Welcome to the cyber-home of cozy mystery author Wendy Delaney, who shares her website with Charmaine Digby, a spunky pastry chef-turned-sleuth with an eye for lies and a nose for trouble.

Charmaine made her debut in Trudy, Madly, Deeply, the award-winning launch book of my Working Stiffs Mystery series, followed by Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles. Char and the gang are back in book three of the series, There's Something About Marty. You can find all three books at Amazon, B&N, and other online retailers.

There's Something About Marty

It was Marty McCutcheon's bad luck to die on his birthday. Then again, since Marty is the third husband his young widow will be burying, maybe luck had nothing to do with it.

As Deputy Coroner Charmaine Digby discovers when she questions Marty's widow about his sudden death, she had ample opportunity to kill him. Victoria McCutcheon even admits as much, right before she asks Char to solve her husband's murder. What? A suspected black widow who wants her husband's murderer brought to justice? Victoria McCutcheon is either the most skillful liar Char has ever encountered or someone else has spun a web of lies to cover their murderous tracks. But who, and why?

With no hard evidence to go on, it's up to Char and her ability as a human lie detector to break this case wide open.Assuming that someone doesn't crack her skull open first!

Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles

Everybody's got a secret.

A secret crush. A secret liaison. A secret recipe. And for a deadly few, a secret murder.

Port Merritt's favorite bad boy, Russell Falco, was a seasoned veteran of secret liaisons. But after his body washes up on the shore of Merritt Bay, Deputy Coroner and human lie detector, Charmaine Digby, suspects one of those liaisons got Russell killed.

Secrets. Lies. Cookie-baking rivals. And a dead guy. Char's on the case and is determined to find the killer...
if the killer doesn't find her first!

Trudy, Madly, Deeply

Human lie detector Charmaine Digby is having a bad year. After eating her way through a divorce, she's out of work and up to her eyeballs in debt. In need of a life makeover Char comes home to the senior citizen haven of Port Merritt, Washington, and is ecstatic when she parlays her eye for lies into a job as the County Coroner's new assistant. But her joy is short-lived when a hunky doctor at the hospital reports the suspicious death of Trudy, Port Merritt's beloved Story Lady. Even more stunning, Trudy isn't the only recent patient whose heart mysteriously stopped.

Is it mad to think that dear old Trudy could be the latest victim of a serial killer?

With no physical evidence of foul play, Char's on the case, much to the irritation of Detective Steve Sixkiller, who doesn't want her to stick her pretty nose for trouble in his investigation. But she's a woman on a mission to uncover the truth, and she'd better keep her eyes open or the next body on the way to the morgue could be hers....

What People Are Saying


"Trudy, Madly, Deeply is hysterical and riveting! Wendy Delaney had me at Page 1." -- NYT bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson

"Full of twists, turns, and laughs! Trudy, Madly, Deeply is a great mix of mystery and romance peppered with plenty of wonderful small town charm. I can't wait for the next one in this series!" -- Ann Charles, award-winning author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

"Wendy Delaney's Trudy, Madly, Deeply is delicious, and that's no lie! Her fun human lie detector sleuth, quaint small town, fabulous descriptions, and mystery that will leave you guessing until the end make this debut a real page turner, and I predict this author's future will be bright." -- Kari Lee Townsend, National Bestselling Author of the Fortune Teller Mysteries

"Wendy Delaney's witty style delights the reader and her engaging characters captivate. Trudy, Madly, Deeply is simply irresistible." -- Kylie Brant, award-winning bestselling author of the Mindhunters Series

"Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles is the perfect cozy--a blending of humor with a true-to-life, plucky heroine. Adding a dash of romance to her small town mystery earns Wendy Delaney the blue ribbon. From the first sentence until the big reveal, I was hooked." -- Terri L. Austin, author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends

"Delaney writes with rich detail and snappy dialogue that keeps the page humming." -- Maggie Toussaint, award-winning author of the Dreamwalker Mystery series

"Char's sleuthing is inspired and comedic all at the same time." -- Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

"...fun and immensely entertaining mystery with lovable characters and clever plot twists." -- Chanticleer Reviews

Pie Ala Mode

While you're here, be sure to visit my Fun Stuff page. There you'll find recipes for some of
the fabulous goodies featured on the menu at Duke's Cafe, Char's favorite greasy spoon!

And please feel free to contact me. I love hearing from fellow readers and writers!