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Balloons Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery (Charlie Parker Mysteries) Hardcover – November 15, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Parker Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Press; First Edition edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189076860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890768607
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,576,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In addition to writing the Charlie Parker series, Connie Shelton is a former bookstore owner and small press publisher. She is active in Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She is also a frequent speaker at writing and publishing conferences. Shelton splits her time between northern New Mexico and central Arizona.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just prior to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, balloonist Rachel Fairfield hires RJP Investigations to keep her safe while she tries to set an altitude record in three days. Rachel shows sleuth Ron Parker and his sister Charlie two threatening letters that she received in the last couple of weeks. She insists her estranged father William sent the notes because her testimony sent him to prison when she was a teen and the wording is his. Ron explains that his agency is too small to protect her from an assassin amidst a crowd of 50,000, but the client says to just keep an eye on her dad, recently released form prison.

Charlie, whose marriage to firefighting helicopter pilot Drake Langston has problems, looks into alternative threats of which there are two possibilities, an abusive former lover and a person accusing her of costing him his inheritance while Ron looks into William's activities. Neither Parker expected the incidents to turn increasingly dangerous towards their client nor themselves, as someone is trying to insure that Rachel fails at all costs.

The latest Charlie Parker case is a fabulous private investigative thriller that also contains a powerful subplot centering on the heroine's estranged relationship with her spouse as both fails to communicate what disturbs them. The protection of Rachel is intriguing as the Parkers know they cannot keep her safe if she is going airborne during the gala, but try their best to watch the known threats. Connie Shelton brings the air balloon rave and its New Mexico locales alive as fantastic backdrop to this enchanting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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By Karen Potts on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Connie Shelton uses the Albuquerque Balloon Festival as the setting for her latest Charlie Parker Mystery. Charlie is approached by Rachael Fairfield to find out who is sending her threatening notes. Rachael has a theory that it might be her own father because her testimony caused him to serve a jail term which recently ended. Rachael is attempting to break the record for the highest balloon flight by a woman, so she is in the news, which causes Charlie to worry even more about her safety. Besides Rachael's father there are several other suspects who would have a reason to harm her. Charlie reluctantly leaves her husband Drake in order to travel to Albuquerque and carry on an investigation with her brother Ron. Before it's all over, Charlie and Rachael's lives are both threatened. The books in this series seem to get better and better, and this one is definitely recommended reading.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this mystery right before my cross country flight - It was so much fun to read, I totally neglected the DVD player I'd brought along for the trip.

Shelton had my attention from the first chapter and held on to it. This was the first of the Charlie Parker series I've read, and I had no trouble getting to know the characters - I really loved "meeting" Charlie.
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More About the Author

...Every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, somewhere in the world, someone downloads a Connie Shelton mystery...

A personal Thank You to all my readers who make this little statistic possible. Having fun with my writing, and connecting with readers--that's what being a mystery writer means to me. And I LOVE what I do!

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. That book took third place in the Southwest Writers competition and began making the rounds of publishers. I simply started writing my second, and then my third books.

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 connieshelton.com.


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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, including 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.