Murder and Mystery and Mayhem -- oh my!

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Releasing in June 2021 -- Always a Wedding Planner,

from Barbour Publishing. Available for pre-order NOW!

Can four wedding planners in Loveland, Colorado, find their own happily ever after?

Brand new series: Mysterious Ink Mystery Bookstore -- featuring Carly's adult granddaughter, Margie, recently graduated with her masters in Library Science and Information, now a bookstore owner in Edgewater, Colorado

Book 1: The Game is Afoot -- when Great-Aunt Rosella calls, Margie and Carly come running. But they arrive too late, and Rosella is already dead. Follow Margie and Carly as they sift through the plethora of suspects to discover who wanted the older woman out of the way.

Book2: Little Grey Cells -- when Margie discovers a suitcase buried in a ceiling, she opens up a can of worms -- one somebody would rather keep closed. Releases December 2020 -- available now for pre-order

By the Numbers series: Follow Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, as she investigates one mystery after another, as she brings her world into balance.

Book 1: No Accounting for Murder -- Carly is hard at work solving the mysteries of a disreputable company trying to move into her small hometown of Bear Cove, Maine, a missing mayor, and embezzled money -- before someone makes sure her career and her life are over! Click here for free preview!

Book 2: There was a Crooked Man -- Carly joins husband Mike on what is to be a vacation for her on a dude ranch in New Mexico, but she's soon involved in solving the mysteries of a missing eagle's feather, a mysterious note in a Bible, and a murdered foreman. When the snow storm of the century traps all the suspects on the ranch, can she ferret out the killer before he--or she--puts Carly on ice forever? Click here for free preview!

Book 3: Unbalanced -- Carly is planning her son's wedding when she witnesses a bank robbery that everybody else denies happened -- but she knows what she saw. Then her husband's long-lost brother shows up but soon disappears, leaving his young son behind. When the news story hits the regional news, Carly's credibility is called into question, and with it, her career as she is a star witness at an upcoming trial. Can Carly figure out what's going on before her career is ruined? Click here for free preview!

Book 4 -- Five and Twenty Blackbirds -- Carly and Mike attend his 25th college reunion, but before the first day is over, Mike's college professor is murdered, a teaching assistant is arrested, and Carly is up to her ears in trying to do a favor for a mob-connected school chum. Can Mike and Carly figure out who is behind the killing, or will they end up wearing cement boots--permanently? Click here for free preview!

Book 5 -- Broke, Busted, and Disgusted -- When Carly's best friend is courted by a shady character and husband Mike goes missing, she knows "the game is afoot" as her hero Sherlock Holmes would say. Then when her friend changes her will and is spirited off for a romantic weekend, and Carly discovers their bank accounts drained and credit cards maxed out, and still no Mike, she is hot on the trail. Is this all coincidence, or is somebody out to destroy her family and her credibility?

Book 6 -- Hidden Assets -- Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?

Book 7 -- Petty Cash -- Can Carly enjoy a peaceful vacation on Cape Cod, or will a local ghostly legend and a murder keep her too busy to notice what else is going on around her?

Book 8 -- A Deadly Dissolution -- The total lunar eclipse of October 2004 leaves more than Bear Cove, Maine, in the dark. The town’s newly-elected mayor, Walter Akerman, hires Carly to audit the town’s books but is then caught in a compromising situation with his secretary Evie Mack. A journalist in town to cover the eclipse turns up dead. Tom and Sarah’s adopted son Bradley comes to stay overnight to see the eclipse, then goes missing on a walk in town. When Mike’s car is in a serious wreck which the police say is an accident, Carly thinks somebody is trying to send her a message to stay away. How can she solve all these mysteries while not completely wearing herself to a frazzle?

Book 9: Silent Partner -- An Alaskan cruise, the trip of a lifetime, should mean Carly can take off her sleuthing cap and relax. But a series of heated discussions between passengers claiming to be strangers, a missing Faberge egg, and a body in a bulkhead equals a mystery she cannot ignore. Can Carly identify the killer and the thief before she ends up floating south on a too-tiny iceberg?

Book 10: In the Money -- A million-dollar jackpot, a missing neighbor who won the money, a mysterious investment advice friend, and a cyber-security expert blended together with a dollop of insurance fraud and a smidgeon of gossip—can Carly get to the bottom of it all without ending up sunk in the harbor?

Book 11: Missing Deposits -- releases December 2019 -- When a rancher discovers copper on his property, he learns that mining can be dangerous business. Can Mike and Carly figure out who the killer is, or will they end up buried in an unmarked grave in western Colorado?

And the grand finale in Carly's series...
Book 12: Risk Management -- When a mystery from Peru threatens her peace and quiet, Carly must get involved. Then a health concern forces her to choose between this life and the next.

Now available: purchase the entire series in a set of 4 volumes:


Stand-alone books:

In Search of Christmas Past

Can Grace and Luke solve the clues in her grandmother’s scavenger hunt and uncover the truth about their real feelings, or will the tension and their differences in goals and faith drive them apart?

Nuggets of Writing Gold-- a compilation of essays and articles on the writing life and craft, including conferences, research, editing, and many other topics. Click here for free preview!

Counting the Days -- a 31-day devotional written by an accountant for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk. Click here for free preview!

More Nuggets of Writing Gold -- the perfect follow-up companion to Nuggets of Writing Gold, this version contains all new material.