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Shelton's Charlie Parker
Books in series13
UNABRIDGED
(3.8 based on 108 ratings)
  • 1

    Deadly Gamble: Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs. Fans of Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, and Sara Peretsky will find Shelton's female sleuth captivating. Devout in her dedication for the underdog, Charlie Parker gets drawn into perilous predicaments while sticking her neck out for friends and clients in trouble. She proves a wily opponent for the evil she discovers.

    beatrice says: "Needs work"
    Needs work

    This was an okay read. The characters were likable and the story believable. I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending and a plot twist that was never..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 23 2012 by beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 2

    Vacations Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Charlie's last case left her tired and emotionally drained, so her office staff convinces her to vacation in Kauai. Charlie is riding in a helicopter when she and the pilot spot a dead body lying on the rugged rocks of Kauai's NaPali coast. Mack Garvey, the owner of the helicopter tour company, is accused of the murder. Charlie wants to avoid the whole mess but is persuaded to help Garvey prove his innocence. As the tension builds, Charlie roots out the suspects one by one never dreaming that her own life is about to be snuffed out by sinister means.

    Beatrice says: "Not as good as the first"
    Not as good as the first

    This installment wasn't as good as the first. I'm not sure I will buy the next one. What makes a cozy mtstery believable is the reason the lead char..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2012 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 3

    Partnerships Can Kill: A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Sharon Ortega, an old school chum of Charlie's, hires Charlie to prove that her dead restaurant partner, David, didn't commit suicide. David's recent, keyman life insurance policy won't pay for suicide, and Sharon needs the money to keep the business going. Charlie uncovers evidence of tax fraud, high level political connections, and two distinctly different sides to David's life. Amidst a confusion of relatives, she also discovers that members of David's family are lifelong friends with Vicky, the new love of Charlie's brother, Ron. And Vicky appears increasingly suspicious.

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  • 4

    Small Towns Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Charlie Parker is asked to look into a controversial series of miscarriages in a small town in New Mexico that's heavily populated by Mexicans. The town has one medical clinic. Her first assumption is to look for some type of environmental problem such as pesticides but that draws a blank. Then she shifts her suspicions onto the medical industry and finds herself embroiled in politics regarding health care among minorities. It's when the dead bodies start to show up that she realizes she's onto something far bigger than she imagined and far deadlier....

    John says: "Disappointing"
    Disappointing

    Not in this lifetime

    Reviewed on January 16 2012 by John (United States)
  • 5

    Memories Can Be Murder: A Connie Shelton Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Upon returning to her New Mexico home after visiting her fiance in Hawaii, private investigator Charlie Parker discovers that her mother and father, a scientist at Sandia Labs, were killed in a suspicious small plane crash.

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  • 6

    Honeymoons Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Charlie and her husband begin the winter with hopes for a honeymoon in a secluded New Mexico mountain cabin. But their plans are disrupted when police locate an old pawn ticket identifying the gun used in a five year old murder. They trace the ticket back to ski instructor Elroy Romero, who work's for Charlie's husband, Drake. Elroy swears he didn't commit the crime, even though the gun has been in his possession all along. And when it turns out the murder victim was Elroy's brother, a priest, Charlie really begins to question her client's story.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irritating"
    Irritating

    I nearly turned this audio off in the first few minutes. I found the narrator's "mechanical" voice so irritating. I managed to tough it out to the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 13 2011 by Amazon Customer (Salem Oregon)
  • 7

    Reunions Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Octogenarian Willie McBride has gone missing, and now his obnoxious daughter is pestering Albuquerque CPA Charlie Parker to find him in time for the big family reunion. Apparently, the eccentric old man had one driving obsession: finding gold. So Charlie follows Willie's prospecting trail to the modern-day ghost town of White Oaks, site of an historic gold rush, a bitter scandal, some ugly business - and now a corpse.

    Katherine says: "No suspense, minimal arc, annoying narrator"
    No suspense, minimal arc, annoying narrator

    This would have made a good Weight Watcher's food diary: the author mentioned everything the protagonist (Charlie Parker) ate during the entire narra..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 15 2008 by Katherine (Kailua Kona, HI, United States)
  • 8

    Competition Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Brian Swinney needs someone to fly his aircrafts in Scotland on a lucrative contract shuttling men and equipment to the North Sea oil rigs. Helping out their friend, Charlie Parker and Drake Langston agree to the job, ignorant of the escalating battle between the outfitters that service the rigs. Taking up residence at historic Dunworthy Castle, they become acquainted with owners Robert and Sarah Dunbar. They seem to be down-to-earth ranching folk but their daughter, son-in-law, and teenage son Richie are another story.

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  • 9

    Balloons Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Three days before the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, balloon pilot Rachael Fairfield walks into the offices of RJP Investigations. She received a threatening note, which she believes came from her father, a convicted felon whom she sent to prison 15 years earlier.

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  • 10

    Obsessions Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Charlie is on vacation. A cozy cabin, a diner that serves delicious guilty-pleasures, and Drake - all Charlie needs to relax and enjoy herself. But the town of Watson's Lake has a little unsolved mystery. Four years ago, a showplace home - beautiful and serene and tucked away on the mountain - blew sky high, due to an apparent gas leak. A young woman died. The owner disappeared. His gold-digging wife wants the insurance money, and his daughter wants to know what happened to her father.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 11

    Gossip Can Be Murder: A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Charlie is invited to a plush Santa Fe spa, a week-long spiritual/nutrition retreat with her friend Dr. Linda Casper. The massages and spa treatments sound great, until she realizes that there is something darker going on at the mountain resort. Meanwhile, Drake has his own set of concerns. He's been asked to testify as an expert witness in a helicopter crash case and it's causing him more anxiety than any feat of flying ever did. It seems that they are each on their own but their two cases overlap and dangers abound, from all sides.

    Reader says: "Interesting for Santa Fe, but must get names right"
    Interesting for Santa Fe, but must get names right

    Connie Shelton's stories are average at best but her use of New Mexico, in this case Santa Fe (and Albuquerque) are intriguing. Her description of San..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 10 2013 by Reader (USA)
  • 12

    Stardom Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It’s a terrible case of mistaken identity when a gang of bank robbers think that Charlie is a famous movie star. Disappointed with their take from the bank, they decide that a hefty ransom will be their ticket to riches. But what will happen when the real star steps forward? Charlie knows that only her wits will save her from this band of desperate men. Meanwhile, in a race against the clock, Charlie's husband Drake is working with the FBI and local authorities to get Charlie back before her captors realize their mistake.

    Judith D. Shaffer says: "Big snooze"
    Big snooze

    Couldn't even listen to the whole thing. Tried fast forwarding thru dull parts, but finally gave up and stopped listening all together

    Reviewed on June 02 2014 by Judith D. Shaffer (Montgomery, AL)
  • 13

    Phantoms Can Be Murder: Charlie Parker Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Connie Shelton
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Charlie receives an enigmatic letter from her namesake aunt, her father's estranged sister, whom she's never met. Soon she's off to England. In the charming medieval Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds it isn’t only slightly eccentric Aunt Louisa’s beliefs in the occult or her spooky "haunted sites" tours that pique Charlie’s interest. When a friend of Louisa's is plagued by a series of pranks, Charlie and Louisa offer to find out what's behind them. But Charlie soon discovers that something sinister is brewing and she finds herself drawn into an investigation of crimes that are far too real.

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