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Rylie Cooper Mystery Series:

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It wasn’t the life she pictured.

And the view from her parent’s basement…

…looked like failure.

Rylie hadn’t grown up wanting to be a park ranger (or move back home in disgrace) and she wasn’t sure what it involved, but she had to start somewhere. Rebuilding a life after being lied to, cheated on, and evicted, isn’t an exact science. She thought her first day on the job would be all fresh air and nature walks.

Then she found the body.

If it wasn’t for the appearance of Luke Hannah—the lead investigator on the case and her first love—she may have cut her losses and returned to the help wanted ads. But now Rylie is determined to prove herself . . . in more ways than one.

When the authorities pin the murder on the wrong man, Rylie casts out to catch the real killer and clear the innocent man’s name—at the risk of losing her job or even becoming catfish bait herself.

If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll love the first book in the Rylie Cooper Mystery series, because it’s a witty murder mystery baited with snarky humor and a hint of romance.

There had been two men in that boat. Two. Rylie is positive . . . ish. 

Living with her parents may be driving her crazy, but not crazy enough to start conjuring up men in her mind—regardless of how long it had been since she’d had a date. 

As an urban park ranger, Rylie is practically surrounded by men all day, every day. Making up more in her head would only complicate her life further. 

When she confronts the one man remaining in the boat, he’s more eager to discuss her online dating profile than any possible wrongdoing. But he’s the last thing on her mind when bodies start turning up. 

With a hardened criminal just escaped from prison as a prime suspect, Rylie is only too eager to let Luke handle this investigation. That is, until he arrests the guy she’s dating on suspicion of murder.

Caught between two men, Rylie takes it upon herself to dive in and do some digging of her own. But the truth isn’t always so forthcoming and could leave her jobless and . . . headless. 

Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells Mysteries will love this second installment of the Rylie Cooper Mystery series.

If Rylie had a checklist for her life it would look like this: 

• Full-time job . . . check. 

• Serious boyfriend . . . check. 

•No dead bodies in months . . . check. 

On paper it looked good. Fantastic even. 

But in reality, she still lives in her parents’ basement, doesn’t feel like part of the ranger team, and knows a body is bound to show up at any moment. 

When she discovers a teenage boy with severe hypothermia, Rylie has to work with one of her biggest rivals to figure out what happened. 

High school never seemed so brutal. 

In a world of cliques and parties, championship football games and college applications, Rylie is sure she’ll be able to solve the mystery. 

Until she finds another boy . . . 

Will Rylie be able to piece together the hormone-fueled puzzle before it’s too late? Will the boys survive? And will she ever get out of her parents’ basement? 

Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells Mysteries will love Throttled, the third installment of the Rylie Cooper Mystery Series. 

It wasn’t every day you found fingers poking up from the ground.

Especially while supervising a bunch of tweenagers.

But that was just Rylie’s luck.

Ever since she’d become a park ranger, bodies seemed to show up all over the place-on a trail, in a catfish trap, on a frozen beach.

Now, they came from below.

Like zombies.

And it wasn’t even Halloween.

A new clue in a cold case should have gotten the police interested, if not downright excited.

But when the police take over, they seem to want to keep the case cold.

As does one of the murder suspects.

It’s up to Rylie to find the truth . . . even if she has to risk her job and freedom to do so.

When everyone seems to be against her, she has a decision to make. Is investigating a murder worth going to jail for?

Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells Mysteries will love Tampered, the fourth book in the Rylie Cooper Mystery Series.

Rylie is staying out of it. No more investigating, no more drama, no more danger.

She has enough on her plate training the woman who completely upended her life. 

But when someone is brutally attacked, Rylie is conflicted. 

Surely, the police can handle the investigation. They have the experience, the training, the knowledge. And Rylie not only has a job to keep, but friends she doesn’t want to let down . . . again. 

Until she realizes she may have been the target of the attack and the woman she’s training—her nemesis—may have been the attacker. 

Will Rylie be able to let the police handle the investigation or will she put her own life at risk to bring the attacker to justice? 

If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll love this laugh-out-loud fifth installment of the Rylie Cooper Mystery Series.

It’s just a fishing tournament. A boring old—

Who are we kidding? 

When is anything boring when Rylie’s around? 

It’s a simple event—the person who catches the largest fish wins. 

But rumors of cheating are on the air, and Rylie’s assigned summie is ready to catch those dirty, rotten criminals. Whether they exist or not. 

Between the tournament and planning her wedding, Rylie has her hands full. 

When two fishing superstars—who just happen to be exes—enter the event, Rylie knows things are about to get out of control. 

Will Rylie be able to stay out of trouble this time? Will she finally find the perfect wedding dress? 

Find out in this explosive sixth edition of the Rylie Cooper Mystery Series.

Magical Mane Mystery Series:

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When it comes to dead bodies, yoga can only relieve so much stress.

Ellie Vanderwick’s life is perfect. Sure, she doesn’t have friends, family, or a steady job. But she does have her pet pig, Penelope, and her VW Microbus, Mona.

If only she could get her hair under control. Some might call it magic, Ellie just calls it annoying.

Mad, sad, happy, or scared—it always starts the same way: with a little tingle. That’s when she knows her hair is about to go berserk. Whether it pulls itself into curls, turns bright purple, or goes completely limp is beyond her control.

But when she gets a letter from her newly departed grandmother telling her she inherited a farm, she knows it’s time to get a handle on the hair situation. Especially, if she wants to find out why her mother left her at a fire station all those years ago.

Cliff Haven, Iowa is the perfect small town. Friendly people, warm smiles, and almost no crime.

Until Ellie shows up.

When she finds a dead body in her cornfield, the entire town seems to think she did it. 

Will she be run out of town? Will her big hairy secret come out? Or will she be able to solve the crime and learn more about her family?

Meet Ellie in this first installment of the Magical Mane Mystery Series!

Ellie thought her investigation days were over.

After finding herself in a new town, discovering a body in her cornfield, and nearly being murdered herself, she would have been fine never investigating another crime.

When a friend invites her bowling, Ellie thinks it’ll just be a fun night out with the girls.

She was wrong.

Now, someone else is dead, and people are coming out of the woodwork to ask Ellie to solve the crime . . . using her magic.

One problem: Ellie doesn’t know how to control her magic.

As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Ellie has a barn to clean, a race to run, and—oh yeah—there’s the gorgeous guy who appeared out of nowhere and may know more about her magic than she does.

Will Ellie be able to harness the power of her color-changing hair? Or will she be left in the dark with a murderer roaming around?

Get the second book in the Magical Mane Mystery series today.

Hollywood has come to Cliff Haven, and with it, lots of drama. 

Every year, the residents of Cliff Haven put on a Christmas play and try to avoid the theater’s curse. This year, someone won’t get out alive. 

Ellie Vanderwick has one singular line in the play—a line she can’t bring herself to say. Pair that with her newfound magical ability and Ellie has her hands full. 

But none of it matters when a visitor shows up claiming to know about Ellie’s family. In exchange for helping the visitor solve a years-old murder, Ellie may find what she longs for more than anything in the world. 

As long as she can stay alive. 

Join Ellie, Penelope, Mona, and the rest of the gang in the third installment of the Magical Mane Mystery series! 

In the dead of winter, when the town of Cliff Haven seems practically frozen . . . 

. . . Tango classes may be the key to heating things up. 

It’s been months since the mishap at the theater, and Ellie is still reeling. 

Between exercising her magic and coming to terms with another family member disappearing from her life, Ellie wants nothing more than things to get back to normal. 

Whatever that is. 

When she comes across a body and a man standing over it holding a knife, the case looks pretty open and shut. 

Until it doesn’t. 

With so many suspects, will Ellie be able to solve the crime? Or will a murderer go free? 

Join Ellie, Penelope, Xander, and the whole Cliff Haven gang in the fourth book of the Magical Mane Mystery series. 

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