Best Selling Books by Misty Simon

Misty Simon is the author of Deceased and Desist (2018), Grounds for Remorse (2018), Varnished Without a Trace (2020), Carpet Diem (2019) and other 17 books.

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Deceased and Desist

release date: Nov 27, 2018
Deceased and Desist
Washing the grime off a window can be very satisfying—until you see a body on the other side . . .“An amusing new series with an engaging, spirited sleuth.” —Library Journal Most housecleaners don’t do windows, but Tallie Graver loves leaving a pane of glass streak-free and sparkling. After a dirty divorce from a filthy-rich jerk, she's started her own cleaning business to make ends meet. On her latest job, prepping a renovated bed and breakfast for a grand re-opening, she's standing outside on a ladder, wiping off a grimy pane, when she spies a man on a bed through the glass. But the B&B isn’t open for business yet—and the man’s not sleeping. Her family owns the Graver Funeral Home, so Tallie knows a corpse when she sees one. The victim is a shady building inspector with a reputation for handing out passing grades for a greased palm. With the local police resistant, Tallie launches her own investigation, before she gets a rep as a town crank. But it’s going to take more than a squirt bottle and a squeegee to clean up this mess. With the help of her gal pal Gina, Tallie searches for a killer’s motive. But she’d better be careful, or it’ll be curtains for this window cleaner . . .

Grounds for Remorse

release date: May 29, 2018
Grounds for Remorse
A “down-to-earth heroine” juggles working at her family’s funeral home and digging for clues to the murder of her best friend’s ex (Kirkus Reviews). Best friends Tallie Graver and Gina Laudermilch both seem to spend a lot of time around urns. For Tallie, they’re part and parcel of the family business, Graver’s Funeral Home. Even though she’s traded ashes for dusting with her own cleaning business, she still works part-time for her folks and lives above the funeral parlor. But for Gina, they’re the vessels that contain her heavenly brew at her coffee shop, Bean There, Done That. And both women are learning that owning a business can make finding time for romance challenging. But when Gina’s new beau turns out to have a wife, who barges into the coffee shop to take him home, she can’t contain her bitterness and loudly threatens to poison his cup or boil him in a vat of coffee. So when Mr. Wrong turns up dead at the bottom of a staircase inside Gina’s locked home, she finds herself at the top of the police’s suspect list. Tallie needs to sweep in to save her friend. But she’ll need to watch her step, or she may go from being a funeral home employee to becoming their next client . . . “An amusing new series with an engaging, spirited sleuth.” —Library Journal

Varnished Without a Trace

release date: Sep 29, 2020
Varnished Without a Trace
Her number is up . . . This Christmas, Tallie Graver would like to take a break from running her cleaning business to be with her boyfriend, Max, and enjoy their first holiday together—alone. Instead, she’s stuck keeping her mother and grandmother from duking it out during the town’s annual Christmas Eve bingo game. As for festive spirit, she’ll have to settle for her mean-spirited Aunt Ronda, whose mouth could use some soap. The night only gets worse after Tallie discovers Ronda’s body. It seems someone cleaned her clock with a can of varnish. While all the evidence points to Ronda’s husband, Tallie doesn’t believe her beloved Uncle Hoagie could do such a dirty deed. Of course, his sudden disappearance doesn’t help his case. If Tallie hopes to clear his name, she’ll need to dig up some dirt to locate the real killer. Otherwise, someone else could get rubbed out . . . Praise for Cremains of the Day “Simon kicks off a new series that combines a bit of humor and romance with a heroine who knows no boundaries while searching for the truth that will keep her out of jail.” —Kirkus Reviews “An amusing new series with an engaging, spirited sleuth.” —Library Journal “You’ll be cheering as the clues pile up in this creative cozy mystery.” —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

Carpet Diem

release date: Sep 24, 2019
Carpet Diem
Live and let dust . . . Now that Tallie Graver’s cleaning business is starting to shine, she’s ready to go squeegee to squeegee against Audra McNeal for a major contract at the Astercromb mansion. Tallie’s not afraid of a little friendly competition from the new cleaner in town. In fact, Tallie likes Audra, though she wonders how her glamorous rival manages to clean house and maintain her fancy manicure. Tallie has her rubber-gloves full staying one step ahead of her nemesis. Until she finds a well-polished hand poking out of a rolled-up carpet, rendering her competition . . . dead. Though it lands Tallie the big job, there’s nothing tidy about Audra’s death. So between polishing and scrubbing, Tallie’s determined to find the killer. Hopefully the police chief doesn’t mind her cluttering up his investigation with the filthy dealings she discovers. Turns out Audra was not as squeaky clean as she appeared. And confronting her killer could bring Tallie to a very foul end indeed . . . Praise for Cremains of the Day “Simon kicks off a new series that combines a bit of humor and romance with a heroine who knows no boundaries while searching for the truth that will keep her out of jail.” —Kirkus Reviews “An amusing new series with an engaging, spirited sleuth.” —Library Journal “You’ll be cheering as the clues pile up in this creative cozy mystery.” —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

Cremains of the Day

release date: Oct 31, 2017
Cremains of the Day
There’s no reverse on the hearse . . . “You’ll be cheering as the clues pile up in this creative cozy mystery.” —Lynn Cahoon, New York Times bestselling author of Murder in Waiting For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . . She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Her friend’s shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she’s receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that’s enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation. “Simon kicks off a new series that combines a bit of humor and romance with a heroine who knows no boundaries while searching for the truth that will keep her out of jail.” —Kirkus Reviews

Poison Ivy

release date: May 01, 2005
Poison Ivy
At 24, Ivy Morris has never lived outside her father's home and in fact sleeps in the same room her mom decorated over a decade ago. Until she gets a letter with the words "your inheritance" offering her a home and a costume shop of her own 3000 miles away. But when she arrives to assume her new life she is bombarded by a slew of people looking for the perfect dominatrix or disturbingly tight wrestler costume for the upcoming Harvest Ball. Between overpowering biddies and stolen lingerie from the worst-kept secret side business, things get even more complicated when a woman is murdered at the ball-a woman wearing the same costume as Ivy. With the help of her new friends and a cute guy trying to rev up his journalism career with this mystery, and revving up her heart in the process, she must solve the murder before someone succeeds in their quest to POISON IVY.

Wicked Ink

release date: Jun 02, 2014
Wicked Ink
Garrett Blackwell is not a superhero, and his tattoos aren't just ink. They're the weapons he uses to hunt those who hurt the innocent as he tries to atone for his dark past of violence and crime. And he pays a price every time he uses his gift to summon the darkness around him. Dory Miller has lived beside Garrett for two months and is torn by her feelings toward her sexy, reclusive neighbor. He's the hottest man she's ever met, but as more women in her building become targets of a stalker, she doesn't know who she can trust—especially after she finds Garrett bleeding from a knife wound. Despite her fears that Garrett might be the one responsible for the violence, she feels compelled to help heal his wounds. Garrett reluctantly lets her, and is shocked to discover that she can heal not only his physical wounds, but also the darkness brought by his powers. But if letting her in means putting her in danger, Garrett may have to keep his distance to keep her safe.

Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Box Set

release date: Mar 03, 2014
Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Box Set
Four spellbinding tales at one amazing price—$4.99. Indulge your desire for urban fantasy and paranormal romance with these captivating new books: Reap & Repent by Lisa Medley: Deacon recognizes Ruth for what she is: a fellow soul reaper. Their chance meeting sparks an undeniable attraction—and it draws the attention of an ancient evil that would destroy them both. Wicked Ink by Misty Simon: Garrett's gift for violence is tattooed on his flesh. Dory looks like the typical girl next door, but she has dark secrets of her own. When a predator strikes, Garrett learns that Dory is the only one who can save him. But first, he'll have to save her…. Witch's Awakening by Neely Powell: Generation after generation, a Connelly woman—one of a long line of witches—is sacrificed to maintain the magical community of New Mourne. Brenna wants to stop the cycle. Jake, lawman and shifter, wants to help her, but it will take more than his love to break the curse. Her Wild Protector by Naomi Bellina: A freak accident leaves Tara with powers that capture the notice of two shape-shifters—one who wants to kill her, and one who can't help falling in love with her.

Something Old, Something Dead

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Something Old, Something Dead
Ivy Morris never thought she'd be walking her new stepmother down the aisle to her father. Not a flawless event, because, really, when is anything in Ivy's life flawless? At least she avoids tripping. It's the reception that has the flaw. The wedding singer nearly chokes to death on a glass of water, and then Ivy's sister finds something unexpected in the parking lot. And that's not all. Something odd is going on in the sleepy little town of Martha's Point -- for some reason, no female under the age of fifty can keep her hands off Ivy's boyfriend. Ivy's little shop enjoys a tremendous increase in business as those women keep running in to buy more new sexy lingerie, but her heart is anything but happy. What will it take to solve these mysteries? Is Ivy up to it? Well, she's about to find out.

Making Room at the Inn

release date: Mar 26, 2014
Making Room at the Inn
Single mom Chelsea Moore may not have had a happy marriage herself, but she's bound and determined to pull off the wedding of the year for her sister. It should be a piece of cake as long as she can keep her mother from trying to hook her up with every eligible guy in the county. Jack Barton has no qualms about hosting his sister's best friend for the final week before the wedding, along with said best friend's adorable daughter. But when Chelsea asks him to be a shield against the impending bachelor parade, he doesn't think it through before agreeing. That's when he finds out how little it feels like pretend and how much he wants to make room for these two wonderful females in his life and at his inn.

Frame and Fortune

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Frame and Fortune
Ivy Morris' best friend, Bella Landry, is in trouble, thanks to a surprise she finds in the walk-in freezer at her hair salon. Calling amateur sleuth Ivy is a no-brainer for Bella. She can't trust her policeman boyfriend--he's the one who cuffed her and booked her, and not in a sexy kind of way. Ivy might be in over her head this time, with Bella's ex showing up wanting to help and only making things worse. Who is he secretly promising to pay? And does it have anything to do with the person stealing picture frames but leaving the pictures around town? Ivy's got a convoluted mess on her hands--secret lives, secret agendas, and a lot of unexplained money. To top it off, the decidedly delicious Ben Fallon has turned gourmet cook and chief bottle washer in her house ... while stealthily taking over a few of Ivy's drawers. What's a girl to do?

The Wrong Drawers

release date: May 01, 2006
The Wrong Drawers
Ivy Morris is back again, and this time she's determined to stay out of trouble. She's comfortably ensconced in her very own costume shop and happy as a clam. Happy as a clam can be, anyway, when her father has essentially moved in with her for an indefinite amount of time, and her love life is frustratingly on hold. She's sure she is quickly going insane. So when her best friend, Bella, asks for help with an in-home demonstration party, Ivy jumps at the chance to get out of the house and away from her dad. She has no real idea what they'll be demonstrating until she gets a load of the cookies she has to decorate. But that becomes the least of her troubles when she walks straight into another murder scene. One where she's the prime suspect. What else could go wrong? When you're Ivy Morris, the only right answer is everything. With the help of hunky Ben Fallon, this girl will try to figure out why she's being framed and what it has to do with her getting THE WRONG DRAWERS.

Adventures in Ghostsitting

release date: Sep 21, 2020
Adventures in Ghostsitting
All Died Out Mel Hargrove sent her father out for one ghost, and he came back with truckloads. Things are rarely simple in the Hargrove junkyard full of wayward ghosts. But when those spirits and the book where she lists their names to keep track of them start acting out more than usual, she knows she has a crisis on her hands. I Wear My Ghost Goggles at Night Mel Hargrove has one mission tonight--to formally invite her dead relatives to her upcoming wedding. But when a new menace arrives on the scene, taking her ghostly friends hostage and trying to run roughshod over her business, there's only one thing for Mel to do--call in the troops and go to war, right after she deals with her irritating grandmother. Ghost Just Want to Have Fun Mel Hargrove is getting married to her fiancé, Becker--on a night when all her relatives, both living and dead, can attend--Halloween. As a treat for the ghosts attached to her junkyard, she is allowing them a night out. What could possibly go wrong? Famous last words. Her cousin shows up with an agenda of her own, and the portal between worlds slams shut with a noise loud enough to wake the dead. Mel and Becker must figure out what went wrong and how to sneak in their vows before all Hell breaks loose.

Having a Ball!

release date: Feb 19, 2018
Having a Ball!
Danner Tenley's stroll through a thrift store nets her a fortune-telling ball that reminds her of her youth. It's all fun and games until it starts using her name and giving her very direct messages. But that's nothing compared to the completely rude gnome with a perma-smile who pops out of her wall to tell her how to use the ball. On top of that, a troll has threatened to take over Danner's life if he doesn't get a certain book. Toby Nelson, Danner's friend and landlord, doesn't know what he's being roped into, but if she needs help, he'll be there for her. Meeting a gnome is quite the experience, and fighting a troll is something he's not looking forward to; falling in love with his best friend isn't even on his radar. In a race against time, Danner has only a bad-tempered gnome and her hunky landlord to help her. How bad can it be?

Christmas in Kissinger

release date: Nov 04, 2016
Christmas in Kissinger
Absolutely No Returns or Exchanges Years ago Jocelyn Moreland fled to Kissinger with a broken heart. When she's asked to choreograph a surprise dance for an upcoming wedding, she has no idea it will lead to Sam Locke turning her life upside down. Designs on a Dame Logan West's had his eye on Adele Dame but fears it'll cause issues if he pursues her. When they catch the garter and the bouquet, respectively, at a wedding, he starts reconsidering. Now if he could only find the right time to ask her out. Maybe This Time A set of unfortunate events led to Mason Nottingham missing the "Christmas" he'd hoped would get his life back on track. He wants to see his son and have another chance with his ex, Paige Barton, but he's messed up a lot. First, he has to convince her to at least give him a chance to start making amends.

Protective Ink

release date: Oct 01, 2014
Protective Ink
Friends. Allies. Lovers? Jackson Freeling lost his sense of purpose when he left the Marines. Lissa McLaughlin gave him a new one: protecting a man with the ability to forge weapons from his tattoos. Together, they defend the innocent from the criminals vying for control of their city's drug trade. Lissa inked those tattoos. After watching her friend risk losing a piece of himself every time he used his powers, she decided to suppress her own strange gift. But, without quite understanding how, she has given Jackson a tattoo that lets him become invisible... While Jackson and Lissa do their best to save their ally, they also fight with the growing passion between them. Everyone they care about is in danger. And they have to decide whether their feelings for each other are a strength or a deadly weakness. With this sequel, Misty Simon continues the bewitching tale she began with her urban fantasy debut, Wicked Ink.

Liv and Breathe

release date: Jan 30, 2019
Liv and Breathe
Olivia Jameson runs a summer camp called Breathe, giving inner-city kids a chance to see a different life. When the man who owned the camp died, leaving his dream to his son, Liv took charge, and the work means the world to her. As far as Alex Campbell is concerned, the camp is a hands-off tax write-off. But when Liv calls because her boys are accused of property damage, Alex returns to the place he hasn't called home since age twelve...and to a girl he barely remembers, now a woman who stirs him like no city sophisticates ever have. This is Liv's livelihood, her mission, her dream. Sharing it with a man who doesn't understand the impact is frustrating. But as he begins learning truths that were hidden from him, both Liv and Alex may have a change of heart. Can Liv open up her life one more time to love?

What's Life Without the Sprinkles?

release date: Jan 18, 2013
What's Life Without the Sprinkles?
Cake maker and single mom Claudia Bradley thinks she has life all figured out -- until her best friend Nate starts looking like a mouth-watering dessert and her son's father comes strolling back into the picture as if he'd never left ten years ago. Throw in a case of preteen angst and a family with lots of well-meant advice, and, well, she's whipping up a recipe for chaos! Nate West has always been there for Claudia, a basic ingredient in her life, but suddenly she is flirting outrageously with him when she's never looked that way at him before -- despite his dreams. With her ex-lover back in town, Nate isn't about to renege on his years-old promise to always be the friend Claudia needs, but does she want more? She's as tempting as butter cream frosting with sprinkles, and he's mighty tempted...

For Love and Cheesecake

release date: Sep 07, 2016
For Love and Cheesecake
It's a recipe for disaster... Take one incurable womanizer Mix in one pregnant mistress and one delusional fiancée Add a dash of chef gone haywire Stir in one newly assertive shop assistant Toss with an amateur sleuth who doesn't want to get involved and the love of her life who is in up to the tips of his spiky hair And garnish with a couple of detectives who are not amused. Serves one crazy, homicidal maniac. Ivy is back and she's stellar, except for trying to kick a nagging cold and the bad habit of being in the middle of every Martha's Point murder. Unfortunately, they're both kicking her as she is harangued by her favorite chef to find out who torched his restaurant and one of his waiters along with it. Ivy knows what she should do, but when has that ever stopped her from wading in? Only this time she could very well sacrifice everything...for love and cheesecake.

Hoedown Showdown

release date: Mar 10, 2017
Hoedown Showdown
With the Tasty Tomato Tournament just days away, the small town of Martha's Point is all abuzz. This is the first year without a sure winner, and the competition is fierce to gain the judges' approval, even before the tournament starts. But when Ivy finds one of those judges dead in a shed across the street, things go from bad to worse. All she wanted was seven glorious, kid-free days of messing around with her husband. Instead, she's going to be tracking down a killer, staying out of the way of a pickle-obsessed farmer, and dodging the new cop who seems out for her blood.

Go Ahead, Make My Bouquet

release date: May 22, 2015
Go Ahead, Make My Bouquet
Dexter Zegray is up to his eyeballs in diapers and formula. That's what happens when a baby that isn't even his gets dropped off on his doorstep and his teenage brother - the father - decides to run off to "figure stuff out." Dex wishes he could run away, too, but that's not an option. Zoe Bradley has for months successfully avoided getting caught in the Casanova trap that is Dex Zegray. But when he comes into Decadence with baby in tow, asking for help, she can't resist the little girl or the man who might just be more than the philanderer name tag she's assigned him. Dex needs a nanny, and Zoe's the only one with the time to do it. But will forced togetherness open Zoe's eyes to his true charms? And why does it have to be precisely when he's unavailable?
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