Carole Fowkes

Mysterious Tales from a Food Loving Author


8 Cozy Mysteries…

Carole’s latest book…

Cakes and Killers – Book 8

A successful attorney invites PI Claire aboard his yacht for a champagne brunch, but his rudeness annoys Claire, and she leaves before the champagne bubbles disappear. When he is found murdered on the yacht, Claire is arrested as the prime suspect. As soon as she gets out on bail, Claire is determined to find the real killer. She runs up against loan sharks, hired guns, and, scariest of all, her former underworld nemesis, Michael Bucanetti. On top of that, the dead attorney’s vicious children threaten her and make it plain that they’ll do anything to get their hands on their father’s money.

As if Claire doesn’t have enough to deal with, Detective Brian Corrigan, her former fiancé, gets involved in the case. It’s no surprise that tension between them heats up, tempting Claire even more than the irresistible chocolate fondant on her Aunt Lena’s cakes. 

  Now available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.


Pastry and Poison – Book 7

Cleveland, Ohio bakers are dying from enticing but deadly pastries. PI Claire’s former boss, bakery owner Gloria Valducci, loses her head pastry chef when he takes a big bite of a delicious looking tart and drops dead. The police are baffled, including Claire’s fiance, Police Detective Brian Corrigan, and his annoyingly sexy new partner. Gloria is convinced she’s next on the hit list and hires Claire to find the killer.Claire struggles to get one step ahead of the murders, but when she gets so close she can smell the vanilla, the killer turns the tables. She becomes the hunted and must fight for her life against a cunning killer.  

  Now available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.



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Plateful of Murder

A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 1

Private Investigator Claire DeNardo is scared of  a lot of things. Ordinary objects like roller coasters and men’s hairpieces make her knees knock loud enough to be a band’s rhythm section. Unfortunately, the only job Claire can find is working for her Uncle Gino in his seedy detective agency. Until now, her cases have all been middle-aged men with trophy wives who needed watching. Claire quickly gets swept up in a murder case despite her fears. Both the client who hired her and the handsome police detective want her off the case. When the wrong person is charged, it’s up to the terrified detective to summon all the courage she can to find the true killer.

Now available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.



Killer Cannoli, a cozy mystery

Killer Cannoli
A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 2

Private Investigator Claire DeNardo reluctantly takes on a case presented by her part-time employee, Ed. Ed’s cousin, Merle, is searching for his former girlfriend, a topless dancer who ran with a rough crowd. But it’s too late. The woman has been killed and Merle, who is now Claire’s client, is arrested. When Claire digs into the victim’s past, she uncovers a thriving illegal drug trade. Her fears about this case double when she learns about the mobster who is behind the unlawful business. All this while dodging Police Detective Brian Corrigan’s determined efforts to get her off the case and into his arms.

Now available in eBook and in paperback at Amazon.



Bake Me A Murder, a cozy mystery

Bake Me a Murder
A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 3

Private Investigator Claire DeNardo is hired by the cousin of her some-time employee, Ed. He’s looking for his former girlfriend, a topless dancer who ran with a rough crowd. But it’s too late, the woman has been murdered. Claire’s client is arrested, and the body count is rising faster than Aunt Lena’s bread dough.

Now available in eBook and in paperback at Amazon.



Eclairs and Executions - a Terrified Detective Mystery Series Book

Eclairs and Executions
A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 4

In Eclairs and Executions, a famous literary critic is murdered, and Claire’s client, a well-known author is the primary suspect. The fact that Claire witnessed this author rushing from the scene of the crime complicates matters. She must determine if her client is actually guilty or, as the client claims, merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Now available in eBook and in paperback at Amazon.

Cupcakes and Corpses

Cupcakes And Corpses

A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 5

The Red Bow Killer is terrorizing Cleveland, PI Claire DeNardo’s hometown. When her beloved former babysitter is found murdered with a red bow tied around her neck, Claire adopts the victim’s puppy and dives in to find the serial killer. She  pursues suspects through sleazy bars, bingo parlors, and music studios. When the body count rises as fast as the danger, Police Detective Brian Corrigan, Claire’s easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend, does everything he can to get her off this case. But her Aunt Lena’s best friend becomes a possible target and Claire is determined to find the killer before he strikes again.  

  Now available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.


Murder and Mozzarella

A Terrified Detective Mystery – Book 6

Claire DeNardo finally has her own detective agency, DeNardo and Son. The son, being her beloved dog, Charlie. Their first client is the wife of a wealthy Cleveland power broker who hires Claire to find her missing daughter. But Claire soon discovers her client’s family is hiding more secrets than there are sprinkles on Aunt Lena’s doughnuts—secrets that result in several murders.
This dangerously spicy case leads Claire to uncover a widespread criminal enterprise in which the names are changed to protect the guilty. Her easy-to-look-at fiancé, Police Detective Brian Corrigan, and his annoyingly stunning new partner, Abby, warn Claire to drop the investigation. But Claire is driven to uncover the truth and prove her client’s innocence, even if it puts herself and her trusty sidekick, Charlie, in danger.  

  Now available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.


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