Author: Cynthia Baxter

Cynthia Baxter is best-known as the author of The Reigning Cats & Dogs mystery series, featuring Long Island veterinarian Jessica Popper. Baxter’s latest book, a chilling psychological suspense novel called The Housesitter, takes her in an exciting new direction.

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Murder with a Cherry on Top - A Lickety Splits Mystery

Murder with a Cherry on Top
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B073NN1PMQ
  • Release: 2018-03-27
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Kensington Books
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Kate McKay had doubts about swapping her high-powered life in Manhattan for Wolfert’s Roost, the quaint Hudson Valley village where she grew up. But when she moves back to care for her ailing grandmother, Kate decides to start fresh and indulge her dream of running an ice cream shop. All goes smoothly—until she’s reunited with old acquaintances nuttier than a vat of rocky road . . .

Kate should be thrilled about opening Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe in the heart of town. Instead her spirits melt like soft serve in the summer when she learns that her childhood frenemy, Ashley Winthrop, has started selling frozen treats in the bakery across the street. Turns out, Ashley hasn’t sweetened since high school. And, once again, she’s game for some very unfriendly competition . . .

But before Ashley can kill Kate’s new business, someone kills Ashley—stabbing her to death inside the bakery. Worse, the murder occurs right after the two rivals drew crowds with a heated argument, leaving half of Wolfert’s Roost speculating that Kate was finally pushed over the edge . . .

With rumors swirling and her reputation in serious trouble, Kate is determined to get the real scoop on the crime—even if it means joining forces with a former flame. As she pieces together clues to a chilling scandal, Kate soon realizes that she’ll need way more than a sprinkle of wit if she wants to expose the killer and live to see another sundae . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe!


The Housesitter

The Housesitter
  • Number: B0091XZ9MG
  • Release: 2011-12-31
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Dark Corridors
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No job, no boyfriend, no plans for the future . . .

No wonder Megan Quinn is thrilled when she lands a fabulous housesitting gig in an affluent Los Angeles suburb. John Davis, the homeowner who posted the ad, explains he’s desperate for someone to take care of his house and his cat while he’s away on an extended business trip.

Megan immediately settles into her new home, which has everything she could want: plenty of space, a luxurious swimming pool, and the solitude she craves. And she immediately falls in love with Endora, John’s engaging feline.

So when weird things suddenly start happening, she doesn’t want to believe anything could be amiss. Even her creepy neighbor, who clearly has a crush on her, doesn’t dampen her enthusiasm. Before long, though, Megan senses that while she’s watching the house, she’s being watched as well.

She tells herself there’s a reasonable explanation for all the strange coincidences …until a string of ominous, heart-stopping events finally convinces Megan there’s serious trouble in her Paradise. But will her realization come too late?

The Housesitter is a gripping psychological thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human mind, its unexpected twists and startling revelations serving as proof that things are not always what they seem.


Crossing the Lion - A Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery

Crossing the Lion
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780553592382
  • Release: 2010-08-31
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Suspense
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  • Publisher: Random House
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CAN A SMALL-TOWN PET DETECTIVE HUNT DOWN A BEAST OF A KILLER IN ITS OWN LAIR?

Veterinarian Jessica Popper is still basking in newlywedded bliss when neighbors Betty and Winston beg her to investigate the suspicious death of Linus Merrywood, king of the corporate jungle. On stormy Solitude Island, the Merrywoods have enjoyed the lion’s share of wealth for generations. But from the suspects to the surroundings, Jess feels as if she’s walked straight into an old-fashioned game of Clue—except here the stakes are life and death.

There’s the butler named Jives, a sexy assistant named Scarlett, teatime in the conservatory, and a house with secret passageways, moving walls, and a wailing aunt locked in the attic. With a storm raging around the island and Jess’s least favorite police detective assigned to the case, things are looking dire until Jess’s lionhearted husband, Nick, braves his way to Solitude to rescue her. Now it’s the two of them against a family steeped in secrets—and a killer on the prowl who’s ferociously determined to protect the biggest family secret of all.


Too Rich and Too Dead

Too Rich and Too Dead
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780553590364
  • Release: March 24, 2009
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Random House
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Have suitcase, will sleuth...

Mallory Marlowe, travel writer for the Good Life magazine, heads to Colorado to answer the question: Can nonskiers have fun in Aspen? It’s also a chance to visit a now rich and famous high-school classmate, Carly Cassidy Berman. Cheerleader, homecoming queen, and class president, Carly had it all then and still does—a sprawling mountainside home, an adoring husband, and a multimillion-dollar business centered around her super-exclusive Tavaci Springs spa. But not all is what it seems in Carly’s golden life, because within twenty-four hours of Mallory’s arrival, Carly’s corpse turns up in a mud bath.

Against a dazzling backdrop of majestic ski slopes, ritzy boutiques, and slumming celebrities, Mallory suddenly discovers that Aspen’s main attraction is a dazzling array of suspects—one of whom is eager to see this accidental sleuth’s travels come to an end. As Mallory begins to uncover the secrets hidden amid Aspen’s snow, will a desperate killer make this playground for the pampered and privileged Mallory’s final destination?

Includes Mallory’s article for the Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Aspen attractions!


Murder Packs a Suitcase

Murder Packs a Suitcase
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780553590357
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Random House
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Mallory Marlowe is ready to turn a corner—one lined with palm trees, plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments, and snack bars shaped like giant ice cream cones. Thanks to her new job as travel writer for the New York magazine The Good Life, recently widowed Mallory is zipping around Orlando, assigned to rediscover the glory days of “old Florida.” It’s the first of what she hopes will be many exciting adventures . . . but she’s about to discover that the Sunshine State has a dark side.

Settled in among the faux volcanoes and tiki torches of the Polynesian Princess Hotel, Mallory is on the lookout for quirky attractions like alligator farms and pirate-themed diners hidden amid the glitzy theme parks. But she’s not prepared to find a cranky journalist speared to death in the Bali Ballroom—or to find herself a suspect in his murder. With her trip coming to a close, Mallory has no choice but to figure out if one of her fellow travel writers is a killer. Because if she doesn’t get out of Florida soon, her career—and her life—are about to come to a dead end.

Includes Mallory’s article for The Good Life, with tips and reviews of real Florida attractions!


Putting on the Dog - Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery

Putting on the Dog
  • Number: B000XUBFK6
  • Release: 2007-12-18
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Bantam
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A charity dog show has Jessica hitting the road with her faithful one-eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and her tailless Westie, Max, for the palatial summer estates of Long Island's fabled East End. When she arrives, the posh seaside community is crawling with stars eager to take best in show for their beloved pooches. But it's murder most tacky when a celebrity photographer is felled by a giant ice sculpture at a $500-a-plate fund-raiser.

Unable to resis the scent of the hunt, Jess is soon investigating a casting director's dream of potential suspects. But if Jess isn't careful, she just might become the next victim of a killer determined to prove she's barking up the wrong tree.


Dead Canaries Don't Sing - Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery

Dead Canaries Don't Sing
  • Number: B000XUBF8I
  • Release: 2007-12-18
  • Author: Cynthia Baxter
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Bantam
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As a veterinarian, she’s more experienced with paw prints than fingerprints. But thanks to her dogged persistence and her knack for landing on her feet, Jessie’s got murder on a very short leash.

The sun is barely up and the day is already going to the dogs. Literally. As Dr. Jessica Popper embarks on a house call to a local horse farm, her one-eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and her tailless Westie, Max, stumble upon something unexpected: a corpse half buried in the woods. As Max happily digs up the dead canary planted near the body, Jessie realizes that this corpse was clearly about to sing. But about what? Or whom?Enlisting the aid of her on-again, off-again lover, PI Nick Burby, Jess applies the stubbornness of a bloodhound and the agile moves of a cat to identify a menagerie of suspects…including one who wants her off the case badly enough to kill again.