USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton brings the third installment in her popular pet-sleuthing mystery series. Charlie Parker returns from her Hawaiian vacation to find her older brother Ron involved with a much younger woman. The more Charlie sees of cute Vicky, the more she realizes how deceitful Ron’s new love is. Is it simply a case of male mid-life crisis, or is there something more devious going on? Meanwhile, Charlie doesn’t have much time to ponder Ron’s problems. Her friend Sharon Ortega is a partner in a restaurant business with David Ruiz. When David turns up dead, an apparent suicide, Sharon comes to Charlie for help. Sharon’s problem is a double-edged sword. If he did kill himself, David’s life insurance won’t pay and Sharon will probably lose the restaurant because she can’t afford to hire a replacement. But if he didn’t kill himself, then it was murder, and Sharon could very well find herself a suspect. Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, partner up to work on the case, a move that ultimately puts them both in danger. “Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review “Shelton again has done a superb job.” -- Albuquerque Journal
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Partnerships Can Be Murder (originally published as Partnerships Can Kill) is the third book in my Charlie Parker series and the book which gave me a chance to really flesh out many of the secondary characters that would reappear in nearly every book. Charlie's older brother Ron, and his surprising relationship with the young girlfriend, is one example.
The plotline of this book was taken from a very short snippet of a news story that I happened to catch on the local TV news one evening. Without including a spoiler, I'll just say that I never learned how the original story was resolved. The circumstances in the book came purely from my imagination. I mention it now because people often ask where we writers get our ideas. And now you know.
Connie Shelton is a lifelong mystery fan who wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. Now she relives her mystery fantasies through her Charlie Parker series. In addition to writing the series, she has served as president of her local writers group, is active in Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of directors of Small Publishers Association of North America. She is also a frequent speaker at writing and publishing conferences. She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, author and helicopter pilot Dan Shelton.
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