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Purrfect Crime (The Mysteries of Max 5)   Recently updated !

When former actress and lifestyle guru Donna Bruce is found murdered in her sauna cabin, stung to death by bees, Odelia and Chase are on the case. Meanwhile Odelia’s tabby Max has his own issues to deal with. The vet has decided the flabby tabby is too flabby and has put Max on a strict diet. Feeling weak and out of sorts, the blorange cat has a hard time coming up with original ideas to solve the crime his human is grappling with. And then there’s the fact that Odelia has decided that this time Harriet, her mother’s white Persian, is in charge of the case, leading the feline sleuths even further astray.

Harriet’s idea of investigating a crime is surfing the web and sifting through Internet gossip, and since Odelia doesn’t seem to be making any headway in the case it’s up to Max and Dooley to save the day and find that telling clue that will lead them to Donna’s killer. Will Max be able to stick to his diet? Will Gran be able to control her online shopping habits? And will Odelia and Chase finally go on their first date? Find out in Purrfect Crime, the fifth installment in the funny cozy cat mystery series The Mysteries of Max.

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Max in Audio!

Purrfect Murder, the first Mysteries of Max book, is now out in audio. We teamed up with Tantor Audio and narrator Joe Hempel, who did an amazing job. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to the adventures of Max, Dooley and the rest of the gang!

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PS: the second book in this series, Purrfectly Deadly, is up for pre-order, and will be available November 14! You can order it HERE.


Witchy Worries (Neighborhood Witch Committee 2)

When a dead drug addict turns out to be a famous nineties action star, suspects soon abound: the neighbors whose parrot he allegedly killed, the action hero actor who was his rival, the hipster accountant he unleashed his road rage on, the local bar owner whose bar he trashed, and the AA chapter leader who filed a restraining order against him. Soon, Edelie, Estrella and Ernestine, the Flummox triplets who run the local neighborhood watch, are called in to figure out whodunit. With a little help from their witchy heritage, they are on the job.

Unfortunately, it’s a little hard to focus on this latest murder case, as two guests of their grandmother’s Airbnb prove particularly quarrelsome, Ernestine develops a crush on a third guest, and the owner of a competing flower shop unleashes a campaign to drive Floret & Bloom out of business. Will the triplets manage to harness their witchy powers in such a way that it doesn’t end in disaster? Will they succeed in catching the killer? And will they be able to save their flower shop? Find out in Witchy Worries, Edelie Flummox’s exciting new mystery.

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Ghost of Girlband Past (Ghosts of London 5)

The biggest and most successful girlband of the nineties, the Piquant Pack, announce their comeback. But when a ghost from their past suddenly rears its ugly head, what was supposed to be a feast for fans and music lovers alike quickly turns into a nightmare. The ghost has but one purpose: to destroy the five women and bury them. With nowhere left to turn, the Piquant Pack call on the Wraith Wranglers to save their lives and careers. But when the ghost starts to target Harry, Jarrett and Deshawn, they quickly find themselves in way over their heads.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard Inspector Darian Watley is forced to investigate an old murder that could land everyone in hot water and challenges the stalwart cop’s allegiances: will he arrest Harry and the Piquant Pack, or will he turn a blind eye to murder? And when the bond that connects Harry, Jarrett, Deshawn and Darian starts to fall apart under the nefarious influence of the Ghost of Girlband Past, things suddenly look very bleak indeed.

Will Harry and her friends save the day? Or will they go down with the Piquant Pack? And will Deshawn win The Great British Bake Off or will the stunt he pulled in front of the Queen cost him his freedom? Find out in Ghost of Girlband Past, Harry McCabre’s fifth mystery.

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Purrfect Santa (Mysteries of Max Short 1)

Chase’s grandfather is missing, and he asks Odelia to help find him. And since Odelia’s editor has told her to find out who the new Hampton Cove Santa is, she gladly agrees. After traipsing all over New York City in search of Grandpa Kingsley, and the new Santa, they have to declare defeat. Lucky for them, there’s still Max and Dooley, Odelia’s feline sleuths. Will they find out what happened to Grandpa Kingsley? And will they figure out who the new Santa is? Get into the holiday spirit with Max and Odelia and find out in Purrfect Santa.

This Mysteries of Max short story (20.000 words) stands alone, and is told from the viewpoint of Odelia, featuring Chase, Odelia’s family, Max and Dooley, and offers a rare glimpse into Chase’s past. It’s accompanied by two more short stories, Purrfect Christmas Mystery and Purrfect Christmas Miracle, written from the viewpoint of Max, exclusively available to mailing list subscribers: nicsaint.com/newsletter. The three short stories are best read in this order: Purrfect Santa, Purrfect Christmas Mystery and Purrfect Christmas Miracle.

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Spooky Trills (Alice Whitehouse 2)

When a duck farmer and Elvis impersonator is found murdered, his million-dollar belt buckle missing, all evidence points to his sons, eager to lay their hands on the inheritance. Not everything is as it seems, however, and soon Alice Whitehouse, Felicity Bell, and the other members of the neighborhood watch are up to their ears in suspects. It doesn’t help that everyone is hiding something, and even the ghost of the murdered man is less than honest.

As if this is not enough to keep them busy, the watch members are being stalked by a mysterious individual, who has vowed to ‘make the neighborhood watch pay!’ And then there’s Alice’s budding romance with handsome cop Rock Walker, who may or may not have discovered her great secret.

Will Rock finally find out who Alice really is? Will the watch members root out their stalker and find the crooning duck farmer’s killer? And will Alice’s dad’s chickens finally lay eggs? Find out in this riveting and hilarious new mystery, the second book in the Alice Whitehouse cozy mystery series.

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Crime and Retribution (Saffron Diffley 1)

It’s an important day for Saffron Diffley. First day at the office. First day collaborating with her brothers in the family firm of Diffley Insurance. And first day as an agent for Karma Corps, the mysterious agency tasked with balancing crime and punishment in our world. A transgender woman has been murdered in Happy Bays, and it’s up to Saffron and her brothers to find out who’s behind the murder, and serve the culprit the proper retribution.

Unfortunately, new cop in town Logan Munroe is also adamant to apprehend the killer, and doesn’t like a young and inexperienced insurance claims adjuster inserting herself into his investigation. Soon he’s not just arresting criminals, but looking to place the handcuffs on Saffron’s slender wrists as well—at least when they’re not verbally sparring while out collecting clues and interviewing a colorful cast of suspects.

And then there’s Saffron’s little brother Rodrick trying to prove their neighbor is a witch, Dalton throwing his weight around, Calvin being his usual obnoxious self, Lucien wanting to become a woman, Brice dreaming of becoming a Hollywood star, and Jerome, the family’s aged French Mastiff, spreading a particularly noxious odor wherever he goes. In other words, chaos as usual at Diffley Manor, with Grandma trying to stay on top of things.

Will Saffron serve justice in spite of Detective Logan Munroe’s objections? Will Logan survive the scrutiny of the Diffley brood? And will Saffron be able to resist a sudden and powerful attraction to the burly cop? Find out in Crime and Retribution, the first installment in the new humorous paranormal cozy mystery series Saffron Diffley. Expect a riveting mystery, a hint of the paranormal, a touch of romance, and a lot of laughs.

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Witchy Start (Neighborhood Witch Committee 1)

Edelie Flummox runs a flower shop in the Haymill neighborhood in Brooklyn along with her two sisters. Not that she’s particularly interested in flowers, or running a store. Edelie is, after all, a witch, and feels she should probably be doing witchy stuff instead of playing store. Unfortunately, the Flummox triplets are not exactly the world’s most competent witches, and their grandmother has decided to strip them of their witchy powers to save an unsuspecting world the aggravation.

When one of Edelie’s neighbors is murdered, and handsome local cop Sam Barkley proves clueless, she decides to look into the murder herself, and try to catch the killer. Soon she’s in way over her head, hounding suspects and ferreting out clues. And when the houseguests of her grandmother’s new bed & breakfast prove unusually annoying, it looks like Edelie and her sisters don’t even need witchcraft to make life very complicated for a lot of people.

Witchy Start is the first book in the humorous Neighborhood Witch Committee cozy mystery series. It follows the Witchy Fingers series, which introduced the Flummox triplets, and is complete at four books. You don’t need to have read Witchy Fingers to enjoy this new series, however, as it stands alone.

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Deadly Ride (Charleneland 1)

Mia Rugg and her family run an amusement park in California called Charleneland, named after her famous grandmother Charlene, the well-known songstress. They all share the same house, with things getting pretty hectic from time to time, as Mia’s two sisters Maya and Marisa don’t always see eye to eye, while Charlene, being the diva that she is, manages to get on everybody’s nerves pretty much all the time.

All in all, though, things are going well for the enterprising family. At least until a voice doctor is found murdered on one of the park’s most popular attractions, the Haunted Ride, and Mia is forced to cooperate with local police detective Blane Jamison to solve the crime. When Charlene’s longtime arch-rival Phoenix accuses her of being behind the murder, things suddenly look very bleak for Charleneland, and soon Mia and her family’s future hangs in the balance.

Will Charleneland survive the sudden uproar? Will Mia and Blane be able to work together to find the killer, in spite of their differences? And will Blane get through his first meeting with Charlene and her two Corgis unscathed? Find out in Deadly Ride, the first installment in the new humorous cozy mystery series Charleneland.

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Purrfect Heat (The Mysteries of Max 4)

The peace and calm of Hampton Cove is brutally disturbed when celebrity chef Niklaus Skad, famous for his show Kitchen Disasters, is found cooked in his own oven. The chef wasn’t a well-liked man, and there are plenty of suspects to go around. Odelia Poole, Hampton Cove Gazette reporter and civilian consultant to the police department, teams up with Detective Chase Kingsley to catch the killer, but soon finds this proves a lot harder than she thought.

Max, Odelia’s blorange tabby, would love to help out, but is faced with a cat emergency when Odelia takes in a new stray. Diego soon proves to be a handful, and when he sets his sights on Harriet, it’s war in the cat menagerie. With Dooley fearing he’s contracted a wasting disease, and Brutus in a funk because Diego stole his girlfriend, Max has his hands full. Good thing he still has time to ferret out clues and chase suspects, or Odelia would never be able to crack the case.

Will Diego become a permanent fixture in the Poole household? Will the celebrity chef’s killer ever be found? And what’s going on with Gran’s crush on the mysterious Leo? Find out in Purrfect Heat, the new installment in the funny cozy cat mystery series The Mysteries of Max.

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