All the books in this series can also be enjoyed as stand-alones; there are no cliffhangers.
MULTIPLE MOTIVES, A Kate Huntington Mystery
Psychotherapist Kate Huntington helps others deal with the horrible things that happen to them, but she has led a charmed life… until now.
She is good friends with Rob Franklin, a lawyer who has handled the legal matters of many of her clients through the years. They are both happily married to wonderful people. But others sometimes have trouble believing that a man and woman can be just friends. Now the all too common assumption that there must be something more between them may end up getting them arrested…or killed.
When a series of what seems like random events–a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time–takes a sinister twist, it becomes apparent that they have a common enemy. But the lead police detective has a different theory. He’s convinced Kate and Rob are lovers who have decided that murder is cheaper than divorce. He only seems interested in building a case against them.
As the attacks continue to escalate, Kate and Rob must combine their brain power–as well as some inner strengths they didn’t even know they had–to find and trap a killer… before someone else they love is hurt or killed.
Who hates them enough to want them both dead? And doesn’t seem to mind if others get caught in the crossfire!
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When Kate O’Donnell runs into her old college sweetheart, Ed Huntington at a U2 concert, the last thing she expects to be dealing with is murder. Ed’s date is found dead and not only is he the prime suspect, but he unwittingly gets Kate involved as a potential accessory.
Kate’s always loved a good puzzle and she’s discovering she still has feelings for Ed. She can’t let him go to prison for something she knows he’s incapable of doing. Their love is rekindled as they try to find the real culprit, but will the killer find them first?
WARNING: If you haven’t read Multiple Motives yet, you may not want to read any further. There are spoilers re: Book 1 in the following descriptions.
ILL-TIME ENTANGLEMENTS, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 2)
Kate Huntington, widowed while pregnant with her daughter, knows she never would have made it through the last year without the support of her closest friends, Rob and Liz Franklin. So when Rob’s great aunt, a best-selling author of historical romances, is accused of plagiarism and Rob asks for Kate’s help, she can’t possibly say no.
He’s in the middle of a major custody case and his octogenarian aunt has to be in New York to meet with her publishers in two days. He asks Kate to chauffeur Aunt Betty to this meeting and help her cope with the messy business.
But when Kate arrives at Betty Franklin’s retirement community in Lancaster, PA, she discovers things have gotten a lot messier. Betty’s accuser is dead and the local police detective is giving off signals that he thinks Betty is the murderer.
Unfortunately the pool of suspects is huge. Just about every resident at The Villages had reason to dislike the victim. When Kate and her friends start asking questions, they begin to have ‘accidental’ brushes with death themselves. Somebody doesn’t like that they are poking around in people’s pasts. Meanwhile the elderly residents are continuing to die off, and not from old age.
Things become even more complicated when Kate is amazed to discover her interest in romance may be coming back to life, despite the fact that she still talks to her beloved Eddie in her head. Two men ask her out in as many days. She tells them both no, it’s still too soon after her husband’s death, but she has trouble denying her growing attraction to one of them. When Rob arrives, still in stress overload from his tough case, he doesn’t handle the situation well. Could he be jealous?
As they attempt to narrow down the field of suspects and stop a murderer before he or she kills again, Kate begins to fear what this whole mess might end up costing her… a second chance at love, her friendship with Rob, the life of someone she holds dear, or maybe even her own.
FAMILY FALLACIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 3)
After her maternity leave, Kate Huntington is thrilled to be returning to the work she loves. She is soon reminded, however, of the negatives of being a psychotherapist–no shows, passive-aggressive clients and emergency calls, to name a few.
She has just gotten settled into her new routine–working part-time, caring for her infant daughter and going on ‘non-dates’ to get to know the man who would like to be her lover–when anonymous and disturbing notes start appearing at the counseling center where she works.
Then she encounters the psychotherapist’s worst nightmare. She is being sued for malpractice, accused of planting false memories of child abuse in the mind of one of her clients. She’s dealt with far greater stressors in the past but this time there’s a difference. There’s very little that Kate can do about either situation directly. She must rely on her friends instead. Skip Canfield and Rose Hernandez, who have just started their own private investigating agency, are looking into the source of the notes while Rob Franklin is gearing up to defend her against the lawsuit.
Rob is soon defending Kate against a lot worse. When one of the people involved in the lawsuit ends up dead, she becomes a murder suspect! Meanwhile the sender of the anonymous notes has upped the ante and is making veiled threats against members of Kate’s family, including her child.
When she turns to her would-be boyfriend for support, he vows to do everything within his power to protect the woman and child whom he secretly hopes will someday be his family.
As the sexual energy between them heats up, the weight of so many changes and pressures in her life is becoming more than even a strong woman like Kate can handle. Rob has had his misgivings about her too-handsome-to-be-trusted suitor, but now the two men must work together to support the woman they both love.. . and help her find a killer before he or she goes after Kate’s baby girl.
CELEBRITY STATUS, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 4)
Warning: If you haven’t read Family Fallacies yet, there are a couple small spoilers below.
Kate Huntington is back, now married to the very patient man who has courted her through the last two books in the series. Life is good. She has her own private practice, the kids are thriving and the PI agency Skip co-owns is steadily growing.
But perhaps Canfield and Hernandez is doing a little too well. They have attracted their first celebrity client, and they soon come to hope she’s their last. Pop singer, Cherise Martin, is being stalked by an anonymous fan with a twisted concept of love. Before Skip realizes just how twisted, he involves first his psychotherapist wife and then their lawyer friend, Rob Franklin, in the case.
Soon their mundane lives as everyday citizens are being reported, and distorted, all over the tabloid press. Nothing they try–not restraining orders, threats of lawsuits nor even Skip’s imposing size–seems to be sufficient to stop the unrelenting paparazzi, or the stalker.
Skip Canfield is a strong man, emotionally as well as physically, but everyone has their limits. When hints of his wife having an affair with Rob are added to his feelings of helplessness over being unable to protect his family, the big man is terrified he will lose the life he loves–his wife, his kids, his dreams.
COLLATERAL CASUALTIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 5)
When a former client reaches out to psychotherapist Kate Huntington and reveals a foreign diplomat’s dark secret, then is found dead of ‘natural causes’ just days later, Kate is not sure what to think. Had the man been delusional or has she been made privy to dangerous information?
She soon realizes that Miller Dawson was totally sane… and he was murdered. Now she and everyone she loves are at risk. Someone is trying to eliminate anyone and everyone whom she or Miller might have told.
Her family and her friends, including the Franklins, are forced to go into hiding. As the body count rises, Kate and her husband, Skip Canfield, struggle to put aside grief and guilt in order to focus on discovering who is trying to kill them. Along with Skip’s business partner, Rose Hernandez, and the operatives of their private investigating agency, they race against time to stop an unknown but ruthless assassin.
Skip and Rose are good investigators, but this time they may be in over their heads. And Kate is terrified they will all end up drowning in a sea of international intrigue.
ZERO HERO, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 6)
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a national hero’s life begins to unravel.
When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.
FATAL FORTY-EIGHT, A Kate Huntington Mystery, #7
Celebration turns to nightmare when psychotherapist Kate Huntington’s guest of honor disappears en route to her own retirement party.
Kate’s former boss, Sally Ford, is retiring. The new man in her life, Charles Tolliver, has convinced her to turn over the reins of the Trauma Recovery Center to others and spend her golden years with him. But instead of many golden years, she may only have forty-eight hours left.
Normally the disappearance of an adult would be treated as a missing person’s case, but Lieutenant Judith Anderson of the Baltimore County Police Department realizes the MO is similar to a rash of kidnappings/murders that occurred in New Haven, Connecticut six months ago. When Kate and her P.I. husband insist on being part of the investigation, Judith’s hesitation is brief. A woman’s life is at stake and there is no time to lose.
Unfortunately the pair of FBI agents who arrive from New Haven have mixed emotions about civilian involvement. The middle-aged male agent is happy to have Kate’s assistance as he fine-tunes his psychological profile of the ‘unsub’ the New Haven press had dubbed the Forty-Eight Hour Killer. But the voluptuous, young female agent believes in doing things by the book. As she locks horns out in the field with Skip, misunderstandings abound back at headquarters.
But there’s no time for these innuendoes and jealousies. Sally has less than forty-eight hours to live.
SUICIDAL SUSPICIONS, A Kate Huntington Mystery, #8
Psychotherapist Kate Huntington is rocked to the core when one of her clients commits suicide. How can this be? The woman, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had been swinging toward a manic state. The client’s family blames Kate and they’re threatening to sue for malpractice. She can’t fault them since she blames herself. How could she have missed the signs?
Searching for answers for herself and the grieving parents, Kate discovers some details that don’t quite fit. Is it possible the client didn’t take her own life, or is that just wishful thinking? Questioning her professional judgement, and at times her own sanity, she feels compelled to investigate. What she finds stirs up her old ambivalence about the Catholic Church. Is her client’s death somehow related to her childhood parish?
When she senses that someone is following her, she wonders if she is truly losing it. Or is she getting dangerously close to someone’s secrets?
ANXIETY ATTACK, A Kate Huntington Mystery, #9
Psychotherapist Kate Huntington and her P.I. husband end up at odds over a case when Skip’s undercover operative is shot and the alleged shooter is one of Kate’s clients, a man suffering from severe social anxiety.
Skip Canfield had doubts from the beginning about this case, a complicated one of top secret projects and industrial espionage. Now one of his best men, and a friend, is in the hospital fighting for his life. Tensions mount when Skip learns that Kate—who’s convinced her client is innocent and too emotionally fragile to survive in prison—has been checking out leads on her own.
Then a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the shooter tying up loose ends? Almost too late, Skip realizes he may be one of those loose ends, and someone seems to have no qualms about destroying his agency or getting to him through his family.
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