Lies That Bind

Crème de la Crime
June 1, 2017
ISBN-10: 1780290942
ISBN-13: 978-1780290942

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When a young boy finds a body in a neighbouring village, once again Alex Duggins is drawn into a case of cold-blooded murder.

When a body is discovered in the neighbouring village of Underhill, Alex Duggins, owner of Folly-on-Weir’s premier pub, The Black Dog, is determined not to get involved — for once. But when she learns that the person who found the body was young Kyle Gammage, who helps out at her friend Tony’s veterinary clinic, she and Tony are reluctantly drawn into the murder investigation.

In her desire to protect Kyle and his elder brother Scoot, Alex finds herself withholding vital information from the police. It’s a misjudgement that will have far-reaching — and possibly fatal — consequences. Her relationship with Tony under strain, has Alex’s silence put her and those she loves in danger?

“The discovery of a murder victim in a Cotswolds village puts a family at risk of being torn apart.
Sid Gammage is willing to do what it takes to support his kids—teenagers, really—but the extra hours at work mean that he can’t always be physically present for them. That’s OK, because the town of Folly-on-Weir is invested in making sure Kyle and Scoot are looked after one way or another. Local veterinarian Tony Harrison, who’s in the process of vetting Kyle for some work at his practice, asks Alex Duggins to fill him in on Kyle’s home life. Not only is Alex Scoot’s sometime employer at the town’s only pub, The Black Dog, but she’s also Tony’s sometime girlfriend, and that means her word goes far with Tony. Tony’s all set to take on Kyle at the practice when both of the Gammage boys suddenly need a lot more support than part-time jobs will offer: Kyle finds a body in the woods and Sid goes missing. Kyle is certain that if he tells police his father isn’t home, both he and Scoot will be carted off to children’s services. Alex tries to run interference, but it’s not her first time dabbling in investigating (Melody of Murder, 2016, etc.), and the local police are wary about what her involvement might mean. If she can suss out the killer, the victim, or the motive, maybe she can help solve the crime and keep the boys’ living arrangements under wraps until Sid returns to his responsibilities.
Cameron provides several elements that will delight series fans, from an interesting frame for her story to a protagonist who can be charmingly human, a trait as rare as it is welcome in the genre.” — Kirkus

“Picturesque Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds has the unfortunate reputation of being a “murder magnet,” and in the middle of every case are pub owner Alex Duggins and her partner, Tony Harrison. This time a young boy, Kyle, makes the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body in some nearby woods. Kyle and his brother, Scoot, are new to the area, and Alex is disturbed that the boys are left alone for long periods of time by their truck-driver dad. Since their mother deserted them years ago, this means the boys are near orphans. Alex and Tony, with help from the villagers, take the boys in, but then Kyle is abducted, and everyone fears the worst. When Alex investigates, she has a strong feeling she’s being watched. As the police begin to unravel the case, they discover a dark backstory, both disturbing and ultimately tragic. As usual, Cameron gets it just right, with a good feel for English village life, plenty of suspense, and a heroine who is both savvy and fearless.” — Booklist

Melody of Murder

Crème de la Crime
June 15, 2016
ISBN-10: 1780290845
ISBN-13: 978-1780290843

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The arrival of a talented, ambitious and unusual new family leads to mayhem and murder in the peaceful Cotswold village of Folly-on-Weir.

The idyllic Cotswold village of Folly-on-Weir, with its traditional pub, sumptuous tea rooms and fragrant bakery, is a piece of paradise found … until ‘those incomer Quillams’ arrive. A young piano virtuoso and his neglected but talented half-sister, their controlling father, the pianist’s beautiful, acquisitive and passionate mother, an ambitious family retainer, and an intimidating woman who has always run the Quillam household form a successful little empire — until it starts to crumble.

The Quillams’ arrival has also attracted the attentions of a sly, clever and perverted killer who desperately needs a jackpot and knows where to find one — if the obstacles can be removed. Once again pub owner Alex Duggins and her veterinarian friend Tony Harrison must use their wits and resourcefulness to prevent further carnage — and ensure that they themselves don’t become the killer’s next victims.

Snow Angels

Snow Angels eBook

Purple Papaya (reissue)
August 21, 2014
Amazon ASIN: B00MYBYCAC
Barnes & Noble ID: 294-0150590885

A Stella Cameron classic. First time in eBook.

After Libby’s husband died, she withdrew. Separated from her family in Washington, she lived a reclusive life in Italy. Known in her village as “the silent lady,” Libby was often seen, but never heard. She kept to herself finding solace for her grief in her devil-may-care downhill skiing on treacherous nearby mountain slopes.

Aaron, keenly aware of his best friend’s pain, flew to Italy to bring her home. His lure was her sister’s high risk pregnancy, but the truth was he wanted to help her find love again and start living instead of just getting by. His plans were right on track, but as Libby grew closer to the man Aaron set her up with, he found himself sinking into fits of jealousy. Can Aaron reveal the truth before he loses her forever?

(originally published June 1991 in Harlequin Superromance #457 and October 2001 in mass market paperback for MIRA)

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Love Is Where You Find It

Love Is Where You Find It eBook

Purple Papaya (2-in-1 reissues)
March 13, 2014
Amazon ASIN: B00J0K8HJC
Barnes & Noble ID: 294-0149192403

LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT, an anthology

Country, city, or…?

FRIENDS (originally published August 1989 in Harlquin American Romance #306)

Shelly, Ben, and Tom…Friends forever. Misfits in their small town, they join forces to support each other and find a way out. Shelly and Ben go to college, get married, and settle in The City. But Tom’s choices become impossibly complicated when he is the only one who can keep the family farm alive. He can’t make himself leave.

Distance doesn’t have to kill friendships but it can weaken the bonds. And when one of those friends is the woman he loves, a smart man accepts it and moves on…if he can.

Tom, Shelly and Ben are tied together by more than friendship, and life hasn’t finished with any of them yet. Their relationships grow more complicated, more tangled. Now nothing is clearly defined and a wrong step could ruin any hopes for happiness.

THE MESSAGE (originally published October 1988 in Harlquin American Romance #268 and reissued in 1997 for Silhouette Safe Haven)

Page Linstrom’s bike messenger business is just starting to get off the ground but the only way to keep moving up is with a skeleton staff. She can’t afford more employees…yet. This means pulling double shifts and even making night deliveries, in dangerous places—alone. Page has no time for a personal life but is busy and has big dreams. Past experiences with men have made trust a big issue for her.

There was no way for Page to predict that one late night delivery could change her life—forever. Thrust into dangerous places with dangerous people, Page could lose not just her business, but her life…unless she makes the right decision when she tries to separate the good from the bad. It’s time to give trust, and even love, a chance.

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