Twists you won’t see coming…
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THE LEAFY HOLLOW MYSTERIES
If you like spunky heroines, laugh-out-loud humor, and charming small towns with big-city crime rates, then you’ll love Rickie Blair’s cozy mysteries.
A bizarre crime scene. A four-legged suspect. Can our sleuth track the real killer?
Desperate to stop her PI business from going belly-up, Verity Hawkes doesn’t hesitate to dive into the next case she finds: a body in a septic tank. But just when she thinks her investigation couldn’t get any more peculiar, she’s shocked to learn the accused perp is the town’s beloved billy goat.
Verity has to juggle her meddling aunt, a surly former solider, and a tuxedo-wearing cat to sanitize this baffling homicide. But when the investigation takes a sinister turn, she suspects darker forces are at work. Can Verity track down the mysterious murderer before her reputation is flushed away?
In Leafy Hollow, mysteries are always in season…
Verity Hawkes can hardly remember her reclusive past. She’s actually starting to enjoy her role as the small town’s resident gardener and unofficial super sleuth. Her blossoming relationship with a dreamy local detective certainly doesn’t hurt. But Verity can’t help but question her place in town when a group of kidnappers steal away a beloved citizen and single her out to handle the ransom…
After the deal goes south, it’s clear to the Leafy Hollow gardener that larger forces are at play. Between dealing with a rogue agent, a meddling ex-boyfriend, and an underground Botox clinic, she knows nothing is as it seems. To dig up the conspiracy, Verity may just have to get her hands dirty…
Murder. It’s a perennial problem.
Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry…
Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious client. When a freak accident kills the customer, all signs point to Verity as the killer.
The hunt for answers is on, and Verity must question a tipsy carpenter, a bacon-peddling vegan baker, and her dreamy landscaping competitor to keep her new life afloat. Failure to find the truth could put her back in a confined space for much more than two years…
Can Verity curb a deadly crossword craze before the killer makes it two down?
With Leafy Hollow in a deep winter freeze, landscaper Verity Hawkes is all out of funds. Setting up a private investigator business seems like the best way to indulge her fantasy and make a few bucks. But she never expected her first case would turn the whole town against her.
As she investigates a shady, million-dollar crossword competition, even her detective boyfriend sides with her neighbors in thinking it’s legit. But when the contest seems to connect with scruffy dog walkers and a missing investment advisor, Verity hopes she can solve the clues before the whole town descends into a scammy word-smithing frenzy. Between vegan food scandals and a village hoarder biting the dust, the landscaper-turned-PI has her hands full.
A mysterious casket. A rising body count. A new mystery has bloomed…
Verity Hawkes misses her recluse lifestyle, but she’s finally starting to settle in as Leafy Hollow’s resident landscaper. At least until a village-wide cupcake battle helps turn one new visitor from a skeptic to a corpse in record time. When her friend’s crush shockingly confesses to the crime, Verity is once again asked to investigate…
Potential clues come in as fast as the suspects: a documentary film director, a wacky artist, and a feral–cat enthusiast, to name a few. It turns out everyone in town has skeletons in their closet… even her new friends. If Verity doesn’t find out the truth soon, then the next local legend buried in the ground… could be her.
A shocking confession. A long-buried secret. An old mystery surfaces…
Verity Hawkes’ new life as Leafy Hollow’s resident landscaper and part-time sleuth is just about perfect. She has a new love interest, a new home—even a new pet. The last thing she needs is a reminder of her troubled past.
So, when her long-estranged father shows up with a plea for help, her first instinct is to throw the cad out. Until he reveals scandalous new details that threaten to tarnish the memory of her deceased, and beloved, mother.
To tackle the decades-old cold case, Verity must confront a surly detective, a bungling electronic aide, and a lethal paper shredder. But when the trail leads to murder, she soon becomes the prime suspect. To clear her name, Verity must solve the most baffling mystery she’s ever faced—one from her own life.
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A fatal fall. A conniving convict. A new mystery takes root…
Verity Hawkes’ new life in Leafy Hollow almost feels whole. All the self-taught horticulturalist lacks are her Aunt Adeline and a stable relationship. Just when the second missing piece seems like it might be falling into place, Verity’s sleepy town welcomes back an all-too-familiar killer…
Suspicions run rampant when a body is found at the base of Pine Hill Peak, and the mother of Verity’s best friend is the number one suspect. To keep the wrong woman out of prison, Verity must rub shoulders with an arsonist, a hunky lawman, and a pair of dueling pastry chefs. When a scandal from the past threatens her investigation, Verity must act fast before the peak of her life becomes a valley…
A priceless work of art. A double murder. Can Verity save more victims from sketchy deaths?
Amateur sleuth Verity Hawkes has solved a whole bouquet of cases. But with an unanswered marriage proposal and her own PI agency hanging in the air, her confidence is dying on the vine. However, when the local ladies’ man is accused of a double murder, shestarts digging for answers.
After discovering the suspect recently inherited a priceless masterpiece, she’s convinced the Casanova is innocent. Following a trail of clues into the world of rare art, Verity uncovers dodgy dealers, surprising DNA results, and an alarming number of ingenious booby traps.
If she doesn’t connect the dots soon, she may run out of time to paint the real killer into a corner…
THE RUBY DANGER SERIES
If you like fast-paced action, believable heroines, and breathtaking twists, then you’ll love this series of gripping financial thrillers.
No one invites the mob on their second honeymoon…
Ruby Delaney is at the bottom of a spiral. After the death of her sister, the young actress turned to pills and booze to numb the pain. Desperate to reconnect with her husband and get her life back on track, they take a luxurious second honeymoon cruise. Everything is going well, until she makes a surprising discovery in their cabin: $20 million in bonds!
Ruby knows stock fraud when she sees it, and it reeks of the Russian mafia. When she’s set up for a crime she didn’t commit, her only chance is a series of impossible escapes to clear her name. With the help of a few surprise allies, and a bit of luck, Ruby might just have a shot… if she can live long enough to solve the mystery.
Even fame and fortune can turn deadly…
Ruby Delaney has finally landed a Broadway role and is determined to put her notorious past behind her. But her good intentions are sidetracked when she learns a con man has targeted her mentor’s life savings.
Ruby teams up with fraud investigator Hari Bhatt to find the swindler, but their investigation leads them to a murder instead. The partners track the victim’s missing money to Paris and uncover a link to one of Wall Street’s biggest names, a man seemingly above reproach. Ruby and Hari race to prove their case, unaware they’re being watched by someone who will go to desperate lengths to hide a lethal secret.
When death lurks beneath the streets…
After the tragic consequences of their last case, fraud investigators Ruby Delaney and Hari Bhatt have lost the desire to expose cheats and con artists–or to risk their own hearts.
But Ruby can’t look away when she stumbles upon a mortgage scam that’s torn an elderly woman from her home. And a reluctant Hari agrees to go undercover to probe an identity theft ring at a Vegas casino-hotel.
When a body is found in the home of a missing casino employee, the estranged partners must join forces to find the victim’s terrified killer. Hari and Ruby embark on a desperate race through the city’s underground tunnels, pursued by a deadly adversary who’s hunting the same man.
Danger and The Sting
A Ruby Danger short story…
When fraudbuster Ruby Delaney learns that a young friend has been scammed in a fake gem scheme, she decides to turn the tables. Ruby assembles a team of fellow actors and sets up her own sting. Will her attempt at retribution pay off, or is she headed for a fall?
Although Danger and the Sting can be read alone, events in the story take place between Books 2 and 3 of the Ruby Danger series.
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After three decades as a financial journalist, I’ve returned to my first love—writing fiction. When not hunched over my computer talking to people who exist only in my head, I spend my time trying to tame an unruly half-acre garden and a rambunctious Jack Chi. I also share my southern Ontario home with two rescue cats and an overactive Netflix account.
I write The Ruby Danger series of financial thrillers, and a cozy mystery series, The Leafy Hollow Mysteries. The Ruby books reflect my interest in fraud and how it ruins lives, while the Leafy Hollow volumes are more light-hearted.
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Sorry that I've been neglecting my blog post duties lately. I've been busy finishing Picture Imperfect, and recovering from injuries caused by two bad falls. But I'm back on track and anxious to debut Book 7. Also, I have exciting news coming about the audiobook...read more
Hi all, Just wanted to let you know that for a limited time, starting this weekend, From Garden To Grave, the first book in the Leafy Hollow Mysteries series, will be on sale for 99¢ (US). I hope you'll take advantage of this special price to pick up a book readers...read more
Ta-da! "A Branch Too Far," the third volume in The Leafy Hollow Mysteries series, is scheduled for publication Aug. 12 on all major retailers. I'm really excited about this launch. Here's the synopsis: A fatal fall. A conniving convict. A new mystery takes root......read more
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