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The second appearance (following Deadly Gamble) of Charlie Parker, an Albuquerque CPA who keeps the books for her brother's private investigating firm, works more successfully as a Hawaiian tour than as a mystery. On vacation, Charlie is taking a helicopter tour of Kauai, when she and the pilot, Drake Langston, spy a dead body on the rocky coast. The dead man is identified as Gilbert Page, a married California businessman who had just had a fight with his young girlfriend. The hunky Drake asks for Charlie's help after his friend, Mack, owner of the helicopter tour business, is arrested for the murder. The dead man was a loan shark, and Mack was one of his indebted minnows. Charlie travels to the mainland to check out Page's background and pokes around Kauai to find out how and when someone dumped his body on the rocks before she nabs the killer. Charlie's first-person narration is pleasant but not much more, and this lightweight caper never quite gels into an engrossing mystery.
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In the latest from Shelton (Deadly Gamble, Intrigue Pr., 1995), narrator Charlotte "Charlie" Parker takes a much-deserved vacation on Mauai, but her decision to view the island from a helicopter inadvertently leads to her involvement in murder and romance when she and the pilot discover a body. When the pilot's boss stands accused of murder, Charlie, a partner in a private investigation firm, agrees to work for the pilot. While falling in love with the handsome pilot, Charlie exposes financial finaglings, family secrets, and an apparent motive for the accused. Nicely plotted, with standard complications, and sturdily crafted with an eye to colorful detail and mounting suspense; a good selection for all collections.
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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Parker Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Press (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890768014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890768010
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on March 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After a taxing investigation (no pun intended) CPA and part-time investigator Charlie Parker decides to take a vacation to Kauai. She takes a scenic helicopter ride with Drake Langston, but gets more than she bargains for when they come across a dead body in a remote place. Drake's fellow pilot, Mack, is in the wrong place at the wrong time and he is accused of the murder. Drake asks Charlie to help with the investigation, since local law enforcement officers seem reluctant to look for any further suspects. Charlie obliges and, as a result, her relationship with Drake begins to blossom. She pursues the investigation with fervor (how many people would be willing to interrupt their Hawaiian vacation for a side-trip to California?) and eventually finds herself confronted by the killer. Except for a few awkward moments, this is a well-written mystery which has enough red herrings to make it interesting and it keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trish613 on December 14, 2010
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I am hooked! I love the Charlie Parker Mysteries! Just downloaded the first one to my Kindle about a week and a half ago and am now on the eighth book! Love the Characters, the settings and everything about these books. I even had to make chicken enchiladas and have a margarita because the descriptions in each book of Pedro's makes you want to go there and induldge!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SLS on October 21, 2010
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This was a fun, fast read. I have spent time in Hawaii/the islands, so could relate to a lot of what the author wrote. The plot certainly held my interest and I will be going on to Connie Shelton's next book...#3 in the series. And no...I didn't know 'who did it'...had to read to end to find out. The clues were there, I just didn't pick up on them. Had my sight set on...ohhh never mind, don't want to do a spoiler here. Suffice to say, author led us to believe it could of been any one of suspects...all who had the motives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 14, 2013
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Connie Shelton writes a good novel and this one is no exception. It takes place in Hawaii and she gets drawn into a murder that occurred on the island she was visiting. The call of the mystery has beckoned her and she steps up to the plate even though she is supposed to be on vacation. She is helping a friend of a friend to solve this and it is exciting to read how she unravels a mystery that the local authorities are dragging their feet on and ready to pin it on someone that didn't do it.
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Again - as a marketing professor I applaud the strategy of making the first novel of a series's free. After the first, free Charlie Parker, Deadly Gamble, I immediately purchased Vacations Can Be Murder, and I will be reading the third book (Partnerships Can Be Murder) as soon as I finish this review.

One thing that I demand of a mystery novel is that it hold my attention and the Charlie Parker series does that. I would like to see the characters other than Charlie have more depth, but Charlie herself is warm, funny and intriguing. I find it a bit odd that a healthy 30 year old would not be a bit more preoccupied with her love life but hey, at least her dog is faithful.

In Vacations Can Be Murder Charlie does have a romantic fling while tracking down the murderer who spoils her island getaway. I do hope she takes her dog Rusty with her on her next vacation, I missed him! This is definitely 'chic lit' but is engrossing and entertaining. Gotta go - time to read #3!
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Connie Shelton's Charlie Parker after solving a murder back home in Albuquerque heads off to Hawaii for a relaxing vacation. Well her plans were to have a relaxing vacation until taking a helicopter sightseeing tour while flying over a area that the helicopter do not normally fly over see what appears to be a dead body lying in the rocky cliffs and Charlie being Charlie is not satisfied to notify the local authorities and go about her merry way on the vacation. No she has to stick her nose into this dead body when she becomes romantically involved with one of the helicopter pilots who's boss and company owner is charged with the murder. I loved Charlie getting cozy with someone there were some Loving and almost sexy scenes. There are a good half dozen suspects in this tale I could not guess the murderer and i am betting you can't either. Download. Purchase or borrow this book but read it
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Great setting on Hawaii's Garden Island, gives some nice descriptions of Kauai. Story keeps you guessing although some times illogical is still good story. Character development is good for the most part, nice little island romance along with solving mystery Murder and side trip to San Francisco of the main character. She will not return to New Mexico the same person and makes you want to find out what happens next in the sequel. Overall pleasant book, with only mild violence and just a little sexual content, not overdone. The first book in this series is free, this is book 2 which I liked better that the first book. Have just started book 3, so far continues to be entertaining and a good story.
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I truly enjoyed the book. Good use of descriptive words helped me envision her in Hawaii! It had a good twist, because I never could have guessed who the killer was.
However whoever edited this book kind of did a bad job. I found myself having to correct a lot of things while reading because there were a number of grammatical errors. I am reading "Partnerships can be Murder" and already I have seen errors. Better editing and it would have been 5 stars
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