Chintz and China Mystery Series
You aren't in Pleasantville anymore...
The Chintz 'n China Mystery Series isn't your typical mystery series. Follow the exploits of Emerald O'Brien, who's considered the town witch. The owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room, Emerald also happens to be psychic, and a tarot-reader. She lives in the small (fictional) town of Chiqetaw, Washington, with her two children and four cats. She's used to hanging out with ghosts and other supernatural beasties, but doesn't particularly want them bothering her family. Along with her best friends Murray--a cop, and Harlow--an ex-supermodel, Emerald finds herself embroiled in murder, mystery and mayhem that comes at her from both the 'mundane world' and the supernatural side of life (and death).
These are *very* paranormal--not just mystery with a dash of ooh-spooky.
Berkley has repackaged the entire Chintz 'n China Series—the final book (One Hex of a Wedding) will be on the shelves as of November 2009. No, there won't be any more books, however Legend of the Jade Dragon is now back in print. The series will still be under the Berkley Prime Crime imprint, but it will no longer be called the Chintz 'n China Series.
Ghost of A Chance; August 2003; Berkley Prime
Crime; ISBN: 0-425-19128-1
Emerald O'Brien is the owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room where guests are served the perfect blend of teas and tarot readings. She never set out to be a detective, but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back... When the ghost of Susan Mitchell asks for Emerald's help in convicting her own murderer, Emerald can't refuse. Along with her friends-an ex-supermodel and a cop-and her new love interest, Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars, and Susan's tortured soul to rest.