Welcome to Hope Falls. Home of the world’s smallest, but smartest detective.
Charming seasonal reads now in print, eBook reader, and audio format to warm the heart and tickle the imagination, the Chloe Boston Mystery Series has been lauded by many. Start your visit with Moving Violation, the first book in the series. The latest book, Cooked Books, is just out.
—Tara Lee (Lecture to the Lit Wits from Moving Violation)
And for you cozy thriller fans, don’t miss The Butterscotch Jones Mystery Series eBook format. Or perhaps The Wendover House Mystery Series gothic mysteries, or The Miss Henry Mystery Series may be your cup of tea.
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Moving Violation (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 1)
Melanie Jackson, August 2010, 180 pages, $2.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Hope Fall’s greatest detective is stuck in parking enforcement because at 98 pounds, 5 foot nothing, she will never be able to pass the department’s physical exam. But with the aid of her dog, and her writer’s group, Chloe may just be able to solve Hope Fall’s first homicide and impress the new chief of police.
The Pumpkin Thief (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 2)
Melanie Jackson, August 2010, 108 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Chloe Boston, meter maid and unofficial sleuth of the Hope Falls Police Department, is on the trail of the Halloween Killer and a second troublesome criminal, the Pumpkin Thief, who has robbed every pumpkin patch in town. Aided by her dog and new boyfriend, Chloe is closing in on Hope Falls public enemies 1 and 2.
Death in a Turkey Town (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 3)
Melanie Jackson, August 2010, 84 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
An overturned truck has left wild turkeys running loose in Hope Falls. Chloe Boston, unofficial detective and meter maid, is set the task of rounding them up. While Chloe is hunting turkeys she stumbles on a murder. The chief wants both turkeys and killer rounded up by Thanksgiving. Can Chloe do the seemingly impossible and also be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding when the groom is her main suspect?
Murder on Parade (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 4)
Melanie Jackson, October 2010, 93 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Chloe Boston, unofficial detective and meter maid, is on hand when the Christmas parade’s grand marshal keels over in his antique car. Something is rotten among the candy canes and rollicking elves, but will Chloe have time to find the killer before Santa comes to town?
Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 1 (Books 2-4)
Melanie Jackson, October 2011, 253 pages, $7.99 eBook
A first bundle is 253 pages and includes the full texts of books 2 through 4 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “The Pumpkin Thief”, “Death in a Turkey Town”, and “Murder on Parade”.
Print (CreateSpace), Kindle (Amazon)
Cupid’s Revenge (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 5)
Melanie Jackson, December 2010, 54 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
It’s Chloe’s first Valentine’s Day with Alex and someone is out to sabotage the Sweethearts Ball. Her romance may also be a casualty with Alex’s parents and their cats in town for a visit and not pleased with their son’s engagement.
Viva Lost Vegas (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 6)
Melanie Jackson, February 2011, 73 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
The path of true love is often rocky, but Chloe and Alex are trying to smooth the way by eloping to Las Vegas. On the way, they take a detour through a ghost town and find a body in a pink Cadillac. Someone is killing Elvis impersonators. Will they be hearing funeral bells or chapel bells on their wedding day?
Death of a Dumb Bunny (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 7)
Melanie Jackson, March 2011, 72 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Someone has murdered the Hope Falls Easter Bunny. Can Chloe Boston stop the mad archer before he strikes again?
Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 2 (Books 5-7)
Melanie Jackson, October 2011, 181 pages, $7.99 eBook
A second bundle is 181 pages long and includes the full texts of books 5 through 7 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “Cupid’s Revenge”, “Viva Lost Vegas”, and “Death of a Dumb Bunny”.
Print (CreateSpace), Kindle (Amazon)
Red, White, and a Dog Named Blue (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 8)
Melanie Jackson, April 2011, 99 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Red, White, and a Dog Named Blue is a collection of short stories that fills in the gaps betwixt and between in Chloe’s life. In the title story, Chloe’s 4th of July turns deadly when she is called in to judge a baking competition at the county fair. In the story Batter Up!, Chloe gets talked into joining the precinct softball team to co-captain under Dale Gordon. Searching for Christmas finds Chloe applying her sluething skills to discovering what she’s getting for Christmas. And in Lights! Camera! Action, Chloe takes an aspiring young actress on her rounds to show her the ropes.
Haunted (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 9)
Melanie Jackson, May 2011, 78 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Initially suspended from the Hope Falls Police Department, Chloe takes on an urgent case for Alex and finds herself playing ghost buster. Haunted is an action packed, cliff hanger of a cozy. You’ve come this far, why not go all the way.
The Great Pumpkin Caper (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 10)
Melanie Jackson, August 2011, 60 page, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
It’s Halloween and this year Chloe is certain she’ll win the pumpkin carving contest, but the night before the competition someone uses Mr. Jackman’s giant pumpkin to squash an unpopular dentist. This is publicity the town doesn’t need. Can Chloe solve the pumpkin caper and save Halloween?
The Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 3 (Books 8-10)
Melanie Jackson, October 2011, 232 pages, $7.99 eBook
A third bundle is 232 pages long and includes the full texts of books 8 through 10 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “Red, White and a Dog Named Blue”, “Haunted”, and “The Great Pumpkin Caper”.
Print (CreateSpace), Kindle (Amazon)
Beast of a Feast (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 11)
Melanie Jackson, October 2011, 110 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
It’s autumn in Hope Falls, the time of year that thoughts turn to family, friends, and large meals. Instead of hosting a large Thanksgiving meal at her place, Chloe opts to have a cozy dinner out with her husband, Alex. But her plans are changed for her and soon grow out of control. Meanwhile, Chloe is on the lookout for a lost boy in this delightful holiday romp.
Chloe Boston Mystery Series Continued…
Snow Angel (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 12)
Melanie Jackson, November 2011, 94 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
In “Snow Angel”, Alex and Chloe are headed out of town, ready to spend a peaceful Christmas at a ski resort in Bethlehem, Colorado. Once there, Chloe finds that all is far from peaceful and bright in the newly restored hotel with a dark history. Someone wants to keep the hotel from officially opening on New Years Eve and is willing to sabotage the resort, even if it puts lives in danger. Can Chloe find the culprit before sabotage escalates to murder?
In “High Society”, Alex takes Chloe to an exclusive party at one of Seattle’s finest hotels only to get trapped in the elevator with a murderer. Can Chloe unmask the villain before she and her companions plummet to their deaths?
Lucky Thirteen (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 13)
Melanie Jackson, January 2012, 102 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Chloe Boston is on vacation with her husband Alex in Florida. While Alex does security work for a local hotel, Chloe pursues her new favorite pastime at the horse racing tracks. Meeting a wealthy horse owner, Chloe is drawn deeper into the world of world class racehorse breading and training. But soon a doping incident followed by a murder ruin her fun and put Chloe back on the case. Meanwhile, Alex needs help with a computer hacking crime of his own.
“Lucky Thirteen” is half mystery and half thriller set against the backdrop of Florida’s horse racing industry.
The Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 4 (Books 11-13)
Melanie Jackson, May 2011, 307 pages, $7.99 eBook
A fourth and final bundle is 307 pages long and includes the full texts of books 11 through 13 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “Beast of a Feast”, “Snow Angel”, and “Lucky Thirteen”.
Print (CreateSpace), Kindle (Amazon)
The Sham (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 14)
Melanie Jackson, March 2012, 34 pages, $2.99 eBook
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Hope Falls and the citizens are celebrating by having the mayor of their sister city in Ireland over to join in the festivities. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse as rivers run red, drinking of Guinness takes its toll, and a criminal pursuit by Officer Bill is required. This is a fast paced short story with plenty of laughs as Saint Patty’s becomes a day to remember not for the things that go right, but rather for the sheer number of things that go wrong.
Print (CreateSpace), Kindle (Amazon)
Murder by the Book (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 15)
Melanie Jackson, May 2012, 124 pages, $3.99 eBook, 7.99 Paperback
You are cordially invited to attend the wedding of Mrs. Agatha Graves and Mr. Lawrence Jackman.
Chloe Boston reveals the killer, but it’s only a game. She attends a game and encounters a killer. Only this murder is by the book. And you’ll never guess who wrote it. Amidst the tumult of the wedding between Agatha and Lawrence, Chloe must outsmart a serial killer and stop him before he strikes again. If you think you know who the killer is, think again — because you’re wrong.
Cornucopia (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 16)
Melanie Jackson, September 2012, 80 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
The sixteenth book in Melanie Jackson’s bestselling Chloe Boston Mystery Series is a short collection of 5 holiday short stories.
In “Mystery in the Footlights” someone is trying to sabotage the Hope Falls Halloween production of Macbeth. Fortunately Chloe is working on constructing the sets so she is available to apprehend the villian.
In “Over the River” Chloe and Alex must battle the local wildlife for their dinner when they decide to celebrate Thanksgiving in an aunt’s remote cabin in the woods.
In “The Dentist” Chloe has to make an emergency visit to the dentist to fix a cracked molar. While in the dentist’s chair she uncovers a mystery which could endanger more than her dental work.
In “A Christmas without Carol” Chloe, Alex, and her parents spend Christmas with Chloe’s uncle who is recently widowed. Through three encounters, past, present, and future, he learns the meaning of Christmas and changes his life forever.
In “For Whom the Bells Toll” Chloe and Alex spend New Years Eve solving a mystery in a secluded castle which has been redecorated for charity.
Come spend the holidays with Chloe this year. You’ll be happy you did.
Duet (Chloe Boston 17, Butterscotch Jones 8)
Melanie Jackson, January 2013, 140 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Chloe Boston and Butterscotch Jones are together for the first time in a mystery “Duet”.
In “Still Waters”, quiet McIntyre’s Gulch is troubled by a strange cat burglar who seems interested in nothing but photographs. Mountie Chuck Goodhead is off on some mysteries mission leaving Butterscotch to cope on her own which she was doing quite happiliy when Agent DeSoto of the FBI arrived claiming he was there on a fishing trip.
In “Make Over”, Chloe has chosen to spend her vacation restoring the old Stubbs Mansion. Put in charge of a work crew, her job is soon a cause for frustration which gets worse when rumors spread that the mansion is haunted.
The Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 5 (Books 14-17)
Melanie Jackson, April 2011, 325 pages, $7.99 eBook
A fifth bundle is a 325 page collection that includes the full texts of books 14 through 17 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “The Sham”, “Murder by the Book”, “Cornucopia”, and “Make Over”.
On the Beach (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 18)
Melanie Jackson, April 2013, 115 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
How can a simple Caribbean vacation turn into an international incident? With Chloe Boston on the case anything can happen, that’s how. Come along for the ride of a lifetime as Chloe tracks smugglers, evades men in Panama hats, meets a real secret agent– only nobody knows for who’s side– and thwarts a devious plan in “On the Beach”.
Part cozy mystery, part international thriller; call it a cozy international thriller. The mystery begins in the second chapter and isn’t resolved until the very end. Every chapter concludes with a cliff hanger with one surprise leading to another until the dramatic conclusion.
Read the latest Chloe Boston or you’ll never understand what I’m talking about.
Camp Chaos (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 19)
Melanie Jackson, June 2013, 130 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
This time Chloe decides to spend an extended weekend camping with underprivileged kids– what could possibly go wrong. It turns out that plenty can go wrong when you run across a murdered camp counselor and uncover a plot to kidnap the children. This installment provides a fun and funny excursion into the woods around Hope Falls where Chloe must not only solve a murder but also brush up on her camping skills.
The Davenport Caper (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 20)
Melanie Jackson, August 2013, 118 pages, $3.99 eBook Price, $7.99 Paperback
Chloe is invited to a swank party where a jewel hiest occurs. It appears to be an open and shut case until Chloe begins nosing around. Along the way Chloe succeeds in stirring up some ghosts from her past. The Davenport Caper is a classic whodunit with lots of laughs and love to spare.
The Chloe Boston Mysteries Volume 6 (Books 18-20)
Melanie Jackson, March 2014, 368 pages, $7.99 eBook
The sixth Chloe Boston bundle is a 368 page collection that includes the full texts of books 18 through 20 in the Chloe Boston Mystery Series: “On the Beach”, “Camp Chaos”, and “The Davenport Caper”.
Up in the Air (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 21)
Melanie Jackson, February 2014, 99 pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
Hope Falls is hosting its first Kite Festival to raise funds for the animal shelter. The festival will bring in funds, tourists and a pair of feuding kite makers, one of whom ends up dead. A little investigation proves that the late Gerhardt Brandt was not a good man and had an impressive list of enemies. Can Chloe find the killer before everyone packs up their kites and heads home?
Cooked Books (Chloe Boston Mystery Series Book 22)
Melanie Jackson, April 2014, 212 Pages, $3.99 eBook, $7.99 Paperback
What do prom night, German Chocolate Cake, and organized crime have in common? They’re all elements in Chloe Boston’s latest case. The FBI needs a baker to keep a mob accountant’s sweet tooth satisfied and at the Chief’s recommendation, Chloe becomes their woman in the field. If that was not trouble enough, Chloe’s past has come calling asking for a favor. Chloe had hoped that the horrors of high school were far behind her, but when a long lost friend asks for help she can’t say no though their past relationship wasn’t always rosy. Intuition tells her that these events are not random and that all these pieces fit together, but can Chloe solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
A Cozy Christmas
Melanie Jackson, November 2014, 140 pages, $3.99 eBook
When Santa’s visit to the Gulch is called off due to a bad storm Butterscotch Jones has to step in and save Ricky’s Christmas. While Butterscotch is busy in Manitoba, Miss Henry is in Quebec. She is trying to drum up some Christmas spirit while hunting for a missing lawyer. Nicodemus Smith has her hands full tracking down a lost philanthropist who fancies himself to be Santa Claus, and Jane Blackthorn is going her best to cope with a plum pudding thief who is vexing her first Christmas in merry olde England. While Kenneth Mayhew tries to restore order at the Mayhem Mansion revels, Chloe Boston gets some shocking news that will forever change her life, and Tess MacKay is facing some very strange goings on at Wendover House on Christmas Eve.