The Diffley family is a peculiar bunch. On the surface they run a regular insurance company in the small town of Happy Bays, but if you dig a little deeper, they’re all agents for Karma Corps, the agency that balances crime and punishment in our world. The first book in the series sees Saffron Diffley tackle her very first assignment, and what a doozie it is. And as if catching killers isn’t hard enough, she also has to contend with her infuriating and meddling brothers, her overprotective grandmother, the old family dog Jerome who keeps producing strange odors, and of course Detective Logan Munroe, on whom she may or may not have a crush, even though he likes to keep and her family at arm’s length.
Since this series takes place in Happy Bays, from time to time you’ll meet some familiar characters from the Bell & Whitehouse and Alice Whitehouse series. And since Happy Bays is only a stone’s throw away from Hampton Cove, you might even meet Odelia Poole and Max of The Mysteries of Max fame.
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. A riveting mystery, a hint of the paranormal, a touch of romance, and a lot of laughs.
Felonies and Penalties
Saffron Diffley Short 1 (Newsletter Exclusive)
When a client files a death claim for her recently deceased cat Delicia du Soleil, Calvin Diffley couldn’t have suspected how much trouble the simple claim would cause. The substantial sum claimed ($25,000) calls for an investigation, which soon turns up certain irregularities. Like the fact that Delicia’s pedigree seems suspicious, to say the least. Soon, Calvin and his sister Saffron are hunting down the owner of the cat’s birth mother, a world-famous reality star, almost getting arrested in the process. And when Calvin’s investigation leads him to a woman called Odelia Poole and a cat named Max, things take a turn for the extraordinary. Before long, this self-proclaimed cat hater finds himself surrounded by cats whichever way he turns.
In this funny and mysterious short story, we get to know Calvin Diffley a little better. And Odelia Poole and her remarkable blorange tabby Max (from The Mysteries of Max) make a surprise appearance. This short story stands alone, but takes place right after the events in Crime and Retribution (Saffron Diffley 1).
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