Camera Club Mystery Series
The novels in the Camera Club Mystery Series, written under my pen name, Kara Charles, are traditional whodunnit mysteries with a cozy vibe.
At the center of each story is the protagonist, Bobbie Brooks, a grieving middle-aged widow who moved to the tiny village of Stonebridge, Vermont with dreams of a new beginning and opening her own photography studio. While Bobbie immerses herself in learning the ins and outs of her new home and its quirky cast of characters, she is thrown into the role of amateur sleuth – there is a murderer in her otherwise peaceful village.
I am deep in the weeds of revising the first novel in the series, A Fatal Focus, and hope to have it ready for query (agent review) later this year.
Body Beneath the Covered Bridge
Blue skies and blooming wildflowers signal the start of summer in southern Vermont, and the quaint village of Stonebridge is a flurry of activity with the opening of the farmer’s market.
Reeling from the sudden death of her husband, photographer Bobbie Brooks leaves her life in Boston to seek a new beginning in the serenity of the Green Mountains. But her dreams of a fresh start come to a screeching halt when a member of her camera club is found beneath the picturesque covered bridge with Bobbie’s silk scarf wrapped around her neck – and Bobbie is suddenly the prime suspect.
Surrounded by suspicion and gossip and copious cups of coffee at her friend’s charming cafe, Bobbie enlists the help of her sister, discovering the victim’s fatal photography hobby and no shortage of suspects. From love triangles to past secrets, each clue she brings into focus leads her closer to the killer. Time is running out when she discovers her camera holds the answer to the murders. But will she get to the murderer in time?
A Masquerade Murder
It is autumn in Vermont and the mountains are ablaze – just in time for the annual Harvest Festival. The fete is off to a jubilant start as villagers gather for their favorite event – the masquerade ball. This promises to be Stonebridge’s best gala ever – until a much-beloved resident is found, face down in the village fountain, donned in a witch costume. Bobbie vows to leave the investigation to the professionals, but when a tearful friend implores her to help, she is once again in danger’s way, following the clues to the killer.
This novel, second in the series, is currently a rough draft awaiting revisions.
A Killer Christmas Wedding
It is Christmas in Vermont, and the village of Stonebridge, decked to the nines, has never looked more festive. Bobbie’s nephew, Connor, is getting married and the whole village is involved in the nuptials. But when the bride’s guardian is found stabbed with the cake knife, and Connor’s new wife inherits a sizeable fortune, all eyes are on the happy couple. Bobbie must lift the veil of secrecy to help keep the newlyweds out of prison.