Thea Campbell’s horse, Blackie, has been stolen. When she finds him, she also finds the thief, Olympic hopeful Valerie Parsons. But Valerie is past caring about ruining her promising career. She’s dead, killed by a vicious blow to the head. At first, everyone assumes Blackie is responsible, though before long, blame shifts to Thea. As she pursues clues, determined to clear herself, she finds the victim had not only a talent for dressage, but a gift for making enemies. Convinced she’s discovered evidence to pin the crime on the real killer, she dutifully reports to the detective in charge. But Thea is wrong. As close to dead wrong as she ever wishes to get.
Word reaches Thea Campbell that the police are connecting her new love, Paul Hudson, to the murder of a university professor and the theft of valuable fossils from Seattle's Burke Museum. Certain of his innocence, particularly since he is hundreds of miles away on a paleontology dig, she contacts him only to have every question stonewalled. Now, damn him or save him, she must know the truth. But her inquiries are difficult to keep from watchful eyes.
An attempt on her life lands her in the hospital and family members, knowing nothing of the accusations against Paul, are terrified for her safety. Against her better judgment, she agrees to run to him for protection. What she finds in the dust hills of Montana is far from the hoped-for refuge. Not only is there more at stake than she has imagined, but a blood-price to pay for uncovering the levels of deception.
Thea Campbell's attempt to reconcile with her estranged friend Andrea takes an unexpected turn when Andrea's wealthy husband dies at the Puget Sound Dressage Society's annual awards banquet. When Andrea is arrested for her husband's murder Thea and boyfriend Paul Hudson must offer more than support -- they must find the real killer. The plea comes from an unexpected source: the detective who arrested her.
Thea and Paul agree, even with their own love affair faltering, to immerse themselves in the drama of warring business partners jockeying for control and slighted family members turned ruthless.
But they have become targets themselves. An old nemesis, capable of orchestrating the murder of Andrea's husband, has them squarely in his sights.
A human skeleton is the last thing Thea Campbell and fiancé Paul Hudson expect to find buried in their own yard. Neither do they expect the town of Snohomish, Washington to erupt with excitement over a fictional pirate treasure. This is obviously an old murder, and the police need to solve it.
Unfortunately, the disappearance of the bones hardly slows down local excitement as family and friends abandon any good sense they previously possessed. Some hold a séance, hoping for guidance to the treasure from the hereafter. Others take a more straightforward approach and dig up Thea's yard with an unwavering persistence.
Someone, however, has not forgotten the decades-old crime, and that someone wants all the evidence destroyed, no matter the cost.
Thea and Paul, drawn into the mystery by earthly and unearthly forces, are headed for a trap that, if sprung, could be their final rest.
When Thea Campbell’s veterinarian collapses after accidentally injecting himself with a horse vaccine, Thea rushes to his aid. Despite her best efforts, the much-loved vet dies. In the wake of this tragic fluke, Thea reconsiders her own cautious approach to relationships.
Life, Thea decides, might be shorter than you expect, and procrastination a death-bed regret.
She immediately accepts her best friend’s last-minute wedding invitation and embraces the planning of her own marriage to fiancé Paul Hudson.
However, on return from her friend’s wedding, Thea has little opportunity to pursue her new philosophy. Her veterinarian’s death has been ruled a murder, his young assistant arrested and accused of deliberately substituting euthanasia solution for the West Nile vaccine.
The only person to believe in her innocence is Thea’s sister Juliet. She intends to investigate and begs Thea for help. But Thea believes the case is closed and the police have arrest the right person. Besides, she intends to concentrate on planning her wedding.
However, the chilling fact is Thea was right about life being shorter than expected. Procrastination is not on the killer’s agenda.
Family: Can’t live with them … but, an uneasy alliance might be an option when murder is involved.
Thea and Paul have been married two months and have yet to tell his family. Now his parents have hit town with a vengeance and an agenda; give Paul’s beautiful ex-wife the opportunity to win him back and be a father to the sullen teenage boy she claims is his son.
Thea panics and Paul is staggered. However, in less time than it takes the single-minded seductress to shed a tear she is arrested for murder.
At her son’s insistence, Paul attempts to discover what happened. But all his inquiries are stonewalled. What little information has surfaced causes Paul to suspect a set-up. With or without Thea, he intends to investigate. Grudgingly, she agrees to help – with the caveat that every last one of them go back where they came from. So little to ask, and yet ….
As Thea and Paul dig into the case, they find themselves pitted not only against a devious criminal and law enforcement who do not want their help, but dirty-dealing family members who have fabricated lies and deceptions of their own.
Join Thea and Paul, and more of your favorite characters from the Thea Campbell Mysteries, to find out what actually happened at their second wedding!
Struck by guilt after her and Paul Hudson’s impulsive Las Vegas wedding, Thea Campbell plans a second, traditional affair while keeping the first secret. The last thing she’d wanted to do was hurt friends and family members by not being included. Too bad she didn’t count on her ex-almost-fiancé showing up at her door just hours before the ceremony. There’s a good chance at least one person will get a little carried away
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