Dorothy Howell, Mystery Author
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Coming September 29, 2015
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Haley Randolph’s dream is about to come true—quitting her sales clerk job at Holt’s Department Store. All she has to do is qualify for full-time benefits at her event-planning gig at L.A. Affairs by acing the upcoming performance review. For that to happen, she must make sure absolutely nothing goes wrong with the star studded 50th anniversary gala she’s planning for Hollywood Haven, the retirement home for Tinsel town’s most beloved entertainers.

But when Haley finds Derrick Ellery, the home’s assistant director, murdered in his office, she sees her hope of keeping her job—not to mention the dream of owning a Sassy, the season’s hottest handbag—vanishing before her eyes.

To make matters worse, Haley’s ex-boyfriend Ty is a suspect in a different murder. She’s sure he’s innocent—but can she prove it?

Solving two murders while planning the perfect party—and keeping her sights on a Sassy—won’t be easy, especially now that there’s more than one killer ready to select Haley’s final outfit!

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Swag Bags and Swindlers

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Fashionista and event planner to the stars Haley Randolph thinks the Thanksgiving Day feast she’s organizing for the wealthy young owners of the Pammy Candy Company at their Calabasas mansion will be easy—until the hostess is pushed to her death from a second floor balcony.

Money-hungry relatives expecting to dish up a share of the candy company profits, an ex-lover, and a family secret make a tempting recipe for murder.  It’s a feast of suspects as Haley gobbles up clues that threaten to turn this warm, welcoming occasion into cold leftovers—but with private detective Jack Bishop in charge of the investigation, things heat up fast.

Haley searches for the designer handbag of her dreams—but finds a hot new attorney instead—and a killer who knows revenge is a meal best served cold!

Bonus content!  Excerpts from Duffel Bags and Drownings in the Haley series, and The Hired Husband, an historical romance written under Dorothy’s pen name Judith Stacy, is included.

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Fanny Packs and Foul Play

A novella in the Dana Mackenzie series

Dana Mackenzie thinks it’s her lucky day when she misses witnessing a fatal hit-and-run, but she soon learns this was no accident.

Dana’s high school crush, Homicide Detective Nick Travis, is on the case. Dana insists their budding romance won’t go anywhere until Nick confesses the sordid details of what happened back in high school between Nick and Dana’s then-best friend. But is this dark secret from their past something Dana really wants to learn?

As Dana tracks down a cold blooded murderer, she must also deal with corporate scams and the ultimate betrayal in her own family. Her high school days come back to haunt when her luck takes a fatal turn and the killer comes after her!

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Bonus Content! The entire first chapters of Beach Bags and Burglaries and The Widow’s Little Secret, one of Dorothy’s Judith Stacy historical romance novels, are included in Fatal Luck.
Fatal Luck

Want to read the Haley Randolph mysteries in order?  Start with …

Handbags and Homicide

Purses and Poison

Shoulder Bags and Shootings

Clutches and Curses

Slay Bells and Satchels

Tote Bags and Toe Tags

Evening Bags and Executions

Duffel Bags and Drownings

Beach Bags and Burglaries

Fanny Packs and Foul Play


Want to read the Dana Mackenzie mysteries in order? Start with…

Fatal Debt
Fatal Luck



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