Shelton's Charlie Parker

17 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 407 ratings

Deadly Gamble Publisher's Summary

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. Using her trusty jeep for surveillance, she is aided and abetted by Rusty, a huge, lovable mutt.

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  • Book 1

    • 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 121
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs work

    • By beatrice on 07-23-12

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 2

    • 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 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.

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

    • By Beatrice on 02-20-12

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  • Book 3

    • Partnerships Can Kill

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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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  • Book 4

    • Small Towns Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Barbara on 01-16-12

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  • Book 5

    • Memories Can Be Murder

    • A Connie Shelton Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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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  • Book 6

    • Honeymoons Can Be Murder

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Irritating

    • By LAZA2011 on 11-13-11

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  • Book 6.5

    • Holidays Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Mystery Series Special Edition
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    It’s a New Mexico Christmas. The lights are strung, the luminarias are set along the sidewalks. Treats are abundant and Charlie Parker is getting ready for her mother-in-law’s holiday visit. But there is trouble in the neighborhood and when death shows up - right next door - Charlie’s bright, festive plans suddenly take a turn for the dark.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Cloying and not really about Christmas

    • By NYNM on 01-03-13

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  • Book 7

    • Reunions Can Be Murder

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • No suspense, minimal arc, annoying narrator

    • By Katherine on 08-15-08

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  • Book 8

    • 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. 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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  • Book 9

    • Balloons Can Be Murder

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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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  • Book 10

    • Obsessions Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Series, Book 10
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

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  • Book 11

    • Gossip Can Be Murder

    • A Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting for Santa Fe, but must get names right

    • By NYNM on 01-10-13

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  • Book 12

    • Stardom Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Series, Book 12
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great book loved it love the Connie Shelton great

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-04-17

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  • Book 13

    • Phantoms Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Series, Book 13
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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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  • Book 14

    • Buried Secrets Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker, Book 14
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    It's Christmas in Albuquerque; Charlie and family are ready for a quiet holiday at home. But right away, her hopes fade when Charlie's brother and PI business partner, Ron, brings in two new cases, one of which made national headlines. Five years earlier, with the tide of media attention and public sentiment against her, Tali Donovan was acquitted of killing her two children and went into hiding. Now, on the anniversary of the children's disappearance, their father wants answers.

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  • Book 15

    • Legends Can Be Murder

    • Charlie Parker Series, Book 15
    • By: Connie Shelton
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Charlie Parker and her husband Drake Langston accept a job with Gold Trail Adventures in Skagway, Alaska, flying visitors by helicopter to remote cabin sites to experience the outdoor lifestyle and seek their fortunes. It isn't long before one of the guests finds a set of bones in an old mine, remains that date back decades.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Implausible and overdone stereotypes

    • By Wild Horses Flying on 10-05-18

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  • Book 16

    • 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 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Charlie's brother, Ron, is ready for the happiest day of his life when he will marry longtime girlfriend Victoria Morgan. Charlie will be matron of honor, her husband Drake the best man. But when Charlie stops by the bride's house to pick her up for the ceremony, the place is in disarray, and Victoria is missing. And Ron has no proof of where he was the night before, after he and his fiancée had a terrible argument. Was the fight nothing more than pre-wedding jitters, as Ron claims? Or did the unthinkable happen?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A unique twist on a wedding

    • By Anonymous User on 08-13-18

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