Annie Collins Mystery Series

Novels by Helen Starbuck

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    The Mad Hatter's Son

    Curiosity killed the cat, so the saying goes, and it may end up killing operating room nurse Annie Collins. Annie's estranged friend libby Matheisen needs Annie's help to discover what is causing her vague, puzzling symptoms. Unwillingly drawn into her friend's life, Annie must discover whether Libby is really ill or if there is a hidden agenda. Faced with Libby's apparent suicide, Annie can't stop asking questions to uncover the truth about her illness and death. The answers to these questions don't come without a price, and pursuing the mystery of Libby's death threatens to end her life as well.

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    No Pity in Death

    Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, OR nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate patient deaths in the ICU step down unit at her hospital. Are the patients succumbing to life threatening illnesses or is someone helping them die? Assistant district attorney and close friend, Angel Cisneros, worries about Annie’s involvement with Frost’s investigation, and his concern escalates after a person from her past contacts her. His feelings for her, which have grown deeper, complicate everything. Dangerous enemies are something Annie and Angel have in common. 

  • The Burden of Hate

    How far would you go for someone you love? How much hate would you need to kill someone? Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not traditional wedding gifts. When convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to confront these realities head on in this suspenseful continuation of the Annie Collins Mystery Series. 

    Will Ian Patterson’s quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle the score once and for all? And who will survive?

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    Legacy of Secrets

    Kate Earnshaw’s father’s suicide has left many unanswered questions. Declared a suicide, Kate refuses to believe it. The more she discovers, the more Kate wonders if she really knew him. Other families pass down their stories, Kate Earnshaw’s family’s secrets disappear from one generation to the next. Can she can trust Evan Hastings, the handsome, but somewhat puzzling man who lives on the property near her father’s abandoned family home? Evan seems to knows more about her father than Kate did. But there’s something about Evan that calls her back to eastern Colorado, something that threatens to unearth the past.

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About Helen Starbuck

Helen Starbuck is a third generation Colorado native who has spent her career working as a nurse in the main ORs of several suburban hospitals and a major children’s hospital in the Denver area.


She translated her experience and knowledge of OR nursing into a job as a clinical editor for an OR nursing journal. As a clinical editor, she helped nurse authors fine tune their articles and helped staff journalists understand the intricacies of surgery. The journalists, in turn, helped her understand the often puzzling aspects of the AMA style book—there's a rule for everything!

Helen likes stories about strong women and interesting men. She writes her mysteries from the perspective of an OR nurse and relies on her love of suspense and romance to write her standalone romantic suspense novels. Her theory is, if you don’t like life as it is, you can always write a different ending.

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