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Cozy Mysteries

with an extra shiver

by Blanche Day Manos

 
The Darcy & Flora Mysteries

The Cemetery Club

Becoming entangled in a centuries-old legend, being targeted by a group of ruthless men, and discovering a long-lost love were not in Darcy's plans. Fate, however, had other plans for Darcy and Flora.

Grave Shift

Before the long nightmare ended, Darcy would often wish her mother had not opened that letter from an unknown woman, plunging both Darcy and Flora into a tale of an unsolved mystery, a web of secrets, and the discovery of an unsuspected traitor.

Best Left Buried

A contractor finds a mysterious object deep in a hand-dug well and he needs Darcy's help retrieving it. The result is a kidnapping, a stranger's greed, and a brush with death as Darcy and Flora unravel a web of deceit ensnaring their family.

Grave Heritage

During a violent thunderstorm, there is a murder. When a friend becomes the second victim, local sleuth Darcy Campbell is drawn into the investigation. Danger is closer to Darcy and her mother than either suspects. As the river floods, it seems the whole world has turned on them.

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The Ned McNeil Mysteries

Belize Navidad

When widow Nettie "Ned" McNeil returns to her hometown of Ednalee, Oklahoma, she finds her uncle lying in a pool of blood. Obsessed, she risks her own life pursuing the killer who will stop at nothing to hide a deadly secret.

By the Fright of the Silvery Moon

Ned McNeil is haunted by a nightmare that wakes her in the middle of the night, leaving her gasping for breath. A dog—or is it a wolf?—howling in her yard under the brilliant autumn moon sends chills down her spine. Get ready for a page turner; a cozy mystery with an extra shiver that just may keep you up at night, even when the moon isn't full!

Moonstruck and Murderous

Are two full moons in March to blame for multiple murders in Ednalee, OK? "Ned" McNeil must decipher the mystery surrounding the Carver Mansion to prevent more slayings. But the killer may be moonstruck, and the whole town is suspect. Will Ned fall under the Blue Moon's spell before she unlocks the secret?

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In her previous life, Blanche Day Manos was a kindergarten teacher, part-time writer of feature stories for a newspaper, and writer of stories and poems for children's and Christian magazines. Now, she lives in a bustling Arkansas town near her family. In between writing books, she enjoys painting and playing the piano.
      Blanche specializes in clean mysteries that have middle-aged women protagonists with a tendency to become involved in strange and mysterious happenings in their hometowns.
      Darcy Campbell, retired newspaper reporter, and her mother Flora Tucker, protagonists, can't stay out of trouble in Levi, Oklahoma. On the surface, this lovely town seems tranquil, filled with law-abiding and peaceful people. As Darcy and Flora discover, more is going on than meets the eye. The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, Best Left Buried, and Grave Heritage follow these courageous women from one harrowing adventure to another.
      The second series, the Ned McNeil Moonlight books, begins with Nettie Elizabeth McNeil returning to her hometown of Ednalee, looking forward to a reunion with her only living relative, her Uncle Javin. The reunion fails to happen and Ned, as her friends call her, discovers that she is involved in a web of lies and mysteries that have their origin in a murder that happened decades ago. Moonlight Can Be Murder indeed. More excitement takes place under a full moon in By the Fright of the Silvery Moon. The third Ned McNeil book, Moonstruck and Murderous, follows Ned and her two childhood friends into the mystery surrounding a 200-year-old house that is lovely to look at but is built around a deadly secret of its own.

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