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Available now! Book 6 in the DULCIE CHAMBERS MYSTERIES series:

The Hand That Feeds You

As if running an art museum wasn’t enough, Dr. Dulcinea Chambers now finds herself in battle with the new board of directors chair, Vanessa Rich, who is on a ruthless quest to trim the budget in any way she can. Her cost-cutting measures will begin with selling off Dulcie’s antique office furniture, much to Dulcie’s bewilderment. Detective Nicholas Black is no less perplexed when falconry expert Esmerelda Graves barges into the police station insisting that one of her prized birds has been murdered. Ulterior motives are certainly at play as Dulcie finds that Vanessa stands to profit from the sales, while Nick learns that Esmerelda’s raptors are carrying tiny video cameras. When the seemingly disconnected worlds of these two shady women begin to intertwine, and a most certainly murdered person turns up where the dead bird was found, Dulcie and Nick need hawk-like precision to determine why… before someone else falls prey.

Dulcie Chambers Mysteries named "Most Popular and Recommended" on the COZY MYSTERY LIST Blog!

Kerry J Charles' Dulcie Chambers Mysteries have recently been chosen as a "Most Popular and Recommended" series by the noted book review website Cozy Mystery List. Charles joins a small group of illustrious authors including Joanna Fluke, Ngaio Marsh, and even Jessica Fletcher (Donald Bain)!
"I'm thrilled to be included by this long-recognized authority on mysteries in the cozy genre," Charles states. "The Cozy Mystery List has been a site I've trusted for many years to review and recommend works of all kinds. It's my go-to site when I'm looking for something new and fun!"
Since 2006 the Cozy Mystery List has independently reviewed numerous books, cataloging a wide range of mystery series on diverse subjects. Visit the site at
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The Dulcie Chambers Mysteries

by Kerry J Charles
Set in the coastal Maine city of Portland, THE DULCIE CHAMBERS MYSTERIES show the urban side of Maine through the eyes of museum director Dr. Dulcinea Chambers and Portland Police detective Nicholas Black.
With a doctorate in art history from Oxford University, Dulcie has seen much of the world, but is a Maine girl at heart. Nick hails from Boston’s blue bloods and was groomed for a career in law, but turned his back on the family firm to stamp out crime instead.
Joined by Dulcie’s brother, a confirmed bachelor and local tour-boat operator, as well as the wisecracking veteran detective Adam Johnson, they discover that the small city of Portland harbors some very big secrets!

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Author Kerry J Charles talks about the Dulcie Chambers series...

“What if Nancy Drew grew up?” That’s the question that author Kerry J Charles asked herself when she created the character Dr. Dulcinea (“Dulcie”) Chambers. As director of the Maine Museum of Art, Dulcie rubs shoulders with the likes of wealthy patrons, eccentric artists, and everyone in between. And just like her predecessor Nancy, Dulcie finds herself embroiled in intrigue, mayhem, and murder.

For Charles, Maine is a key part of every book in the series. “In literature and film, Maine has long been associated with mystery and murder,” she reminds us. “Think Steven King, Jessica Fletcher, or Dark Shadows. Most often these stories are set in coastal villages, inland towns, or even Maine’s great outdoors. I wanted Dulcie Chambers to live in a different kind of Maine – a place that’s more cosmopolitan and squarely in the modern world. Portland surely fits the bill, yet Dulcie can’t quite get away from the small town nature of the city, not to mention her own psyche, even while living and working in the downtown area. In fact, that just might be what she likes best!”

For more information on The Dulcie Chambers Mysteries and other great books, visit Edmund+Octavia Publishing.
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