Some experts say the honeymoon phase of a marriage lasts for about six months, but they didn’t take into account murder!
When the county judge is murdered and Kat’s District Attorney husband of far less than six months, is not only a suspect, but now the lead attorney in another murder case, Kat has to find the killer to clear his name.
Who knew the judge was addicted to watching computer porn? But was that the reason he was murdered?
Was the killer the judge’s “unusual” wife who spent millions building a castle in the middle of Kansas and then filling the moat around the castle with alligators? Or the head of Mothers Against Pornography Addiction? Could it have been the woman who was having an affair with the judge? Or her husband? After all, he did attend Rageaholics meetings. Or even the young sorority girl who was making a lot of money appearing on porn sites?
Sometimes a guard dog is just as important as a former Green Beret, and Kat was grateful to both of them when they saved her life.
Another fast-paced cozy murder mystery with food, dogs, and recipes from a two-time USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author.
When the wrong person is murdered at Le Bijou Bistro restaurant, just who was the intended victim of death by chocolate cake?
Was it the retired mobster, Al De Duco? Could it have been an act of jealousy by his ex-girlfriend, Kitten Knight, or an act of revenge by Mario Carlucci, a long-time enemy of his from Al’s days with the Mafia in Chicago?
Or was the intended victim Al’s wife of two weeks, Cassie, the very popular food critic who writes the Food Spy column for The Seattle Times? But who would want to murder Cassie? Maybe it was Myles Lambert, the food critic she was filling in for at the Times and who was jealous of her success. Then there’s the Gourmand’s Guide to Good Eats food blogger, Jessica Simmons, who’d always hated Cassie. Or even the owner of Frogities Restaurant, Jules Moreau, who would love to see the bad publicity resulting from a murder at Le Bijou Bistro.
And what about the kidnapping of Briana, Cassie’s daughter? Join Jake and DeeDee as they search for a motive and a murderer!
This is Book 5 in the popular Northwest Cozy Mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author and seven time Amazon All-Star, Dianne Harman.
"If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s whenever I pick up a Dianne Harman book, I know I’ll be in for a treat. Her characters are well developed, her pace is effortless, and her plots are intriguing."
"What a delight! A new series set in the Northwest and it is eye opening. As in all Dianne's books, good characters, good story and good mystery."
Judy J Burkhardt
"I don't mean to sound cliché, but Dianne Harman DOES IT AGAIN! Another book to add to one of my faves! There's nothing I can say that I haven't already said in my other reviews....I highly recommend this book! Once you start, you won't put it down until you reach the end! I TRY to read slowwww so I can extend my entertainment, but it NEVER works! :-) I loved it and I'm sure you will feel the same!"
Michelle D’Amato’s pregnant with San Francisco millionaire octogenarian Bernie’s baby, but he’s dead, and a lot of people would like to see her dead as well, so her baby won’t lay claim to his estate. Was that why he was murdered? And if so, who killed him? Was it for his money or for revenge?
Bernie had threatened to disinherit his ne’er-do-well son, Larry, and his estranged daughter, Toni, so maybe they murdered him before he could carry out his threat. Then there’s Toni’s husband, Rocco, who has ties to the mob and is desperate for money. What about Jim, who’s still angry with Bernie after he was forced out of the electronics company he and Bernie founded? Or even Dr. T, who operates a sperm bank and facilitated Michelle’s pregnancy. He knew her future born child would have a legitimate claim to Bernie’s estate, even if she didn’t, and that was a lot of money.
Join Liz, Roger, and their dog, Winston, in a race against time as they search for the killer before Michelle either suffers a miscarriage caused by stress or is the next murder victim.
Another page-turning cozy mystery with dogs, food, and recipes from a USA Today Bestselling Author and seven-time Amazon All-Star. Visit her at www.dianneharman.com to learn more and receive some free books!
Ever heard of someone celebrating New Year’s Eve by committing murder? Well, it happened, and the killer is now looking for DeeDee!
That’s the situation DeeDee found herself in after the very successful New Year’s Eve party she catered for Dana Donnelly, the popular hostess of the Seattle television entertainment show, New Day NW. The successful party quickly became a distant memory when Dana was found murdered near her pool house. It didn’t help that the murderer was certain they’d been spotted by DeeDee, and she could identify the killer.
DeeDee had ended her relationship with, Jake, her PI boyfriend, so she had no one to turn to for help when the killer sent her a threatening note telling her to keep quiet or she’d be the next victim. Her sister, Roz, calls on Al De Duca to help. He’s a retired enforcer for the mob who’s afraid of spiders and the open ocean, but has a heart of gold. Can he make it back from the Cayman Islands in time to prevent DeeDee’s murder?
But just who was Dana’s murderer? Dana’s spurned billionaire shipping magnate and longtime lover? His jealous wife? Dana’s husband who has a serious gambling addiction? Her television substitute who desperately wants her job? Or the television star she outed when she disclosed his sordid past on her show?
"Once again, Diane Harman gives us the right balance of fantastic scenery description, yummy food, great characters and a very believable plot. The series will appeal to just about any one who likes a good mystery without all of the descriptive violence. I just can't wait for the next installment! I think the epilogue gives us a real good idea of where the next one is to occur!"
"I enjoyed these books immensely. I love the cast of characters, especially Deedee and Jake. I have read every one of these stories. They are delightful and very entertaining."
"I enjoyed the characters,the story line really kept you guessing. You just didn't want to put it down. Good read, no dragging in the story, fast paced."
"If you haven't read Dianne Harman's books yet and you're like me and love a great cozy with characters you will love and a story that keeps you turning the page then what are you waiting for"
When Angela, the beloved award-winning winemaker at the Moretti Winery, is found floating face down in a wine vat, law enforcement authorities are suspicious about the cause of her death. Was it murder or a tragic accident?
If it’s murder, who did it? Was it her husband, Matteo, the winemaker at a nearby winery, jealous because his wife’s wines always received the top awards and best ratings? Was it his employer, Carlos Romano, the owner of the nearby winery, because his wines always placed second to those made by Angela? Or could it have been Carlos’ niece, Alessandra, who had romantic fantasies about Matteo even though he was married to Angela? Or even Signora Moretti, suspicious there was more to her husband and Angela’s relationship than business. And then there was Caitlin, the ambitious master’s degree student who was an intern at the Moretti Winery and wanted Angela’s job.
Mike Reynolds, an Oregon county sheriff, and his wife, Kelly, decide to take a short vacation to Sonoma, California, where they were meeting their daughter and her husband for some wine tasting. Because of a sick child, they have to return home to Calico Gold, so Kelly and Mike have some extra time on their hands and offer to help the local sheriff determine if Angela’s death was murder or an accident.
What would you do if your sister’s husband of twelve hours, Clark, was considered a suspect by the police in connection with his rich Uncle Vinny’s murder? And the rich uncle just happened to be a member of the Mob?
DeeDee has no choice but to enlist the help of her boyfriend Jake, a private investigator, as well as Al, Uncle Vinny’s scary bodyguard, to help her find the murderer and clear Clark’s name.
It could have been a number of people, but which one? Was it Uncle Vinny’s cousin or his wife? Uncle Vinny had a lot of money, and although he hadn’t come by it legally, the color was still green. Or the rogue cop whose father had ended the prostitution rings in Seattle, but was certain Uncle Vinny was the person who had resurrected them. He couldn’t prove it, but he wanted them stopped.
Or perhaps Clark’s business colleague who was jealous of Clark’s recent promotion? Maybe it was the wedding planner who resented everything Uncle Vinny was giving the newlyweds, particularly the house on Queen Anne Hill. Or even Clark himself? After all, Uncle Vinny gave a toast at the wedding declaring him to be the sole heir of his substantial fortune.
As always, plenty of food, recipes and dogs in this bestseller. Enjoy!
"Excellent Book. I read everything by this author."
"Love all of Dianne Harmen's books --She cant write them fast enough for me"
"For all Dianne Harman fans, this is another antiseptic murder mystery. The crime-solving caterer does it again. Good plot. Good character development. Read it!
"I always enjoy your books and this did not disappoint me .I love the characters. I couldn't t put the kindle down. Thank you for entertaining me. I don t like scary books and yours are not. Stay healthy and continue writing."
"Two of the things I really enjoy, good food and top quality wine combined with a not too grisly murder. This made for an interesting read on a dark rainy afternoon. I especially enjoyed the recipies at the end of the book. Add I also once owned a coffee shop so I can relate to Kelly's interest in food."
Could you murder a plastic surgeon if your facelift didn’t turn out the way you hoped it would? What if a number of women who went to the same doctor all ended up looking very similar after their surgeries?
Someone in the wealthy Palm Springs area murdered the plastic surgeon, but who? Was it one of his former patients, disappointed with the result of her facelift? An associate, jealous of the doctor’s success, and who wanted more money so he could buy a bigger yacht? His administrative assistant, who had spent the last twenty years of her life hopelessly in love with the doctor? His wife, because he’d decided to divorce her?
With so many persons of interest, what’s needed in this case is a psychic, and fortunately the police detective’s sister-in-law, Laura, is one of the best. Join Police Detective Jeff Combs, his wife, Marty, who happened to be in the process of appraising the doctor’s antique Shaker furniture collection when he was murdered, and Laura, as they try to determine who killed the doctor.
When DeeDee and her boyfriend, Jake, head to Whistler, British Columbia, to see her sister, Roz, and enjoy a little down time from her new catering business, Deelish, and his job as a private investigator, the last thing they expect is to become involved in a murder.
What makes it even worse is the person murdered is DeeDee’s former neighbor, Johnny Roberts. He was a bigger-than-life person and the owner of a very successful Mercedes Benz dealership in Seattle, but did he have secrets? And who would want Johnny dead?
Was it the man who years ago had tried to get Johnny’s wife, Cassie, to leave Johnny and marry him? Was it the sexy saleswoman in Johnny’s dealership who didn’t care whether or not Johnny was married, but wanted revenge hen he rejected her? Was it his brother who resented Johnny for being the frugal administer of his trust fund? Or even the Mercer Island golf club pro who felt threatened by Johnny’s golf game?
"Loved the story. Was extra extra good. I will continue too get your books. All the best to you."
"This is my third book by Diane Harman, and I really like her style! Once you start it, you'll have a hard time putting it down. I also enjoyed the relationship dynamics."
The Wellness Lady
"Another great cozy mystery by a great author, Dianne Harman. I love all her books. A great read and always a pager turner. I highly recommend her to others."
"If you love a great cozy with great stories and characters you will love than Dianne Harman's books are a must read I can't wait till the next book"
"Couldn't put this book down. Very interesting cast of characters. I did figure out who did it having it explained with the details was good."
The last thing Mike Reynolds needed in the final weeks leading up to his run for re-election as sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, was to have his wife, Kelly, discover the body of a famous movie actress. It didn’t help that she’d died under suspicious circumstances from a fall off the cliff behind her home. Did she accidentally fall over it or was it murder? And if she was murdered, who did it?
Was it her daughter who wanted her mother’s money, so she could give it to the yoga guru she was studying with at his spartan retreat center located in the nearby forest? Or was it her gardener, who desperately needed money to deal with the terminal diagnosis his wife had been given by her doctor? Or could it have been the director of The Triangle, the movie she was about to film, because he was afraid she’d ruin his chances for an Oscar? What about the supporting actress who’d wanted to have the lead role in the movie? Or the screenwriter, who didn’t understand why the movie star refused to read the changes he made to the script? Or even the star’s ex-husband, furious with what she’d told a reporter about his acting ability?
When Lisa Sanders, a well-known Seattle art gallery owner, is found dead at a prestigious dinner party, shock waves ripple through the local art community. For DeeDee Wilson, the death becomes a personal tragedy, because the dinner party was the first ever event for her fledgling catering business.
On the following day, newspaper reports indicated the cause of death was possibly poisoning, but could it have come from the food she served the guests? In order to save her business and protect her reputation, DeeDee has to find out how Lisa, the art gallery owner, died, and if it was murder, who did it and why?
Could it have been the smarmy competing gallery owner who was jealous of Lisa’s success in getting a top art glass artisan to exhibit in her gallery? Or the artist whose work she rejected because she didn’t feel it was up to her standards? Was it the disgruntled ex-girlfriend who was dumped by the man Lisa was currently seeing? Or was it a museum employee who was fired by the woman who hosted the dinner party?
"Lots of information about Seattle, Bainbridge Island and the surrounding area along with a juicy story. Well written and chock full of interesting twists and turns. Great characters. The recipes look delish!"
"What a delight! A new series set in the Northwest and it is eye opening. As in all Dianne's books, good characters, good story , some romance and mystery."
"This new series is great! Love the romance of middle age that I can relate to as 40 when married as career took me international. Strong women Harrah! Good mysteries and who does not love dogs?"
"I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. It held my interest and I was anxious to find out who the killer was."
"Enjoyable. Story flowed nicely. Wasn't sure who killer was nice twisted. Love the recipes!"
When Nikki Evans is murdered in the sauna at the Serenity Hotel and Spa on opening day, Judy Rasmussen’s dream of owning a premiere hotel and spa in Calistoga, California, turns into a nightmare.
Her friend, Liz Lucas, an amateur sleuth who’s come to the hotel and spa for the opening weekend, has to find the killer before the new hotel and spa’s chances for success are ruined by the bad publicity the murder will bring. But who would want the reunion attendee dead? Was it her college roommate, who’d never forgotten what Nikki had said about her years ago? Was it her husband, who resented that he had to use her inherited money to pay back the company he’d embezzled from? Was it the winemaker who wanted Judy’s property, so he could grow more grapes? Or was it the owner of La Spa, who didn’t want any new competition?
When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher, is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources. What to do with the dogs and finding the murderer becomes a challenge.
But who would have wanted the elderly spinster dead, and what was the killer's motive? Was it the local reverend who desperately needed money to pay off his gambling debts? Or the neighbor who was kept awake by Maggie's barking dogs? Was it the disgruntled father of a boy Maggie had wanted to hold back a year in school? Or even the director of the animal shelter?
Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop, and her husband Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, in this exciting mystery.
"This author always delivers an interesting cozy mystery and this book delivered what I expected. I can't wait for the next book in this series."
"Dianne Harman has written a gazillion books, but somehow she still manages to keep her stories fresh. I enjoyed this book, loved the characters, and now want to take a walk on the beach. She outlined several suspects with just enough information to keep you guessing until the end."
"This book initially captured me because of the setting in the Pacific NW where I live. It surprised me in the most pleasant way. A beautifully written story full of well-developed characters. I will for sure check out other books by this author."
"Good story, easy read. Enjoyed the book."
When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she’s forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all of the changes taking place.
When the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis’ hard-fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to - food, the very thing that destroyed her. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?
Why was the Palm Springs polo club owner’s fiancée, Pia, murdered? Jack Rutledge, the owner of a world class polo club in Palm Springs hires Marty Combs, an antique appraiser, to evaluate Jack’s and Pai's collection of art pottery and art glass. When Marty and her husband Jeff, a Palm Springs Police Detective, attend a cocktail party at the Rutledge Polo Club, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.
Who killed Pia? Was it Kevin, the has-been polo player jealous of Jack’s success? Roberto, the reputed second-in-command of the West Coast Mafia who loved Pia? Gerta, Pia’s sister, who feels the art glass collection that was willed to Pia should be hers? Pia’s ex-husband, a felon newly released from prison? Jensen, Jack’s son, who’d been promised he would inherit Jack’s very valuable art pottery collection, or even Lupe, the polo club owner’s maid?
"I liked that there were so many possible suspects with varying motives. Also, that the final two were to close to guess until the end. Good job on clearly demonstrating their individual backstories and motives without making it too lengthy or confusing."
"I just finished Dianne Harman's latest cozy mystery.There was plenty of suspense in a beautiful setting. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Thanks for an enjoyable read."
"Intriguing plot.characters developed to set up suspects. You don't know who until the end."
"As with the title, this involves a lot of animal and their involvement with the animal shelter. It is well written with varied suspects and twists and turns. I would recommend this book to all ages."
Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband, Sheriff Mike, fly to Virginia to see a friend, Stephanie, graduate and receive her doctorate degree. What Kelly didn’t plan on was becoming involved in solving the murder of Stephanie’s friend, Julie. The mystery of who murdered Julie leads Kelly to Boston, Massachusetts, York, Maine and Portland, Oregon as she tries to track down and identify the killer.
Was the ten million dollars Julie’s mother gave her as a graduation present the reason she was murdered? And just who would profit from her murder? The quirky cast of suspects includes Julie’s soon-to-be ex-husband, her worthless brother, a jealous co-worker, and the daughter she’d given up for adoption just after she graduated from high school, but with whom she’d recently been reunited.
Kat Denham, a popular author of steamy romance novels, has decided to write a book in a different genre. Her friend an acupuncture doctor, has lost over one hundred pounds, is marrying in mid-life for the first time. Fate intervenes when Kat happens to be at the acupuncture clinic when a patient, Sandy Hendrick, mysteriously dies. Suddenly Kat is involved in a murder mystery she has to solve in order to save her reputation and that of her friend, Mitzi.
Who was the murderer? Was it Mitzi? Or was it a doctor from the clinic who desperately wants Mitzi discredited? Was it Sandy’s philandering husband, Matt, and Mitzi’s fiancée’s ex-girlfriend. Or was it Mitzi’s receptionist, Rochelle? Will the sting Kat devises to help catch the murderer work? And what part does Kat’s guard dog, Rudy, play?
"Dianne Harman has quickly become one of my favorite authors. All of her books,this one included, have wonderful characters, great plots, and fun to solve murders. This one was easier then most for me but still fun. I love these characters and how they are so different yet intermingle and are perfect. I beleive this book is another hit. I am looking forward to the next book."
"Another winner for Dianne.It was her cozy mysteries, that started me reading them. This takes you into the realm of the rich, and their hobbies."
"What a fantastic series, I love how the story developed. The way they eliminated the murder suspects, and the ending. The characters of this series are awesome. Can't wait for the next installment."
Marcia Lee Finocchio
What could go wrong at The Big T Lodge, the most prestigious hunting club in the United States? Well, murder for starters!
When Roger Langley tells his wife, Liz, that they’re leaving for Texas for an unexpected hunting trip at the club, neither of them has a clue that Liz will spend most of her time looking for a murderer, who murdered Roger’s law school friend, Milt Huston, who happens to be the Attorney General of California, and a candidate for Governor of California.
But who did it, and what was their motive? Anger from Milt’s former lover? Revenge from the lover’s husband? Milt’s proposed cigarette tax increase despised by a tobacco farmer? The California State Senator who wants to be Governor of California? Or the chef’s assistant who hates Milt’s liberal views?
When Ray Martin, the wealthy owner of Moving Graphics, is murdered on a corporate fly fishing trip arranged by Jack Trout, Jack’s wife, Carola, knows that if she doesn’t solve the murder it could be the end of Jack’s successful fishing business. She and Ray’s wife, Lisa, along with help from Cayo the cat, begin their search for the murderer, but who did it?
Was it Mitch Graham, who made no pretense of the fact he was ready to take over the presidency of the company? Janelle Byers, the CFO who had been accused of embezzlement previously? Brad Dixon, who coveted Ray’s antique Winston fly rod, Hardy reel, and hand-tied flies? Pablo Varela, a local fishing guide, whose wife desperately needed medical care that he couldn’t afford? Or could it even have been Ray’s wife, Lisa?
"I enjoy Diane's books since they are quick to finish. Good character descriptions and interesting murder mysteries. I especially love the idea of recipes and plan to try them."
Susan E Johnson
"Another winner by Dianne Harman. I don't know how she comes up with so much fresh material, but I love the trip she takes me on with her characters and the way she writes a whodunit. Thanks again."
"The characters were well developed, the mystery was full of twists and turns I was never actually sure who the murderer was. The plot was well paced and I could not put the book down. I have read other books by Dianne Harman and have enjoyed them all. I highly recommend her books to true mystery lovers."
Kat Denham is a widow living in the small Midwest university town of Lindsay, Kansas. She’s an author and writes what some would call “steamy” novels in the Lusty Women series under the pen name - Sexy Cissy. Knowing how conservative the townspeople are, she’s kept her true identify a secret.
It all unravels when Kat’s editor, Nancy Jennings, is having lunch at the local country club, and Kat’s latest manuscript slips out of her tote bag. The manuscript gets into the wrong hands, and Kat’s occupation becomes known to all. It doesn’t get any better when Kat discovers Nancy has been murdered. Because her has been disclosed, Kat worries she might be the killer’s next victim. In order to save her reputation and her life, she has to find out who murdered Nancy.
What part did mollies and Fireball whiskey play in a murder at a country music festival held outside Palm Springs, California? Why was the celebrity chef, Jacques Rushon, owner of the French Food Obsession food truck murdered? The top suspects are Marty Morgan’s friends John, the owner of The Red Pony food truck, and his assistant, Max.
Deciding who had a motive for killing Jacques is easy. Discovering who did it is a lot harder. Was it the ex-wife who was owed back child support? Food truck competitors John and Max? The owner of the White Stallion Ranch where the music festival was held? Jacques’ drug dealer? Jacques’ partner in the food truck, Ned? Or Ned’s wife Rita? In order to save her own life, Marty has to solve the murder mystery.
"Another clever story written by one of my favorite authors. A fun cozy mystery as I have come to expect from Dianne Harman. A fabulous cover makes it tempting to pay a little more and buy the paperback version of this book. Five Stars!"
"Dianne writes such great stories. The characters are the same but every story has a very different plot. I have one problem with her. I read them too fast then have to wait for another one. She has four series and I read three of them. Read her books and you will love them."
"Yet another wonderful cozy mystery read from this best selling author. Love her work!"
"I love Dianne Harman and her cozy mysteries. her characters are fun and likable. Suitable for young adults and relaxing adults."
When the Lotis Blue butterfly, an endangered species, is sighted in a forest where logging operations are being conducted, it sets off a chain reaction in the small town of Red Cedar, California. David Sanders, a Forest Service employee and the step-brother of the popular owner of Gertie’s Diner, is found murdered after he entered the forest to look for the blue butterfly. But who killed him?
Was it the Jefferson Lumber Company employee who developed cancer from the improper use of formaldehyde at the company’s plywood plant? Or George Myers, the jealous husband of Ruby, David’s former lover, who has anger issues? And what about the Environmental Studies teaching assistant? Or the Forest Service employee who’s fanatic about saving the environment. Or even Gertie?
Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon and his wife Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Cuba. On the drive home from the airport Mike gets a call informing him that the owner of Doggie Love Kennel, where they had boarded their dogs when they were in Cuba, has been murdered.
Who killed Mary Barnes? The druggie kennel employee; the owner of the award winning Yorkie that was impregnated while staying at the kennel; the disgruntled head of the Pit Bull Sanctuary who was instructed by the owner of the kennel to get his pit bulls off of the property within twenty-four hours; the impoverished woman whose property is next to the luxurious kennel; the kennel manager; and her husband who has anger issues?
"Dianne Harman has long been recognised as a master of the whodunit and her latest venture into the field with another Cozy mystery story, certainly lives up to the predecessors. We expect quality from Harman and as usual she delivers in spades. Good job!"
"I love the books in this mystery series. I look forward to my next fix."
"Dianne writes in such a way you feel like your right there. As always looking forward to the next book in this great series."
"I love, love, love this author's cozy mysteries. What a wonderful journey this story was, a roller-coaster as usual, so vivid, so alive, such a thrilling read that I finished in one single sitting and only regretted that there was no more to this story. A masterpiece!"
Cuba - a land of classic cars, beautiful beaches, salsa music, and the best cigars in the world. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States start to improve, everyone wants a piece of the action. When Mike’s friend, Jack Trout, asks Kelly and Mike to join his wife and him on an exploratory trip to a Cuban island, it’s an invitation they can’t resist. Mike’s dream of fly fishing the saltwater flats on the exotic island is quickly replaced when he’s asked by the local constable to help solve the murder of a British fly fishing guide, Dudley Samms. Jack becomes a suspect and his wife, Carola, asks Kelly to help solve the crime.
Plenty of quirky characters have reasons to wish Dudley dead, but who killed him? The Englishman who is the head of one of the largest international banks in the world? The American with no visible means of support, but who has plenty of money to fish all around the world? The victim’s wife? One of the Cuban fishing guides? Or was it Jack?
Who killed Randy Jones? Was it Dr. Rosenbaum, who would do anything to get the Native American artifacts he desperately needed to add to his collection? Was it Richard Sagebrush, a Native American whose one goal in life was to return stolen artifacts to their rightful tribes? Was it Randy’s son, Luke Peterson, who was still angry his father had abandoned him forty years ago? Was it Colin Sanders, who dealt in black market Native American artifacts? Or even Mary BirdSong, the woman who had lived for ten years with Randy in his rundown desert shack until one day, without any explanation, he kicked her out?
Randy Jones was an old desert rat with a secret collection of Native American artifacts that was worth millions, but can you put a price on an illegal collection? That’s the dilemma Marty Morgan finds herself in when Randy asks her to appraise his collection, but the meeting leads to more than an appraisal – it becomes a meeting that ends in murder – Randy’s.
"Dianne's diverse background and travel makes these stories come alive, without the need to resort to gore on every page. A boatload of quirky characters spice up the story, which I am sworn not to reveal. Dianne's deft hand brings her characters to life"
"I love this mystery series and this novel is particularly enjoyable as the author takes us to Cuba for a change of scenery. A well-chosen location and another solid plot. The location is not the only thing that's great about it, though. Harman introduces another set of fabulous characters, memorable, original and excellent fun."
"I just love these short cozy mysteries that Ms Harman writes. This one is sport fishing and is so good plus she brings in a 4 legged pet that really is a hit in the story.This is one that can be read cover to cover in a few hours and it is well worth it as it is in this case a big whopper of a fish. Fish on as they say."
Marty Morgan is a recently divorced antique and art appraiser who moves from the Midwest to live with her sister in High Desert, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Since their early childhood days, her sister has always possessed unexplained psychic abilities that often enable her to predict future events.
An antique appraisal in the home of a recently murdered woman puts Marty at the center of a search for the killer. Who did it? The woman’s son? The well-known collector of antique Meissen china? A professional art and antique thief? The owner of Mai Tai Mama’s Restaurant? And just what part did the collection of Meissen Monkey Band figurines play in the murder? Detective Jeff Combs is just as determined to develop a relationship with Marty and her dog Duke as he is to solve the crime. Will the psychic abilities of Marty’s sister help her find the killer or will Marty be able to do it all by herself?
The time has finally come for Liz Lucas, the owner of The Red Cedar Spa, and her long-time boyfriend, Roger Langley, a criminal defense attorney, to get married. What’s not to be happy about that? Well, for starters Roger’s best friend Bob Salazar’s sister-in-law, Laura, is murdered at Cindy’s Bed & Breakfast during the wedding reception. Definitely not a good thing to have happen on your wedding day.
There are plenty of quirky suspects - the wealthy rancher who’s still in love with Bob’s wife, the smarmy minister who ran against Bob for county supervisor in the recent election, the estranged stepmother of Bob’s wife, Laura’s drug-addicted ex-husband, and Bob’s ex-girlfriend whose family has strong Mafia ties.
Join Liz, Roger, and their dog Winston, as they search for the killer. As always, there are recipes, dogs, and good food. Enjoy!
"Love Dianne Harman's books. Her characters are fun and interesting, they develop more in each book. Love the dogs in her stories, always there to help their owners. Good recipes, too. Can't wait for her next one to come out as soon as I finish reading each current one. She has several series and I have read them all."
"Great series. Dianne gives us a page turner, I didn't want to put it down. Several suspects, and a lot of history on each. Mystery solved, as well as ending information on other suspects involved. Some authors give us history on characters, but fail to let us know how each one turned out. The recipes at the end of each of Dianne's books are delicious"
"This addition to Harman's Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series is a page-turning who-dun-it. The story is filled with everything I love - interesting characters, suspects galore, and yummy recipes, too. The story plays out in tantalizing fashion. This is another winner from Dianne Harman."
Seth Williams, the bumbling and incompetent police chief of Red Cedar, calls Liz Lucas and asks her to help him solve the murder of his deputy, Leroy. He’s worried he might be a suspect because Leroy was going to run against him in the upcoming police chief election. His alibi is that he was getting a tarot card reading from Madame Dika, but she vehemently denies the reading.
Who killed Leroy? Was it Madame Dika, who had served time for a psychic scam involving jewelry? Her brother, Anton, who has ties to a Southeastern European stolen credit card ring? Tom Rice, an ex-felon who had been in prison for wife-beating? Donna, Leroy’s ex-wife, who wants to get the back alimony Leroy owed her by making a claim against his life insurance. Or Ratface, Leroy’s bookie?
Cooking is nourishing. Murder isn’t. Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a belated honeymoon and travel to a cooking school at the Castello di Nardo in Tuscany. The day after they arrive, they discover that Signora Nardo, the owner of the cooking school, has been murdered.
Several people wanted the Signora dead, including her brother, Salvadore, her lover, Giovanni, her lover’s wife, Angelica, the Signora’s husband, a rival cooking school owner, and her sister-in-law, who happens to be the resident chef at the cooking school. Identifying suspects isn’t the problem – finding out which of the suspects killed the Signora is.
Follow Kelly, Mike, and her new four-legged furry friend, Caesar, while they solve the murder.
"Dianne Harman is the queen of cozy mysteries. Time after time she knows exactly what her readers want. The Cedar Bay series is one those series that once you have read one...you are hooked. This book is no different. I 'devoured' over a weekend; now I can't stop thinking what next for Kelly and Mike!"
"Another great mystery from Dianna Harman. I love reading her mysteries she is really a good writer. I recommend this who likes a short story "
"A very enjoyable read. The book became quite addicting, and by midway I couldn't put it down. What a great idea for a series of Cozy Mysteries with a little bit of the mystic and romance thrown in for good measure. The storyline is excellent and keeps you guessing all the way through so you'll jump from suspect to suspect. Definitely a recommended read to anyone who enjoys a good murder-mystery."
Liz Lucas, the owner of the Red Cedar Spa, hires an intern from the local high school to help her prepare the family style meals served to guests at the lodge. Driving home from the lodge only days before graduation his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean. Was it suicide or murder?
Liz, along with her trusty dog, Winston, sets out to find the killer, because it’s too big of a task for the bumbling inept local police chief. Was it the high school computer genius, Nerdy Birdie? Brent, who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin, the quarterback’s girlfriend? Clamhammer, the gangster from San Francisco’s Chinatown? Or Nerdy’s mother, the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club?
Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a trip to the small town of Calico Gold, California, upon receiving an SOS from his elderly Aunt Agnes.
The day after, Mike finds out Aunt Agnes has made him the sole beneficiary of her large estate, including the Robertson Ranch and the beautiful Queen Anne house on it, she’s murdered.
Aunt Agnes was revered by many of the town residents, but she had her enemies as well. Did a local judge, a real estate developer, a nearby rancher next whose cattle desperately need water from Aunt Agnes’ property, a Vietnam vet who’s recently been evicted from the shack on her property or Mike’s newly discovered cousin murder her?
"Dianne writes the most entertaining books, and Calico Gold is no exception. Wonderful mystery with Sheriff Mike and Kelley, with such great scenery on a ranch, no less. Grab a comfy chair, a glass of wine and enjoy. I have read all the Cedar Bar Cozy Mysteries and not been bored once. But please read them in order, as you miss so much history from book #1."
" I loved the way, the storyline and the description of the characters and scenery drew me into wanting to read more. It is difficult to put down. A bonus is that you can make the recipes when you've finished the book, or while you're reading it again.
I came into the series at book six, but I don't think that diminished the story."
"This was a very good and entertaining read. Just the right thing for a summer afternoon! Fun animals and quick resolution."
Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has reluctantly agreed to cater a dinner party for her friend Sophie Marchant in Portland’s popular Pearl District. The guest of honor, Donatella DeLuca, is a famous chef and owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Mangia! Mangia!
The day after the dinner party Donatella is found murdered. Who did it? The arrogant newspaper food critic? The sous chef at Mangia! Mangia!? The beautiful ex-wife of the television station owner who was going to produce Donatella’s new TV show, Dining with Donatella? The French chef whose nationality is questionable? Or the deranged “hostess with the mostest?”
Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, along with reluctant advice from her husband, Sheriff Mike, as they try to discover who murdered Donatella and why. This is the fifth book in the best-selling Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. As always, mouth-watering recipes are included! Dianne has been recognized by Amazon as being one of their best-selling authors. To find out more visit her web site at www.DianneHarman.com
Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.
What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.
In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.
Dianne is the author of two best-selling series - the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Coyote Series. This is the first book in her new “Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.” Her books have won numerous honors, and she has been recognized by Amazon as one of its best-selling authors.
"This book really surprised me. It was delightful and is well written, and keeps your interest from page one to the end."
"I gave this fast reading cozy mystery five stars. What a fun read. I highly recommend it."
Carolyn Injoy Hertz
"Another great series by this author. As usual her book is full of colorful characters and her female sleuth is not an airhead. The Chief of Police is a little bit over the top but in some small towns that is common."
"This book had a true mystery along with start of romance. I hope there will be a sequel to the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery. I also like the recipes."
"I have enjoyed reading a couple of the “Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery” books. So when I came across another book in this series I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. Liz again has to solve a mystery murder with the help of her trusty dog Brandy Boy. This story is as exciting as any of the others in the series."
What could possibly go wrong at a beautiful Oregon vineyard overlooking the ocean? Could the White Cloud Retreat Center on the vineyard, run by a world famous Buddhist Zen Master hold a deep, dark secret? Murder, for one thing, but who could possibly have a motive for killing the beloved Zen Master?
Solving the mystery is the job of Sheriff Mike, ably assisted by his soon-to-be-wife, Kelly, an amateur sleuth, and their two dogs, Rebel and Lady. The vineyard is famous for its White Cloud Pinot Noir wines and the coffee shop that Kelly owns, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, is equally popular with customers looking for good food. This is the third book in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series.
After a long courtship, Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and Mike, the county sheriff, finally get married. Their honeymoon is cut short when Jesse, the owner of the local wine store called 'The Crush' gets murdered. Why would anyone want to murder Jesse, a likeable and legendary wine expert?
There are a number of suspects including his ex-wife, an alcoholic who hates liquor stores, a Mafia hit man, a wealthy French woman, two winemaking brothers, and even his sister. But who did it? Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs, Rebel and Lady, as they seek to find the killer. Along the way, you’ll find lots of good food and mouth-watering recipes.
"Dianne Harman is a very talented writer. She keeps you guessing and entirely on the edge of your seat. Her Cedar Bay Cove mysteries are top notch. You will not be disappointed when reading her books! Plus you get the added bonus of recipes from Kelly's at the end. I will definitely buy more of her books!"
"I wish you could find it in your heart to write more of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries. If you readers have not read this series, you dont know what your missing. Get all three books. I know you will fully enjoy them"
"I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Cedar Bay Cozy mysteries. Thank you Dianne for putting together GREAT stories and wonderful recipies! What could be better. You will not be disappointed. Got any more?"
Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She usually stood at the door of the Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.
The residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for good food and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. They can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but who did it?
Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is.
Was it the environmental activist enamored with spotted owls, someone from the local Native American tribe, Jeff’s son, Jeff’s wife, or his wife’s lover? Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her fiancé, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try and catch the person who killed Jeff Black.
Well, it’s not as if no one wanted Jeff dead. He had enemies. There were a lot of people who didn’t want to see his property turned into a commercial hotel and spa. Finding suspects won’t be hard to do, but finding out who killed him will be. No one would ever nominate Jeff for the “Most Popular Citizen Award.” This is going to be a nightmare for Mike. I wonder how I can help him, Kelly thought.
"Dianne Harman is a very talented writer. She keeps you guessing and entirely on the edge of your seat. Her Cedar Bay Cove mysteries are top notch. You will not be disappointed when reading her books! Plus you get the added bonus of recipes from Kelly's at the end. I will definitely buy more of her books!"
"I love novels that I can't predict the ending early on. I'm thrilled that I found A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series and I will be grabbing the second book soon to continue my love of the genre."
"It's got a great plot, simmering suspense and enough character depth & charm to make it so truly 'cozy'."
Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you’d invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize?
An Award Winning Best Seller, Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category as well as a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month.
Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties in all of us.
What happens when the very beautiful and sexy Maria brooks, now Elena Johnson, a woman hiding out in Provence, France from the California legal authorities, meets Jordan Kramer, a handsome art theft detective from Los Angeles? He’s looking for stolen California paintings reportedly for sale in Provence. She’s trying to stay under the radar.
Will Jordan find Pierre, the French chef who’s suspected of being the art thief? And who are the young Afghan girls hiding out in his parents’ barn?
If you liked Dianne Harman’s award winning first novel, Blue Coyote Motel, you’re going to love Coyote In Provence.
Dianne Harman’s third and final book in the Coyote series, Cornered Coyote, is a throbbing tale of love, courage and passion. The frailties of human nature are deftly brought into the spotlight, as insecurity, jealousy, hatred, contempt and xenophobia rear their ugly head from time to time.
Follow the loveable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers' favorite), as he tries to save Maria's sweet ass from seemingly insurmountable odds.
Riveting action and fascinating characters combine to make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
"Grisham and Connelly Watch Out
'cause there's a new kid on the block. Dianne Harman makes her mark in a highly competitive suspense-thriller niche."
"Fascinating read filled with mystery and suspense. Harman has a very nice, flowing style to her work that makes you want to keep reading. This is the first book in the series. I've already read #2 and am looking forward to starting the third soon."
"Fast-paced, exciting, steamy, full of surprises - all describe 'Cornered Coyote,' the third book in Dianne Harman's trilogy. It brings our favorite characters back to the United States and takes the action to several U.S. cities. Throughout the book, Slade Kelly, the colorful detective we know and love, plays a major role and comes up with some surprises of his own."