you allow her to attend the Caribbean funeral your daughter planned? Friends close/enemies closer. A nod, and ex-cop Lauren Beck is in. Big mistake.. INSTANT PREVIEW
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Finally back to her spunky self after the loss of her husband, men have once again become an issue for amateur sleuth Ginger Barnes—men who mistreat their wives, men suspected of murder, and men who ask her out.
While working on a DIY project at her newlywed daughter’s house, a bag of bricks is thrown from the neighboring third-story window. Next, pops that sound like muffled gunshots have Gin racing for her phone. Eric, who lives in the house with his grandmother, claims she’s obsessed with mystery novels. Yet after the septuagenarian falls down a flight of stairs, she’s so frantic to keep Eric away that Gin must intervene. Was the fall actually attempted murder?
In her husband’s eyes, Cissie Voight can’t do anything right. Gin occasionally helps the frazzled young mother, and when she needs a dresser carried upstairs, Gin brings Eric along. Bad move! The electricity between the two new acquaintances sparks a chilling premonition. This time Gin’s good intentions will produce grave consequences—for everyone involved.
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