Helen Binney Mysteries

Boxed Set, Books 1-3

Contains: A DOSE OF DEATH, A DENIAL OF DEATH and A DRAW OF DEATH

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A DOSE OF DEATH (Helen Binney Mystery #1)

As the former governor’s wife, Helen Binney is used to being in charge. So when illness and two pushy nieces force her to take on a visiting nurse, Helen uses every trick in the book to slip away from the annoying woman. Only someone must have disliked the nurse even more than Helen, because the woman’s dead body shows up the next day in Helen’s yard! Now it’s up to Helen to prove that not only is she perfectly capable of taking care of herself, she’s also perfectly capable of solving one cold-blooded murder. Between the nurse’s shady past, an elusive “Remote Control Burglar,” and an unlikely partnership with a handsome lawyer, Helen finds herself being drawn into the killer’s carefully crafted web. The only question is, can Helen survive a little dose of death?

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A DENIAL OF DEATH (Helen Binney Mystery #2)

Helen Binney projected a powerful image as the former governor’s wife, and she’s not about to let a little thing like illness force her into doing anything less now. While her pushy nieces think she’s at death’s door, her handsome lawyer friend thinks she’s a hot magnet for trouble…and her new gal-pals think she’s a brilliant amateur detective! When those new gals give her an interesting project, Helen can’t refuse proving her usefulness to the nay-sayers in her life. She quickly dives into investigating the disappearance of a member of their charitable knitting group. But when the yarn trail leads to a husband in denial, a secret bank account, and a shallow grave, it’s clear that someone else sees Helen in yet another unflattering light: as a threat that needs to be permanently neutralized! If Helen can keep her wits about her, she may be able to untangle herself from one sticky situation, and catch a killer in the process.

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A DRAW OF DEATH (Helen Binney Mystery #3)

After twenty years as a political wife, the now-divorced Helen Binney should be able to organize a small event for the local library without breaking a sweat. But she didn’t plan on the guest speaker, a controversial celebrity poker player, literally drawing a hand of death. Whose buttons did he push a little too hard? Was it really, as the police believe, the niece of Helen’s handsome lawyer/friend, Tate? Getting to the truth would be a lot easier if it weren’t for a cranky runaway cat, a group of poker players who put the “fanatic” in fan clubs, and death threats that may or may not be imaginary from an end-of-the-world cult. With the stakes so high, can Helen save Tate’s niece without drawing death herself?

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“A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death” Short story, Helen Binney Mystery 3.5

How could something as sweet and wholesome as gingerbread lead to a murder investigation? Just ask Helen Binney to be one of the three  judges of the competition, and require a unanimous decision in order to award the prizes.

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A DAWN OF DEATH (Helen Binney Mystery #4) 

Helen Binney’s never felt better! Her lupus is in remission, and she’s taking up gardening for its health benefits. Only her first day at the community garden is anything but relaxing when she finds a woman’s body, lying beside a bulldozer that belonged to the dead woman. Was the early-morning death an accident, as the police believe, or did it have something to do with a dispute over title to the garden’s land?

Helen finds out that the victim was a real estate developer, but she wasn’t the only one with an eye on the property. Could she have been killed by one of the gardeners to prevent the land from being sold? Perhaps the outspoken, Harley-riding, ex-military town clerk . . . or a rival developer? Helen’s handsome friend/lawyer Tate warns her to stay out of the investigation, but she’s feeling invincible and can’t resist asking a few questions. If she’s not careful, though, there might be another death at dawn.

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A DARLING OF DEATH (Helen Binney Mystery #5) March 7, 2017

Helen Binney is frustrated with the challenges of her lupus and is desperate to hit something—anything! So what better place to go than a martial arts studio owned by a friend? Only her frustrations remain
when she finds herself in a minor car accident, a female martial arts competitor mocks her physical limitations, and the studio owner won’t let her engage in any satisfyingly high-impact exercise.

But when the rude competitor is found dead in the locker room, Helen is distracted from her personal problems. She learns that the woman owned a Bed & Breakfast, and wasn’t very good at making friends.
Murder suspects abound, with several ex-boyfriends, mistreated employees at her B&B, a competing B&B operator, and a romantic rival.

And the murder isn’t the only mystery in Helen’s life. Her handsome ex-lawyer Tate seems to be withdrawing from their newly personal relationship, and she can’t get him to tell her what’s wrong. Can
Helen keep Tate from giving up on their relationship and defend herself against a killer who was able to overpower a highly skilled martial artist? Or will this be one fight she doesn’t limp away from?

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