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.
Murder Under A Mystic Moon; January 2005; Berkley Prime Crime; ISBN: 0-425-20002-7
With her teenaged daughter's birthday on the horizon and the town's autumn festival in full swing, Emerald has her hands full with party preparations and teashop specials. But a request from her friend Jimbo has her using her abilities to look into the disappearance of his friend. In the woods surrounding the Klickavail Valley enclave, Emerald senses a strange energy manifesting itself-before literally stumbling across the body of Jimbo's friend. While the police are willing to blame the death on a cougar attack, Emerald knows there's something else wandering the forest-something that resembles the Klakatat monster of legend, but may actually be a monster of a more human kind.