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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Ardis Cole Mystery Series in Order of Publication

Welcome, mystery series readers! All books in our Ardis Cole series, set in exotic locations around the world, are standalones, with a complete mystery and resolution in each novel.  You don't have to have to read them in order.  But since many readers prefer to read a series in chronological order, we have made a list of books in the series from the first to the most current release.  So, feel free to start with Book 1, or jump into the middle and find a story or setting that personally interests you.  

Book 1: THE CURSE OF SENMUT


Outside a small village near the Valley of the Kings, archaeologist Ardis Cole arrives in Egypt to help excavate a tomb recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin.  When Jane is murdered, Ardis must assume responsibility for the project. With the help of mysterious Blake Lydon, she must unravel the tomb's mystery--an ancient secret concerning two miniature obelisks of gold hidden by Queen Hatshepsut's love, Senmut, over 2000 years ago.


Nice thrills and chills. The authors have obviously done their archeological homework, and in between all the mysterious goings-on, we learn fascinating details of Hatshepsut's stormy reign. The Egyptology is all there, and it's enjoyable." –Mystery Scene Magazine

...superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures..." –Midwest Book Review

Purchase Link: THE CURSE OF SENMUT


Book 2: UNMARKED GRAVE 


Ardis Cole travels to Scotland to do a facial reconstruction on a skull hr friend Bruce McBrier has discovered in the woods outside his ancestral castle.  Because of an ancient ax buried in the skull, Bruce presumes the skull to be a historical relic, possibly the remains of a medieval ancestor murdered in battle.  When Ardis makes the shocking discover that the remains are of a more recent murder, Constable Mark Ridley asks her help in going ahead with the facial reconstruction in hopes the victim can be identified.  But someone is willing to go to great lengths--even murder--to keep the skull's deadly secret.


Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have effectively collaborated to present a series of superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures featuring Ardis Cole, a intelligent, fearless, and persevering young lady who finds herself in the midst of exciting and suspenseful mysteries set in a variety of different locales."    --Midwest Book Review


Purchase Link: UNMARKED GRAVE



Book 3:  THE CRIMSON MASQUERADE


Trouble precedes Ardis Cole to the site of a Han Dynasty tomb in China. Dr. Yong Po, who has asked for her assistance, is being stalked by a person wearing a crimson opera mask. Ardis is concerned when her co-worker, Grant Merlin, fails to arrive at the project, and his ex-wife, Sheri, takes his place. More problems arise when Sheri is attacked on the cliffs by the same masked intruder. Ardis' search for the tomb of emperor Sun Yan leads to ancient intrigue surrounding a captive princess, referred to in his poetry as the "Lady of White Jade." As Ardis delves deeper into the tomb's secret, a centuries old crime of passion is eerily replayed in the present. 

The Crimson Masquerade is so brilliant and thrilling that it will leave readers bereft when it ends. Author Stephanie Parker McKean

Purchase Link:  THE CRIMSON MASQUERADE



Book 4:  MURDER AND THE MONALET RUBY


When Ardis Cole goes to South Dakota to handle a bequest of pioneer and Sioux artifacts left to the University of Chicago by the wealthy private collector, Anthony LaMoine, she finds unexpected trouble—a stolen ruby, a present-day murder, and a skeleton in the cellar! As a teenager after a battle with his father, Anthony’s adopted son had run away from home. Find the son, the housekeeper tells her, and you’ll find the thief. But is the son really the guilty party? And is the mysterious writer-historian, Seldon Drake, the man he claims to be—or is he an impostor?

Suspense and so easy to read!  Judith Peterson

Purchase Link: MURDER AND THE MONALET RUBY



BOOK 5: THE DESTRUCTION OF NEVA


Ardis Cole is summoned to Russia to help Grant Merlin’s friend, Nikolai Savik, locate a priceless marble statue called Neva. The life-sized sculpture vanished along with the artist, Nikolai’s uncle Treve Savik, seven years ago. Most people believe Treve destroyed his masterpiece then committed suicide after being jilted by the statue’s beautiful model, Varina Morinsky. On the way to the Savik mansion Ardis is nearly pushed to her death in the Moscow subway. Once in St. Petersburg instead of finding the sculpture, Ardis discovers the grave of a murder victim, buried for seven years. The search for the missing sculpture becomes a hunt for a dangerous killer--one who will not hesitate to strike again.

Great reads!  Betty Gratz


Purchase Link: THE DESTRUCTION OF NEVA



 BOOK 6: KILLER OF EAGLES


Ardis Cole braves a sudden blizzard on her way to the isolated Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation to help her friend, Ella White Owl, locate her missing niece. Carrie, an art teacher at Shadow Pass High School, appears to have simply vanished without a trace. Medicine man Jim Walks Alone shares with Ardis his disturbing vision about a “killer of eagles,” which to the Sioux represents an evil person, and a destroyer of all that is good.

Ardis soon finds the girl’s wrecked car deep in the canyon, a dead man who was shot through the head was behind the wheel. But there is no sign of Carrie. Ardis’ search for Carrie leads her on a hunt for a rare relic stolen from the local church, a wild chase through the badlands, and a face-to-face confrontation with the “killer of eagles.”

Killer of a Story! Author Stephanie Parker McKean

Purchase Link:  KILLER OF EAGLES



BOOK 7: THE PIRATED EMERALD

Ardis reached out for the glowing jewel encased in its thick, crude mounting of gold. She gazed incredulously at the ring, unable to believe that she held in her hand the famous pirated Sea Star Emerald. 

 When Ardis’ colleague, Red Michaels, is found crushed to death by a fallen beam in the wreck of the 1858 clipper ship, the Fortune, she flies to Galveston to take over his search for the ship’s treasures and to head the Fortune exhibit at the local museum. Known to be aboard the sunken ship is a notorious jewel once stolen by the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, the Sea Star Emerald. Oliver Harrington, believing the gem to be the lost Harrington heirloom, traveled to America to purchase the Sea Star from an auction in New Orleans and was returning to England when the Fortune sank. Ardis soon discovers that modern-day treasure hunters are determined to beat her to the jewel. After she retrieves the gem from the ocean’s depths, the Sea Star Emerald is pirated again. Before the exhibit opens, Ardis is arrested for the crime. She suspects that she has been skillfully set up by the Harrington family. Or is she facing some unknown thief who has been relentlessly pursuing the jewel? With time running out, she must face a vicious killer and prove her innocence.

Our latest release!

Purchase Link:  THE PIRATED EMERALD


COMING SOON IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK: CONSIDER ME DEAD--SET IN AUSTRALIA


All of our books are available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and as paperbacks through Amazon.  The series is also available on audio.

Also check out the two titles in our  Arla Vaughn Pre-Columbian Treasures Series, which concentrates on early Mesoamerican artifacts.  The two books in the series are The Mayan Mask of Death and The Lost City of the Condor.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Pirated Emerald--New Release in the Ardis Cole Series


We are delighted to introduce the sixth book in the Ardis Cole series, The Pirated Emerald.  Set in the United States, in Galveston, Texas, The Pirated Emerald is the story of a fabulous gem that was stolen twice. 
In this story Ardis does a little scuba diving and meets with danger and adventure. 
When Ardis Cole's colleague, Red Michaels, meets with a fatal accident, Ardis volunteeers to take over his project.  Ardis flies to Galveston, Texas, where in 1858 the old clipper ship, the Fortune, wrecked in a hurricane.
Known to be aboard the sunken ship is a fabulous gem, once stolen by the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte--the Sea Star Emerald.  Ardis soon discovers that modern-day treasure hunters are determined to beat her to the jewel.
After Ardis retrieves the gem from the ocean's depths, the Sea Star Emerald is pirated again!  This time, Ardis finds herself accused of the theft. With time running out, hounded by a relentless sheriff, Ardis must face a vicious killer in order to prove her innocence.
All of our books in the series contain a complete mystery, so they don't necessarily have to be read in order.  They are set in locations around the world, from China, Scotland, Egypt, to the United States. We hope you will enjoy some of Ardis' adventures with her.