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Fictional Mystery Novels

missing-in-mexico_front-compressed Missing in Mexico — Private Investigator Stan W. is hired to find Sarah Johnson, a college freshman who’s missing after a family vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico. Even with local help and some promising leads, he’s unable to find her and he returns to tell the parents. Months later he receives a mysterious letter from someone who says she can help him find Sarah, and he jumps on the next plane to Cabo. Will this be the lucky break he needs to find her? Or will she remain missing — Missing in Mexico?

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. . . Book #1 in the Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD series
Murders in SYDNEY — Book #1 in the Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD series

Three murders in one week take place in high-profile locations around Sydney, NSW, Australia. There’s no evidence of struggle and each victim has a similar tattoo. The front page news each days makes the Police Commissioner desperate to make an arrest. Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD, famous for his seminars “Detective Work Made Easier Through Mathematics,” is brought in to help make sense of the pieces of the puzzle. The police apprehend their suspect and the newspaper headlines announce it. Another body is found; it fits the pattern as the previous killings.

Do they have the real killer? The math professor knows and it’s shocking when he names the killer.

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. . . Book #2 in the Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD series
Disappearances in the MEDITERRANEAN — Book #2 in the Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD series

One passenger on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea is disappearing after each day in port. Cruise line security is beefed up, and Interpol is brought on board to investigate. Nothing unusual is found, although one of the investigators thinks he’s found a mathematical connection. Professor Alfred Dunningham, in Paris at a math symposium, is toasted for his work in solving the Famous Sites Murders in Sydney, Australia. He’s called; the pleadings work, and the professor and his wife fly to meet and board the ship. There is some similarity to the Sydney case, but the Professor dismisses that notion—“Too obvious; would look like copy cat,” he says. Can he solve the mystery before the end of the cruise?

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. . . Book #3 in the Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD series
Cover for Art Thefts in PARIS novel Art Thefts in PARIS — A seemingly well-organized series of break-ins occurred on the same night there was a city-wide museum workers’ strike in Paris, France; a coincidence or an opportunity? The famous Musée d’Orsay was hit the hardest with most of their van Gogh paintings and Degas bronzes taken from their “theft-proof” frames and cases.

Then the artwork was being sent back, and there were Greek letters painted on them. Why would they be returned, and what did the Greek letters mean? Mathematics Professor Alfred Dunningham, PhD, noted for solving mysteries with mathematics, is brought to Paris. He determines that the Greek letters also mean numbers, leading him to a special 11-digit sequence, and the French National Police rush to the Père Lachaise Cemetery where more bronzes were found. The Police know whom to nab, but their suspect is nowhere to be found; was some advance notice given?

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. . . Compilation of books 1-5 in the co-authored Capital City Murders series
The Wicked West — Nick, a freelance photographer, is on assignment from Travel USA magazine to photograph every state capitol building in a single year. But mystery and romance seem to follow him pretty much everywhere he goes. Will he be able to help solve the mysteries with his photographer’s eye for detail and still stay on task with his assignment? Only time will tell.

Capital City Murders is a new series of novellas by Troy Lambert and Stuart Gustafson.

THE STORY: Nick O’Flannigan is on assignment from Travel USA magazine to visit and photograph particular items in each U.S. state capital in one year. He will start in his current home state of Washington, and follow a prescribed path to spend one week in each state, doing his traveling on the weekend.

Fifty states, one week each state — that’s all doable in one year for Nick; right?
Nick was hired for the assignment because of his attention to detail, an aspect of his photography that led him to found a Macro Photography website that he still runs and moderates today. As he enters each capital city, he learns of a recent murder (or murders) and there is something in the photographs that catches his eye. It is this attention to keen detail that sets him on a path to helping the authorities solve each case.

The first five books in the series—Overdoses in Olympia, Slaying in Salem, Strangled in Sacramento, deCapitated in Carson City, and Buried in Boise—are here together for the first time in this single volume. You won’t be able to get enough once you get started!

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Family & Relationship Books & Cards

BookCover-ROP-300dpiremembering our parents … Stories and Sayings from Mom and Dad — This gift book is a nice collection of over five dozen heart-warming stories from “people next door” to celebrities, war heroes, Olympic athletes, etc. One of my favorite stories is the two-page hand-written letter that I received from former Major League Baseball player Rubén Amaro, Sr. The following postscript was included with his story, an indication of what family and legacy mean to him. “Thank you for the privilege to once again remember Santos & Josefina” (his parents). Family legacy is so very important — one day you just might ask yourself, What will be my legacy?

My mom passed away at age 94. I had the concept of this book two months later at a publishing conference, and it was published in October of that same year. She was always supportive of me (I was the youngest of three), and I think that is one piece of her legacy that I will always remember.

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Questions to Bring You Closer to Dad — What would you want to know about your dad? This book helps you as it defines “Types of Dad and their Characteristics.” Why is that important? Because knowing what “type of Dad” he is guides you to appropriate ways to start conversations, ask questions, etc. What if your dad is no longer alive? The book shows you how you can still find out about him. With over 120 questions, this book is a great way to strengthen the bond whether it’s the child asking the questions or the dad filling them in for his children.

I know I’m not the only one to lose their Dad at an early age — I’m fortunate because some never even knew their Dad! Don’t let your dad’s own childhood and favorite things become distant memories; preserve them today while you can! This book will strengthen your relationship and provide the answers to those questions you will regret if you don’t ask them. When I’ve asked people what they’d asked their dad, the most popular question was, “Are you proud of me?”

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Questions to Bring You Closer to Mom — Similar to the “Dad book” in that types of Mom are listed and defined, I used this book as a way of starting conversations with my mom when she was in her 90s. If you’re not sure how to begin that conversation, use the book as an excuse to get started. Just say, Hey, Mom. I got this book and I’d like to ask you a question from it; would that be okay? It will be more than okay — she will soon be asking you, When are we going to get around to answering more of those questions from that book? Believe me, it works!

When I would ask my mom a question, I knew the answer wouldn’t necessarily be related to the question. But it got her talking (that itself was never an issue) about her childhood, telling me things that I’d never heard before. One time I asked about her favorite dessert , and she talked on and on about one particular summer outing with all her cousins in Nebraska. The shine in her eyes told me she was reliving it as if it were occurring right then — that’s the value of starting a conversation!

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GrandmaGrandpa-cover Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma & Grandpa — Learning about the grandparents is decidedly different than Mom or Dad because of the generation that’s between grandparents and grandchildren — namely the parents! So the approach is a bit different, but you’ll find the experience just as rewarding, if not more so! One thing that’s clear is that not all grandparents are the same, and you’ll find that out right away once you start with this book. Grandparents: If you want to open the pathways for conversations with your grandchildren, get a copy of this book and give it to them after you’ve written inside, “This is your license to ask us anything!”

Learn about the eldest generation in your family with whom you still have connections by asking them interesting and meaningful questions, such as What do you think made our family special that you hope is carried on the next generation? Or, When/where did you meet Grandma/Grandpa, and what did you do on your first date?

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8 different cards: Son to Mom

8 different cards: Son to Dad

8 different cards: Daughter to Mom

8 different cards: Daughter to Dad

Note Cards to send to Mom or Dad (or both) — Want to send a quick note to Mom or Dad but don’t know exactly what to say? Here’s the solution for you. Each pack contains eight different note cards with a short saying on the front, a blank inside for your personal message, and eight matching envelopes. Each of the six packs contains eight different cards for a total of 48 different note cards.

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Other Non-Fiction Books


Some books don’t fit neatly into well-defined categories. I guess they could if you had thousands and thousands of books. I don’t have that many so I’ve decided to put some books into this catch-all category.


Parables for Life in the 21st Century — This is the very first book I published, and it was in 2005. When people ask me about the process of writing your first book, I’m really hesitant to tell them that it took me twenty years. Yes, twenty! I was collecting story ideas, story morals, and some business applications I wanted to use. It took a while for them to all come together into this format. Fortunately, the next books didn’t take that long! The book contains twenty-four parables, each with a story, its moral, and then applications for use in today’s life in the twenty-first century.

Some of the morals in the book might already familiar, such as Æsop’s “Slow but steady wins the race.” Others might not be as familiar, such as, “Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth doesn’t teach you how to feed yourself” or “Words, just like nails, can still leave pain and scars when they are retracted. Make sure that the words you use are kind words, not mean words that hurt.” A few of the story titles are “Roger and the Parakeet,” “The Prized Jacket,” “Slowing Down for the Green Light.” The book has been used in elementary school classrooms as well as the basis for a nation-wide Character Education program in Trinidad & Tobago.

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Mastering “The Art of Retirement” — I was offered early retirement from my high-technology career at age 59; I’d planned to work for a few more years, but because I’d mastered the skills I wrote down into this book (mostly while on a sunny beach in Mexico), I was able to accept the offer. You can also master these skills, but you first must know what they are. So skip having that high-priced coffee for a few days and invest in your future, your retirement!

Do you like the cover photo? That’s Santa Maria Bay along the Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. It was in this area that I wrote down the ideas and the plans that I had already utilized so I was able to take advantage of the early retirement offer. Some highlights from the book: “Why you MUST START retiring 10 years in advance”; “SIX DOCUMENTS that you must have”; “How to AVOID some of MISTAKES made by many retirees”; “FOUR PEOPLE you should know well, and vice versa.” The Reference Materials in the back of the book are easily worth the price of the book (TIMES FIFTY!).

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Published initially in Trinidad & Tobago (and with stories based on my Parables for Life in the 21st Century), and expanding into other Caribbean countries, this series of books is aimed at elementary school children. This is is Volume 1. They can be used elsewhere; the only difference is that some of the words in these volumes use the Caribbean spelling of words. The book utilizes the format and some stories from my book, Parables for Life in the 21st Century, and then it adds a summary of the story’s Main Points, Discussion Topics, Writing Topics, and Ways to Reinforce the Lesson at Home. Whether used in a school district or in just one home, these books reinforce the meaning and value of such life basics as Friendship, Kindness, Thoroughness, Equality, Fairness, Responsibility, etc.

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