Murder by the Books

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Murder by the Books

A Mystery

A letter from beyond the grave brings Fae Childers
face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy..


Certified public accountant Fae Childers is not an embezzler, despite the belief of the accounting firm that fires her for stealing. But proving her innocence is harder than convincing an IRS agent to allow a deduction. She’s lost her mother, her job, her fiancé, and her self-respect. She’s running out of money and the lease is about to expire on her apartment.

Then the fortune-telling grandmother Fae never knew existed, whose name and psychic abilities she now learns are also hers, issues a challenge from beyond the grave—a challenge that brings Fae face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

When the mystery of Fae’s past collides with the troubles of her present, the situation veers out of control. Her very life is threatened. Who can she trust? The man she’s falling in love with? The former fiancé who has already betrayed her once? Or only herself?

With justice, romance, and her future at stake, Fae must overcome personal and professional obstacles to save herself and those she loves. And she’s going to have to do it fast, before someone else dies.

Murder by the Books

Genre: Mystery

Rating: Sweet, clean (minimal offensive language; no explicit love scenes)

Suitable for: Ages 18 and up

Length: Novel (72,000 words; e-book approximately 200 pages)

Murder by the Books, a stand-alone mystery, is available as an ebook at Amazon (US).

Read Chapter 1


HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter writing team. Their mystery, Murder by the Books, is available at Amazon.