Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery - Connie Shelton

Deadly Gamble: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery

By Connie Shelton

  • Release Date: 2009-10-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 553 Ratings


Praise for USA Today bestselling author, Connie Shelton, and her first novel:

"An impressive debut mystery!" -- Albuquerque Journal

"Charlie is slick, appealing and nobody's fool--just what readers want in an amateur sleuth." -- Booklist

"This is a dandy. Don't miss it!" -- Book Talk

In this debut nearly-cozy mystery series book, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie and her sidekick dog, Rusty, retrieve the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect.

Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.

Includes new foreword from the author upon the 20th anniversary of first publication of this ongoing series' first title.

Praise for the other books in the Charlie Parker mystery series:
"A well written, by the book who-done-it that will enthrall purists. Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth." -- Midwest Book Review

"Shelton has created a lively hero in Charlie and puts her into situations that require prompt action and good common sense. A Charlie Parker mystery is always a good read..." --Southwest Book Views

"Charlie is a good detective and a pleasant companion to unravel a mystery with." -- Mystery News

"Shelton's engaging story, likable heroine, and comfortable prose make this a good choice." -- Library Journal

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review


  • Fun and easy read

    By FAD5209
    At least Charlie isn’t incredibly beautiful, thin, long legged and everything I am not. She is fun and bumbles around a bit. I enjoyed getting lost in her escapades.
  • Hooked!

    By TexasMan39
    This was my first time reading this author. I was totally hooked after the first few pages. I forced myself to put the book down so I could get some sleep. Then had a dental appointment I was not about to cancel. And had several more interruptions today. Finally finished the book. This author can really write a good mystery! I encourage you to try her out if you have never read one of her books. I don't think you will be disappointed!
  • Amateur Detective

    By math wizard
    Charlie is an account and has a business with her brother who is a private investigator. Brother, Ron, is away when an client shows up. Charlie sets out to her an ex/friend and figure out killed Detweiller. Well written story kept me interested right up until the guilty is uncovered. Enjoy!
  • Deadly Gamble

    By smittycr
    Quick read. Interesting characters looking forward to more
  • Definitely Enjoyable

    By Dog mystery lover
    I found this book irritating as well as riveting! It was kind of all jumbled with a lot of characters but the storyline was focused as well as frustrating! Read and see how you react!
  • Booooring

    By Coouurrttnneeyymb
    Extremely boring. This book dragged on way too much. There are so many parts that can be taken out to shorten this book, which would make it much more readable. I couldn't finish it, it was taking way too long to get through a bunch of hogwash.
  • Absolutely!

    By Academy 3
    Loved this book! It was interesting, had drama, murder and characters were great. I love the way she writes and looking forward to reading the next one.
  • Fun

    By LWolfAIA
    Believable storyline. Kept me interested.
  • Deadly Gamble

    By Gammy430
    Nice, relaxing mystery with a snoopy young woman who almost gets herself I real trouble. Would like to read more of her work.
  • Deadly Gamble

    By Tenderloin56
    A good, easy to read book. Nice characters and plot.