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About Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Prior to writing fiction, Carolyn was a freelance journalist covering local and national affairs in the metro Atlanta area.
Now an empty-nester, Carolyn lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, two Pit Bull-Boxer mix dogs and two cantankerous cats, but you'll often find her at a local coffee shop people watching and listening, plotting her next novel.
Watch for Carolyn's upcoming crime thriller series releasing in winter, 2021.
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When a routine investigation points to dangers from her past, Detective Rachel Ryder must risk everything to stop a killer.
Rachel begins to worry when a seemingly simple overdose investigation uncovers a mysterious set of clues.
Were the clues left as a message?
As bodies begin to accumulate around town, Rachel grows increasingly certain that someone is targeting her. She plows ahead on instinct alone. But emotions cloud her judgment, mistakes pile up, and she puts the lives of others at risk.
Increasingly isolated, Rachel begins to question everything. Has her past finally caught up with her? And is there anything she can do to stop a murderer bent on revenge?
USA Today Bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson delivers a riveting addition to the Rachel Ryder series.
"Detective Rachel Ryder is smart, tough, and fearless—readers will gladly follow her through every twist.” —LynDee Walker, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Fear No Truth
Bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is back—this time with a scrappy heroine whose bold detective work and well-timed one-liners will leave you riveted—and entertained—at every turn.
"Detective Rachel Ryder is smart, tough, and fearless—readers will gladly follow her through every twist of Aspenson’s knockout first installment in this riveting new series.” —LynDee Walker, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Fear No Truth
New to town and a little rough around the edges, Detective Rachel Ryder finds herself on the receiving end of a suspicious person’s call in Hamby, Georgia. When the call turns out to be a dead body, the medical examiner is quick to rule the death a suicide. But was it something more sinister?
Everyone in the small department believes the case is closed—except for Rachel. The sudden passing of a local politician during the mayor’s run for Congress strikes her as a little too coincidental, and Rachel is eager to follow her instincts. Her partner, Rob, a 30-year veteran, isn’t the type to disobey his boss or ruffle any feathers, but he can’t convince strong-willed Rachel to let it go.
Obsessed with finding out the truth, Rachel begins to examine the evidence and drags her reluctant partner along for the ride. But the clues are confusing. Nothing is adding up.
Puzzled and running out of time, Rachel and Rob rush to work every angle and bring the elusive killer to justice before someone else ends up dead.
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"...an awesome mystery..." —Kimberly Charleston, Books Uplift
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To most people, I’m a middle-aged divorced mother managing the Castleberry Historical Society.
What they don’t know is that my side job is helping ghosts solve the mysteries of their demise.
Trust me, it’s not easy, especially when the ghosts don’t like to cooperate or are just plain jerks.
When the town’s biggest high school bully of all time decides to come back and haunt Castleberry High, it’s my job to stop him. The problem is, this job is bringing up a whole lot of personal baggage and bad memories... because that bully bullied me.
The good news is, the town detective knows my secret and wants to protect me.The bad news is, the town detective knows my secret and wants to protect me.
My goal is to send this ghost back to where he came from. But he’s pushing hard for me to solve his murder. Only, I don’t believe his death was intentional, and I’m struggling to help a spirit that tortured me for two years straight.
Worse yet, school’s not even over, so now I’m pulling double duty as a school volunteer and hunting a killer. One who just might have me at the top of their kill list.
Sometimes, an innocent person is convicted of a crime they didn't commit. And sometimes, after the real guilty person dies, they fess up.
Because I can communicate with the dead.
I try hard to help the restless dead find closure. And usually, I succeed. But this time my detective boyfriend is throwing a wrench into my efforts. I might be able to take the word of a dead guy, but the police sure can't.
And as always, things don’t turn out as planned. Now I’m stuck in the middle of a double murder—one from the past—and one from now.
Because someone doesn’t want me to discover the truth...and it looks like they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure this secret stays in the grave!
Welcome to Castleberry, Georgia!
Settle in with a cup of sweet tea and let me tell you a ghost story.
I’ve got a secret. I see ghosts.
I haven’t always seen the dead. It happened after I took a tumble down a flight of stairs and bumped my head on an expensive marble floor. Since then, apparitions keep popping up in the strangest places, and they’re pretty demanding.
Take the ghost at our local BBQ restaurant. Rumor has it she’s been dangling from a rafter there ever since her father found her. I’d yet to meet anyone that actually saw her, other than me, of course, and I had the toughest time figuring out what she needed. But when the owner of that restaurant wound up dead, and I was the last person with him, I needed my new ghost buddy to help me find the real killer. And the only way to get her help was to get to the truth surrounding her death.
Now I split my time between my son, my job at the local historical society, and ghosts.
Oh, and the police detective who gets my heart rate up every time I see him? He gets a little of my time too.
I’m Chantilly Adair, and I’m your connection to the dead. Welcome to my world.
If you like Southern or paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love this first book in the Chantilly Adair Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series.
Welcome to Holiday Hills, where the coffee’s fresh and there’s magic in the air…
I have a perfect life. I recently rented the most adorable little apartment on top of my favorite bookstore coffee shop on Main Street in Holiday Hills, the charmingest of charming small southern towns. I spend my days ghostwriting a cozy mystery series for a well-known author, and maybe just a minute or two crushing on the town’s police chief. But of course, I’d never let that cat out of the bag. I'm still dealing with my recent divorce, and no matter what my bestie says, I'm so not ready for anything in the romance department.
Speaking of cats, my little Burmese, Cooper, follows me around like he’s my guard dog. Thankfully, Holiday Hills is animal friendly. Everyone’s got a cat or dog, and that crazy old woman on the back end of town has the funniest talking parrot.
Oh, that crazy old woman, she’s a local celebrity, which can be a lot of trouble for her daughter. How do I know? Because that’s me. I’m the crazy old woman’s daughter.
The good news is everyone loves my mother, including me. The bad news is she recently died, and when she did, she opened up a whole new world for me, one I’d always thought was fictional. The magical world.
Now I have witchy powers, a talking cat, and a knack for finding dead bodies in my quaint little town.
Ones that haven't died by accident.
My name is Abby Odell and I’m a witch.
Who knew? I sure didn’t. Thanks for that, Mom.
There's a New Witch in Town is the first book in the Holiday Hills Witch Cozy Mystery series by bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Welcome to Holiday Hills, where there is magic & mystery in the air...
I wear many hats:
I'm a friend.
A sort-of girlfriend.
A ghostwriter, and…
...oh yeah, a witch.
My editor always tells me to “write what you know.” Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening...literally.
When the main character in my latest novel—a witch herself—takes a new job with the Magical Bureau of Investigators, she stumbles upon a threat so big, it could destroy everything she holds dear.
For reasons beyond my witchy sixth sense, everything I write is now happening to me in real life!
Did I mention my character gets into REALLY bad situations? Now I’ve got to figure out who’s cast this awkward spell and find a way to reverse it.
And if I don’t do it soon, I might just wind up the "dead" in my deadline.
If you like paranormal cozies, you’ll love this series!
Being a witch can be complicated.
We have powers, but with limitations.
In a perfect witchy world, that works like a charm.
But the witchy world isn’t perfect.
Witches don’t always follow the rules, and when they don’t, bad things happen. Like Cassandra Bloom’s death, for starters.
Holiday Hills residents, magical and humans, were afraid of Cassandra. She was the bad witch in every fairytale, the one with the ugly wart and long, stringy gray hair. But she didn’t just look scary. She was scary.
Sure, everyone in town might feel secretly relieved Cassandra’s no longer with us, but they’re missing the bigger picture.
Cassandra didn’t die of old age. She was murdered.
And now I’ve got to figure out the why, how, and who before the killer strikes again. Until I do, no one in Holiday Hills is safe.
It’s the most magical time of the year, and Bramblett County is swept up in preparations for the annual Christmas parade. Gifts for the children have been wrapped with care, the parade route is set, and Lily joins her friends to bake at Millie’s Cafe, churning out cookies like there’s no tomorrow.
The baking party is all fun, laughter, and flour fights . . . until a dead elf is discovered in the cafe’s walk-in freezer. When the gifts for the town children turn up missing, the bakers realize that someone is trying to rain on their Christmas parade!
Join Lily and her crew of sassy southern ladies as they strike out to track down the culprit and save Christmas.
Praise for the mysteries of Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
“I love the charming Southern small-town dynamic and all the drama it brings. And the supporting characters are a hoot!” —Caroline Fardig, USA Today bestselling author
“If you like southern charm and laughter with deadly mysteries, this is your series.” —Wulfwyn Reads Excessively
“Has all the earmarks I look for in an engrossing whodunnit; a couple of plausible red herrings, a few rescue dogs for interest, and a budding romantic interest that will keep at least this avid reader coming back with each new installment. An excellent read, I am highly recommending!” —Roxx Is Reading
It’s Halloween season, and the local animal shelter’s pooch adoption manager, Missy Kingston, is excited to show off the available dogs at her Georgia town’s Halloween festival. But when she discovers the festival’s organizer dead in a pile of pumpkins, Missy has strong suspicions that it wasn’t natural causes.
When Missy sets out to investigate the murder on her own, what she discovers could solve the case—if she can elude a killer who’s gone out of their gourd . . .
When Missy Kingston brought her pooch-party program to an annual gala fundraiser for the city’s women’s shelter, she didn’t expect a murder. But the most prominent financial contributor to the shelter has been found dead, bringing the big night to a halt.
The suspect list is long, but Missy knows one person who shouldn't be on it: her friend Max Hoover. Missy vows to prove his innocence, and that determination leads her down a path of power, politics, and money. And it’s a path the killer doesn't want her taking . . .
My name is Abby Odell, and I’m leading a double life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But being a witch in a predominantly human world is challenging sometimes. My hometown, Holiday Hills, isn’t your typical small town. It’s a magical town, but not to the humans. At least not until recently.
Something’s happening and it’s not good. Magic is no longer hidden, and people are starting to witness events that don’t seem humanly possible. And that’s the problem. They’re not! Now my friends and neighbors are on edge, and some residents are even ready to turn Holiday Hills into the next Salem, Massachusetts.
Someone’s changing the way Holiday Hills works, and it’s my job to fix things before they change humanity and magic forever. The problem is, I don’t know the who, what, when or why…just the where. Now I’ve got to find the witch who’s joining worlds and stop them before they tilt the axis so far, Holiday Hills will never be the same.