Eclairs and Executions

Famous literary critic, George Dixon, is found dead. The murder weapons are several manila folders. The killer might be one person or a committee. This guy had more enemies than Julius Caesar. The only witness is PI Claire DeNardo, who spotted Iola Taylor, well-known author, fleeing the scene of the crime. Too bad earlier that day Iola became Claire’s client. When Iola insists she was merely in the wrong place, wrong time, Claire sets out to discover the truth. Hampering her investigation is the involvement of Michael Bucanetti, the notorious gangster Claire tangled with in previous cases. He’s throwing his mobster weight around and it may crush the life out of Claire and everyone she cares about. As the body count rises and the danger mounts, Police Detective Brian Corrigan pressures Claire to step back from the case and step up their romance. But can’t a girl have it all? And stay alive?


Meet Carole Fowkes

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where my cozy mystery series, The Terrified Detective, takes place. After living for a time in Tampa and Chicago, I settled in Dallas, Texas, with my husband, Greg. Although my jobs have been in nursing and training, I’ve been writing for many years. I began by writing short stories of unusual, weird, or downright scary situations. When I switched to novels, my natural choice was to write mysteries since I have very happy memories of watching whodunits with my mother.

In The Beginning, There Was a Murder: An Amateur Female Sleuth Historical Cozy Mystery

A secret liaison. A baffling murder. Can one woman solve the crime without joining the body count?

Northern England, 1953. Pauline Riddell has grand ambitions for her future at the armament factory. So, when her closest workmate reveals a salacious affair with a married man, Pauline refuses to risk her career by listening to the scandal. But she’s shaken to her core when the police arrive with news of her best friend’s homicide.

Desperate for justice, Pauline’s insistent poking into the investigation only makes her the prime suspect. And now to clear her name, she must unravel a web of deadly clues entangling her in a sinister plot.

Can Pauline catch the killer before they strike again?

In The Beginning, There Was a Murder is a riveting mystery novel. If you like whip-smart heroines, intriguing twists and turns, and nail-biting danger, then you’ll love P.C. James’s sensational story.

Buy In The Beginning, There Was a Murder to crack the case today!


Meet P.C. James

I’ve always loved mysteries, especially those involving Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Perhaps because Miss Marple reminded me of my aunts when I was growing up. But Christie never told us much about Miss Marple’s earlier life. When writing my own elderly super-sleuth series, I will trace her career from the start. As you’ll see if you follow the Miss Riddell Cozy Mysteries over the coming years – from this statement, you can deduce I’m not a fast writer.

However, this is my Bio, not Miss Riddell’s, so here goes with all you need to know about me: I’m a retired manager and a budding writer. When I’m not staring at the computer screen in the hope inspiration will strike, you’ll find me running, walking, and taking wildlife photographs around Whitby, Canada. My series begins in northern England because that was my home growing up and that’s also the home of so many great cozy mysteries. Stay with me though because the stories will take us to many different places around the world.

DEATH INVESTOR

AN AUSTRALIAN MURDER MYSTERY OF A TECH STARTUP GENIUS TAKES THE READER ON AN INVESTIGATION WITH TWO DETECTIVES THROUGH THE STREETS OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. THIS CRIME NOVEL TRACKS THE KILLER THROUGH THE TECH STARTUP SCENE, EXPOSING OLD GRUDGES AND A LEVEL OF GREED THAT CAN BE FATAL.

“With plenty of action, twists and turns, Death Investor is authentic, with a real sense of place.” LA Naylor

5 Stars!!! “The pace was quick and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next.” – Amazon US review

Brilliant web developer Peter Maher developed a million-dollar idea, using anyone’s private and intimate information-and was murdered one sweltering summer night in Sydney.

Experienced and instinctive Detective Mark Kidman, with developing and skilful Detective Rebecca Reid, investigate the death of the talented technology genius. 

Maybe it was the property developer, with political ties, and a dubious past. He has the most to lose, and behind his smile lies a tiger in waiting. 

Or what is Peter’s connection to an old decrepit pub, run by an underworld heavyweight past their prime?

Around the harbour city the detectives and their team chase down the leads, as witnesses, connections and violence reach a deadly climax for one detective.

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Madam Tulip

“…a fabulous new amateur sleuth!”nightowlreviews

“…a cast of delightful eccentrics flailing their way through a gripping adventure that culminates in a satisfyingly cataclysmic conclusion.”The New Podler reviews

Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madam Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in an Irish castle – a rap artist pop star dies.

As Derry is drawn deep into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels and millionaires, she finds herself trapped in a maze of intrigue, money and drugs. Derry’s attempts at amateur detective could soon destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.

Madam Tulip is the first in a series of Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

What readers say about Madam Tulip –

“I absolutely loved it! Madam Tulip has just the right amount of mystery, humor, suspense, and all around great writing!carrieksbookreviews

“…the most fun I have had since reading Harry Potter eight times over. So very well written, entertaining, intelligent, excellent character development and story development with no waste of words…. just good fun story telling. Wow!Amazon Customer Review

“…a book that you really need to bring along next time you hit the beach!”behindthewillows

“A quirky character driven plot told with an underlying dark humour…couldn’t put it down!” – mychestnutreadingtree

“Ahern keeps the laughs coming from beginning to end…”the bandwagon

“Derry is a brilliant and authentic character.” [Madam Tulip] is so original and engaging and has so many laugh-out-loud moments.”aoibhreads

“A wonderful read for a raining Sunday afternoon curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and cuddlethrow.”theaddictionofbooks

“The excitement of the conclusion kept me riveted. A well balanced tale that twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing.”mikestheaterofthemind

“Madam Tulip by David Ahern will have you laughing and playing detective at the same time.” – booksofallkinds

“Cosy down with a hot chocolate and a packet of digestive biscuits”booksfromdusktilldawn

“Ahhhh what a lot of fun that was!”caroleraesrandomramblings

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Roseland: Volume One

Secret Societies, Serial Killers, and a Seriously Snarky PI.

When Ginger Mitchell finds out her mother committed suicide, she packs up her life as a Vegas “dancer” (hey, somebody’s gotta do it) and drives her cherry-red SUV straight home to Portland. Without a disapproving mom to rebel against, what was the point?

When she arrives back in her hometown, she finds a lot more going on than fancy food trucks and put-a-bird-on-it hipsters. 

Murders are being passed off as suicides. 

College-aged women keep going missing. 

And then there’s the troubling spate of mobsters who keep inviting her out to eat. 

With a pile of cash saved from her last job and no one around to tell her not to, Ginger decides to become a private investigator, to find out exactly what’s gone wrong in the City of Roses. First up: Her mother’s “suicide.”

Included in this omnibus are the first six novellas in the series:

  1. Home Is Where the Start Is
  2. The Ruth Is Out There
  3. The Body in the Pool
  4. Amber Alert
  5. Jane Dead
  6. Welcome to Roseland

Praise for The Roseland Series:

“This heart-racing mystery is just dripping with snark. Ginger Mitchell is one of the best private investigators to hang up a shingle in years.” 

“Ginger is a little bit Veronica Mars with daddy issues, fewer moral hang-ups, and a mom who is a not-so friendly ghost.”

“A slice of yummy cake. Quickly devoured and highly enjoyed.”

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ONE STEP AHEAD

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An embittered and disillusioned policeman takes revenge on society in this unputdownable serial killer thriller.

Retired from the force, Detective Superintendent Jeffrey Brandt goes native. He stabs a woman but holds back from killing her. Frustrated that no one takes any notice, he ups his game. Next time, he’ll kill.

Brandt fully knows how the police work. He’ll use this knowledge to win a sick game; after all, he’s chosen the rules.

The crime scenes are spotless, Brandt’s covered his tracks. There is no forensic evidence. Yet each killing has his unmistakable print.

Faced with the challenge of discovering his identity is DCI Stella Johnson. Quick-witted and uncompromising, she rises to Brandt’s macabre challenge. But if she finds the killer, what will she do given that he is always one step ahead?

Who will win this mortal battle of wits between hunter and hunted?

ONE STEP AHEAD is the first book in a trilogy featuring DSI Brandt and DCI Johnson. It is set in Nottingham and further afield in England.

Look out for the two other books HIDE AND SEEK and SMOKE AND MIRRORS, both FREE with Kindle Unlimited and available in paperback.

If you like thrillers with meat on the bones, get stuck in to this binge-worthy series now!

Lurking Below the Surface

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Her dreams were stolen in the tide pool where she took her last breath…

Unfortunate accident or foul play? Either way, a luxury singles tour ends in tragedy for a woman who’d come to Oahu for a fresh start.

The other tourists say Vanessa was secretive or desperate for excitement. She must have been alone when she snuck out to the treacherous tide pool in the moonlight. But when objects mysteriously wash ashore, including a luminous bracelet made of rare shells, it becomes clearer that her death was no accident.

It’s up to private investigator Pari Malik to uncover the truth. She’ll dig up clandestine relationships, concealed motives, and hidden agendas. It’s a race against time to solve the perplexing mystery before an unknown killer strikes again or gets away with murder.

The intriguing characters and thrilling mystery of Lurking Below The Surface will keep you guessing until the very end.  It is the fifth novel in the Pari Malik Mystery Series and it can be read as a stand-alone book.