CHECKED OUT : a Ricki Rydell mystery
When bored and burnt-out romance writer, Ricki Rydell, discovers a body in the bathroom of the Unionville Public Library, she jumps at the chance to solve the crime.
No one in Unionville had nice things to say about the victim when she was alive, but now that she’s dead everyone is tight-lipped. Are they hiding something? While the living may have stopped talking, the deceased certainly hasn’t. The victim left behind a trail of cryptic clues leading Ricki to a seedier side of her community.
Ricki is in over her head and longs for her boring old life as a reclusive writer. Too late. She finds a death threat on her porch, demanding she back off or else. Now Ricki has to find a killer before she’s the next victim.
WAKE UP TO MURDER : a Ricki Rydell mystery
When Ricki is invited to appear on a new talk show to promote her latest book, she declines, of course. After coming face-to-face with a killer while working on her first case, all she wants is to go back to living a normal life, and that doesn’t include public appearances. But her agent insists that she does the interview.
On the day of the show, the host turns up missing and Ricki was the last person to see her alive. Once again, Ricki finds herself investigating a murder. This time, things are personal. Old friends and lovers come back into her life. A saboteur lurks in shadow, wreaking havoc on Ricki’s career. Things look bad for Ricki unless she can find the real murderer before she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit.