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.

Out Comes the Evil

Crème de la Crime
December 1, 2015
ISBN-10: 1780290780
ISBN-13: 978-1780290782

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Second in the traditional British mystery series featuring rural inn owner and amateur sleuth Alex Duggins: an intriguing departure for bestselling romantic suspense author Stella Cameron.

Once again Alex Duggins and her veterinarian friend Tony Harrison are thrown into a major murder investigation. An almost fresh body is discovered in a disused well among the ruins of a 14th-century manor house … the motive for the killing a baffling mystery. The victim was a widow who had lived quietly in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Folly-on-Weir for the past ten years. Who on earth could want her dead, and by such brutal means?

As rumour and speculation engulf the town, another woman is attacked – and Alex discovers that behind a tranquil face lurks a cunning and vengeful mind. Despite warnings from the police to stop interfering, she finds herself in the sights of a ruthless killer who has decided she knows too much …

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Folly

“Cameron digs deep into the dirt of an idyllic English village when the past comes back to haunt the present for the sharply-etched townsfolk in this chilling tale of murder.” —Mary Daheim, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Alpine Mystery Series and the Bed and Breakfast Mystery Series about COLD

Folly

Hardcover
Creme de la Crime, LLC
May 2015
ISBN: 978-1780290713

Introducing Alex Duggins

You can’t outrun the past…

Following the breakdown of her marriage, Alex Duggins has returned to her picturesque hometown of Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds in order to start afresh. But you can’t outrun the past, as Alex is about to discover when she stumbles across a frosted corpse buried in the snow. The subsequent murder investigation threatens to unearth old secrets — including Alex’s own. As Folly-on-Weir braces for a chilling winter and Alex finds herself top of the police’s suspect list, she determines to clear her name and find the real murderer. But as she begins to peel back the layers of deception that have long-concealed one of the town’s darkest secrets, she herself becomes the target of a ruthless killer who has nothing left to lose. Will Alex be the next snow-covered body to be found in the beautiful hills above the town?

FOLLY was originally published August 13, 2013 as COLD in eBook format.

“[Stella Cameron] excels at assembling an intriguing cast of characters laden with dark histories. A thrilling conclusion, combined with cliffhanger chapter endings, guarantees readers will be flipping the pages late into the night.” —Library Journal

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