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My Musing ~ Deadly Tails by Beth Prentice

Deadly Tails by Beth Prentice is the second book in the “Unleashed” mystery series. Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing, August 2017

Chloe McDermott’s life in Westport is pretty close to perfect. She has a good job, a gorgeous boyfriend, Brody, and an adorable little dog, Theo.

But when Chloe receives a gift of an old chessboard from an elderly friend, her perfect life unexpectedly falls apart. Theo is dognapped, the chessboard is stolen, and her friend apparently commits suicide in his home. But when the autopsy reveals a murder, Chloe knows something doesn’t add up, and she suspects the old game board is at the center of it all. She enlists the help of her boyfriend’s hot-headed father and her flamboyantly fabulous BFF to get to the heart of the truth. Can she solve the riddle and find a killer before Theo is added to the body count? Or will she lose her little furry friend forever?

What an amusing book that tickled my funny bone. This fast-paced light whodunit was both entertaining and engaging. The narrative hit the right spot, pulling me in as I had to know what happens next. The mystery was well-crafted with suspects and clues that kept me in tuned to every scene and action. The situations the cast got entangled with was a hoot and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully appealing series.

A day in the life of Theo McDermott by Beth Prentice

This morning had started like any other day. I’d opened one eye and looked up as Chloe stirred next to me, pulling the blanket away from me as she moved, allowing the cool morning air to sweep over my body. As she threw her legs over the edge of the bed, rubbing her eyes as she did so, I figured it really was time to get up. Rolling onto all fours, I pushed my butt in the air and stretched. Once that was done, I shook myself, fluffing my glorious fur until I resembled a fluff ball. Morning routine complete. . .tick.

“Good morning Dude,” said Chloe, rubbing me behind the ears. Oooh that felt good. Just a little scratch would be better. . .yep right there. . .that’s it. I blew out a blissful sigh as she kissed the top of my head before making her way to the bathroom.

My name is Theo and apparently I’m a Chihuahua. My doppelganger was on television last night, and they kept calling him The Rock. Looking at him was almost like looking in the mirror. He was tall, strong and all the girls swooned when he smiled at them. I have that same effect on the women. One look from me and they’re putty in my little paws. Which is really how I came to live with Chloe. You see, she was supposed to hand me in to the animal shelter, but I used my big puppy dog eyes and she couldn’t resist. And really, it’s worked out the best for both of us. I get treated like a king and she gets my little kisses. Win, win!

Chloe’s a parcel courier with the local post office and most days I get to ride along with her. That means I get to travel in the van, and get to meet the residents of Westport. Today started like any other work day. We went to the sorting shed, I was given lots of treats, pats and tickles from her co-workers, and then we were on the road, the wind blowing in my face—from the air conditioning vent that is. There’s no way I’m sticking my head out the car window—what do you think I am? A dog? Pfft! The first disappointment came when Chloe stopped at Jimmy’s house and I had to wait in the car because it was raining. I quite like Jimmy. He’s retired now and has nothing better to do than buy me treats. But instead of getting spoilt, I had to stand on a stack of packages, my paws resting on the van door, pressing my nose against the cold glass window, watching them. I whimpered quietly—alright it wasn’t quiet. It was quite loud really, not that they seemed to notice me. The men sitting in the car opposite us noticed me though. They’d been watching Jimmy’s house as we pulled up, but as soon as I started to howl, they turned their full attention to me. Maybe that was the point where I should have quietened down, because I’ve since realized that sometimes in life, it’s better to go unnoticed.

You see, the day changed dramatically after that. When that same car pulled up in our street at home, and the guy got out and spoke to Chloe, I knew he wasn’t a good man. I knew that someone had to scare him away from her. I was the Rock. It was my duty to keep her safe. But Chloe had placed me inside our home, so I couldn’t get to him, to warn him that I was on the job. Thankfully, whatever Chloe said to him made him go away and life returned to normal. Until another man showed up, opening our gate and strutting up the front path. I had the perfect view looking down on him from the window seat in the bedroom. He had that look about him and I knew he wasn’t good. I needed to show him that I was the boss and I would protect Chloe, even if my life depended on it. Which it turns out, it may just.

I tried to tell the man to go away. I tried to tell him that he was not welcome. I ran down the stairs, growling, barking, and baring my teeth. I was ferocious! But instead of running away, instead of being scared, he opened the door, picked me and left, taking me with him.

As Chloe’s screams echoed in my ears, the home I loved disappeared in his rear-view mirror.

Shivering and shaking, I reassessed my plan of action. Maybe I wasn’t ferocious, maybe I wasn’t strong, but I could be darned annoying when I put my mind to it. I stepped over to the man, used my big puppy-dog eyes and tapped him unrelentingly with my paw. Give him a night of this treatment, and I’d be home before I knew it.


You can read more about Theo in Deadly Tails, the second book in the “Unleashed” mystery series.

Chloe McDermott’s life in Westport is pretty close to perfect. She has a good job, a gorgeous boyfriend, Brody, and an adorable little dog, Theo.

But when Chloe receives a gift of an old chessboard from an elderly friend, her perfect life unexpectedly falls apart. Theo is dognapped, the chessboard is stolen, and her friend apparently commits suicide in his home. But when the autopsy reveals a murder, Chloe knows something doesn’t add up, and she suspects the old game board is at the center of it all. She enlists the help of her boyfriend’s hot-headed father and her flamboyantly fabulous BFF to get to the heart of the truth. Can she solve the riddle and find a killer before Theo is added to the body count? Or will she lose her little furry friend forever?

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About the author
Beth Prentice is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Westport Mysteries. Killer Unleashed, her GHP debut novel, received a bronze medal in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards.

She was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years she decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be her home. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. She is the lucky mother of two grown up children, and, along with her ever-patient husband, she is the proud but sometimes flustered owner of four dogs, a cat, and a canary. She has always had a love of reading, and even though her background is in accounting, she has now discovered her love of writing. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life. . .and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime –people watching!

Connect with Beth at bethprenticenovels.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

All comments are welcomed.

A Day In The Life With Samantha Reynolds by Beth Prentice

deadly-wipeout“My name is Samantha Reynolds. Samantha Jane Reynolds,” I explained to the bored looking lady in front of me. “I’ve just flown into Aloha Lagoon from Sydney, Australia. Well, not directly from Sydney. It was supposed to be direct but I think the travel agent who booked my flight made a mistake. I wasn’t supposed to go to Seoul, just Sydney to Honolulu and then onto Aloha Lagoon. My luggage was tagged to come all the way through so that I didn’t need to worry about it, so I hadn’t. Until now, that is.” I stopped babbling and rubbed my eyes. It had been a long flight. I left Sydney at 10.30am yesterday morning. It was now exactly 11.15 am Hawaiian time and I’d been travelling or sitting in airports for 29 and a half hours.

I handed the lady my flight details. I’m sure it was just a small misunderstanding. Someone must have picked up my suitcase by mistake. I mean, why else couldn’t I find it on the conveyor belt? Maybe I was just too tired and didn’t see it and it was still going around and around all on its lonesome.

I caught my refection in a nearby window. My brown eyes were blood shot, my blond hair was frizzing, my clothes were crinkled, and I was hot. They really needed to turn up the air conditioning.

The bored looking woman slowly tapped her chubby fingers on her keyboard. I’d been warned that Aloha Lagoon worked on island time, so I took a deep breath and looked around me.

The airport was lovely, but what I could see of the outside, the scenery was breathtaking. The ocean was aqua blue and sparkling in the sun, and the gardens were green and lush. I took another deep calming breath as fatigue settled itself into my bones.

The bored lady looked up from her screen. “You may have made that journey, but your luggage didn’t.”

I stared at her, opened mouthed. “But. . .what. . .what do you mean?”

“Your luggage,” she repeated, even slower. “It’s not here. It was never put on your plane.”

“How? How does that happen?” I asked, my voice getting higher by the second. I thought of the contents of that suitcase and how pretty much all of my life’s possessions were in it. When I’d made the decision to leave Sydney it had been a permanent one.

“Well,” the lady said scratching her neck and looking back at the screen, “I guess someone put it on the wrong plane.” Her attitude was pretty casual and I wondered if she’d be this relaxed if it was her luggage that had been lost. “Don’t worry, I’ve emailed a request so it’ll be sent here on the next flight. Maybe. It could be the flight after that one. It really all depends on the load that they have onboard at the time.”

My heart missed a beat.

“Where exactly is it at the moment?”

“Right at this moment?”

I nodded.

“Helsinki.”

“How did it get to Helsinki?” I asked, incredulous.

“Well, it went to Singapore, then to London and then to Helsinki.”

Geez, my luggage was better travelled than I was.

She shrugged, her dark brown bob bouncing off her shoulders as she moved.

“These things happen,” she said.

“They will send it won’t they?”

She nodded. “Sure.”

Okay that didn’t sound as reassuring as I’d hoped, but I’d take what I could get.

“In the meantime,” she continued, “I’d suggest you visit Coconut Closet Convenience Co-op. It’s in the main street. They’re having a two for one sale on underwear.”

I took a slow calming breath and stepped away from the counter, feeling slightly shell shocked and numb. My mum had told me to pack a spare set of underwear in my handbag, but did I listen? No. I was too embarrassed that the people x-raying my carry-on luggage would see them. And what would have happened if they’d made me pull everything out of it? I’d seen too many airport security shows to take that risk.

Now I really wished I’d done as I was told and listened to my mother. Just wait until I told her that I needed to stop at the shop before going home. I’d never hear the end of it.

The upside of losing my luggage was I didn’t need to declare anything as I made my way through Customs, and stepped out of the airport into the hot Hawaiian sun, my soul relaxing as the salt air filled my lungs.

Mum was standing on the sidewalk waving frantically. Smiling, I fell into her arms and held on tight. I’d never been to Kauai before today, but I felt like I was home.

I guess if losing my luggage was the worst thing that was going to happen in Aloha Lagoon, I couldn’t really complain.


Deadly Wipeout is the third book in the Aloha Lagoon mystery series, published by Gemma Halliday Publishing, September 2016.

From bestselling cozy mystery author Beth Prentice comes an Aloha Lagoon mystery that will leave you gasping for more. . .

Samantha Reynolds had hoped that moving to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon would be the start of an exciting new life. Sure it may not be everything she had hoped for—she’s living with her mom, has no job, no income, and absolutely no idea what to do next. But it’s a start! Out of options, Samantha decides to take a job she’s just a little under-qualified for—a children’s surfing instructor at the Aloha Lagoon Resort. She can surf. . .she just doesn’t know how to teach surfing. But that soon becomes the least of her worries.

Throw in two dead bodies, two unexpected inheritances, and one hot bartender, and the heat in Aloha Lagoon has quickly turned up! Samantha just needs to figure out why her family is involved, control a group of preadolescent kids, keep her mom and brother out of jail, and get the hot bartender to notice her. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? With the help of her new friend Alani and some of the quirky residents of Aloha Lagoon, she just may be able to pull it all off. . .and still keep everybody alive!

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About the author
Beth was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years she decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be her home. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. To date, she has three self-published titles as well as two novels published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

Connect with Beth at www.bethprentice.com

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed print copy of Deadly Wipeout. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends October 26, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

My Musing ~ Deadly Wipeout by Beth Prentice

Deadly Wipeout by Beth Prentice is the third book in the “Aloha Lagoon” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Gemma Halliday

deadly-wipeoutFrom bestselling cozy mystery author Beth Prentice comes an Aloha Lagoon mystery that will leave you gasping for more. . .

Samantha Reynolds had hoped that moving to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon would be the start of an exciting new life. Sure it may not be everything she had hoped for—she’s living with her mom, has no job, no income, and absolutely no idea what to do next. But it’s a start! Out of options, Samantha decides to take a job she’s just a little under-qualified for—a children’s surfing instructor at the Aloha Lagoon Resort. She can surf. . .she just doesn’t know how to teach surfing. But that soon becomes the least of her worries.

Throw in two dead bodies, two unexpected inheritances, and one hot bartender, and the heat in Aloha Lagoon has quickly turned up! Samantha just needs to figure out why her family is involved, control a group of preadolescent kids, keep her mom and brother out of jail, and get the hot bartender to notice her. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? With the help of her new friend Alani and some of the quirky residents of Aloha Lagoon, she just may be able to pull it all off. . .and still keep everybody alive!

I thoroughly enjoyed this engagingly entertaining romp with Samantha Reynolds as she begins an investigation when both her mum and twin brother becomes embroiled in a murder mystery where they are the prime suspects. The methods that Sam uses to ferret out the killer kept me laughing as she gets help from a local bartender and her new best friend. Soon everyone is suspect and the author does a great job in setting this light whodunit where the main characters all have pivotal roles in the apprehension of the murderer and misdeeds that led up to committing the crime. I love the little twist at the end when everything explodes with a certain discovery for Sam and her mum. This was a delightful read and I hope to see more light and humorous mysteries from this author.

A Day in the Life with Alexandra Anderson by Beth Prentice

Invitation to MurderHave you ever had one of those days? You know the ones that you open your eyes in the morning and just know that you should have pulled the covers over your head and stayed there for the day? This was one of those days.

My name is Alexandra Anderson. I’m twenty-eight years old, single and live alone in a one bedroomed unit overlooking the river in Westport. Westport is a coastal town that sits in a gorgeous little spot on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. I love it. I love my unit, I love Queensland, and I love Westport!

What I don’t love is reunions. Which is exactly where I’m going tonight. The reunion is at the television station I used to work for – WTN. Now that sounds like fun right? Well, it should be. Except for a couple of little niggly things that threaten to ruin it. Like the fact that my ex-boyfriend and his gorgeous new wife will be there. The second thing that’s threatening to ruin it is the weather. A storm’s brewing, and according to our local weatherman it’s going to be one of the worst storms that Westport has ever had. I’m not really a fan of storms. I’m not scared of them, but during one I’d definitely prefer to be curled up on the couch reading a good book. Not running around attempting to solve a murder mystery. Yes, you read that correctly. The reunion was taking the form of a murder mystery party, and guess who’d been chosen to be a team leader – me. Seriously? I sucked at puzzles, and nobody wanted to be with me when I was trying to read a map.

I sighed and took the twenty-five steps needed to walk from my kitchen to my glass balcony doors and moved to close them. A seriously bad smell had been drifting in on the breeze for the last few days, and I figured an animal must have died in the bush that sat between our unit block and the river. My gypsy-like intuition had been buzzing ever since I first noticed it, but this had happened before. The smell left an unpleasant burn in the back of my throat, but today the weather was hotter than normal, and the smell had kicked up a few notches. Thankfully most of the day the wind had been blowing in the opposite direction, so it hadn’t been a problem. Now though, it was rank.

As I pushed the heavy glass door closed, I looked down into the bush and movement caught my attention. Not too many people walked through that bush, so I took a second to step out onto the balcony and have a closer look at what they were doing. The ground was crawling with police and WTN news cameras. My downstairs neighbor Nadine was talking to our local reporter Matt Wilson. Once she’d finished, I yelled down to her.

“Hey, Nadine! What’s happening?”

She turned to look up at me, her hand shielding her eyes from the glare of the sun. “Oh Alex,” she yelled up to me. “It’s awful.” I felt the hitch in my stomach. “They’ve found the cause of the horrible smell.”

“What was it?” I called, my stomach clenching. Judging by the amount of police crawling through the bush, it couldn’t be anything good. “An animal?” I asked hopefully.

Nadine slowly shook her head and crossed her arms tightly across her chest as if trying to protect herself from something. “No,” she said. “It’s a human.”


Invitation To Murder is published by Gemma Halliday Publishing, May 2016.

When Alexandra Anderson is invited to work place reunion at the televisions station where she formerly worked, she’s excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra’s first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party’s fake victim, Alexandra and her “team” are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex’s team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.

But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murder among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with “players” disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse. . . where not everyone will make it out alive!

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About the author
Beth was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years she decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be her home. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. To date, she has three self published titles as well as two novels published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life. . .and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

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Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Invitation To Murder. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 8, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

A Day in the Life with Chloe McDermott by Beth Prentice

Killer UnleashedHi everyone! My name is Chloe. You might know me from the story about how my elderly neighbor, who recently tried to kill me, was all over the news. But if not – Hi! It’s nice to meet you all. I’d also like to introduce you to my dog Theo. He’s a longhaired Chihuahua who fits in my handbag, but honestly, he thinks he’s The Rock himself, and it’s Theo’s enthusiasm for life that I want to tell you about.

You see, I work as a parcel courier, and more often than not, Theo joins me on my daily run, delivering packages to the good residents of Westport, Australia. Some days it feels like Groundhog Day. I go to work, load my van and deliver the parcels, only to re-enter the shed the following day to find them all back there. Today was one of those days. As I approached the shed and saw the mountains of packages, I wondered if anyone had spotted me, and if I could make a quick retreat, hide in my car and call in sick. But then I thought about all the bills I had to pay, so I took a deep breath and tackled my pile.

Theo had adapted quite well to being my sidekick at work. In fact, a few of the other contractors loved him so much they brought him treats almost every day. Watching him happily chew the chicken stick my boss Gary had given him, reminded me I needed to take him for an extra walk this afternoon. If I didn’t, he would soon be obese.

Once everything was sorted and my van was loaded, I popped Theo in the front seat and set about my day. I’d long ago given up on trying to get him to sit in his special doggie car seat. He much preferred to wander around the back of the van, check out all the parcels, and then curl up on the floor behind the driver’s seat. That’s where he went today. Well, at least that’s where I thought he went.

I pulled the van to a stop at my first delivery and looked at the house. It was a single story, pale brick house with lots of cheerful flowers in pots around the front door. I think the flowers were there to counteract the demeanor of the man who lived here. He was anything but cheerful. I hated stopping here, and I only did so as a favor to the sweet old man who lived next door.

The sweetie pie – Mister Jeffries – only had one leg, and as he only wore his prosthetic leg for special occasions, he struggled to get to his door, so I had instructions to leave all his parcels with his grumpy neighbor Mister Willett. Today I had a special delivery on board – his new leg.

I looked towards the house and could see Mister Willett walking around his yard, thankfully wearing pants (I’d had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing him without his pants on more than one occasion, but after I told him I would no longer stop, he had attempted to cover up a bit more). Mister Willett stopped what he was doing and shuffled towards me. I opened the van door and slid off the seat, slamming the door shut as I walked around to the back of the vehicle.

“Good morning, Mister Willett!”

“Humph. Is it?” he replied.

“Of course it is. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and judging by the clouds on the horizon, we might get some rain tonight to water your flowers.” I gave him my brightest smile in the hope it may cheer him up a bit.

“They’re plastic,” he snarled.

“Oh,” I said, taken aback. I guess I’d never looked that closely as I was always in a hurry to get away.

“What do you want?” I’d heard a while ago he’d got himself a lady friend. Lord knows how.

“I have a delivery for Mister Jeffries,” I answered, opening the back door to the van. Mister Willett shuffled up next to me.

“Well hurry up then. I’m aging here.”

Believe me, I was hurrying! I moved several of the larger boxes aside and found what I was looking for. Now, remember how I told you I thought Theo was tucked up nicely behind my seat? Well, today he had other plans. In fact, he must have been feeling ambitious. You see, instead of finding Mister Jeffries leg all neatly wrapped in brown paper, what I found was it half unwrapped with Theo chewing nicely on the toes.

My blood ran cold as Mister Willett stepped over and looked into the van.

“Hmm. . .that’s a pretty big bone for a little dog.”

I nearly fainted.


You can read more about Chloe and Theo in Killer Unleashed, a humorous romantic mystery published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

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Meet the author
I was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years I decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be my home. I now live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. I’m the lucky mother of two grown up children, and, along with my ever-patient husband, I’m the proud but sometimes flustered owner of four dogs, a cat, and a canary. I have always had a love of reading, and even though my background is in accounting, I’ve now discovered my love of writing. My main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life. . .and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When I’m not writing you will usually find me at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing my favorite pastime—people watch. Visit her website here.