If you love small towns, quirky characters, and an intriguing whodunit, you’ll love this cozy mystery series!
Dead Before Dinner
A Maddie Swallows Mystery Book 1
by Kat Bellemore
Genre: Cozy Mystery
chile has never been more dangerous.
Psychologist Maddie Swallows’ decision to return to New Mexico seemed like a good idea at the time, considering the divorce and her two teenagers she’d dragged along for the ride.
But that was before the New Year’s Eve party she was guilt-tripped into attending. Before a member of the town council wound up dead and everyone at the party became a suspect. And before she was forced to unravel the secrets of her former hometown in order to clear her name.
Of course, with the help of two precocious teenagers and one meddling mother, the real murderer doesn’t stand a chance.
Dead before Dinner is the first book of the Maddie Swallows series. If you love small towns, quirky characters, and an intriguing whodunit, you’ll love this cozy mystery.
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Dead Upon Arrival
A Maddie Swallows Mystery Book 2
Flying high in the New Mexican sky has never been more lethal.
“Unfortunately, we can’t tell you much about Charles Reed.” He looked truly sorry for it. “Didn’t know him all that well.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I must have been mistaken,” I said. “I heard he’d been traveling all over the world with his balloon for several years now, and I assumed you all must be a fairly tight-knit community.”
Jeremiah was the one who spoke up this time. “Just because he managed to convince unsuspecting fools to fly him around didn’t mean he was a part of the community. The man never lifted a finger to help his crew, sitting back and ordering people around. Even tried to steal me from my own dad’s crew and gave us a hard time when I refused.”
My mom shook her head, like the thought disgusted her. “The more I hear about that man, the worse my opinion of him. It was probably a relief when you heard he’d died.”
Arnold shared an indecipherable look with Jeremiah. “I can’t say we’ll miss him, but no one deserves to die by falling from his own balloon.” He turned back to us. “Charles had a different pilot at every event, no one willing to put up with him longer than that, so I doubt Charles even knew his pilot’s name, let alone what kind of man he was. Something like this was bound to happen eventually.”
My defenses immediately rose, and before I thought better of it, I said, “Andy is as decent a man as they come. He didn’t do this.”
Arnold was quiet for a moment, studying me, and I wished that for once I’d been able to keep my mouth shut. “You know the pilot their holding at the police station?” he finally asked.
“Well, no, not exactly,” I said. “His reputation precedes him.”
Arnold nodded, like he’d thought as much. “Reputation doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t tell the truth of what lies in the soul. All it means is that this Andy person was very good at telling people what they wanted to hear. Take Charles Reed, for example. He was always flaunting his money, telling people of the charities he’d contributed to over the years. Told people that he hired more crew members than necessary, as well as a pilot, because he believed in giving good, honest folks jobs—helping them provide for themselves. Always raised himself up as a philanthropist. But really, he was covering up for his own laziness and the life of luxury that he’d always enjoyed.
Dead Before I Do
A Maddie Swallows Mystery Book 3
Death Do You Part’ wasn’t supposed to be taken so
When Maddie Swallows attends an out-of-town wedding with her best friend, Benji, she expects free food, dancing, and some awkward moments as she tries to figure out her feelings for her long-time friend.
What she finds instead is a dead groom and an entire wedding guest list who had reason to kill the guy.
It doesn’t help that Maddie was the last person to see the groom alive and is placed in the local police’s crosshairs as they work to solve the murder.
It will take some unexpected sleuthing, and a few therapy sessions, for this psychiatrist to prove her innocence, and bring justice to the real killer.
Dead Before I Do is the third book of the Maddie Swallows mystery series. If you love quirky characters, romance, and plenty of intrigue, you'll love this cozy mystery.
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Kat Bellemore is a small-town romance and cozy mystery author. Deciding to have New Mexico as the setting for two of her series was an easy choice, considering its amazing sunsets, blue skies and tasty green chile. That, and she currently lives there with her husband and two cute kids. They hope to one day add a dog to the family, but for now, the native animals of the desert will have to do. Though, Kat wouldn't mind ridding the world of scorpions and centipedes. They're just mean.
You can visit Kat at www.kat-bellemore.com.
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