Angie Deacon Mysteries by Cindy Davis
A Little Murder (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book One) by Cindy Davis
When ER nurse Angie Deacon buys a day of fishing on NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee for her husband’s fiftieth birthday, she has no idea they’ll wind up suspects in the boat owner’s death. Besides his wife Valerie, why would any of the five strangers on board want gruff, insensitive Nolan Little dead?
None of them knew her before today. Or did they?
As police storm the boat, Angie comforts the distraught widow, who quickly becomes the chief suspect. She was seen having an altercation with him earlier that day.
But then…so did handsome Jamaican Montez Clarke, who by day is a computer geek. He even went so far as to pop Nolan in the nose.
Valerie begs Angie to help find the killer. If she refuses, Val swears she’ll ask Montez’s friend Sonny who is a bit on the shady side.
Will Angie regret her decision to aid Valerie once she learns the woman’s dark secret?
Why did Sonny bring two duffel bags aboard? They don’t appear to contain fishing gear. First, they’re at the bow of the boat, then they are gone…And Sonny won’t talk about them.
Untruths aren’t the only cause for alarm as the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, leaving Angie wondering just exactly how her husband fit into the deadly equation…and if she is next on the killer’s list.
Checkmate: Murder (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book Two) by Cindy Davis
Angie Deacon has a new career, co-owner of Alton Bay, New Hampshire’s community theater.
Her first play Checkmate: Murder is in the works. She also has a new love–police detective Colby Jarvis.
Jarvis loses a bet with fellow officers, and the payoff is, he’s got to try out for a part in the play.
He is rewarded with the part of co-star–coincidentally, or maybe not, he’ll be playing the part of a burglar
Things go well…until opening night when burglar Jarvis shoots the leading man.
Who substituted Jarvis’s real gun for the prop gun?
How did they get it from his sock drawer?
He bends under the tight scrutiny. But doesn’t break.
Why would anyone want the star dead?
By day John is an unassuming nursery owner. Could his murder have anything to do with the fact that he’s trying to breed an as-yet-undiscovered red iris?
Angie helps dig into the clues to help new love interest Jarvis, but suddenly her clingy needy mom is in town.
Maybe it’s a good thing Jarvis’s long-lost father has returned. He makes a good diversion for Mom.
Can Angie and Jarvis find the real killer before he’s ousted from the force? Before Angie’s theater is closed down before the first performance? Before their parents drive them crazy?
Hair Of The Dog (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book Three) by Cindy Davis
Angie Deacon thought her vacation in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire would be relaxing.
But the dog next door would not stop barking. After two sleepless nights, she confronts the handsome, athletic owner at the local diner.
When he doesn’t even apologize…
Their ‘discussion’ ends in a near knockdown drag-out.
The following morning Simon York is found dead. And she’s the main suspect.
Angie’s search for the real killer leads to a cosmetics factory that’s putting out some very questionable products.
Now the owner of the factory—Simon’s wife—is dead.
Now Angie is a suspect in the murders of two people she didn’t even know.
She vows to seek out the real killer before they stuff her behind bars till her skin wrinkles and arthritis knobs her joints.
Dying To Teach (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book Four) by Cindy Davis
A local drama teacher is found dead with a makeup tube duct taped into her mouth.
Everyone is devastated, especially Kiana Smith, co-author of the most recent production intended to raise money for the floundering drama program.
Although her own community theater is in the midst of its next production, Angie Deacon agrees to help out.
But the principal announces she’ll be working on the case. Since she and Detective Colby Jarvis’ near-death experience in a recent case, she’s sworn to leave investigating to the professionals.
Angie thinks the gene that produced maternal instinct is missing from her DNA.
Until she meets Kiana Smith: beautiful, personable, and…grieving, because her mentor has been murdered.
And it becomes impossible NOT to help find the killer, especially when it seems that every teen and teacher in the school is supposedly trying to help out.
Can she unravel the clues before the police close down the school play?
And before her own theater production fails?
Rest In Pieces (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book Five) by Cindy Davis
The murder of a popular eighteen-year-old girl devastates residents of the tight-knit communities surrounding NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee.
When the jury sets the accused man free, it shakes people to their very core. Detective Colby Jarvis blames himself—the witnesses were ineffective; his testimony was weak, the clues inadequate.
The next morning, jigsaw puzzles begin arriving in mailboxes belonging to people related to the trial.
Twelve hours later, deaths begin.
Angie tries to help Jarvis in the case, but she’s mired in her own set of problems.
Her partner Tyson has just been offered his lifelong dream—a part in a Broadway show. She faces running the theater on her own, perhaps forever.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Her demanding mother is back in town, and she’s brought her a boy-toy—a twenty-something statue of Adonis come to life—who decides that he too wants to be a detective.
The puzzle pieces to seemingly random people continue to arrive.
Do they tell a secret someone is desperate to protect? Were they sent by the accused man recently released from custody? Or someone with an as yet unknown motive?
No Stone Unturned (Angie Deacon Mysteries Book Six) by Cindy Davis
Angie Deacon’s partner has gone to Broadway to follow his dream, and she’s left alone to produce Prince & Pauper’s first play of the new year.
Proudly she narrows the group of leading-man applicants to pharmaceuticals salesman Stone Powers. His six-pack abs and charisma have the female cast practically swooning.
Stone accepts the attention with cool professionalism, even as wives pop up like dandelions in a field.
When he arrives drunk at the theater two days in a row, Angie isn’t surprised; keeping three wives from learning of each other could drive anyone to drink.
The next day, the local convenience store phones in a domestic dispute.
The last thing Jarvis expects is to find Stone dead on the floor.
He suddenly finds himself overwhelmed with suspects of the female persuasion.
Did one of them do the unthinkable? Can he keep them from killing each other while he untangles the deluge of clues?
Smith and Westen Cozy Mystery Series by Cindy Davis
On The Hook (Smith and Westen Mysteries Book One) by Cindy Davis
A Picasso painting, worth a hundred million dollars, disappears en route from Chicago to New Hampshire. Literally-en route. The painting goes missing while the truck is moving. The painting is there, then it’s not. It’s gone, but it can’t be. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case.
Westen Hughes owns a failing pet shop. With creditors phoning daily, she jumps at the chance to earn a bundle of easy money, even though the offer comes from her old nemesis KJ Valentine, who stole everything in high school: head cheerleader, homecoming queen and the star quarterback. KJ pairs her with Westen’s total opposite: Phoebe Smith, a snake-loving, underwear-hating, tuba player with more baggage than Logan Airport.
Ten percent of a hundred million is…well, it’s a lot so Smith and Westen join forces on a roller coaster ride to find one of the world’s most valuable paintings.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Transporting hundred million-dollar valuables by vehicle presents many challenges as Kendra Jean Valentine, agent for NH Property and Casualty Insurance well knows. Her job requires that she covers all bases. This job was no different from the others. She chose the trucking company, interviewed the two truck drivers and handpicked four security guards to drive in two separate vehicles, one in front and one behind the truck to assist her in driving from Chicago to Buffalo and then non-stop from Buffalo to Concord, New Hampshire.
Arriving at their destination Kendra is relieved to arrive and more than happy to turn Picasso’s The Old Guitarist painting over to the curator, Henderson McGee. The painting was secured and padlocked in a six-foot cube wooden crate. Only Kendra and the curator in Chicago had the keys. When the crate in opened the painting is not inside and Kendra is on the hook. Her exact thought “How was it possible for so many things to go wrong for one person at the same time? She must’ve done something really awful in a past life.”
With strong characters and good dialog, the reader is submerged into a fast-paced mystery that is led by two untrained, inexperienced and incompatible women named Smith and Weston. Out of their league these two sleuths find themselves in many situations. I quote one from page # 103 in my copy.
“Smith and Westen started up the walk side-by-side. Westen twisted the antique glass doorknob and they went in, footsteps thudding on the bare hardwood floor, stained by at least fifty years of shoes and boots. The place smelled like a combination of pine cleaner which obviously hadn’t been used in the hallway and vanilla scented candle. They climbed the steep stairs. Westen tried not to touch the railing. She hadn’t brought any hand sanitizer.”
Well written mystery by Author Cindy Davis that will keep you guessing until the end.
I endorse On The Hook (Volume 1) in the Smith and Westen Mysteries. After you read On The Hook, Just Smashing (Volume 2) and Two Million Reasons (Volume 3) are waiting for you to solve. I reviewed this book from a Kindle/PDF format and the review was completed on September 29, 2015.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Just Smashing (Smith and Westen Mysteries Book Two) by Cindy Davis
New England’s most mismatched investigative team is on the trail of an Egyptian vase worth $1.75 million.
The ink is barely dry on snake-lover Phoebe Smith and Susie Homemaker Westen Hughes’ licenses. Their bank accounts are bursting from their previous windfall, yet they’re anxious to get back to work. Then the call comes.
During the unveiling of a local college’s exhibit, the vase disappeared in front of seven people.
Well, six people and the thief, because sure as shortcake has strawberries, the vase is there one minute, the gone the next.
Secrets rather than clues cause more trouble than fifty Dennis the Menaces.
The mega-rich Enrique Vargas’ money is rumored to have come from smuggling artifacts. His paramour-de-month is model-thin Fiona Frost; the only job she ever had was a prostitute. Then there is Donald Abbott, dealer in ancient weapons, particularly Egyptian ones. The always-smiling Sophie Oliver has no visible means of support.
How did the theft happen right under the nose of the security guard?
Dana Thornton is head of the exhibit’s security, a job that could grow to include the whole campus if he plays his cards right. Or can come up with enough money for the equipment.
Smith and Westen not only dodge threats and physical attacks by the suspects…
But need to stay one step ahead of KJ, who’s determined to find the vase and cash in on the 10% finder’s fee.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Two Million Reasons (Smith and Westen Mysteries Book Three) by Cindy Davis
Magician Gabe Heinz has two million reasons to disappear.
He is in the middle of his vanishing act when he does just that—vanish before a sell-out crowd—along with two million in securities from the bank where he’s vice president. His daughter is distraught—and a prime suspect—not just by the FBI, but by her nagging shrew of a mother.
Insurance recovery team Smith and Westen are up to their ears in movers determined to demolish every stick of furniture in their new home.
It’s almost a relief when a recovery job takes them to Los Angeles.
Hunky bodyguard Ryan Ames is supposed to meet them at LAX.
Instead, a gun-wielding lunkhead with a fondness for roughing up women escorts them to a mobster who claims they now work for him.
They can protect Vicki—but from the cops, or her mother?
When they locate the securities—and they’d better, or else—can they keep them from the mobster?
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Romantic Suspense/Stand Alone Books (Not In Series) by Cindy Davis
Come In From The Cold by Cindy Davis
Real love may hit just once in a lifetime. What happens when you have to let it go?
Come in from the Cold is an un-contemporary love story about hope, loss, yearning, and passion.
From the age of 15, Claudia was crazy about handsome gadabout Max. He loved her too but held the emotion in check–as he did with everything in his life.
One day they’re thrown together and the passion flies.
Next thing she knows, she’s pregnant. But Max is gone on one of his daredevil jaunts. Desperate because in 1954 a single woman did not raise her child, Claudia gives up the baby for adoption.
As soon as she signs the papers, she tries to undo it—but her son has already been adopted. What follows is a thirty-year search unveiling a conspiracy that hits way too close to home.
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Final Masquerade by Cindy Davis
Paige Carmichael must’ve had a premonition that her life was about to take a turn for the worse.
One of the books she’d just finished reading was How to Change your Identity and Hide from Anyone. That was when she saw her fiancé murder his best friend and associate. And call in one of his flunkies to remove the body. This wasn’t what she signed up for when she agreed to marry Stefano Santangelo. Sure, she knew he was involved in organized crime, but he’d sworn it was numbers running and things like that.
She isn’t about to leave the four-year relationship without something to show for it.
Paige takes one of his precious antique coins and $750K from his safe, and runs. She changes her hair, her walk, the kinds of foods she eats.
Then one day she meets Christian Charles Beauchamps
He’s driving a truck to make money to open a landscaping business. He’s handsome and charming, and eventually convinces her to confide in him.
Chris falls for her—or so he says.
But when she sees him whispering to a suspicious bearded guy, she takes off again. Can Paige finally escape Stefano’s grasp and have a normal life?
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Stand Alone Mystery by Cindy Davis
Voice From The Ashes by Cindy Davis
In 1979, Ian Merryweather’s biggest dream is to be sheriff of a small town, but a disabling wound in Vietnam sidelines him.
While he’s on the mend, his best friend Chief Clement Baker is murdered, and Ian inherits the job. His first inclination is to refuse the position. He feels guilty getting the cherished position this way. But who else will dedicate himself to finding the killer? Especially when the State Police have taken the chief’s son Barney into custody, and there’s a killer on the loose.
And what about the lovely Lucy? Ian’s had a crush on her for years. But she’s about to marry Eric Bremer. She deserves so much more than the sly womanizer.
When Mt. St. Helens roars to life, Ian’s happiness and the murder investigation are put on hold while he’s forced to use every instinct and talent to save his townspeople from the deluge of searing ash and lava.
Nonfiction Books by Cindy Davis
The Present: Learning To Live Life Consciously by Cindy Davis
Many people in my over-55 community are, to quote one of my neighbors, “Waiting to go.”
Actually, they called Florida “God’s waiting room.” What! Is that what really happens? I asked around and found out it was.
After some thought, I realized I had been too.
This book is about how my life changed when I learned to “live life consciously.”
Because, at the age of sixty-two, I learned I didn’t need to lie down and wait for the end to come. It was my choice to go forward…or not.
So, I went forward…and joined a dating site.
And met someone who changed everything.
Realize please, this isn’t a dating book. It’s how, through interactions with Rick, spiritual books, and journeys to places like Cassadaga, Florida, I learned about self-healing, and that I could literally change my thoughts, to be a more positive and empowering person.
That with those changes, life took an entirely new path.
How easily things come to you when you learn to let go.
On our honeymoon, we visited Mexico’s Yucatan villages.
And learned that in another life, I just might have been a Mayan.
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
You Have the Power: Self-Edit Your Way Into Print by Cindy Davis
Self-edit Your Way Into Print
Cindy Davis shares her years of editing experience.
Her guidelines give you the power to edit and polish your own writing.
Cindy will teach you many editing strategies
Learn how to decipher overwriting, how to make dialect more readable. Learn to remove the overuse of adverbs and pronouns.
Learn how to make your opening sentence stand out.
Cindy is a 20+year professional editor
Cindy is best known for her murder mysteries and romantic suspense, many of which were set in her home state of New Hampshire. And have achieved considerable success. Now, a transplant to Florida, Cindy has found herself changing not only place of origin but also genre since her latest work is a New Age fiction penned with her husband Rick
She is an award-winning freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a thousand authors.
Solving The Mystery Of Online Dating: Finding Love and Relationships While Avoiding Scammers by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at some point.
Whether married and divorced, whether widowed or ending a long-term relationship—and it doesn’t matter the age—almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at some point. The idea of returning to the dating scene is frightening enough to keep some people from trying at all. The reasons are many: what family might think, the fear of getting hurt, being set in our ways, and the one we’ve heard most of all from older people—not letting someone see what time has done to their body.
Online dating is gaining in popularity.
It’s increased three-fold in popularity through the years. Years ago, internet dating sites were called impersonal and a place for losers, but it’s important to remember, the impersonal-ness is gone after that first meeting. Dating sites are merely a place to meet a larger, more diversified number of the opposite sex.
The New York Daily News stated that in a poll of 19,000 people married between 2005-2012, one third met on a dating site.
Consumer Reports, in 2017:
44% of respondents to their poll said online dating led to a serious long-term relationship
Identify Scammers and Internet Trolls.
This book contains an entire chapter on identifying and avoiding the scam artists that patrol our world.
Learn to write your profile so it catches attention.
Special instructions on how to make your profile pop, which photos to use, and how to weed through the available profiles.
Learn the step-by-step method of contact.
So, you are safe at all times, beginning with simple, low-stress coffee dates.
Learn how to follow through and what to do if you fail.
And how not to settle for second best.
The authors met on a dating site.
No, it didn’t happen overnight—for Rick the journey was years; for Cindy six months. In this book, they provide both the male and female perspectives to help others successfully navigate the world of online dating. To avoid the scammers. To become one of the success stories.
But Honey, He Has Purple Hair: Raising Kids With Sarcasm, Humor & Grit by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Every parent has stories about their kids’ antics.
The kind of stories that result in fall-on-the-floor laughter.
The vignettes in this book will appeal to anyone who has had, or is planning to have, children.
It’s a compilation of the best of the authors’ child-rearing experiences from topics like toilet training and selective deafness to traveling with our cherubs.
But Honey, He Has Purple Hair is written in Erma Bombeck’s tongue-in-cheek style with sometimes differing perspectives from the authors.
Sure, raising kids is a challenge. But what’s to stop you from doing it with laughter and enthusiasm?
There’s nothing like laughter to take away the sting of a bad situation.
If You Fall Off The Horse…Dating After Divorce by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Okay, so the divorce is final.
You’re ready to get back to life. To the dating world. But you haven’t dated since Reagan was president and you have no idea how to begin.
This book is a step-by-step guide on how-to date again.
It begins with erasing the fear that keeps you from moving forward. Then continues with chapters on navigating bar scenes, acting quickly on chance meetings, or establishing a relationship with someone you already know. And finally, there’s a chapter on online dating.
The authors use their humorous back and forth style to give their perspectives on the dating world.
Fresh from the dating scene, Rick and Cindy’s experiences can often be used as examples of what NOT to do when looking for a mate, or just a long-term friend.
How I Lost A Thousand Pounds: Eating My Way To Better Health by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
The diet industry is one of the biggest in today’s American economy
All that said, How I Lost a Thousand Pounds Eating My Way to Better Health is not your typical diet book. It is my personal journey, my many years of battling obesity, and how, during the trip, I lost well over a thousand pounds—up and down, up and down.
Let’s face it folks, dieting has become a national pastime, just like baseball
Sound familiar? Finally, I found success. I lost over one hundred pounds and, with the knowledge I’ve developed about eating, it will stay off. Hopefully, my story about all the different methods I tried over the years will help you move to the downward side of the hill.
“Boston Medical Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight lost products.”
The world is in a perpetual search for quick weight loss programs. But, be realistic. How can there be any such thing—outside of chopping the fat from your body? How could you expect the weight to come off overnight? Was it gained with a snap of the fingers? Or the twitch of a nose?
“It only takes a weight loss of 5% to bring significant health benefits that may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes developing.”
The goal should be consistent weight reduction over a period of time. You must be prepared to develop a whole new outlook on food and what it does to your body.
Monte Nido Mountain Nest announced that “95% of diets fail, and most will regain their lost weight within 1-5 years.”
How To Make Money Breeding Miniature Dachshunds: and Other Small Breed Dogs by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
You CAN make money breeding dogs
The author did just that with miniature dachshunds for over 16 years.
This book will outline everything need from purchasing the original breeding stock, to training, and how often to breed your females.
Financial planning to keep your money where it’s supposed to be.
How NOT to become known as a puppy mill.
Step by step lessons from the moment the puppies are born
Until 8 weeks of age when they are ready to go to their new homes
How to make money breeding miniature dachshunds will take you step by step on starting a breeding business.
We will teach you to be a successful breeder.
Make Money Breeding Small Dogs by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Dogs are family members. They play with our children, keep us warm on cold winter nights, and cuddle when we’re feeling blue. They travel with us or greet us when we arrive home. Everyone is always looking for ways to make a few dollars. Why not make money with your family pet?
No, this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme or a way to populate-the-world with a million puppies.
This is simply a responsible way for your household pet to be productive. And who doesn’t like cuddly puppies? Your children will learn how to handle delicate creatures; they will learn responsibility. Most of all they will learn about unconditional love.
Go back up and purchase book.
How To Resume Your Life: After The Death Of A Spouse by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Losing a loved one, whether from death or divorce, is both physically and emotionally debilitating. But as people are so fond of saying, life is short.
It’s time to get back into the world.
This uplifting and informative book will inspire you to get off the couch and back into circulation. Authors Rick and Cindy Palmacci have both been in your position. They dug out from under the quagmire of emotion and found life…and love. Although this book is geared toward inspiring you to recover lost hobbies, find new ones, and just get off your keister, there are also some chapters about finding a new love. To be read, or skipped over—your choice.
What are you waiting for? To repeat inspirational speaker and self-help guru Wayne Dyer’s words, “Excuses be gone!”
About Author Cindy Davis
Multi-Genre Published Author Residing In Florida
Cindy Davis is the author of 22 mysteries and romantic suspense novels, and several non-fiction books.
She’s a 20-year veteran free-lance editor, and a recent transplant to the land of sunshine where she can be outdoors twelve months of the year rather than the four or five in New England.
Cindy and her new husband Rick do a lot of hiking and swimming. They like to travel–next on the bucket list is Italy. The last trip to Rome produced a novel Lethal Dose of Revenge (being marketed now) which made it TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
Personally, she’s addicted to coffee–particularly chocolate raspberry flavor. And don’t anyone dare get between her and her life-loves: Ben & Jerry. Other than that, she’s pretty laid back.
She is an award-winning freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a thousand authors.
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