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In 1911, a man named

Vincenzo Peruggia

stole a little-known

masterpiece from the 

Louvre in Paris.


That painting became

famous overnight.



Paris, 1925.

Meet Scarlet Haslewood, a con artist with a weakness for stylish hats, French pastry, and stealing things.  And she's good at what she does.  Really good.

So now she's set her sights on the most audacious con of her career: selling the Mona Lisa.  After all, stealing it is just, well, too easy.  And besides, it's been done before.  But convincing someone to pay you a fortune for something you don't even own?  Now there's a challenge.

From jewellery stores to art museums, social clubs to stately English manors, she’ll charm her way into the hearts and minds of everyone she meets as she pulls the strings of her grandest design yet.

But for the woman who twists the truth for a living, it’s the twist she never saw coming that will set her on a path she could never have imagined...

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More than just a good caperScarlet is the origin story that kicks off a new series: 

The Haslewood Mysteries


Set in 1920’s Europe, The Haslewood Mysteries follows the exploits of con artist Scarlet Haslewood as she employs her wit and charm to sniff out and stop other cons, grifters, and unsavoury individuals.  From Paris to the Riviera, London to Istanbul, she'll be your own personal Robin Hood when no one else can help! 

Join her for this fresh, fun take on light/cozy mystery that should appeal to anyone who enjoys clever dialogue, vivid descriptions, rich character development, and interesting plot twists.  And the finest French pastries, of course. 


"[N]ot often does a book so fully captivate me! Five shining stars!"

~Goodreads reviewer.


"She is witty, fearless and so original... I can't wait for more Scarlet."

~Amazon reviewer.


*No violence, sex, or foul language.* 

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And if you're a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read for free!​

Exciting news...

Book 2 is here!

Just click on the cover below to go to the Amazon listing, or here to read the description.

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