16 Mysteries Set Amongst the Lore of Indiana Basketball
Author: Tony Perona
“It's only a game, you say? Don't you believe it. After that final buzzer, these stories reveal, it may be the games are only beginning. When it comes to Hoosier Hijinks, not everyone plays by the rules. And that's what makes it irresistible.” — From the Introduction by Hank Phillippi Ryan Each short mystery is written by a member of the Speed City Indiana Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and each is set around Indiana basketball and separated by an interesting non-fiction piece about Hoosier hoops. This volume follows up on the award-winning Racing Can Be Murder, also edited by Brenda and Tony.
Working on a television taping to promote the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, the ladies decide to use their access to the Roseville Bridge to cross an item off Charlotte's bucket list: #39) Be a Sexy Calendar Girl. But the photo shoot is interrupted by gunshots and Francine's cousin William stumbling down the riverbank followed by a man with a gun. William sustains life-threatening injuries, but is it homicide? Francine and Charlotte go into detective mode to uncover the secret William knew about the shooter. Their success, however, depends on surviving two arson events, a séance, a shortage of Mary Ruth's wildly popular corn fritter donuts, memory-challenged nursing home residents, and a killer who refuses to go up in flames.
The septuagenarian women of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club have gathered in secret late one July night to check skinny-dipping off their bucket list. But as Francine observes, the jittery members seem more obsessed with body issues and elaborate preparations than actually stripping down and getting in the pool. A pungent smell emanating from the pool shed provides a perfect distraction. When a dead body flops out, it’s an answered prayer for Charlotte, since the first item on her list is to solve a murder. Unfortunately for Charlotte and Francine, before they can discover who really killed the man, they must negotiate neighborhood tours of the crime scene, press coverage of their skinny-dipping, an angry homeowners’ association, a disastrous appearance on Good Morning America, media offers sought by a hungry publicist, and a clever killer. Praise: “Bubbly characters keep this cozy debut lively as you search through the red herrings for the big fish.”—Kirkus Reviews "A well-crafted mystery."—New York Journal of Books "Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Elizabeth Perona's charming debut, Murder on the Bucket List. This warm and witty caper features delightful characters, hilarious antics, and a celebration of friendship . . . Don't miss it!"—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of The White House Chef Mysteries and The Manor House Mysteries "Elizabeth Perona mixes murder, mystery and a charming cast of characters to concoct an engaging and fun read. High on ingenuity and imagination, low on gore, Murder on the Bucket List keeps the reader guessing."—Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Cake Mysteries and The Key News Thrillers "Murder on the Bucket List is the best kind of cozy mystery—inviting, engaging, intelligent, warm, and witty. Elizabeth Perona's ensemble cast of senior sleuths puts out a welcome mat I couldn't refuse, and you shouldn't either."—Molly McRae, national bestselling author of The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries "Elizabeth Perona has created a wonderfully light read, with a fun combo of race cars, suburban life, adventurous seniors, and a killer I did not see coming. Can't wait for the next adventure of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club!"—Clare O'Donohue, author of The Someday Quilts Mysteries
The Skinny-Dipping Grandmas enjoy a male stripper show . . . until it gets too hot to handle and nearly goes up in flames When Mary Ruth’s company is hired to cater a fundraiser fea- turing the Royal Buckingham Male Dance Revue, the ladies see the chance to cross another item off their bucket list: helping divorcée Joy McQueen get over her decades-old fear of men in the buff. But when fundraiser sponsor Camille Ledfelter is stabbed to death, the women must uncover the naked truth about who wanted her dead. Proving who did it, however, will require dodging a persistent stripper-for-hire, surviving the American Legion Bingo, drinking high-end cognac, searching for a certain 3-D printer, and laying bare the motives of a dangerous killer. Praise: "Mirth and murder make for a winning combination in this cozy whose sleuths are as quirky as the suspects."—Kirkus Reviews "A fun mystery with multiple strip scenes and food accidents. These lively senior amateur sleuths will appeal to fans of Rita Lakin's 'Gladdy Gold' mysteries."—Library Journal "The opening Magic-Mike-gone-wrong scene is funny and Charlotte, Francine, and the other ladies are wonderful characters who make me believe my dream of one day becoming a private detective while living in a nursing home can come true."—Jamie Canaves, Book Riot "Readers who want their cozy mixed with a lot of slapstick humor, shouldn't miss this one." —Mystery Scene
The Malice Domestic anthology series returns with a new take on mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition -- 36 original tales with a culinary bent! Included are: A Cup of Tea, by Parnell Hall Brown Recluse, by Marcia Adair A Slice of Heaven,, by Laura Brennan The Extra Ingredient, by Joan Long A Death in Yelapa, by Leslie Budewitz The Pie Sisters, by Richard Cass Too Many Cooks Almost Spoil the Murder, by Lynne Ewing Pig Lickin’ Good, by Debra H. Goldstein Quiche Alain, by Marni Graff Diet of Death, by Ang Pompano Death at the Willard Hotel, by Verena Rose Dining Out, by Rosemary McCracken Snowbirding, by Kristin Kisska Up Day Down Day Deadly Day, by Ellen Larson The Secret Blend, by Stacy Woodson First of the Year, by Gabriel Valjan Sticky Fingers, by LD Masterson The Cremains of the Day, by Josh Pachter Honor Thy Father, by Harriette Sackler Killer Chocolate Chips, by Ruth McCarty Sushi Lessons, by Edith Maxwell The Missing Ingredient for Murderous Intent, by Elizabeth Perona It’s Canning Season, by Adele Polomski The Gourmand, by Nancy Cole Silverman The Blue Ribbon, by Cynthia Kuhn The Last Word, by Shawn Reilly Simmons Murder Takes the Cupcake, by Kate Willett Bull Dog Gravy, by Mark Thielman Morsels of the Gods, by Victoria Thompson Mrs. Beeton’s Sausage Stuffing, by Christine Trent Bring It, by Terry Shames Gutbombs ’n’ Guinness, by Lisa Preston Deadly In-Flight Dining, by Sara Rosett Carne Diem, by Sharon Lynn Turn the Sage, by Stephen D. Rogers Bad Ju-Ju, by M.A. Monnin
From Picasso to the Herron School of Art, this anthology contains twenty page-turning mysterious short stories. Murder and crime is integrated into each story with spine-tingling twists and turns over objects or places where one will find fine art. In the anthology you will travel through time eras, enjoy different art genres, and come to know new and original characters. Each of these mystery stories run the gamut of the art world and take you into a new adventure. What makes this different from other anthologies is that each short story is separated by fact sheets that highlight some of Indianas most renowned artist. You will discover pop art, and learn the history of Robert Indianas famous LOVE sign, the Impressionist landscapes of William Forsyth, and his student, Julia Graydon Sharpes watercolor paintings. Perfect for art lovers and mystery fans alike.
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