George Washington Stepped Here – now available in ebook
For years after her divorce, Karen Maxwell handled administrative paperwork for her brother’s private investigation agency while he ran around town doing the “fun” part—the investigation. When his partner retires, he finally offers her a chance to take a case of her own. She soon finds out why.
The assignment involves the theft of the local historical society’s most treasured artifact, and her brother figures everyone involved is a little crazy. While Karen poses as a volunteer at the site to catch the thief, she meets a host of dedicated historical re-enactors, one of whom happens to be tall, handsome and unmarried. Unfortunately, he is also a prime suspect.
And not only does she have to spend her Saturdays running around in funny clothes, she has to somehow get her kids to go along with it, too.
“Hays has penned a very likeable, funny character in Karen, and mixed suspense with an enjoyable romance. The family dynamic between Karen and her children is so realistic it is priceless.”
–Susan Sleeman, The Suspense Zone
“I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!
George Washington Stepped Here is a delightfully funny who-done-it.”
–Debra Gaynor, ReviewYourBook.com
From Heartsong Presents Mysteries/Barbour Books
June 2008, ISBN# 978-1-59789-594-1 (out of print)
Paintings slashed… Furniture broken… Someone is wreaking havoc at the Blue Moon Art & Antiques Gallery.
Fledgling private investigator Karen Maxwell goes undercover as a salesclerk to find out who’s behind the vandalism, and why. She learns little from Vicki, a friendly clerk who seems interested only in rearranging pictures to display them—and her designer clothes and sports car—to maximum advantage. Eric, the shop’s surly, tight-lipped porter, would run over her with a hand truck before he’d answer any questions. The guilt may even lay with the shop owners themselves, despite the fact that they’re the ones who hired her.
Karen’s investigation seems to be going nowhere—just like her once-promising relationship with Brian, the handsome blacksmith who could sweep her off her feet in a minute… if he’d ever take a break from working with the church youth group. Frustration mounts as her dreams of romantic evenings turn into endless rehearsals for the church Christmas play.
If Karen can’t crack the case soon, she may find herself busted back to plain, old office manager, her dreams of a career as a private investigator—and a life with Brian—as old and busted as the Blue Moon’s vandalized antiques.
“Worth Its Weight in Old is a fun, fast-reading mystery.”
–Betty, Mysterious Reviews
New ebook version is now available on Smashwords and coming soon to Amazon
from Heartsong Presents Mysteries/Barbour Books
December 2008, ISBN# 978-1-60260-131-4 (out of print)
What really happened in Oz? This modern retelling of a classic tale of fantasy and friendship gives the story from the ground up. Toto guards his pet girl Dorothy as they face tiger-bears, killer bees and monkeys with really bad breath.
“This is Oz as you’ve never seen it before! Dorothy never would have made it back without Toto’s help.”
–Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie
from Zumaya Thresholds
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