Deadly Gamble (A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery, Book 1)

Deadly Gamble (A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery, Book 1)

by Connie Shelton

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Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:

"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal

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

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

In this debut nearly-cozy mystery series book, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, retrieve the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.

Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.

Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.

Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:
"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views

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

"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000719480
Publisher: Columbine Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 10/31/2009
Series: Charlie Parker Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,124
File size: 374 KB

About the Author

Connie Shelton has been writing for more than twenty years and has taught writing (both fiction and nonfiction) since 2001. She is the author of the Charlie Parker mystery series and has been a contributor to several anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul.

"My husband and I love to do adventures. He flew helicopters for 35 years, a career that I've borrowed from in my Charlie Parker mysteries. We have traveled quite a lot and now divide our time between the American Southwest and a place on the Sea of Cortez. For relaxation I love art -- painting and drawing can completely consume me. I also really enjoy cooking, with whatever ingredients I find in whatever country we are in at the moment. We walk every day and love watching and photographing wildlife."

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Deadly Gamble 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Charlie Parker Series is another winner from Connie Shelton. I enjoy the fact that I can read her books and not have to worry if I will run into offensive language or explicit scenes. On top of that the series has likeable characters that are well thought out with a good amount of back story. This book in particular had me unsure, right up until the end, about 'who dunnit'. A nice cozy; I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
BrianJackson More than 1 year ago
I just read Deadly Gamble, the first Charlie Parker mystery novel, last night and couldn't wait to get back online to review it. I found the book to be thoroughly entertaining. The mystery was compelling, contained several twists, and ended with a surprise. Along the way I grew to care about both Charlie, a simple CPA who takes on sleuthing for a friend, and her dog Rusty. The mystery plays out against the backdrop of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which the author brings to life with descriptions of local haunts and the odd weather (the last time I was there, it snowed on me in May). Food is also discussed which made me have to eat huevos rancheros this morning. Looking for a simple, comfortable mystery without the lurid details, this may be the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, exciting and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and the Charlie Parker character.I just wished it had been longer, but am planning on reading more in the series.
bambi748 More than 1 year ago
A good read. About a husband who was murdered then later his wife is found dead, only gets interesting toward the end when they catch the killer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You think police wouldn't search the house of murder victim and find evidence in night stand? Heroine s I like my mysteries a little better researched please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a good story! I will read more of these books. Do yourself a favor, get it and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deadly Gamble by Connie Shelton a jwals review Charlie Parker is an accountant and partner with her brother in their own small private investigations firm. Although she is not an investigator, as her brother is out of town, she decides to help out an old school friend Stacy, to find her missing Rolex. After a bit of amateur sleuthing she turns up the watch at a pawn brokers. A few days later, after the man who took the watch is found murdered, Stacy is back, asking for help to keep her clear of the investigation. So once again Charlie indulges in some amateur sleuthing. This is the first in a series of Charlie Parker mysteries, a bit long on description perhaps, but an easy and comfortable read, with enough twists to keep it interesting. It’s certainly worth while checking out another one.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was my first book by this author. I found the book to be interesting and an enjoyable mystery to read.
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Didn't figure it out right away. Pretty darn good
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Easy read
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Enjoyable mystery! Never guessed who the murderer was! **** esk 05/2019 ****
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