The Mapleton Mystery Novellas

The Mapleton Mystery Novellas

by Terry Odell

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Overview

Three Mapleton Mystery Novellas, a blend of police procedurals and cozy mysteries.

Deadly Places
Life is a balancing act. When you're a cop, the choices can be deadly.
Ed Solomon, long-time police officer in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, has been ribbed for thinking there's a ring of assassins out killing deadbeat dads. However, he's convinced these killers exist and they're doing their dirty work from behind an innocuous-looking travel blog. Proving the ring exists has been a sideline investigation for him, but it's shoved further onto the back burner when Ed is forced to assume the duties of Chief.

Ed loves being a cop, but the Chief Stuff is getting him down. He's juggling his own police duties, mounds of paperwork, and keeping the mayor happy. With all the extra hours, family tensions are on the rise as well. But when someone leaves an anonymous message for him at the station, handing him a new clue, he's determined to prove these assassins exist. Setting up a sting operation by posing as a deadbeat dad makes Ed a target. Will he catch the assassins before he becomes their next victim?

Deadly Engagement - International Digital Award for "Best Short Suspense" 2018 from the Oklahoma RWA
If you're with a cop, there's no escaping mystery and crime, even on a Caribbean cruise.
Angie Mead thinks time away from Gordon's "Cop Stuff" is what he needs to distract him from being suspended as Mapleton's Chief of Police and get over killing a man. A Caribbean cruise, where Gordon has no jurisdiction, seems the perfect solution—and Angie is looking forward to some fun in the sun.

Communication mishaps and Gordon's apparent lack of interest in their getaway create second thoughts for Angie. That is, until a series of petty thefts give Gordon a new bone to chew on. When he includes Angie in his investigative way of thinking, the two of them switch to sleuthing mode, and their real adventure begins.

Deadly Assumptions
Will a string of mysterious trespassing incidents give Rookie Officer Ed Solomon his chance at being a big-time detective?

Gordon Hepler and Ed Solomon are reminiscing at Finnegan's bar one snowy night, about a case that turned Gordon's career path around and had Solomon rethinking his desires to be a big-city detective. Back then, Gordon had no intentions of being a cop, and Ed was a greener-than-green rookie police officer being trained by Arch Hepler, Gordon's father.

In most places, people breaking into garden and storage sheds might not be a big deal, but in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, it's a veritable crime wave, at least according to Chief Dixon. Kids playing pranks? Or something more serious? Could these trespassers have something to do with a much bigger, big-city crime? What starts out as a perfunctory investigation soon escalates. Will Dixon, Arch Hepler, and new rookie Solomon discover the truth before Mapleton sees its first homicide in decades?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161382158
Publisher: Terry Odell
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Mapleton Mystery , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 107,670
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles, moved to Florida, and now makes her home in Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance. When she thought about it, she realized that her favorite mysteries were series where she could follow the developing relationships of the protagonist—to the point where she'd read the book twice; once for the relationship and again to follow the crime and its solution. So, she started reading romance, and found there was a genre that included mystery themes as well as a relationship.

Although her genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." You can find more about her at her website, terryodell.com

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