Jingle Bells, Rifle Shells
by Bruce Hammack
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Rifle Shells?
Blind private investigator Steve Smiley and his partner hear a rifle shot. Hordes of Christmas shoppers scatter. A famous big-game hunter drops to the sidewalk. They grab the beautiful teen who was arguing with the man and flee to safety. The girl, the victim’s adopted daughter, has one passionate request: find her birth parents.
Smiley and McBlythe’s search intertwines with the murder investigation again and again—and uncovers a shocking secret. Like it or not, they must first identify the killer in order to discover the truth about the teen’s adoption.
A host of suspects line up like Santa’s reindeer. Can the determined investigators tie a ribbon on the case? Will this be the best Christmas ever—or will death and heartache be the only presents under the tree?
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Pistols And Poinsettias
by Bruce Hammack
Steve isn’t celebrating Christmas… he’s trying to survive it.
When blind PI Steve Smiley’s partner secures an invitation for them to teach at a mystery writers’ conference, what promises to be a welcome December escape turns into a tidal wave of mysteries to solve.
Steve and Heather walk into the midst of a raging civil war between two factions of the writers’ group. When they agree to locate a missing author slated to be the next organization president, they find themselves plunged into the midst of the battle. Before they can solve that mystery, another one lands at their feet, along with a dead body.
With Steve’s reputation on the line, he and Heather make a plan to unravel the mysteries and expose the murderer. But the killer has a plan too. Steve’s no longer worried about enduring another lonely Christmas… this year he just wants to survive it.
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