Spunky Women Sleuths
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Dating Can Be Murder
by Jennifer Apodaca
Outraged at discovering her husband's infidelities, Samantha Shaw reinvents herself after his untimely death. But then bad people begin demanding money that her husband apparently skimmed as a drug runner. After someone who threatened her is killed, "Sam" reinvents herself a little more by becoming an amateur private investigator. The resultant interrogations and divagations, mostly dangerous and violent, get her in trouble with the hunky detective in charge of the case.
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
by Susan Kandel
Obsessed with Earl Stanley Gardner's fictional sleuth Perry Mason, former New Jersey beauty queen and current biographer Cece Caruso becomes dangerously involved in a 40-year-old murder case that the late great mystery writer never solved.
Mew is for Murder
by Clea Simon
When Theda Krakow, a freelance writer, goes to interview "cat lady" Lillian Helmhold at home in Cambridge, she finds Lillian dead and her cats circling the woman's big Victorian house in distress. Lillian's death appears to be an accident, but someone keeps breaking into her house, which is rumored to contain treasure in the late owner's stacks of boxes and papers. Suspects include a coffee-bar waitress who helped Lillian with the cats, Lillian's schizophrenic son and an avaricious realtor who lives next door and hates cats.
One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich
Since she lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store, Stephanie Plum has been broke, and soon she's forced to take a gig at her sleazy cousin's bail bonding company. If Stephanie can nab murder suspect Morelli -- with whom she has a romantic history -- in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight -- and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.
by Lauren Henderson
Londoner Sam is invited to New York City to show her sculptures at the prestigious Bergmann LaTouche Gallery with three other young British artists. When an exhibit is vandalized, Sam worries about her own soon-to-be-installed work, but when a gallery employee is found garroted in Central Park's Strawberry Fields, Sam worries about her own neck. Between her usual zealous partying and her attempts to stay faithful to boyfriend Hugo, Sam makes time to investigate.
This Pen for Hire
by Laura Levine
When geeky Howard Murdoch hires Jaine Austen to pen a letter proclaiming his love for gorgeous fitness instructor Stacy Lawrence, no one is more surprised than Jaine when Stacy agrees to go out with Howard on Valentine's Day. But Harold arrives for their date only to find that someone has bludgeoned Stacy to death with a ThighMaster. Feeling some responsibility for the hapless Howard, now the police's only suspect, Jaine starts digging.