PAMELA BURFORD SERIES:

[Jane Delaney 01.0] Undertaking Irene

[Jane Delaney 01.0] Undertaking Irene

Pamela Burford

Pamela Burford

Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people. Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy. Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong? **Review "Look out, Janet Evanovich: Jane Delaney is a worthy rival of Stephanie Plum. Bright, smart, and incredibly funny, Undertaking Irene is a delightful laugh-out-loud roller-coaster ride." LORNA BARRETT, New York Times best-selling author of Book Clubbed "Witty characters, humorous story line and a plot so fun you won't want to stop reading this book! . . . It's laugh out loud funny and will make people wonder what you are reading!" SHELLEY'S BOOK CASE "This one is definitely ♥♥♥♥♥!" RANTIN', RAVIN' & READING "Undertaking Irene by Pamela Burford is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time! . . . I was laughing out loud right from the start. . . . I can't wait for book two. If you like humor with your mystery, definitely check this one out!" BROOKE BLOGS, 5 Stars! "Quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and snappy dialogue!" ESCAPE WITH DOLLYCAS "I hated to put it down. . . . I will be looking to read other books by Pamela Burford!" READALOT**** * From the Author Author Q & A with Pamela Burford: Your amateur sleuth, Jane Delaney, is called the "Death Diva." She does freelance jobs relating to death and dead folks. How did you come up with such a strange occupation? The inspiration for this series came from a news story. Several years ago I read an article about a woman who's paid to place flowers on graves and scatter ashes. I immediately thought, What a great way for the female protagonist of my new mystery series to make a living! I took the idea a step--well, quite a few steps--further and am having Jane take on all kinds of interesting assignments, the better to cozy up to murder in all its various forms. For example, in the beginning of Book 1, Undertaking Irene, Jane attempts to swipe a brooch from a corpse during the wake. In fairness to Jane, she thought she was snatching it for the rightful owner. Jane's sidekick is a toy poodle named Sexy Beast. How did he come to be? Sexy Beast was inspired by my very own poodle, named Murray, who shares many of his fictional counterpart's traits. Murray shrieks in alarm at the sight of shampoo or clippers. He's a high-maintenance though devoted and adorable animal, a true member of the family. And yes, he possesses a buck-fang, just like Sexy Beast. By the way, Sexy Beast was named for the movie of the same name. His original owner in Undertaking Irene was a big cinema fan. Her previous dogs were named Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, and Jaws. The books in this series are hilarious. Is it hard to write comedy? My writing has always incorporated a quirky brand of humor. It comes to me naturally. I grew up in a funny household (wait, that didn't come out right). My husband has an exceptional sense of humor, and our kids continue the tradition. One of them is even a stand-up comic! The second book in the series, Uprooting Ernie, begins with the toppling of a tree after a storm, causing Jane to make an interesting discovery. How did you come up with that idea? It was another news story! I live on Long Island. During Superstorm Sandy, my husband and I--and Murray, of course--had to evacuate our home and move in temporarily with our son in his tiny apartment in Astoria, Queens. I spent a lot of time there watching the storm news, which included a segment about a tree that had been upended, revealing a skeleton underneath. It was later determined that the bones belonged to an eighteenth-century soldier who'd died of yellow fever, but the idea had been planted. I had my initial premise for Uprooting Ernie. Is Crystal Harbor, where your stories take place, a real town? Nope, I made it up. The affluent, suburban town of Crystal Harbor is based on several actual towns on the North Shore of Long Island. Crystal Harbor is about thirty miles from New York City, but it still has a homey, small-town atmosphere and everyone knows everyone else's business. Jane has two potential love interests in this series, men who are very different from each other in looks and temperament. Tell us a little something about Dom and Martin. Jane and nice guy Dom have long been divorced, but they've remained good friends and she's never gotten over him. Enter bad boy Martin, he of the mysterious and possibly felonious past, and you have yourselves a fun love triangle. Jane's relationship with both men has its ups and downs. There's no hanky panky going on (yet), but the sexual tension and romantic complications get pretty intense at times. Will Jane ever settle down with either of these sexy guys? If I knew, I still wouldn't tell! How many Jane Delaney mysteries do you plan to write? I'm having so much fun writing this series, I don't think I'll ever stop! I can't get enough of Jane, Sexy Beast, Dom, Martin, and the fun, eccentric, and sometimes murderous denizens of Crystal Harbor.
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Preserving Peaches

Preserving Peaches

Pamela Burford

Pamela Burford

Just when it looks like Death Diva Jane Delaney's dormant love life is finally poised to take off, the romantic moment is interrupted by notoriously caustic advice columnist Gertrude "Peaches" Gillespey—or more accurately, by the discovery of Peaches's mummified corpse.The victim made plenty of enemies with her lacerating wit, so there's no shortage of suspects. And when her shocking secrets come to light, the question becomes: Who didn't want Peaches dead?As if that's not enough, Jane must cope with a second suspicious death, a vexing love triangle, a dirty mayoral election, and the victim's missing collection of peach-shaped knickknacks. Not to mention a hair-raising online date with a possible homicidal maniac. Thank goodness for Jane's loyal sidekick, Sexy Beast. There's nothing like a high-strung, seven-pound poodle to help you solve your mummy issues.
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A Case of You

A Case of You

Pamela Burford

Pamela Burford

Doctor Noah Stewart is the first person Kit Roarke trusts when she travels to the small town of Pratte, Vermont, to investigate her best friend’s murder—a murder that mysteriously mirrors the town’s only other one thirty years before. The more Kit learns about the handsome young physician, however, the more she wonders if her trust is misplaced. Noah harbors a dark secret. Despite his attraction to Kit, he wishes she’d go back home and leave the investigation in the less-than-capable hands of local law enforcement. Since she’s determined to stay and look into the murder, he has no choice but to stick close and monitor her progress, in the guise of helping her. If she strays too near to the truth, he’ll have no choice but to stop her. A Case of You was a finalist in both Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and RT Reviewers Choice Best Book Awards. Originally published as His Secret Side.**
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Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot

Pamela Burford

Pamela Burford

“Pamela Burford creates the memorable characters readers love!” –The Literary Times Rule Number One: Never mix business with pleasure. New York restaurant reviewer Lina Holland learned that lesson by watching her beloved mentor self-destruct, and she's not about to make a similar mistake, even if the chef and owner of the restaurant she’s secretly reviewing is the most sexalicious hunk who ever seared a T-bone. It's not enough to be scrupulously impartial, she must avoid even the merest whiff of favoritism. Date a restaurateur? She can't allow herself to even think about it. Okay, she thinks about it, but that's all. Really! Chef Eric Reid is a widower struggling to raise twin boys and keep his fledgling Long Island restaurant afloat long enough for word of mouth to lift it out of the red. Little does he suspect that the intriguing new customer groaning in ecstasy over his bourbon pecan tart is none other than the legendary Lina Holland, the reviewer whose thumbs-up could spell the difference between colossal success and the extermination of his lifelong dream. No one in the industry knows what Lina looks like, but he's convinced she's a brash, zaftig shrew who applies her makeup with a putty knife. When he finds out how wrong he is, the fun really starts! Throw in a buttinsky roommate, a lecherous ex-husband, bribery by chocolate, and the fishing excursion from hell, and the result is, well, too darn hot! Originally published by Zebra books, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Icing Allison

Icing Allison

Pamela Burford

Pamela Burford

What, Jane Delaney asks herself, could be better than skating on a frozen lake with sexy Martin McAuliffe? After all, Martin's thought of everything:• Yummy picnic lunch, complete with the requisite hot chocolate? Check.• Adorable, if slightly neurotic, canine sidekick? Check.• Chainsaw (don't ask)? Check.• Frozen corpse? Dang! And just when things were starting to get romantic!The authorities decide Allison Zaleski's death was an accident, but Death Diva Jane isn't so sure. For starters, some of the wealthy young woman's nearest and dearest had reason to want her out of the picture—her boy-toy husband and his greedy mistress for starters. But it isn't until Jane discovers Allison's secret video diary that the questions really start piling up. Such as: Who left a decapitated Barbie doll, altered to look like Allison, in her mailbox? And what, if anything, did Allison have to do with...
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