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About Diana Xarissa
Diana has lived in several US states, the north of England and the Isle of Man. While she is currently in the US, she still misses the stunning scenery, wonderful people, and fascinating history that make the Isle of Man so unique.
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Neither she nor Barry is expecting to find a skeleton inside one of the boats. When Barry thinks he recognizes something that’s been left with the body, things don’t seem to add up.
It doesn’t take the police long to identify the remains, and they’re fairly certain the dead woman was murdered. Abigail can only hope that another murder investigation won’t interfere with the special Halloween weekend she has planned for her first group of guests. Meanwhile, when Barry offers to supply a group of actors to tell ghost stories on Halloween, Abigail is quick to agree.
But the Nightshade Players all knew the woman who was murdered, and Abigail’s neighbor, Jessica, is convinced that one of them killed her. Can Abigail get through Halloween night without Jessica sticking her nose right into the middle of another murder investigation?
Elizabeth (Bessie) Cubbon, aged somewhere between free bus pass (60) and telegram from the Queen (100), has lived her entire adult life in a small cottage on Laxey beach. For most of those years, she's been in the habit of taking a brisk morning walk along the beach. Dead men have never been part of the scenery before.
Aunt Bessie assumes that the dead man died of natural causes, then the police find the knife in his chest.
Try as she might, Bessie just can't find anything to like about the young widow that she provides tea and sympathy to in the immediate aftermath of finding the body. There isn't much to like about the rest of the victim's family either.
Aunt Bessie assumes that the police will have the case wrapped up in no time at all, then she finds a second body.
Can Bessie and her friends find the killer before she ends up as the next victim?
Janet Markham Bennett is just starting to feel as if she’s getting used to her part-time job with her husband Edward’s top-secret government agency. Their next assignment is something a bit different, though. This time the agency is sending them to the Bahamas to spend a weekend on a private island. Instead of being given a specific job to do, they’re simply asked to keep their eyes open while they’re there.
In spite of the rather vague assignment, neither Janet nor Edward is expecting their host, Arthur Farnsley, to get murdered within hours of their arrival on the island. To Janet it seems as if there are far too many suspects but no clear motive.
Can Janet and Edward work out who killed Arthur? Does his death have anything to do with the reason they’ve been sent to Farntopia? And can Janet maintain her cover for the entire weekend, even though that means acting nasty and spoiled all the time?
When a guest turns up dead in one of the rooms, though, Abigail finds herself caught up in the middle of a murder investigation. That definitely wasn’t in her plans.
The dead man had a lot of enemies in the small town of Nightshade, New York, and it isn’t long before Abigail has met several of them. Her nosy neighbor is eager to poke her nose into the police investigation, but all Abigail wants to do is find some guests for Sunset Lodge.
Can Abigail fix up the historic hotel on a shoestring budget? Will she be able to find guests who don’t mind that a man was murdered in the hotel’s annex? Or will Abigail’s neighbor say the wrong thing to the wrong person and get someone else murdered before the police find the killer?
Elizabeth Cubbon, (Aunt Bessie to nearly everyone), is somewhere past sixty, and old enough to ignore the rude woman that does her best to ruin the first session of the beginning Manx language class they are both taking. Moirrey's sudden death is harder to ignore.
Aunt Bessie believes that Moirrey's death was the result of the heart condition that Moirrey always complained about.
The police investigation, however, suggests that someone switched some of the dead woman's essential medications for something far more deadly.
Aunt Bessie believes that she and her friends can find the killer.
But with Doona suspended from work and spending all of her time with the dead woman's long-lost brother, with Hugh caught up in a brand new romance, and with Inspector Rockwell chasing after a man who might not even exist, Bessie finds herself believing that someone might just get away with murder.
This is the second book in the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series.
Actually, the Looney mansion isn’t anyone’s idea of a perfect house. Decades of neglect have left the house in need of a complete renovation, but Andy and Elizabeth have the funds needed to restore the house to its former glory.
Aunt Bessie zeroes in on the body on the bed.
Finding another murder victim isn’t all that surprising for Bessie, but the dead man’s identity is a shock to everyone.
Aunt Bessie zeroes in on the suspects.
Doing what she does best, Bessie talks to everyone she knows about the victim, why he was on the island, and who wanted him dead. No doubt, before long, Bessie will be zeroing in on a killer.
Elizabeth Cubbon, Bessie to her friends, finds the new case frustrating. As if that weren't enough to worry about, her friend Maggie Shimmin is convinced that someone is trying to kill her. Maggie knows exactly who is behind what she insists are attempts on her life, but Bessie isn’t anywhere near as certain.
Can Bessie and the cold case unit find Craig’s killer? Can Bessie convince Maggie to go to the police with her suspicions? And, after eight months of working together, can Bessie and her friends actually start to get to know Charles and Harry, the other two members of the unit?
Zack Jacobs was handsome and charming, and he'd done his best to impress Megan over a few drinks. It isn’t until after his death that she finds out a few uncomfortable truths about the man. Police Inspector Ted Hart is put in charge of the case and Fenella knows that Megan and Margaret are on his short list of possible suspects.
Can Fenella and her fiancé, Police Inspector Daniel Robinson, work out what actually happened to Zack even though it isn’t officially Daniel’s case to investigate? Can Fenella convince her nieces that the island is a wonderful and safe place to live in spite of the murder? And is Ted actually interested in Margaret?
Margaret Woods, Fenella’s niece, is back on the island, and she’s planning to stay this time. A late-night stroll on the promenade that leaves Fenella with a broken arm isn’t a great start to Margaret’s new beginning, though. When Fenella’s doctor, Rachel, asks for help in locating her missing boyfriend, Ben, Fenella tells her to call the police. Fenella’s neighbor’s aunt, Elaine, is more willing to help out, though. Elaine insists on accompanying Rachel to the missing man’s apartment to see if he may be simply avoiding Rachel.
No one is expecting to find a dead man on Ben’s kitchen floor. Rachel is relieved that the body isn’t Ben’s, but that just raises a lot of questions for the police to try to answer.
Can Fenella and her friends help the police find Ben? Can they work out the identity of the dead man and find out why he was in Ben’s apartment? And is it possible that Heather Bryant, the new reporter for the Isle of Man Times, is even more annoying than Dan Ross?
Rebecca Drury had stayed at the hotel with five of her friends in November, celebrating her divorce. They all left together just before the hotel shut for the season, but it seems as if Rebecca didn’t go far.
Can Fenella and her friends help the police work out how Rebecca managed to stay in what was supposed to be a closed hotel? Can they discover who killed Rebecca? And will Shelly and Tim get the wedding of their dreams or will the murder investigation get in the way of their happily ever after?
Alfred Beck claims that while he was arranging for Kent Thomas’s funeral, he overheard Kent’s wife talking about how she’d managed to murder him. Kent’s been dead and buried for over ten years, his death attributed to a heart attack. Of course, Tammy Thomas denies having done any such thing, but the police still exhume the body. When it turns out that Kent was poisoned, Daniel finds himself in the middle of another murder investigation.
Can Fenella help Daniel work out who killed Kent Thomas? Can she discover the truth about Karl Carlson, the man behind the café fire? And can she go anywhere on the island without bumping into someone involved in one case or the other?
Threatening letters, a reclusive playwright, and quite possibly the worst play ever written combine to complicate Fenella’s life.
Can she help her boyfriend, CID Inspector Daniel Robinson, work out who is behind the anonymous letters? Can they find the person responsible for the deadly accident? And is there any way that Three Gentlewomen from Bologna will ever make any sense at all?