by Christa Nardi
Book 1: Murder at Cold Creek College
Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist, not a sleuth. When her colleague is murdered and her good friend becomes the prime suspect, her curiosity and logical mind have her putting pieces together. As Sheridan tries to connect all the people in Adam’s life, she finds that many women have a motive for Adam’s murder. When Sheridan’s tires are slashed and then she is assaulted, it’s clear someone is afraid she’s getting too close.
“Murder at Cold Creek College has all the ingredients that hook me into a new series — a cozy (flinch-free) without the usual silliness masking as humor, a location outside the ordinary (small, exclusive, private college campus), a relatable female protagonist with interesting observation skills (Dr. Sheridan Hendley, Assistant Professor in Psych Dept.), a handsome Virginia State Police detective, Brett, who maintains his professionalism even with romance blossoming, and a murder that hides enough information to keep me guessing all the way to the end.”
“This novel is the most enjoyable ‘cozy’ mystery I can recollect reading.”
Book 2: Murder in the Arboretum
Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising. Clive Johnson, the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College, is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution. Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong, professor and psychologist Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive’s innocence. But not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth.
“A tale full of interesting characters and plot twists.”
“Lots of mysterious things happening and plenty of suspense.”
“The author brings an intelligence to the story that fits right in with the college setting, but it’s woven with enough personality and charm to be very true to life.”
Book 3: Murder at the Grill
Sheridan Hendley jumps at the chance to work with the defense when a favorite waitress is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. Determined to prove Zoe’s innocence Sheridan probes into the victim’s past and why he chose to return to Cold Creek 15 years after the divorce. Personalities clash and Zoe’s family closes ranks as Sheridan attempts to unlock the carefully kept secrets of the family that owns and operates the Grill. The closer she gets to finding the truth, the more her own life might be in danger – a situation that strains her increasingly serious relationship with Detective Brett McMann.
“A joy to read.”
“The books just keep getting better and better.”
“Readers of both cozy mysteries and romantic suspense will find MURDER AT THE GRILL very appealing.”
Book 4: Murder in the Theater
The drama program has never been so dramatic. It’d be the season to be jolly if only someone hadn’t set the stage for murder. When a student is arrested for the crime, Professor Sheridan Hendley is cast in the role of amateur sleuth. Tensions run high, friendships are strained, and the college administration is beginning to panic. As the plot thickens Sheridan is yet again drawn deeper into danger. Will she find the truth before the final curtain call?
“I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Cold Creek series, and this one was especially good.”
“A complicated and awesome tale.”
CIR: What inspired you to write this series?
NARDI: Always loved mysteries.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
NARDI: Creating characters and then letting them tell me the story.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
NARDI: Deciding who would be the killer and actually making it work.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
NARDI: Other than the main character, Max for all his craziness.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers take away from this book?
NARDI: There are all kinds of people in the world.