Cynthia Baxter Books In Order

Pratt Twins Books In Publication Order

  1. The Banana Split Affair (1984)
  2. The Hot Fudge Sunday Affair (1985)
  3. Strawberry Summer (1986)
  4. The Pumpkin Principle (1986)
  5. Marshmallow Masquerade (1987)
  6. The Candy Cane Caper (1987)
  7. The Pink Lemonade Charade (1988)
  8. The Double-Dip Disguise (1988)
  9. The Popcorn Project (1989)
  10. The Apple Pie Adventure (1989)
  11. The Jelly Bean Scheme (1990)
  12. The Lollipop Plot (1990)
  13. The Coconut Connection (1991)

Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. Murder with a Cherry on Top (2018)
  2. Hot Fudge Murder (2019)
  3. Last Licks (2019)
  4. Game of Cones (2020)

Bubble Gum Gang Mysteries Books In Publication Order

  1. There’s No Such Thing as a Haunted House (1991)
  2. Chocolate Is My Middle Name (1992)
  3. Warning: Baby-Sitting May Be Hazardous to Your Health (1993)
  4. Buried Treasure… In My Own Attic (1994)

Dark Moon Legacy Books In Publication Order

  1. The Curse (1993)
  2. The Seduction (1993)
  3. The Rebellion (1993)

Nightmares Books In Publication Order

  1. The Trap (1993)
  2. The Beast (1993)

Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. Dead Canaries Don’t Sing (2004)
  2. Putting On The Dog (2004)
  3. Lead a Horse to Murder (2005)
  4. Hare Today, Dead Tomorrow (2006)
  5. Right from the Gecko (2007)
  6. Who’s Kitten Who? (2007)
  7. Monkey See, Monkey Die (2008)
  8. Murder Had a Little Lamb (2009)
  9. Crossing the Lion (2010)

Murder Packs A Suitcase Mysteries Books In Publication Order

  1. Murder Packs a Suitcase (2008)
  2. Too Rich and Too Dead (2009)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Once There Was a Fat Girl (1981)
  2. Lovers Choice (1981)
  3. Forever Rainbows (1982)
  4. Commitment (1982)
  5. Beautiful Dreamer (1983)
  6. Battle Scars (1983)
  7. Just Married (1984)
  8. All Our Secrets (1985)
  9. Starstruck (1986)
  10. Freedom to Dream (1987)
  11. Three of Us (1987)
  12. Crazy in Love (1988)
  13. Summer House (1989)
  14. Close to Home (1990)
  15. Going Solo (1991)
  16. A Summer in Paris (1992)
  17. Temptation (1993)
  18. Molly and the Great American Family (1994)
  19. Alaska Adventure (1995)
  20. Once More with Feeling (1996)
  21. The Housesitter (2011)

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Cynthia Baxter Books Overview

The Pink Lemonade Charade

On a school trip to Washington, D.C., twins, Susan and Chris Pratt, become involved in a Russian ballerina’s plan to defect.

Dead Canaries Don’t Sing

As a veterinarian, she’s more experienced with paw prints than fingerprints. But thanks to her dogged persistence and her knack for landing on her feet, Jessie s got murder on a very short leash. The sun is barely up and the day is already going to the dogs. Literally. As Dr. Jessica Popper embarks on a house call to a local horse farm, her one eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and her tailless Westie, Max, stumble upon something unexpected: a corpse half buried in the woods. As Max happily digs up the dead canary planted near the body, Jessie realizes that this corpse was clearly about to sing. But about what? Or whom?Enlisting the aid of her on again, off again lover, PI Nick Burby, Jess applies the stubbornness of a bloodhound and the agile moves of a cat to identify a menagerie of suspects including one who wants her off the case badly enough to kill again.

Putting On The Dog

A charity dog show has Jessica hitting the road with her faithful one eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and her tailless Westie, Max, for the palatial summer estates of Long Island’s fabled East End. When she arrives, the posh seaside community is crawling with stars eager to take best in show for their beloved pooches. But it’s murder most tacky when a celebrity photographer is felled by a giant ice sculpture at a $500 a plate fund raiser. Unable to resis the scent of the hunt, Jess is soon investigating a casting director’s dream of potential suspects. But if Jess isn’t careful, she just might become the next victim of a killer determined to prove she’s barking up the wrong tree.

Lead a Horse to Murder

When it comes to sleuthing, she’s not horsing around…

When full time vet and part time sleuth Jessica Popper is asked to treat a billionaire’s ailing horse, she gets a deadly glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and felonious .

Murder gallops after Jessie when an emergency call sends the traveling vet to a posh Long Island estate with her one eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and her tailless Westie, Max. A prized Arabian steed needs minor medical care but it’s the rider who grabs Jess s attention. The handsome young horseman exudes plenty of animal magnetism as he canters across the field and then takes an inexplicable, fatal fall.

The dead man was one of the finest polo players in the world, but it was no accident that killed him. The culprit was poison. And as Jess soon discovers, a number of people had the means, motive, and opportunity for foul play, from the hostile barn manager to the businessman s disgruntled wife. But Jess will have to temper her feline instinct with good old fashioned horse sense if she s going to stop a killer from leading a certain sleuth to her death.

Five paws up for Cynthia Baxter s Reigning Cats & Dogs series! Carolyn Hart

Hare Today, Dead Tomorrow

Can a vet detective catch a killer who’s hopping mad?Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Jessica Popper races down the rabbit hole and into a vintage case of passion and betrayal in Long Island’s elite wine country in Hare Today, Dead TomorrowIt’s harvest time, but this season’s crop includes chardonnay, merlot and murder. The victim is heir to one of the North Fork’s most prestigious wineries and if the crime isn’t shocking enough, the prime suspect is one of Jessie’s closest friends! Between managing her menagerie of pets, including Lou, the one eyed Dalmatian, her tailless Westie, Max, and a tiger kitten who thinks she’s queen of the jungle, commitment phobic Jess struggles to adjust to a new addition to her household: live in boyfriend Nick Burby. But even that proves easy compared to the challenge of catching a killer who’s left nothing behind but a ‘hare’ a stuffed bunny rabbit. To clear her friend’s name, Jess must maneuver through a warren of bizarre twists and more suspects than a bunny has offspring and she’ll need her own lucky rabbit’s foot to avoid becoming this killer’s next victim ‘Five paws up for Cynthia Baxter’s Reigning Cats and Dogs series!’ Carolyn Hart

Right from the Gecko

Surf’s up…
and so are the stakes when veterinarian and amateur sleuth Jessica Popper escapes to the land of hula, hibiscus, and geckos for a professional conference. The last time she and boyfriend Nick Burby touched down on the island of Hawaii, Nick caused a volcanic eruption when he unexpectedly popped The Question to commitment phobic Jess. But this trip proves just as dangerous when Jess befriends an ambitious young reporter whose body later washes up on the sand…
and someone thinks Jess holds the clue to the killer s motive.

There s no end of suspects among the exotic flora and fauna, from the victim s journalistic rivals and a mystery boyfriend to an eccentric beachcomber and a governor s aide with ties to a controversial biotech firm bringing progress to paradise. One of them is a killer with the chameleon like ability to stay hidden and if Jessica doesn t uncover hula dunnit in time, she ll be saying aloha…

Who’s Kitten Who?

When it comes to murder this sleuth isn’t pus*syfootin’ around…

Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Jessica Popper takes center stage in the cast of an up and coming Long Island playwright’s last production and the fur flies as Jess finds the theater world littered with clues to Simon Wainwright s murder. Was the killer the actress who s a real glamour puss? Or her rival for Simon s affections, a disheveled costume designer who looks like something the cat dragged in? Or how about the fat cat Broadway producers?

Jessie s no scaredy cat when she s on the prowl, but she loses her cool when her future in laws and their monstrous Maltese descend on the tiny cottage she shares with fianc Nick Burby, Lou the one eyed Dalmatian, rambunctious Westie Max, and the rest of her menagerie. Between coping with the Invasion of the Burbarians and playing cat and mouse with a killer, Jess could use nine lives herself. But curiosity killed the cat will that be Jessie s fate by the time the curtain falls?

Monkey See, Monkey Die

Is a certain vet detective about to become an endangered species?

It’s been over a decade since Jessica Popper spoke to vet school friend Erin Walsh. So when Erin calls out of the blue, Jess agrees to meet her. When Erin doesn t show, Jessie begins to suspect that her old pal was making a monkey out of her until she learns that Erin was murdered.

Jessie can t resist getting involved, but her sleuthing quickly pulls her into a jungle of suspects. Did Erin s husband, Ben, kill her or was it the eccentric lizard loving coworker with whom she may have been monkeying around? Was Ben s outrageously wealthy new partner trying to cover up some monkey business? Or was it Erin s ambitious boss, a distinguished primate specialist determined to remain top banana in her field? With the killer going ape to stay hidden, even Jess s animal instincts might not save her from a fate more fatal than a barrel of monkeys.

Murder Had a Little Lamb

WHO BETTER THAN A PET DETECTIVE TO EXPOSE A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING?Things get wild and woolly when Jessica Popper’s wedding to longtime fianc Nick Burby is interrupted by the sound of bloody murder. The sacrificial lamb is the black sheep of the Burby flock, a long lost relative Nick has never even met. In fact, no one thought Cousin Nathaniel would return to the fold for the event except his killer. Now, instead of enjoying her honeymoon, Jessie finds herself playing Bo Peep to a growing list of suspects, none with a past as white as snow. All the clues lead to an exclusive private school in Long Island’s high toned Bromptons, where snobby socialites and a smattering of locals on scholarship take clas*ses in African drumming and field trips to Europe. But shearing away the thick fleece of politics, tension, and rivalries reveals a very different animal under the school’s progressive appearance. And just when Jess thinks she’s about to herd in the killer, she realizes she’s being led like a lamb to slaughter .

Crossing the Lion

CAN A SMALL TOWN PET DETECTIVE HUNT DOWN A BEAST OF A KILLER IN ITS OWN LAIR? Veterinarian Jessica Popper is still basking in newlywedded bliss when neighbors Betty and Winston beg her to investigate the suspicious death of Linus Merrywood, king of the corporate jungle. On stormy Solitude Island, the Merrywoods have enjoyed the lion’s share of wealth for generations. But from the suspects to the surroundings, Jess feels as if she s walked straight into an old fashioned game of Clue except here the stakes are life and death. There s the butler named Jives, a sexy assistant named Scarlett, teatime in the conservatory, and a house with secret passageways, moving walls, and a wailing aunt locked in the attic. With a storm raging around the island and Jess s least favorite police detective assigned to the case, things are looking dire until Jess s lionhearted husband, Nick, braves his way to Solitude to rescue her. Now it s the two of them against a family steeped in secrets and a killer on the prowl who s ferociously determined to protect the biggest family secret of all.

Murder Packs a Suitcase

Mallory Marlowe is ready to turn a corner one lined with palm trees, plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments, and snack bars shaped like giant ice cream cones. Thanks to her new job as travel writer for the New York magazine The Good Life, recently widowed Mallory is zipping around Orlando, assigned to rediscover the glory days of old Florida. It’s the first of what she hopes will be many exciting adventures…
but she s about to discover that the Sunshine State has a dark side.

Settled in among the faux volcanoes and tiki torches of the Polynesian Princess Hotel, Mallory is on the lookout for quirky attractions like alligator farms and pirate themed diners hidden amid the glitzy theme parks. But she s not prepared to find a cranky journalist speared to death in the Bali Ballroom or to find herself a suspect in his murder. With her trip coming to a close, Mallory has no choice but to figure out if one of her fellow travel writers is a killer. Because if she doesn t get out of Florida soon, her career and her life are about to come to a dead end.

Includes Mallory s article for The Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Florida attractions!

Too Rich and Too Dead

Have suitcase, will sleuth…

Mallory Marlowe, travel writer for the Good Life magazine, heads to Colorado to answer the question: Can nonskiers have fun in Aspen? It’s also a chance to visit a now rich and famous high school classmate, Carly Cassidy Berman. Cheerleader, homecoming queen, and class president, Carly had it all then and still does a sprawling mountainside home, an adoring husband, and a multimillion dollar business centered around her super exclusive Tavaci Springs spa. But not all is what it seems in Carly s golden life, because within twenty four hours of Mallory s arrival, Carly s corpse turns up in a mud bath.

Against a dazzling backdrop of majestic ski slopes, ritzy boutiques, and slumming celebrities, Mallory suddenly discovers that Aspen s main attraction is a dazzling array of suspects one of whom is eager to see this accidental sleuth s travels come to an end. As Mallory begins to uncover the secrets hidden amid Aspen s snow, will a desperate killer make this playground for the pampered and privileged Mallory s final destination?

Includes Mallory s article for the Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Aspen attractions!

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