Connie Shelton
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Connie Shelton

Having fun with my writing, and connecting with readers--that's what being a mystery writer means to me. And I LOVE what I do!

It began in 1985 when I started writing my first novel, without much clue how to go about it. Two years and 500 pages later, when I finally typed 'The End,' I felt a huge rush of excitement. That book took third place in the Southwest Writers competition and began making the rounds of publishers. I simply started writing my second, and then my third books.

After publishing ten of my Charlie Parker mysteries, I decided to branch out with a new cozy mystery series and I created the character of Samantha Sweet. One of the ways in which I earned a little extra pocket money during my high school years was to bake and decorate cakes--hence, a career for Samantha based on my own experiences.

In 2009 I switched publishers and was off on a new adventure, seeing all of my books made available for Kindle as e-books were just beginning to take off in the book world. It's been an exciting time in publishing--high points for me were reaching #1 on Amazon a few times and the Top 50 on the USA Today bestseller list. I'm loving the way e-books allow me to personally connect with readers all over the world via my newsletter and my website at connieshelton.com.


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Besides writing the Charlie Parker and Samantha Sweet mysteries, Connie is an award-winning essayist. Her work has been published in both small and major anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul, and her short stories have won several prizes. She has also been a commercial hot air balloon pilot and holds the women's world altitude record for size AX-4 balloons. She has been featured in Who's Who and The World Who's Who of Women.

She and her husband live in northern New Mexico with their two dogs, Daisy and Missy, who became stars of their own series of children's books.

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Best Sellers

    • Spooky Sweet

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 11
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Samantha Sweet’s Sweets bakery is taking on a whole new dimension. It’s almost Halloween, and her pastry shop is bursting at the seams. She needs extra employees, but there is no place to put them. Right before the witching day, she comes upon a large Victorian house....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Licre47 on 11-11-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Sweet's Sweets

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 2
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    Sam is working hard to get her new pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets, open for business, when she's assigned a new property to care for as part of her contract with the USDA....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Muffins, Mystery, Murder

    • By Debbie on 05-13-16

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Sweet Masterpiece

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 1
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 226

    Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living - all perfectly legal as a caretaker for the USDA. But her real dream is to open her own pastry shop, 'Sweet's Sweets'....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Picky, I know I'm Picky.

    • By Judy King on 03-02-16

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Weddings Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Series, 16
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Charlie's brother, Ron, is ready for the happiest day of his life when he will marry longtime girlfriend Victoria Morgan....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • narrator

    • By Wendy Moore on 11-20-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Sweet Holidays

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 3
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    It's Christmas and a chocolatier shows up at Sweet's Sweets, offering to create a special line of hand-dipped chocolates for Sam's customers, offering to work for no pay....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wooden Box and The Chocolate Maker

    • By Debbie on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Sweets Galore

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 6
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Samantha Sweet and Beau Cardwell are getting ready for their September wedding, with the whole Sweet clan about to show up for the celebration....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Mystery

    • By Col on 04-21-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Competition Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker, Book 8
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Brian Swinney needs someone to fly his aircrafts in Scotland on a lucrative contract shuttling men and equipment to the North Sea oil rigs.....

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Sweets Forgotten

    • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 10
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When a woman walks into Samantha Sweet’s pastry shop, claiming to have amnesia, it’s a puzzle that seems to have nothing to do with Sam’s new commission for a fantastic one-of-a-kind order of chocolates....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sweets forgotten<br /><br />

    • By John William Young on 10-15-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Deadly Gamble

    • Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs work

    • By beatrice on 07-23-12

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Vacations Can Be Murder

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Charlie's last case left her 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 Kauai's NaPali coast....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as the first

    • By Beatrice on 02-20-12

    Regular price: $17.49

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