Art for art’s sake, but murder for money. Adventure comes to the art colony of Bartholomew’s Woods when Juliet Henry retires from the NSA and moves to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of being a painter. The coastal woods are serene, but the people in them are not and her former life casts a long shadow. Creativity and insanity are a deadly combination. Fortunately, Juliet knows just how much evil lurks in the hearts of men and is there to catch the killer.
Portrait of a Gossip (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 1) May 2012
Juliet Henry, artist and retired agent of the NSA, wouldn’t stack up her knowledge of the human heart against the romantic poets, but she knows about human avarice. It’s no surprise when the artists’ colony of Bartholomew’s Woods ends up with a dead resident. Harvey Allen was a professional gossip and it seemed that one of Juliet’s talented but idiosyncratic neighbors had finally decided to paint him out of the picture.
Landscape in Scarlet (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 2) July 2012
It started with the balloon man. Until the bag of skin and bones slouched by, Juliet Henry would have rated the Autumn Art Festival a fairly average event. Even without the subtle skeleton face-paint, patchy hair and dusty frock coat, his gauntness was striking. With it, he was the grim reaper made flesh. But he wasn’t the only sinister figure at the faire and Juliet was not terribly surprised when there was a murder. Sheriff Garret needs her help but Juliet’s efforts are hampered by the appearance of someone from her old days in the NSA.
Requiem at Christmas (Miss Henry 3) July 2012
Juliet Henry loved snow. Without snow there was no skiing. No skiing and there was no Christmas. While others might scan the skyline looking for Christmas lights, each winter she waited for news of the first flakes falling in the mountains. This year the snow and two other events combined to make an alluring vacation at the Lake Tahoe Celtic Festival. But her holiday plans go awry when she is stranded by a blizzard and the only the witness to a murder.
Impression of Bones (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 4) November 2012
What could be more fun than restoring an old castle? It turns out that anything would be better for Juliet Henry who is baking away in her tower room with only the history of old tragedy for company. Already strapped for cash, the project is further endangered when the victim of an old murder is found bricked up in a fireplace and reignites old rumors of a curses. But it is the modern day killer who puts everyone at Barclay Castle into jeopardy.
The Miss Henry Mysteries Volume 1 (Books 2-4) April 2013
Contains the novels “Landscape in Scarlet”, “Requiem at Christmas”, and “Impression of Bones”. “Portrait of a Gossip”, the first novel in the series, should be read separately before reading this bundle.
Blue Period (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 5) March 2013
Autumn is the perfect time to be in Napa. The grapes are being harvested and one can enjoy the last of the summer sun while sipping wine and taking in an art show. Yes, Napa is perfect. Unless your host ends up murdered out in his own vineyard and the suspects without alibis include friends, loved ones, and a possible rogue NSA agent who wants help from Juliet Henry.
Memento Mori (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 6) March 2013
Juliet Henry has seen many strange things in her life but nothing prepared her for the Memento Mori Museum. While she assists Esteban in preparing a display of his bone puppets for the gala opening of the modern death art wing of the museum, a murder takes place and a mummy goes missing. The press is ready to blame the killing on a mummy’s curse, but Juliet knows the killer is mortal and likely to strike again.
Eye of the Beholder (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 7) February 2014
Miss Henry did not like being out where the woodbine twinethed. Especially not when a hurricane arrived, cutting short the art festival. With the airport shut down and all the hotels full, Miss Henry decided to accept the offer of the festival organizer’s chauffeur and accompany him to a local plantation to wait out the storm. But she arrived to find the house in disarray and the residents missing.
The wine country is a great place to visit, unless there’s a corpse in the vineyard. From Napa Miss Henry travels to Los Angeles for the opening of the Memento Mori Museum. After escaping the mummy in Los Angeles, Juliet gets caught in a hurricane at a folk festival. The quartet ends with Juliet in Mexico taking on a job for her former employer.
Drowning Pool (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 8) May 2014
Juliet Henry is no fan of blackmail but she submits when it is the only way to get to an important art show in Mexico. In return for her passport she must do the NSA a favor and discover if the Nazi war criminal hosting the event has a rare work of art in his stolen collection. But she soon finds there are more dangerous things than missing art work in Quatros Cienegas.
Modern Art (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 9) July 2014
Juliet Henry knows nothing about modern art but that doesn’t stop her from filling in when there is a sudden vacancy at a prestigious art show. She is surrounded by strangers but among the new faces there is one she knows from her days at the NSA. She can take no comfort in this fact though because the face belongs to a man that was supposedly killed by terrorists years before. Juliet is not entirely surprised to learn the next morning that Jessop Carmody, former NSA agent, is this time really and truly dead.
A Cozy Christmas November 2014
When Santa’s visit to the Gulch is called off due to a storm Butterscotch Jones has save Ricky’s Christmas. While Butterscotch is busy in Manitoba, Miss Henry is in Quebec, trying to drum up some Christmas spirit while hunting a missing lawyer. Nicodemus Smith has her hands full tracking down a lost philanthropist who believes that he’s Santa Claus, and Jane Blackthorn is going her best to cope with a plum pudding thief who is vexing her Christmas in merry olde England. While Kenneth Mayhew tries to restore order at the annual revels, Chloe Boston gets some shocking news that will forever change her life, and Tess MacKay is facing strange goings on at Wendover House.
Carved in Stone (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 10) February 2015
Juliet Henry received the invitation to San Francisco with all the enthusiasm she would feel for attending a public execution, but her lover, Raphael, seemed to truly want her company so she packed her duffle with dark, wrinkle-resistant clothing and a collection of sketch pads and pencils. But as often happens when Juliet travels she stumbles into something more sinister than damaged works of art. The red-headed corpse is not a new one, but nowhere near old enough to have belonged to the accused witch whose name was carved on the violated crypt.
Midsummer Murders: Mural from the Dead (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 11) June 2015
Sometimes history, though interred with all honors, refuses to stay buried. Or, in this case, plastered and white washed. The earthquake which had dropped a crypt on Miss Henry in San Francisco had done damage elsewhere in the state, and Juliet and Raphael James are headed for Monterey to see the mural exposed by the damages plaster in a famous old adobe house which was the scene of one of California’s earliest and strangest robberies.
This collection includes Butterscotch Jones, Kenneth Mayhew, Jane Blackthorn and Miss Henry stories.
Death Arts (Miss Henry Mystery Series Book 12) September 2015
Juliet Henry accepts Esteban’s invitation to the Dias de los Muertos celebration in Mirada, never expecting that the guests at the family bed and breakfast would end up being those among the dead– put there by a killer’s hand. The murderer has struck once. Can Juliet stop him from turning the festival into a bloodbath?