Books by Karen Cantwell

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I have been writing plays and short stories for many years, some of which are published in short story collections.

My first novel, TAKE THE MONKEYS AND RUN, is a comedy-mystery, inspired, to some degree by a true monkey sighting in my own neighborhood. Because I love to laugh as well as make other people laugh, I have great fun writing the characters Barbara Marr, her friends and her adversaries. When I set out to write this book, I knew I wanted to write something that readers would say, "Now that was FUN." I HOPE I have achieved that goal. And if I did, please feel free to drop me a line at and let me know! I love to hear from readers. (especially if they LIKE the book!)

Books in the Barbara Marr series are: TAKE THE MONKEYS AND RUN (#1), CITIZEN INSANE (#2), AND SILENCED BY THE YAMS (#3), and SATURDAY NIGHT CLEAVER (#4). The fifth book, DEAD MAN STALKING, will be released September of 2014.

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Bjorn! on the Fourth of July (A Barbara Marr Short Story)
by Karen Cantwell
Barbara Marr is a mom, like any in the world, who just wants to make her kids happy. When youngest daughter, Amber, begs to see the great magician Bjorn! on the Fourth of July, Barb can hardly deny her. But, in Barb's world, the road to happiness is... rocky. Will Barb and Amber overcome life's hurdles in time to see the magical Bjorn!?...
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Keep Me Ghosted (Sophie Rhodes Ghostly Romance Book 1)
by Karen Cantwell
Ghosts. Do you Believe?Sophie Rhodes doesn't have a choice. She's surrounded by them.Desperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor's problem? He has a...
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Categories: All Romance
It's a Dunder-Bull Wife
by Karen Cantwell
From USA Today bestselling author, Karen Cantwell Dunder-Bull - the perfect little town bordering Barbara Marr's not-so-polished Rustic Woods. Everything in Dunder-Bull is five-star rated, including the wives. As Barb puts it, "Dunder-Bull Wives make Stepford Wives look like couch potatoes." Succumbing to the need...
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Kiss Me, Tate (Love in Rustic Woods Book 1)
by Karen Cantwell
PG-13 Romantic Comedy, Sweet Love Story Tate Kilbourn was Bunny Bergen's long-forgotten, secret high school crush. But that was 24 years ago, and a lot has happened since. Devastated by a nasty divorce, trying to juggle kids, bills and her new job - not to mention a boatload of insecurities - the last thing Bunny needs is to fall for...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Romance
Gib den Affen Zunder (German Edition)
by Karen Cantwell
Film-Liebhaberin Barbara Marr ist eine typische Vorstadt-Mom, die in ihrem verschlafenen kleinen Ort, Rustic Woods, Virginia, ein typisches Vorstadtleben lebt. Typisch – zumindest bis sie versucht, den Zusammenhang zwischen einem seltsamen Affentheater in ihrem Garten und dem schaurigen Gruseltheater in dem leerstehenden Haus nebenan...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Barbara Marr Murder Mystery (5 Book Series)
by Karen Cantwell
From Book 1: This fun if light novel’s quippy, hilarious narrator, Barbara Marr, has so much warmth and genuine gumption, you’d certainly want her on your criminal investigative team.” – Publishers Weekly Semi-Finalist, 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest "Barbara Marr is...perhaps the most hilarious amateur sleuth...
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Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 1)
by Karen Cantwell
“This fun if light novel’s quippy, hilarious narrator, Barbara Marr, has so much warmth and genuine gumption, you’d certainly want her on your criminal investigative team.” – Publishers WeeklySemi-Finalist, 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest"Barbara Marr is...perhaps the most hilarious amateur sleuth in...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Sex & Erotica
Citizen Insane (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 2)
by Karen Cantwell
Book 2 in the bestselling Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series. Book 1, Take the Monkeys and Run is Free in the Kindle Store.If you think PTA meetings are boring, then you haven’t attended one in Barbara Marr’s neighborhood, where MURDER is on the agenda. Always one to stumble into trouble, Barb learns the hard way that a seemingly...
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Barbara Marr Mysteries Boxed Set (Barbara Marr Murder Mysteries)
by Karen Cantwell
First four novels in the bestselling Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series: Take the Monkeys and Run, Citizen Insane, Silenced by the Yams, and Saturday Night Cleaver. Enjoy the antics of danger-prone soccer mom, Barbara Marr from the first time she finds monkeys swinging in the trees of her not-so-quiet suburban town of Rustic Woods....
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Romance
Dead Man Stalking (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 5)
by Karen Cantwell
5th book in the bestselling Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series; Book #1, Take the Monkeys and Run is Free on Amazon (Kindle)When Howard and the girls leave town, Barb thinks she'll have some quiet, peaceful alone time. Of course, this is calamity-prone Barbara Marr. Her life doesn't know quiet or peaceful. And forget alone. With her air...
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Saturday Night Cleaver (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 4)
by Karen Cantwell
Poor Barb. She just can't stay out of trouble, no matter how hard she tries. But this time she has a good reason: family friend Colt Baron has gone missing. When soccer mom, Barbara Marr, and her ex-FBI husband, Howard, begin following clues in a search for their treasured pal, they find themselves crashing a rather racy sort of party...
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Silenced by the Yams (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 3)
by Karen Cantwell
Book 3 in the bestselling Barbara Marr Series. Book 1, Take the Monkeys and Run, is currently Free in the Kindle Store.What’s more chaotic than a house with a canary, two hungry cats, and a yappy poodle with elimination issues? Answer: Barbara Marr on a murder investigation. That’s right, when Barb attends her first movie review...
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Foxy's Tale
by Karen Cantwell
Former beauty queen Foxy Anders has fallen on hard times.Her new tenant, mysterious, bumbling Myron Standlish carries wads of cash and hoards vials of blood.Her new assistant, Knot Knudsen, loves shoes and conservative politicians, but man can he sell Foxy’s antiques.Amanda, Foxy’s teenage daughter, thinks they’re all crazy. But...
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Dial Marr for Murder (Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series Book 6)
by Karen Cantwell
6th book in the bestselling Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series; Book #1, Take the Monkeys and Run is Free on Amazon (Kindle)A flu epidemic seems to have wiped out the volunteer force at the Rustic Woods Nature Center. Never fear, Barbara Marr to the rescue! When Nature Center activities director, Bunny Bergen finds herself without a crew...
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Categories: Action and Adventure; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
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