The Mysterious Doll
It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. The little sparks of romance between the two detectives, Amelia Moore and Rick Bonito, add to the mystery of this story.
“Amelia is a smart woman–one who definitely follows her hunches,” wrote Katie Watkins, Katies Clean Book Collection. “Rick is there to bring new ideas and ways of thinking into the partnership in order to help solve the cases. Rick and Amelia are attracted to one another and their relationship slowly develops over each passing book. There was a lot more romance between them in this one and it was very sweet to watch them interact with one another.”
Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series, Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.
“These stories always have a surprise ending and the culprit is always someone this reader never suspects! Once again the scenes and what the characters are feeling are well described so the readers feel like they are watching the story take place! I feel “The Mysterious Doll” is my favorite of the four books. Maybe because the ending totally caught me off guard.” —Debbie Curto, Dusty Deliberations
In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
“This has been my favorite book so far. I love how the story weaves effortlessly between their relationship and their case. Amelia’s getting more comfortable with Rick so his romantic side comes out more. There was more kissing and flirting between them in this book than there has been in other books (all clean) and I loved that, too! She’s also willing to be more adventurous with him and they do some creative things as they continue to work on their Bucket Lists. These books each stand on their own but if you want to watch Rick and Amelia’s relationship progress, it’s best to start with the first book and read them all!” —Melanie Valderrama, Mel’s Shelves
To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mysteriousdoll.html
“The mystery element was great! It moved along at a good pace and just when I thought I had it figured out at the end, a few twists were thrown in and I was at a loss once again.” —Katie Watkins, Katies Clean Book Collection
About the Author: Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. The Mysterious Doll (ISBN-13: 978-1502929143, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
Read about each book at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/samplechapters.html. E-book: $2.99 Here are the links for this cozy mystery: Barnes and Noble Amazon Smashwords. Hard copy: $12.95.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
This is a season of love and kindness, a time to show others that we care about them more than they realize. Why do we want to do better at Christmas time? I believe it stems from the Birth of the Savior. “He is the Gift” given to us from a loving Heavenly Father.
Russell M. Nelson said, “Christmas is a time of reflection on what we can become because of God’s sacred gift. As we discover the gift, we learn of the immeasurable love of God and our absolute need for a Savior. As we embrace the gift, we strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to become more like Him. As we share the gift, we follow in the Master’s footsteps, who invited all to hear His message.”
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The Missing Heir: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Many people have wondered what makes a cozy mystery. This type of mystery is meant to be a series of stories and the main character is usually a woman. A cozy always focuses on the main characters as they solve the case. As she investigates the mystery, you become part of her life and get to know her personally. It can be slow paced but not boring. This genre should always be G-rated.
In this series, Amelia Moore is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency and specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.
How do people feel about having a bit of romance in a mystery? Suko’s Notebook wrote:
“I love the sparks of romance — they spice things up and add much interest to the story.”
In this story, Dell Murphy has passed on and left a fortune to his nephew. He wants his nephew to continue his work at the orphanage in Mexico, but there is one problem. Neal Woods is missing! If Amelia and Rick can’t find him soon, the fortune will be turned over to Dell’s brother and sister who intend to close down “Uncle Dell’s Orphanage.” If that happens, where will the children go?
Library of Clean Reads wrote: “True to form, the author evokes a certain feeling for the country in which the mystery takes place. In this case, Mexico, replete with Mexican food, hot peppers, fiestas, and mariachi bands playing folk music!”
Read sample chapters at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
Hard copy: $12.95 (On sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $11.66)
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Fantasy has become one of the most popular genre, simply because you are taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this new series by Serena Clarke, we have an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.
Synopsis: Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?
Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters
Review: “The Treasure of Isian is captivating and has many twists and turns. It gives a new dimension to fantasy characters. It was difficult to put down. Not only is it a fantasy, but a sweet love story that can be enjoyed by young adult and adult alike. The devotion of Elani to her Prince was enjoyable, making the reader wonder when the Prince will see her as something more than a servant.” –Linda Weaver Clarke, Author
Synopsis: Isian decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?
Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters
Review: “I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Serena’s. I loved this book even more than the first one in the series. I am always intrigued by stories of arranged marriages and how they turn to marriages filled with love. These two characters had so much to overcome, coming from different cultures. Yet, they bravely took on the challenge because of the love they had for the people who they ruled over. There is plenty of action and intrigue in the storyline. I lost quite a bit of sleep reading way too late into the night. I love the characters. I want to know even more about their lives. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!” — Cheryl Larson
These books may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords. The Treasure of Isian and The Alliance of Isian are $2.99. Visit Serena’s website at http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/about-author and learn more.
There are many types of mysteries to choose from such as a cozy mystery, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or the thriller. What is the difference? A cozy is an enjoyable story with a bit of humor. It can be slow paced but not boring by any means. The sleuth is always an intelligent and likeable woman. This genre is G-rated and focuses on the characters.
A thriller has non-stop action and doesn’t let up until the climax of the story. The hard-boiled mystery has violence, plenty of action, and is R-rated. The soft-boiled mystery falls in the middle of the cozy and hard-boiled and has light humor.
The Amelia Moore Detective Series is closer to a cozy than the others but is not a “who-done-it” mystery. Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business partner, the agency is flourishing.
“Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. The Shamrock Case moves along quickly. It goes by way too fast and I’m already missing the characters.” –Socrates Book Review
When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?
Yvonne, Socrates Book Review, felt as if she had visited Ireland when she wrote: “The author paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Ireland. I feel as if I just returned from a trip to Ireland myself. I could easily see the greenery and magnificence of the country. With each book, Clarke introduces us to another exotic location. She definitely does her homework before she writes about these places. Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes.”
To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/shamrock.html
About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a new cozy mystery series.
The Shamrock Case (ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1499537574, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
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E-books available at both Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
THE BALI MYSTERY
Amelia Moore Detective Series
Cozy mysteries are in a genre of their own. Most are about solving a crime, but this series involves missing persons. This is a cozy mystery with a touch of romance. What is a “cozy” mystery? It should be a G-rated story with no swearing or sex. It has many twists and turns and must have very likeable characters so that it can be turned into a series. A cozy mystery focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman.
“I have yet to be disappointed reading a book by Linda Weaver Clarke! Her books are always fun to read! Character development is a key part of writing her stories. The plot always has a twist I didn’t see coming and The Bali Mystery does not disappoint! I know better than to start one of Linda’s books when I don’t have time to enjoy it! There is mystery, adventure, and romance all rolled into one.” –Review by Linda Badurek
In this cozy mystery Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing.
When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.
Cheryl Larson wrote: “Yes, there is intrigue and mysterious men in black tailing our heroine at every move. Her handsome partner Rick saves the day and teaches our heroine how to defend herself. I enjoyed this sweet mystery and want to go explore the tropical island of Bali on my own now.”
Read a Sample Chapter at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/bali.html
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