Not all widows are elderly…and not all ladies are proper.
If one more person gives Rosemary Lillywhite unwanted advice on when to stop mourning the loss of her beloved husband, she fears she will lose control of her sensibilities. All she wants is to be left alone to drown her misery in a glass of gin and tonic, but when Grace Barton knocks on the door of her dead husband’s investigative office, Rosemary faces a choice: come out of hiding or turn away someone in need of help.
As Grace recounts her tale of intrigue, Rosemary discovers a shared connection with the woman that has her accepting an invitation she’d just as soon turn down. With her best friend—bright young thing Vera Blackburn—by her side, Rosemary trades her widow weeds for a party dress and heads to a fancy do at Barton Manor. The drinks flow freely, but there’s an undercurrent of unease until finally, the night ends in murder—one in which Rosemary’s brother becomes the prime suspect!
What’s worse, the handsome chief inspector on the case is a man she knows well: he was her husband’s best mate, and he takes a dim view of lady detectives—or perhaps just of Rosemary becoming one.
What will it take for Rosemary to solve the crime before her brother hangs for a murder he didn’t commit?
Listen to Chapter 9 of the audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Caren Naess.View Book
How well do you ever really know your neighbors?
During the five years Rosemary has lived next door to Dr. Redberry and his wife, they’ve barely exchanged more than occasional pleasantries. So when she starts hearing raised voices through the adjoining townhouse walls, she can only guess that their marriage is in trouble. It’s none of Rosemary’s business, so she pretends not to notice, but when she sees Mrs. Redberry sobbing uncontrollably she can’t simply turn a blind eye. Somehow, Rosemary ends up attending her best friend, actress Vera Blackburn’s latest play alongside the couple–and it turns out to be more enjoyable than she’d expected.
Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished, and when a dead body turns up in Dr. Redberry’s dental chair, she finds herself being pulled even further into her neighbor’s affairs—and cursing her soft heart! The only thing is, she and her friends are supposed to be leaving for a holiday in sunny Cyprus—not sifting through evidence a stone’s throw from home. With romantic feelings for her late husband’s best mate, detective Max Whittington, bubbling to the surface, nobody needs to get away as much as Rosemary does!
Yet, she can’t escape the visceral need to see justice served, so sun and sand will have to wait as this lady detective takes the case of the murder next door.
Sun, sand, and of course–murder.
At long last, lady detective Rosemary Lillywhite and her best friend Vera are on their way to a much-needed holiday, and they’re not traveling alone. Rosemary’s impish brother, Frederick, on sabbatical from work at their father’s company, wouldn’t dream of missing out on a tropical getaway—or or the chance to push his sister’s buttons!
To that end, Frederick invites his longtime chum—Rosemary’s childhood crush, Desmond Cooper—along for the trip. If a little romance mends her broken heart, so much the better. Except, Rosemary has already begun to find interest in another man—dashing detective Max Whittington, who isn’t thrilled about being left behind in London while she gallivants about in sunny Cyprus.
The Aphrodite Sands hotel seems like the perfect place to relax and forget her troubles, but unfortunately death seems to follow Rosemary wherever she goes—even as far as the Isle of Love. When another body turns up, she’s compelled to find the culprit, especially if it means putting romance on the back burner. The only problem is, both Max and Desmond have their eyes on the prize, and neither are willing to let sleeping dogs lie.
Rosemary will have to decide which burns brighter—a new match or an old flame.
Some people are simply asking to be murdered.
Rosemary Lillywhite has had a lot on her tea tray: murder, intrigue, and three men vying for her affections. When her mother, Evelyn, calls and pleads with her to help put on a country garden club fête, Rosemary begrudgingly agrees. After all, she can’t leave poor Vera to her own devices—not when Evelyn has so staunchly objected to the match between Vera and Rosemary’s brother, Frederick.
As it turns out, Evelyn doesn’t approve of Rosemary’s romantic interests either—and she’s only made the event more awkward by inviting her preferred choice of suitor to the fête! Furthermore, the garden club is filled with a group of Rosemary and Vera’s school chums—an assortment of sour ladies they both would have preferred never to see again. If she’d known one of them was going to meet her end in Evelyn’s back garden, Rosemary might have declined her mother’s invitation and let Vera fend for herself!
Now that murder has rocked the sleepy country village of Pardington and ruined the garden club event, Rosemary must bail her mother out of a jam—all while trying to juggle three men and mitigate Evelyn’s imminent nervous breakdown!
Can it really be called murder when there’s no dead body?
Rosemary Lillywhite is over the moon about her budding romance with handsome detective inspector Max Whittington, and she can hardly wait for their first official date! When she’s invited to an art exhibition opening, Rosemary thinks a night out on the town in London will be just the ticket.
What she doesn’t expect is to run into one of Max’s old flames, or to get caught up in another murder investigation.
Then, the gallery owner disappears, and Aurora Kingsley calls on Max to solve the case and find her missing lover. With no choice but to investigate, Max agrees, this time bringing Rosemary along for the ride. The only trouble is, it doesn’t seem like there’s been a crime committed at all, and Rosemary begins to wonder if Aurora isn’t just out to rekindle her romance with Max!
Rosemary is determined to close the case and eliminate the threat to her love life, but will she be able to do it before sparks fly?
This time, there’s no doubt about it: somebody is dead.
A mass murderer is on the loose in London, but lady detective Rosemary Lillywhite has bigger problems. With the perfect wedding dress just out of reach, her best friend, Vera, is planning a rushed elopement with Rosemary’s brother, Frederick. Unfortunately, Rosemary knows her mother, Evelyn, will have a conniption when she hears the news! Hoping to avoid a disaster, she vows to change Vera’s mind and sets about acquiring the coveted gown before it’s too late.
But then, Rosemary’s beloved butler, Wadsworth, is caught standing over a dead body—quite literally red-handed—and she must dive into his past to find the key to his innocence. What Rosemary discovers is that Wadsworth was more closely connected to her late husband than she’d ever realized—and they’re both tied to the headline-making mass murderer Garrison Black! Now, her budding relationship with detective inspector Max Whittington will have to move to the backburner while they prove Wadsworth didn’t pull the trigger.
In the midst of a crisis, will Rosemary convince Vera and Frederick to reconsider their elopement before Evelyn’s head explodes?
Marriage can be murder.
Rosemary Lillywhite can’t wait for her brother, Frederick, and her best friend, Vera, to tie the knot. She’s over the moon they’ve finally caved in and admitted their love for one another—but even more than that, she wants them out of her too-crowded townhouse! The long-awaited—and excessively lavish—country wedding is slated to take place in Pardington in one week’s time, and when an ominous warning arrives Rosemary is relieved she’ll be out of harm’s way.
The only problem is that wherever she goes, murder isn’t far behind. When a key member of the wedding party turns up dead, Vera insists she turn her back on the case—and for once, Rosemary is content to let the police do their jobs. Unfortunately, sleeping dogs don’t always lie, especially when there are secrets to be revealed, and Rosemary has no choice but to try to find the killer.
After all, who would be so brazen to commit a murder at the vicarage, and how far will they go to ensure nobody learns the truth?
Murder is for the crows.
There’s a mass murderer loose on the streets of London, and he’s dead set on making Rosemary Lillywhite his next victim. After receiving a second threat, she should have gone straight to her chief inspector beau, Max Whittington—but Rosemary is sick and tired of being treated like she’s made of glass. How many murder investigations does a lady detective need to solve to earn a little respect?
Rosemary wishes she hadn’t asked that question when another dead body turns up—this time, on her own doorstep—and the papers insinuate she’s the responsible party. In order to clear her name, Rosemary will have to delve deep in to a murderer’s sordid past. She’ll also have to continue keeping secrets—no matter what it does to her relationship with Max.
Now, everyone’s a suspect in a case that’s even more twisted than murder.
Caution: rough waters ahead!
Let’s sail to America, Desmond suggested. It will be fun, he promised. Except, no matter where Rosemary goes, murder seems to follow—even in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
The journey was supposed to be part of the adventure, and what could be more fun than a few days aboard a veritable floating palace? Except Rosemary should have known it wouldn’t be all fun and games. She should have known bunking across the hall from a murder mystery author would come to no good. She should have followed her mother’s advice and stayed safely on dry land!
It doesn’t take long for our intrepid sleuth to stumble onto another dead body, and even less time for her to figure out it wasn’t just an accident: it was murder. Now, Rosemary is surrounded by would-be sleuths, and time is running out. If she doesn’t solve the case before the boat docks in New York, a murderer will go free!
Join Rosemary and her friends for a new mystery as they confront evil on the high seas.
1920’s New York City
Desmond Cooper is nursing a broken heart. He’s so distraught, in fact, that his arrival in the Big Apple doesn’t go as planned. Instead of living it up at The Plaza Hotel, he ends up wandering around a bad part of town and stumbling over a dead body!
Enter feisty speakeasy proprietor Imogene, a woman unlike any Desmond has ever met. She wields a pistol, drinks whisky out of a teacup, and won’t settle for anything less than the truth about the murder–even if it means discovering one of her closest friends is the killer.
Will she mend Desmond’s heart in the process, or leave him wondering why out of all the juice joints in the city, he had to wander into hers?
A cozy historical mystery set in Prohibition-era New York, Half Seas Over features characters from the Red Door Speakeasy Mysteries as well as the Mrs. Lillywhite Investigates Mysteries.
When she’s good, she’s very good; but when she’s bad, she’s better.
1920’s New York City
Imogene knows a lot about life, love, and liquor–bootleg liquor, that is. The Red Door used to be just an antiquities shop, and she used to be a just regular woman. That was before she started running a speakeasy–and running rum.
It was also before dead bodies started piling up on her doorstep.
Now, this Whisper Sister is stuck trying to find out whodunnit while slinging giggle water, juggling gangsters, and trying not to take any wooden nickels.
Join Imogene for a drink at the Red Door Speakeasy but remember–no snitches allowed!
A cozy historical mystery series set in Prohibition-era New York, The Red Door Speakeasy Mysteries is perfect for anyone who loves murder, female sleuths, and vintage cocktails.
**The Red Door Speakeasy Mysteries including Larry Sent Me will be postponed until further notice.
A Mrs. Lillywhite Investigates Novella
In this prequel to The Case at Barton Manor, Rosemary Lillywhite solves her first case.
When Rosemary receives an unexpected gift on Valentine’s day, a gift that was not meant for her, she sets out to solve the mystery of the mistaken delivery.
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