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Deadly Gamble (Charlie Parker Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Connie Shelton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal

"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

In this debut mystery series novel, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie retrieves the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.

Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.

Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.

Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:
"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views

"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News

"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review

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From the Publisher

The First Charlie Parker Mystery
Albuquerque accountant Charlie Parker doesn't want to be an investigator. She's a partner with her brother in a private investigation firm, and she's only supposed to handle the financial matters. But when Stacy North needs to locate her missing Rolex watch, Charlie agrees to help. When it turns out that Stacy was seeing another man, and when that man is found murdered, things really heat up. Stacy is accused of the murder and Charlie feels she must try to find the real killer.

"An impressive debut mystery."--The Albuquerque Journal

"An auspicious debut!"--I Love a Mystery

"This is a well-plotted debut mystery with a nice surprise ending and some excellent characterizations."--Booklist

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!"--Book Talk

About the Author

Connie Shelton is the author of the Amazon best-selling Charlie Parker mystery series, set in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also writes the new Samantha Sweet mystery series. She has taught writing--both fiction and nonfiction--and is the creator of the Novel In A Weekend writing course. Visit her website at

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group; Kindle edition (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OHD1WQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,661 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Having fun with my writing, and connecting with readers--that's what having a career as a mystery writer means to me. And I LOVE what I do!

I am from New Mexico, in the Southwestern U.S. and that is where my stories are set. It began in 1985 when I started writing my first novel, without much clue how to go about it. Two years and 500 pages later, when I finally typed 'The End,' I felt a huge rush of excitement. I entered the novel in the Southwest Writers annual contest and took third place. While that first book made the rounds of publishers, I started work on a second one. Seeing my books in print would take longer than anticipated but in 1991 I decided to take the plunge and write full-time. And I moved to Hawaii. This was also about the time I turned back to my first real love--mysteries. Although those first two novels have never been published, the experience of writing them provided wonderful practice for my craft and showed me that I did have the patience and endurance to complete novel-length work.

After publishing ten of my Charlie Parker mysteries, I decided to branch out with a second series and I created the character of Samantha Sweet. One of the ways in which I earned a little extra pocket money during my high school years was to bake and decorate cakes--hence, a career for Samantha based on my own experiences.

In 2009 I switched publishers and was off on a new adventure, seeing all of my books made available for Kindle and the other ebook devices that were just beginning to take off in the book world. It's been an exciting time in publishing and I'm loving the new formats and the ability to personally connect with readers all over the world via my newsletter and my website at

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Besides writing the Charlie Parker and Samantha Sweet mysteries, Connie is an award-winning essayist. Her work has been published in both small and major anthologies, like Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul, and her short stories have won several prizes. She has also been a commercial hot air balloon pilot and holds the women's world altitude record for size AX-4 balloons. She has been featured in Who's Who and The World Who's Who of Women. She and her husband live in northern New Mexico.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay ish 7 May 2012
By theresa
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I downloaded this book based on the reviews and was disappointed.

It was okay, but unlike another reviewer, I did skim read. I knew that I would not miss any important information, as the author kept on repeating herself. I just wanted to find out how it ended.

Apart from Charlie who is a very likeable character and her dog, I thought that we did not get to really know or care about the other characters. Not even her brother, who worked in the next office.

I will not be purchasing any more in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and not much of a mystery 21 Dec. 2013
By Nicklar
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Despite some other fairly bland reviews I downloaded this as a freebie in the hope that it would give me the start of a new series of books to get stuck into. Sadly, I have to agree with many of the other reviews - this is dull and predictable (I couldn't bear to read to the end so skipped forward and, yes, the baddy was the person that I thought it was). What little tension or mystery there is seems to be constantly destroyed by inane and unnecessary descriptions of Charlie's breakfast cereal and the mundane details of her morning routine - this adds nothing to the story. If you want to read some excellent books with a central character called Charlie Parker you can do no better than John Connolly's brilliant series which starts with "Every Dead Thing" - head and shoulders above this rather meaningless effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Gamble 26 Mar. 2012
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A very good read although the author spent a lot of time talking about too much irrelevant detail in my opinion and I kept thinking to myself, "Get on with the story." I am one of those readers who do not skip pages in the belief that each page has something to say.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading, I could not put it down!! 14 Nov. 2010
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I was sent this book by a friend who recommended Connie Shelton's books to me. It is always really exciting to find a new author whose work I enjoy and my friend was right, this book was right up my street. I could not put it down! If you like reading mystery novels this is a great book for you.

What I love is that there are so many more Connie Shelton books in the Charlie Parker series for me to read and I have already ordered the next book in the series, Vacations can be murder. Vacations Can Be Murder (Charlie Parker Mysteries) I will be putting the others on my Christmas wish list.

Charlie Parker is a likeable person and I look forward to seeing her skills as a sleuth develop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nosey Parker 10 April 2013
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Started slowly and did not look promising. Took a long time to get to the realm crime. Even then it was slow going and our heroine was looking a bit damp. However, about half way through it picked up and continued to accelerate to the finale from which we had been carefully re-elected. In the end it was as reasonable yarn.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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made a mistake in buying this as i thought it was the connelly charlie parker. wasnt that bad passed some spare time reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Parker 7 April 2012
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This Charlie Parker book sets the main characters for the ensuing series.
Charlie is the accountant with her brother,Ron, the PI.
However,when Ron is away Charlie can't help getting involved in a case where her married friend's boyfriend is murdered.
Charlie is a very engaging character with a very enquiring mind so you will like her enormously as she investigates.
This is an enjoyable mystery which will keep you guessing & not want to put the book down
I have read almost all the series & they are all different & exciting as well as most interesting because of the different locales which are described as part of the story & not just as a travelogue.
Connie Shelton is a great find as a mystery story teller.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh 18 Jan. 2013
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I did get through this book but wondered why I bothered. The main character is a little too unbelievable - trying to be friends with her ex best friend who ran off with her fiance. The main 'plot' involves her deciding to talk to one person in the case and then another, learning basically nothing each time. There is also a lot about the main characters' day-to-day life - eating breakfast, walking the dog etc all in great detail. There is no suspense and, at the end, she seems able to just shrug everything off. The book isn't offensive, it isn't terrible but it isn't that interesting either.
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