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Shortbread and Dead

It’s two weeks before Christmas. In the small Missouri town of Beaudin Trace, the holiday spirit is revving up: shops are adorned in seasonal decorationsContinue...

Related By Murder

From the moment ex-police detective Michael McLaren arrives at his friend’s house, he’s plunged into a nightmare of a case. Two men, hanged a yearContinue...

The Wall

When a young art student is murdered, the sister of the accused simply cannot believe her brother is responsible. Worse than that, he dies ofContinue...

A Touch of Murder

  Tolling church bells are as much an aspect of rural England as are grazing sheep, thatched-roof cottages and verdant-hedged lanes.  But someone in thisContinue...

In A Wintry Wood

DS Brenna Taylor and DCI Geoffrey Graham are summoned to investigate a drowning in a wintry pond during a family 12th Night party. The caseContinue...

A Recipe For Murder

December bullies its way into the village in a swirl of snow and biting wind, threatening to cancel the annual St. Nicholas festival.  But winter’sContinue...

A Staged Murder

Bonfire Night! The 400 year old tradition of burning the straw effigy is beginning. The torch extends…but it’s no mock figure at the end ofContinue...

An Unwilling Suspect

McLaren’s fiancée tragically died one month ago. Trying to heal emotionally from her death, McLaren settles into a rented farmhouse in the woods near picturesqueContinue...

Last Act

The Klim, MO community theater is in rehearsals for its production of Macbeth, scheduled to open Halloween night. Sean Keith, one of the actors inContinue...

A Hasty Grave

Finding a large hole on one’s property is one thing; finding a body in it the following day is quite another. Rona and her ex-husband,Continue...