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A SERIES OF QUIRKY HISTORICAL COZIES WITH A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST

This omnibus edition includes books one through six of the historical cozy mystery novels in the Jane Carter Historical Cozies series.

Note: By Celia Kinsey writing as Alice Simpson.

Book One: Peril at the Pink Lotus

There's a new dancing act down at the Pink Lotus Theater, but all is not well with the star of the show. Jane contends with a vandalized shop, a kidnapping, a huckster who claims he can speak to the dead, a doll with seemingly supernatural powers, and a stolen diamond necklace. What do all these crimes have in common? It's up to Jane to find out.

Book Two: Sinister Goings On in Room Seven

Jane investigates a series of mysterious disappearances from a small hotel, a stolen houseboat, a bunch of counterfeit paintings, and a jewelry salesman on the lam.

Book Three: The Missing Groom

Jane attends a society wedding, but the groom goes missing just before the ceremony. Is the disappearance a simple case of cold feet, or is something far more sinister afoot.

Book Four: The Oblivious Heiress

Jane has her hands full getting out the inaugural issue of her very own Carter's All-Story Weekly Magazine, but she still finds time to investigate the activities of a cagey heiress, an attempted murder, and a band of sailors with mysterious matching tattoos.

Book Five: A Country Catastrophe

Jane investigates a clock tower that mysteriously strikes thirteen, a fatal car crash, and a gang of masked riders who appear bent on destroying the local farmers' melon crop.

Book Six: Robbery at Roseacres

Jane investigates the discovery of forged historical artifacts, the nefarious schemes of a pair of Texan grifters and the robbery of a priceless pearl necklace from an impoverished socialite.

About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series:

This charming historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband.

Jane's father owns a local newspaper and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time.

Jane claims that she's holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father's staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never become a newspaperman herself, she's doubly insistent on never again marrying one.

While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane's madcap world, it's a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There's plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder.

Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, "A real lady always carries her own pocket knife."

This series is adapted from Mildrid Wirt's Penny Parker mysteries, which have fallen out of copyright. The author has made extensive alterations and additions to both the characters and plots of the original novels, but readers familiar with Ms. Wirt's stories will notice many similarities.

These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served.

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  • Publication Date: January 1, 2019
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 861 Pages
  • File Size: 4,087 KB

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