Book List in Order: 25 titles


  • When substitute teacher Barbara Reed turned wedding planning over to her wealthy neighbor Muriel Ballantine, she knew the event wouldn't be what she and Dave asked for—small, simple, and sane. What she didn't know was that murder would block h...



  • Suddenly, mimes seem to be everywhere in Reckless River, Washington. Their antics amuse residents at first. Then street theater gives way to street crime. Fast, organized, and armed with cream pies, mimes avoid capture. And they baffle police by deli...



  • When her colleagues take to the picket line, substitute teacher Barbara Reed joins the march. But solidarity gives way to suspicion when a school board member disappears.Did one of her friends kidnap the most vocal opponent of a pay hike? Evidence po...



  • Book 10 in the Subbing isn’t for Sissies Series Does Cheese Puff have what it takes to detect a ghost? Will an intervention halt Sybil’s gambling before she turns to loan sharks? Will Allison live through an unlicensed night behind the wheel? Wil...



  • Book 8 in the Subbing isn’t for Sissies Series It’s January in Reckless River, Washington—cold, dark, damp, and dismal. Stuck in a rut of routine, substitute teacher Barbara Reed wishes for change. It hits with the force of a hurricane. The hig...



  • Chaos is, as usual, the default setting for substitute teacher Barbara Reed’s life in Reckless River, Washington. Her ex-husband is in trouble for lying to a judge, her overbearing sister is tailing her, and a series of error-ridden memos have teac...



  • When her grandmother dies, Rain Paxton inherits an extraordinary gift—the ability to follow a phantom dog into the afterlife, to a place called Nightfall Bay. There, at the edge of a dark sea, the souls of the missing and murdered must wait for ear...



  • While Barbara Reed’s drug-cop boyfriend is away, her life spins out of control. Dave’s daughter shifts to drama-queen overdrive, Cheese Puff hits new levels of canine entitlement, and Barb’s overbearing sister demands help with a mid-life makeo...



  • When substitute teacher Barbara Reed agrees to fill in for an instructor at a juvenile detention facility, she fears it’s a huge mistake. The job is stressful and confining. But Barb needs a paycheck, and a looming teachers’ walkout could elimina...







  • Is Bigfoot prowling around Reckless River, Washington? Has Sasquatch come to the city? Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Somethi...



  • (Sequel to HEMLOCK LAKE and THROUGH A YELLOW WOOD) The Catskill Mountains are rich in folklore, legends, and tales of the supernatural. Once guided by ghosts, Dan Stone doesn’t disbelieve what can’t be explained. And there’s no logical reason f...



  • Mystery authors Carolyn J. Rose and Mike Nettleton serve up 32 short stories featuring detectives, killers, ghosts, radio deejays, thwarted authors, bungling criminals, Harry Houdini, Santa Claus, insurance salesmen, young lovers, talking vegetables,...



  • After tangling with killers (NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MURDER) and a deranged drug dealer (NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY), substitute teacher Barbara Reed craves routine, relaxation, and quality time with drug cop Dave Martin. Moving in together seems like the way...



  • (The sequel to DEATH AT DEVIL’S HARBOR)It’s bedlam by the bay.It’s chaos on the coast.It’s another dustup in Devil’s Harbor, that quirky Oregon community.When an image appears scorched into a breaded crab cake some say it’s a miracle. Oth...



  • (If you like this story, check out the sequel, DECEPTION AT DEVIL'S HARBOR)When the body of an unscrupulous land developer washes in with the tide, there are more motives for murder than grains of sand on the beach at Devil’s Harbor, Oregon.Vince G...



  • Substitute teacher Barbara Reed knows better than to say the word “perfect.” Using the P-word is a sure way to jinx romance, finance, and circumstance. Despite a chronic shortage of funds, things are looking up for Barb after the events of NO SUB...



  • A woman determined to hold onto her land. Financial sharks out to make a killing. A life-or-death struggle by the SEA OF REGRET. A year after the violence and tragedy of AN UNCERTAIN REFUGE, Kate Dalton’s life is shattered again. Developers want Ev...



  • Seven months after cheating death in the dark waters of Hemlock Lake, Dan Stone discovers a search dog trainer and his dogs shot down at a remote cabin in the Catskill Mountains. Only one young dog, badly wounded, survives the attack. No longer weari...



  • Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer, Barbara Reed is desperate for money. She’s got a mortgage, a college loan, an aging car, and a ten-pound dog named Cheese Puff. With her unemployment che...







  • 1966. As summer ends in Maplekill, New York, the dreams of 19-year-old Liz Roark turn to dust. A girl known only as April arrives carrying a duffel bag of bright clothing and an engagement ring from Liz’s childhood sweetheart Ben Hoyt, a Marine mis...



  • A child orphaned by violence. A woman sworn to protect and raise him. A killer come to claim him. A few deadly minutes in An Uncertain Refuge. Kate Dalton lives by the rules of honesty and fair play until she steps between a battered woman and the ma...



  • For generations only a few families held title to land in the isolated Catskill Mountain community of Hemlock Lake. But with the turning of the century one man, lured by easy money, sells his inheritance to a developer of luxury homes. As the contrac...



  • NOW OUT OF PRINTTV News Director Casey Brandt would like to forget her best friend's wedding day. She ran her stockings, got dumped by her boyfriend, missed out on dessert and hiked half a mile in high heels. She wound up at the morgue identifying on...



  • NOW OUT OF PRINT.Vacations Can Be Murder When Death Doesn't Take a Holiday Albuquerque TV News Director Casey Brandt and deejay Stu McKnight need a vacation. But before they unpack at their Catskill Mountain retreat, their host discovers the body of...



Complete Series List in Order

A Catskill Mountains Mystery

Hemlock Lake (Aug-2010)
Through a Yellow Wood (Jul-2012)