DIAL ME FOR MURDER

Paige Turner’s skills as a true crime reporter for Daring Detective magazine have earned her an intriguing job opportunity. Sabrina Stanhope of Gramercy Park wants her to look into the murder of Virginia Pratt—a young secretary whose naked body was found bound and gagged under a pile of autumn leaves in Central Park. Sabrina wants the murderer exposed, but she insists that Paige keep her exclusive investigation off the record and out of the pages of Daring Detective. Why the need for such secrecy? Because Virginia was more than a secretary—she worked nights as a high priced call girl in Sabrina’s employ. Should word get out, the resulting scandal would be devastating, not only to Sabrina’s hush-hush enterprise, but to some of Manhattan’s wealthiest movers and shakers. Now, Paige must become a daring detective herself—even though it means going undercover to entice the interest of a sadistic killer....

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (September 2, 2008)
List Price: $6.99

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MURDER ON A HOT TIN ROOF

It’s too darn hot! Intrepid crime magazine reporter and mystery novelist Paige Turner has a taste for danger, and she’s nearly met her maker more than once in the course of her 1950s sleuthing career. But a New York heat wave can be deadly, too, so when her neighbor, Abby, announces she has free Broadway tickets, Paige leaps at the chance to sit in an air-conditioned theater. The show is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Abby’s actor friend, Gray Gordon, stepping in for the lead. Gray’s performance knocks ‘em dead, but Abby and Paige find someone’s done the same to him when they stop at his apartment the next morning. Enlisting Abby as her deputy, Paige embarks on a sweltering, madcap, and decidedly dangerous quest for the killer that has her springing all over the city like an overheated feline.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (November 7, 2006)
List Price: $6.99

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HOW TO MARRY A MURDERER

She’s a mystery novelist, crime magazine reporter, and girlfriend of the most talented homicide detective in Manhattan—so sleuthing is second nature to Paige Turner. It’s a skill that comes in handy when Ginger Allen, the most exciting and popular red-haired TV star in the country (after Lucille Ball, that is), begs Paige to find out who is trying to kill her. The demanding, high-strung Miss Allen crushed a lot of toes on her ruthless climb to the top, and now she’s certain that one of her many enemies wants her dead. There are the strange mishaps on the set, her suspicious tumble in front of a Fifth Avenue bus—not to mention the poisoned highball! Paige is skeptical of the overly dramatic star’s claims until she gets word that Ginger fell to her death from her penthouse balcony, headfirst onto the hood of her own limousine. The police are convinced that Ginger committed suicide, but Paige knows better. Now it’s up to her to find the killer before someone else gets canceled.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (July 5, 2005)
List Price: $6.99

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MURDER IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

All Paige Turner wants for Christmas is to make it through the season alive. New York City in 1954 can be bad for a girl’s health—especially if she’s a staff writer for a pulp mystery magazine who can’t help getting a little too involved in her work. Not that she’s looking for trouble this time—Detective Dan Street has forbidden her from ever making like Sam Spade again. But what’s a girl to do when her late husband’s army buddy turns up with a tale like something out of Daring Detective magazine? His sister murdered. A stash of diamonds to die for hidden in a box of oatmeal. The mystery is a Christmas present Paige can’t resist opening. But with the killer hot on her trail, Paige faces the chilling possibility that this Christmas might be her last....

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (July 6, 2004)
List Price: $6.99

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MURDERERS PREFER BLONDES

The year is 1954, and Paige Turner is a feisty young widow with Brenda Starr bravado and a fixation with following in Agatha Christie’s footsteps. Trouble is, she works like a dog at Daring Detective magazine and her lousy pun of a name has made her the butt of all office jokes. All she wants is to pen a memorable mystery, but first she needs a good story. Enter the blonde corpse of twenty-four-year-old beauty Babs Comstock who’d had high hopes for the big screen—until she was found with a Hopalong Cassidy jump rope wrapped around her neck. Now, Paige has to find a murderer and tell the tale that could make her writing career—or cut short her life.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (July 1, 2003)
List Price: $6.99

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MURDERERS PREFER BLONDES: Large print edition

MURDERERS PREFER BLONDES

(Large print edition) Hardcover: 498 pages
Thorndike Press (December 12, 2003)

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THE PERFECT BODY

The naked female body discovered by reading tutor Annie March and her student Philly Tripp in the library parking lot is beautiful and perfect in every way—except for the ugly bullet hole in her chest. And when the murdered young woman turns out to be the half sister of one of Annie’s old high school boyfriends, the attractive 43-year-old freelance writer and literacy volunteer becomes a prime suspect in the case. In a crazy effort to prove her innocence (and to increase her involvement with Sergeant Eddie Lincoln, the handsome homicide detective in charge), Annie sets out to find the killer herself. And Philly—a semi-literate 34-year-old African-American nurse’s aide with bleach-blonde hair and a taste for neon-colored clothes—sets out to protect her dear friend and tutor. The two soon find themselves swept up in a frightening, funny, lustful, and dangerous whirl of events that takes them from the hallways of police headquarters, to the offices of a noted plastic surgeon, to the mansions of Long Island’s exclusive north shore. It’s a wild and wicked joyride that could wind up being the time of their lives—or the untimely end of them.

Trade Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: BookSurge
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THE SERIAL LOVER

When literacy tutor Annie March sees a picture of herself in the morning paper, she knows it’s going to bring unwanted attention her way. What she doesn’t know is that it will lead to her involvement in a celebrity sex and murder scandal that will cause a media frenzy... and attract the attention of a sadistic killer. After receiving a surprise phone call from Georgina Lake, an Emmy-winning soap star who was once her closest friend, Annie agrees to attend Georgina’s engagement party that night. And within an hour of arriving at the crowded, elegant, star-studded house party, she discovers Georgina’s fiancé’s bullet-ridden corpse in the deserted downstairs den. Annie’s live-in lover, Homicide Detective Eddie Lincoln, rushes to the scene and takes charge of the investigation, insisting that Annie go home and leave the detective work to him. But when Homicide higher-ups jump to the conclusion that Georgina murdered her unfaithful fiancé herself, Annie goes undercover to prove her old friend’s innocence. With the behind-the-scenes help of her reading student, Philly Tripp, and the dubious protection of various wigs and disguises, Annie searches to find the real killer before the real killer finds her.

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Publisher: BookSurge
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