Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.
Tensions are electrified on Victoria Square when the owner of a building that’s to open as a tattoo parlor is killed.
A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That’s what the Sheriff’s Office and Katie Bonner want to know when the owner is electrocuted with his own saw. Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the Square’s tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?
Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--the ghostly fashionista can't end up the killer's next victim! Purchase on Amazon
All work and no play make Jade a dull girl.
Jade Burt can do without her grandmother’s meddling in her love life. But when Millie finds an abandoned baby possum, it leads her to Caleb Young. Caleb would be perfect for Jade! When Jade meets Caleb, it’s hard to argue with her grandmother’s choice. Still, Jade is determined to push Caleb away, but his friendship with Millie concerns her. What if he’s a slick con man trying to take advantage of a sweet old lady? Jade needs to figure Caleb out before he breaks her grandmother’s heart…and Jade’s too!
Grace Abraham Publishing
Beryl Madison may not be a real superhero, but she plays one on TV. When not on set, she's a part-time, not necessarily mild-mannered auditor. She has taken in her nephews because of their parents' death. Her older nephew's teacher has decided that the little boy has a "fantasy ideation" because he has claimed that his aunt is a superhero. When she shows up in Terry Goodson's class in costume, he understands-- and is attracted to Beryl.
When Terry goes to the IRS for an audit, he meets Beryl at her other job. In the audit, she discovers shady dealings by an attorney who also handled her sister and brother-in-law's estate. But as this mystery brews, another forms: How can Beryl put her nephews first and resist her feelings for Terry?
Light mystery combines with sweet romance in this charming tale. Gayle Trent's hero and heroine are surrounded by fun and intriguing characters, from TV studio to office to home (Beryl's mother is lovely). Readers will surely be entertained!
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In Her Blood
Alexandra McCormick has traveled to Savannah, Georgia, to research genetic connections of serial killers. Alexandra is interested in the subject because her great grandmother was a serial killer and her mother was serving time for murdering Alexandra's stepfather.
Chad Greenway, whose ancestor killed her abusive master, is an author and meets with Alexandra to help her with the research. Since she arrived in Georgia, people were being found murdered. The police started to suspect Alexandra of the crimes. When the murderer started leaving threatening messages, the police did not believe her.
Buy two, one for you and one to lend. This fast paced romantic suspense has plenty of strategically placed twists and turns. Ms. Trent has penned a gripping tale sure to please the reader from beginning to end.