The Susan Hunter books are not your typical mysteries, and Susan Hunter is not your
typical sleuth. Often, she is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and things
go downhill quickly. The books cross genres of chick lit, mystery, romance, humor,
and action, bringing you a fast-paced, easy-breezy read.
In the first book, Sunshine Hunter, the story begins as chick-lit with Susan pondering
murder when she finds out her new boyfriend of three months is married. After taking
some time to look back on the relationship and the deception, she accepts an offer
from her best friend to tag along for a week in Florida. Here the mystery begins,
and Susan believes she and her friend are being stalked. She also learns of a murder
back home in Ohio and soon finds out she’s wanted for questioning. The story takes
an adventurous turn when she ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. Chick-lit, mystery, romance,
and humor all make for a fun book.
Big Apple Hunteralso starts as chick-lit as the book opens in the Slimmers Weight
Loss center which Susan manages. She continues to struggle with her personal love
life, and there are some changes on the horizon concerning her job with the weight
loss company. A strange accusation from the local deli owner causes Susan to look
back on events over the past few months, and when her friend asks her to join him
for a weekend in New York City, Susan is delighted to get away for some shopping.
The mystery begins when the jewelry she buys is soon stolen, and it isn’t until she
arrives back home that she realizes just how much danger her life, and that of her
friend, is in. Once again, there is a mystery, some romance, humor, and action.
Sin City Hunter – In book three, Susan is in Las Vegas for a week of work and training
at the corporate offices of Slimmers Weight Loss. She flies out a few days early
for some fun and relaxation. Her parents join her, and there is a new character introduced
to the books - a professional hockey player. During a magic show, Susan finds herself
backstage and sees what she believes is a murder in progress. The man behind the
murder sees her, and it’s a question now as to what really happened on the other
side of that white door. A man who is always watching, an evil boss, extortion, and
plenty of laughs around all of the events in Las Vegas make this book, with its surprise
ending, a lot of fun.
Big Easy Hunter– This book starts on the racquetball court in Carbide City, and
two mysteries are quickly introduced. One of them involves reports of Susan being
seen driving away from home break-ins in the middle of the night. A character only
mentioned briefly in a previous book has a main role in this one and provides quite
a few of the humorous moments. Susan and her friends travel to New Orleans to attend
a wedding. A new mystery develops here, and Susan actually steals something which
puts her smack dab in the middle of a criminal investigation. The book ends back
home in Carbide City with a big climax. Chick-lit, romance, humor, action – and dogs!
What’s not to love!
Windy City Hunter – This is the first book that has no racquetball playing, and there
aren’t any scenes at the weight loss center. The story takes place entirely in Chicago.
The tone of this book is different. It’s more “pure mystery” than the others. Susan
is along to assist her friend at a cooking competition. They aren’t even unpacked
in their condo yet when they see a murdered woman, and because they were on the scene
moments after the murder, one of them is accused and eventually charged. To further
complicate matters, there is an art forger trying to befriend them, and some shenanigans
take place at the cooking competition. With a little romance and some humor, the
book remains definitively Susan Hunter.
Maple Leaf Hunter - Once again, there is no racquetball playing, and there are no
scenes at the weight loss center. The book starts with a bit of chaos when Susan
and Samantha are chatting in the food court at the mall, and a man falls on Susan
after suffering a heart attack. This strange occurrence sets in motion an adventure
with some desperate men who follow Susan to Canada. There are romantic overtones
as Susan has never seen Mick look so rugged before, and she lusts after him continuously
on their vacation. Darby, Nate, and Mick’s son, Alex, are along for the fun this
time, and a Sasquatch has Nate on edge. He even writes some poetry about the creature.
Once again we cross genres of mystery, romance, chick lit, action, and adventure
for a fun, easy-breezy read!
I hope you enjoy the light, easy-breezy style of the Susan Hunter Mystery Series.
It has been my pleasure to write the books with the goal of entertaining you for
a few hours and making you smile. ~Maddie Cochere