In the Spirit of Murder
It’s Yours for the Taking!
When top homicide Detective Claudia Hershey left Cleveland, Ohio to get away from murder and its demanding, erratic hours, she thought she’d found bliss for herself and her daughter in sleepy little Indian Run — a backwards Florida town.
But when a medium turns up dead there on Halloween night, Hershey is thrust into a nightmarish case that reaches from the secretive heart of a psychic community to the powerful corridors of the state Legislature. Unraveling the truth could end her career — maybe even her life.
“Credible and driven, Florida Homicide Detective Claudia Hershey is everything a crime solver should be.” — Diane Capri, New York Times Bestselling Author
A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #2
They look like tragic accidents: An old woman drowned in her tub. An old man drowned in a pond. But when Florida Detective Claudia Hershey looks beyond the evidence, someone looks back—someone who will stop at nothing to silence her from seeing what was there all along.
No one is surprised when the friendless cat lady of Indian Run is found dead in the bathtub of her grubby trailer. Accidents happen. One happened to her. The police chief wants to move on.
But Detective Claudia Hershey thinks the case merits another look. Inconsistencies scream for further investigation, not to mention a mean-spirited neighbor whose undisguised pleasure in the woman’s death is too great to ignore. Reluctantly, the chief gives her the green light and she turns her full attention to the case—for a day. Because then another body surfaces, this one in a pond, this one that of a wealthy old man who shares nothing in common with the cat lady but the unfortunate manner of their deaths.
Two quiet drownings, two tragic accidents. That’s what everyone thinks. But Hershey looks harder. What she doesn’t know is that someone is looking back—someone who will stop at nothing to silence her from seeing what has been there all along….
A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #3
Detective Claudia Hershey is spun into an investigation where the only certainties are deceit and betrayal. Whether she can restore tranquility to the quiet Florida town and salvage her career depends on the community’s newest residents—and who among them stays alive.
When a hostage situation in a gated community turns deadly, blame is swiftly leveled at police Detective Claudia Hershey. Why didn’t she see calamity looming? Why didn’t she stop it before it turned lethal? Was she just too burned out?
That’s the media spin planted by the mayor of Indian Run. He claims Hershey has allowed both and he launches a campaign to have her ousted. But what the mayor doesn’t know is that she’s already uncovered another kind of a campaign, a sinister scheme that reaches beyond the town’s limits and blurs the line between villain and hero.
Whether she can build a case in time to salvage her career depends on the community’s newest residents—and who among them stays alive.
NEW! – A Humorous Mystery
(NOT part of the Claudia Hershey Mysteries Series)
When ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances — like literally stumbling over an old box containing more than $200,000 in an abandoned field — you can be sure chaos will follow.
But that much money can be seductive, and the choices you make may not be those that would even occur to you under other circumstances.
See how 29-year-old Regina deals with her unexpected find in this madcap mystery, a definite departure from the author’s popular Claudia Hershey mystery series. Will a bumbling thief, enterprising priest, obnoxious private eye and other oddball characters help — or hurt? Find out in this quirky novel set in the 1980s when the rules of today didn’t exist.
A Prequel Short Story to the Claudia Hershey Mystery Series
Decorated Police Homicide Detective Claudia Hershey, now working in a small Florida town, never planned to become a cop at all. Find out what pushed her in that direction in this short story, which takes place when Claudia is 12 years old.
When she was just 12 years old, Claudia Hershey, the girl who later would become a frequently decorated police homicide detective, really only wanted to be an oboe player in an orchestra one day. That changed on a Halloween night when, despite her protests, her mother insisted she go trick or treating one last time. Reluctantly, Claudia ? tall and gawky as a pre-teen ? appeased her mother by putting on a ghost costume and heading out into the neighborhood. She didn’t fit in well with her peers, who liked to call her “stilts,” so she walked door to door alone, just wanting to be done with it all. Then, just when she was about to call it a night, she saw something bad about to happen in a dark, isolated area of the neighborhood. There was no one else around and she was suddenly thrust into a situation where she had to make a swift life or death decision that would catapult her into hand-to-hand combat. It would be her last foray into trick or treating, but not the last time she encountered evil on a holiday night.
Author Laura Belgrave
"Extraordinary author of extraordinary novels." —D. L. Keur
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