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Stardom Can Be Murder (Charlie Parker Mysteries Book 12)

Stardom Can Be Murder (Charlie Parker Mysteries Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

Connie Shelton
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“Connie Shelton has another winner.” –The Book Report
"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review

It’s a terrible case of mistaken identity when a gang of bank robbers think that Charlie is a famous movie star. Disappointed with their take from the bank, they decide that a hefty ransom will be their ticket to riches. But what will happen when the real star steps forward? Charlie knows that only her wits will save her from this band of desperate men.

Meanwhile, in a race against the clock, Charlie's husband Drake is working with the FBI and local authorities to get Charlie back before her captors realize their mistake.

Praise for Connie Shelton's previous books:

“Shelton again has done a superb job.” –Albuquerque Journal

“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth.” –Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Connie Shelton is the bestselling author of twelve books and a novella in the Charlie Parker mystery series and two books in her 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. She resides in northern New Mexico.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 892 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615479898
  • Publisher: Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing Group (20 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the Charlie Parker 3 April 2014
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This was not the best of the Charlie Parker mysteries I have read it was only the continuing story of Charlie's life that got me through to the end. I don't suppose every story line can be strong. Will try the next and see how it goes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author 25 Feb 2014
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Have read many of Connie Sheltons book, they seem to get better and better. The Charlie Parker series has been a dream, a confident main character female with great story lines excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stardom can be murder 12 Dec 2013
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Just finished the last of the great Charlie Parker mystery series, after reading all of Connie Sheltons Sweet mystery series. Still got the Christmas one to go, all very good, all different, but all following on, where you can relate to characters involved. I hope she will write lots more, as I have enjoyed and found difficult to put down every single one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Parker 14 April 2012
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Connie Shelton-what a girl!! This book is so different from the other 11.
Charlie is kidnapped during a bank holdup when she is taken hostage and the robbers think that she is a famous actress who will be worth a lot of money.
The author keeps the tension going on every page so that you can't put the book down.
In the other books Charlie investigates crimes & problems. They are all so different & enjoyable with the characters interplay & the descriptions of various places in New Mexico, so much so that you feel part of the whole scene.
With this book the interplay is still there between the robbers & Charlie & Charlie's attempts to find a way to get free are very exciting.
When she is free there is another twist,again exciting but not to be revealed here!!
This Charlie Parker series is a real find & I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Can't wait for the next one.
One other point for which I admire Connie tremendously is that in each book she keeps the tension crackling without finding it necessary to use foul language as so many modern authors do.It just shows that really good writing is all that is necessary. After all, great writers like Agatha Christie never did.
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Drake is flying a film crew and she is worried that their cheque might not cash so after seeing her youngest brother and his family off at the airport she decides to go straight to the bank to deposit their cheque.

Whilst at the bank counter a couple of robbers walk into the bank demanding money off the cashiers, the one counter Charlie is as manages to push the alarm button.

The robbers grab a few bags of money but then decide to take Charlie hostage with them.

They sped off in their red truck to go one of their girlfriends house to change cars but when they get there she isn't there and they guess that she has gone to her mothers house.

They drive there and then change from the truck to a car but one of the robbers kill then two women at the house.

Charlie's husband Drake and brother Ron (who she works with at his P. I. business), they feel so useless, but do manage to find out some information which they hand over the the detective running the case alongside his FBI counter part.

More twists and turns through out the story but don't want to spoil it for you but have to add that when you think it's over but it isn't not yet.
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