Books by Veronica Heley

Veronica Heley is the author of numerous books, and has published with Corgi and Frances Lincoln, amongst others. This is the first time she has turned her pen to adult crime.


FALSE DIAMOND by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pedestrian solution proves Heley slightly off her game in her eighth Abbott entry."
The discovery of a zircon in Dilys Benton's engagement ring sends sparks flying in her rich, dysfunctional family. Read full book review >
MURDER WITH MERCY by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Heley's 13th finds Ellie beleaguered but resolute as ever as she deals with the fallout from hell-bound good intentions."
Ellie Quicke has her hands full with daughter Diana's pregnancy, a spot of sabotage in her latest renovation project, a bout of flu in her household and, of course, murder. Read full book review >
FALSE ALARM by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2013

"The Abbot Agency's seventh outing will be just the thing for readers who like their cozies with a bit of bite."
Domestic matters both personal and professional loom large for the owner of the Abbot Agency (False Report, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
MURDER IN MIND by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Ellie's 12th is right on the money, with the heroine giving as good as she gets in her tangles with the boneheaded local constabulary."
Ellie Quicke (Murder My Neighbor, 2011, etc.) takes a break from redecorating to help the family of her daughter's fiance escape death. Read full book review >
FALSE REPORT by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2012

"Heley's seventh Abbot Agency entry may be her most delicate and best balanced yet. "
An old friend talks Bea Abbot (False Money, 2011, etc.) into helping a musician caught in a honey trap. Read full book review >
MURDER MY NEIGHBOUR by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Ellie's fans will find all the typical pleasures in her 11th case: domestic felicity disrupted by dark doings and the eventual triumph of the good over the greedy."
Trouble hits close to home as Ellie Quicke (Murder in the House, 2009, etc.) investigates a disappearance from a house around the corner. Read full book review >
FALSE MONEY by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2011

"Fans will be treated to the usual family complications as they wait for the inevitable shoe to drop."
Domestic agency owner Bea Abbott (False Pretences, 2010, etc.) goes to bat for one of her unofficial offspring while her real son and daughter-in-law do their best to keep her from her grandson. Read full book review >
MURDER IN HOUSE by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Standard fare from an author whose puzzles take a back seat to domestic affairs."
An unscrupulous developer and his family threaten a middle-aged newlywed's connubial bliss. Read full book review >
FALSE STEP by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2009

"Clever clueing and a shocking solution place what would otherwise have been a routine cozy above the competition."
Something doesn't sit right with Bea Abbott (False Charity, 2007, etc.) when her employee finds a client dead, an apparent suicide. Read full book review >
FALSE PICTURE by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Plucky as she may be, Bea, lacking the inner dimension of Heley's long-running heroine Ellie Quicke, comes across as following the plot rather than driving it."
Her second outing packs Bea Abbott (False Charity, 2007) off to Bruges on the trail of an international art thief. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE PARK by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2008

"Even though Heley once more reveals the perpetrator early on, Ellie (Murder of Identity, 2007, etc.) is such a complex and likable heroine that we follow her exploits with bated breath."
Ellie Quicke becomes involved in a hunt for answers when her cousin Roy's wife witnesses a killing by a dog in a local park. Read full book review >
FALSE CHARITY by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Although the two heroines are cut from similar cloth, Heley's new series has a quirky vibe that edges it beyond its pedestrian plot."
The creator of Ellie Quicke (Murder of Identity, 2007, etc.) rolls out a new series featuring the Abbott Agency, which handles domestic crises with efficiency and discretion. Read full book review >
MURDER OF IDENTITY by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2007

"Although we know the killer's identity from the beginning, Ellie's efforts to unmask him are nicely woven into the busy plot."
No good deed goes unpunished in Ellie Quicke's seventh adventure. Read full book review >
MURDER BY COMMITTEE by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"It's hard to find the mystery, much less solve it, in this messy sixth from the usually reliable Heley."
A widow has her hands full coping with her family's unending demands and solving friends' puzzles. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE GARDEN by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2005

"A fine balance of outer sleuthing and inner delving."
The discovery of a body in the yard next door forces Ellie Quicke (Murder by Accident, 2003, etc.) to take a long hard look at her neighborhood, her family, and herself. Read full book review >
MURDER BY ACCIDENT by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Ellie's return to the world of romance livens this well-clued whodunit."
Ellie Quicke's latest adventure explores the limits of friendship and family loyalty. Read full book review >
MURDER OF INNOCENCE by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Detection is clearly a side issue in this parable of remaining centered in a world fraught with avaricious demands from every corner."
Recent widow Ellie Quicke (Murder by Suicide, not reviewed, etc.) faces the trials of Job as she tries desperately to do right by her relatives, her friends, and her God. Read full book review >