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Slightly Murderous Intent

Slightly Murderous Intent

Book 4: Southern California Mysteries

There’s a shooter on the loose who keeps missing his target. But that doesn’t stop him from trying again…and again. It’s up to Corrie Locke, rookie lawyer and spunky sleuth, to find the gunman before he hits his mark, Assistant Deputy D.A. James Zachary, Corrie’s hunky and complicated frenemy.

When Corrie is stuck with more questions than answers, she enlists a team with various strengths, weapons and cooking skills, to help her find the shooter. Her computer whiz boyfriend Michael is onboard. So is former security guard Veera. Toss in an over-the-hill informant and a couple of feuding celebrity chefs and Corrie’s got her very own A-Team. Okay, maybe it’s more like a B-Team.

Can Team Corrie hunt down the shooter before he scores a bulls-eye?

Selected as a 2021 Silver Falchion Award Finalist (Humor)   

And as one of Kings River Life Magazine’s Top 2020 Mystery Books!

Jaunty banter, Corrie and Veera’s laugh-inducing escapades, and a genuinely compelling plot makes this a welcome blend of adventure, humor, and romance~Kings River Life Magazine

Slightly Murderous Intent…is in the same vein as Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series with a snarky heroine who is fully capable of standing up for herself and backing up her wise-cracking mouth. ~ Tim Suddeth,  Killer Nashville

Slightly Murderous Intent is a quirky mystery with plenty of twists and turns to throw you off the scent of the real culprit.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

With nonstop action and twists galore, Slightly Murderous Intent kept me entertained from beginning to end. Corrie’s a delightful protagonist with a can-do attitude and a closet full of weaponry, which kept me wondering which trick she’d pull out of the bag next.
~Mysteries with Character

Narrated in a light conversational tone, this well-written, fast-paced mystery made for an entertaining read.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

  • I was hooked and know that I wanted to read more of this series 
  • This fast-paced mystery is full of plot twists and red herrings 
  • …a mystery that gave me a Stephanie Plum vibe (those books are my guilty pleasure)   
  • The twists and turns keep you turning pages! 
  • I absolutely loved this one. The mystery, the plot, the setting, everything worked for me!  ~ Partners in Crime December 2020 Book Tour


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Murder: Double or Nothing

Murder: Double or Nothing

Book 3: Southern California Mysteries

Corrie Locke, newbie lawyer and daughter of a late, great PI, is learning the ropes at the Hollywood movie studio where she works–and where things are never what they seem. Life imitates art when a fictional murder attempt turns real–right before her very eyes.

With more than a little help from friends and a crazy movie legend, Corrie trips down a trail littered with wisecracks, mysterious messages, and marginally legal maneuvers to track down the killer. Meanwhile, clues keep disappearing and Corrie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics keep escalating. Will her impromptu sleuthing skills be enough to catch the mysterious assailant before he takes her down?

“…quirky, edgy and funny.”

– Kerry Greenwood, Author of the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series

“A marvelous and mysterious trip through the craziness of Hollywood with a wide range of fascinating characters…a wonderful sleuthing adventure.”

– M. Glenda Rosen, Author of the Senior Sleuth Mysteries

“I highly recommend this cozy mystery to anyone who enjoys a feisty heroine with laugh out loud sidekicks.”

– Kings River Life magazine




Thank you for visiting my cyber home!

At nine-years-old, I turned into girl detective, after overdosing on Nancy Drew books. I cracked my first case – The Mystery of the Missing Pet Turtle – and continued case-cracking until my college days. Now I write my own soft-boiled mysteries starring Corrie Locke, a newly minted lawyer with thick, mostly manageable hair, a partially furnished beach pad, covert access to a high-end wardrobe, and a dream job in a movie studio. The buzz-kill? She’s the daughter of a late, great private eye, and together they solved a few hard-to-crack cases, which makes everyone assume she’s inherited Dad’s sweet sleuthing skills. But has she?

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