“The Lost Macaw” by B.L. Blair


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The Lost Macaw is the fourth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series.

Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

A former client hires Alex to find her lost parrot. The bright colored bird has flown away before, but this time there is evidence that Molly was kidnapped. The demand is simple—the bird for the pictures.

When her client suffers a stroke, Alex is left with a ransom note, a missing bird, and some very incriminating photos. She is in a race against time to solve the mystery of the lost Macaw.

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“Your little old lady is quite interesting, Alex,” Halie said.

“What do you mean?”

“She didn’t exist until about thirty years ago.”

“What?!”

“I did a preliminary background search on her. In general, she is clean. No debt. The house is paid off as is her car. The one thing that jumped out at me was the fact that she had a safe deposit box at four different banks.”

Luke raised one eyebrow. I got a sinking feeling. I had noted the bank accounts but hadn’t really given them much thought.

“Yeah,” I said, “I saw those.”

“So why does an eighty-year-old woman need four safe deposit boxes?”

“Why does she need more than one?” Luke muttered.

“Exactly,” Halie said. “So I dug a little deeper.”

“What did you find?”

“About thirty years ago, Joseph and Trudy Kearns purchased the house on Carriage. Back then, it was a new neighborhood, and the prices were cheap. They paid cash. They also opened a bank account, and Joe got a job working for the city. Those are the first records I can find for either one of them.”

“Trudy would have been fifty at that time. Her husband probably a few years older. What about birth certificates? Social security cards?”

“They had them, but conveniently, they were issued from a small county in Virginia where a massive flood destroyed all their records. The county office was in the process of moving the old paper records to electronic when the flood hit.”

“Let me guess. The Kearns’s records did not survive the flood.”

“Nope.”

“So the only records for them are the ones they had in their possession.” I paused a moment. “Do they look real?”

“Yes,” Halie replied.

“So they could be authentic.”

“Or really good forgeries. In some ways, it was easier back then.”

“Anything else?” I asked.

“Not really. Lives on a fixed income of social security and a small pension from her husband’s job. It isn’t much because he only worked for the city for twelve years before he had to retire.”

“Okay, thanks Halie.”

After ending the call, I looked at Luke. He had a perplexed look on his face that I had a feeling mirrored mine.

“Who the hell is Trudy Kearns?”

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“Viola Avenue (Rose Hill Book 9)” by Pamela Grandstaff


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“Viola Avenue (Rose Hill Book 9)

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Women Sleuths/Cozy

Release Date: October 23, 2016

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When Claire Fitzpatrick discovers the lifeless body of a new friend, she suspects murder rather than the accident it appears to be. When a new job takes her to the campus of Eldridge College, the college administration seems more concerned with covering up scandalous events than revealing the truth.

With the help of Police Chief Scott Gordon, and her cousins, Hannah and Maggie, Claire is determined to find out who killed her friend and why. What she discovers, however, is that he was not the person she thought he was, and there are multiple suspects with motives for murder.

It’s September, and Hannah Campbell has her hands full wrangling her four-year-old son, Sammy, a wild thing that does not want to be tamed. Now that he’s starting preschool, he’s expected to follow the rules and stay in school. Meanwhile, Hannah is tangling with dangerous beasts, one of whom is her husband’s ex-fiancée.

“Runny Babbit Returns” by Shel Silverstein


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“Runny Babbit Returns”

Genre: Children’s Books/Animals/Humor

Release Date: September 19, 2017

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Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein’s New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back!

Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives is filled with spoonerism poems that are both playful and poignant. With tongue-twisting word play and uproarious characters, the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends embody Shel Silverstein’s singular style, the one we all know and love.

Fans of all ages won’t want to miss their chance to follow their favorite Runny in this book of laugh-out-loud adventures!

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“Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery Book 1)” by Adrienne Giordano

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“Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery Book 1)

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Women Sleuths

Release Date: December 29, 2015

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Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move back home with her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie turns a dog-walking gig into a fancy dog accessory business, life starts to look like a walk in the park… until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite Frankie’s help, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. If she can survive her family and a plot involving stolen diamonds, she might just have a second chance at love.

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“Sunflower Street (Rose Hill Mystery Series Book 8)” by Pamela Grandstaff

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“Sunflower Street (Rose Hill Mystery Series Book 8)

Genre: Cozy, Mystery/Animals/Women Sleuths

Release Date: October 31, 2015

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If you like cozy mysteries with a little romance and humor, you will love the Rose Hill Mystery Series.

When one of Rose Hill’s most popular socialites is found dead under mysterious circumstances, nosy amateur detectives and cousins, Maggie, Hannah, and Claire are determined to find the killer and prove her son’s innocence.

In a twist of fate, Police Chief Scott Gordon finds himself in the unique position of assisting the cousins in an investigation that county sheriff’s detective Sarah Albright has little interest in.

Meanwhile the cousins find that shining a light on the fundraising shenanigans of a local hospital and ripping the lid off a notorious love triangle may prove just as dangerous as cornering a clever sociopath.

It’s August in Rose Hill and as the old-timers say, “it’s the dog days of summer and the snakes will strike at anything.” Indeed, several nasty snakes are feeling the heat, and if the cousins aren’t careful, someone may be bitten.

Sunflower Street is the eighth book in the Rose Hill Mystery Series by Pamela Grandstaff. Also available in paperback.

“Take the Body and Run (Macey Malloy Mysteries with a Chick-Lit Twist Book 1)” by Jada Ryker

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“Take the Body and Run (Macey Malloy Mysteries with a Chick-Lit Twist Book 1)

Genre: Cozy, Mystery/Animals/Satire

September 20, 2016

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Macey’s first day in the college employee relations department ends with a knife at her throat.

Macey is certain things can’t get any worse. She’s wrong. An angry employee vows to put her on an online hit list. When he turns up dead, she’s a suspect–and on the hit list.

To keep her secrets and her life, Macey partners with two unexpected allies who cause her pulse to race with steamy attraction–and exasperating annoyance. Vince, a handsome, driven lawman, digs up more than just clues to the brutal murder. Brett, a fun-loving pathologist with a deadly sense of humor, drives everyone crazy with his fart machine-will travel. Macey’s supersized black cat Wikket, possessing courage, curiosity, and crankiness in equal portions, assists in his own grumpy, feline fashion, golden eyes open and claws extended.

“Gemini Rising (Mischievous Malamute Mystery Series Book 1)” by Harley Christensen

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“Gemini Rising (Mischievous Malamute Mystery Series Book 1)

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Women Sleuths

Release Date: December 29, 2013

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There’s a body in your alley…

Arianna Jackson—AJ to her friends—and her occasionally well-behaved Alaskan Malamute, Nicoh, live a normal, uneventful, admittedly mundane existence, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens.

Until it does.

Early one morning, AJ stumbles upon a horrifying scene—a girl’s body lies broken in the dumpster behind her home, her face beaten and mutilated.

A secret reveals you’re living a lie…

As if that weren’t enough to upset the balance of normal, things go from bad to worse when she learns of her connection to the murdered girl. Suddenly, AJ realizes her entire life has been filled with secrets and lies.

A killer hunts for you…

Together with her trusty sidekick, Nicoh, and BFF, Leah, AJ must search for answers. But can she, when finding the truth proves to be more deadly than living the lie?

Would you search for the truth if you knew it could kill you?

Join AJ and her pals as they race to unravel the mystery of her past, where the pieces of the puzzle bring more questions than answers and the only certainty is the killer’s end game—AJ’s life.