The Trouble With Paradise

Life in beautiful Santa Barbara County will never be the same for two grieving widows. One is serving a lengthy sentence for the bizarre tractor death of her much older, land-rich husband. The other is convinced her late-husband did not take his own life.

During Madeline’s four-month convalescence, infamous jailbird Steven Ridley—acting in his new role as California prison reformer—enlists Mike’s help to see if inmate Lindsay Bartholomew has been set up to take the fall for someone else’s depraved actions.

Santa Barbara D.A. Conrad Adams makes a personal appeal to MDPI on behalf of Natalie Sheckle, hoping Madeline and Mike can determine whether her husband died by his own hand, or if someone has stitched him up for his own murder.

Never ones to shy away from longshots or lost causes, the duo dives straight into two nearly hopeless cases. Now it’s up to them to figure out what secrets these two husbands have taken to their graves.

“I was drawn to it by the title, promising a gorgeous setting and captivating mystery"
“The book delivered on both fronts!”
“A heart pounding thriller!”
Trouble With Paradise Front Cover


“This is a wonderful series that gets better with each book. Mike and Madeline have absolutely hit their stride in this adventure. The PI business is growing, and more great characters are involved in the biz, helping to bring to light, and finding out the truth within the dark and dangerous side of Paradise. I love how M&M work together and relate together, and I love how Ms Hamilton manages to make me feel as if I am right there with them each step of the way; fantastic story telling! Reading this book was pure enjoyment and an absolute thrill!”

“The Trouble with Paradise (Madeline Dawkins #4) by Cynthia Hamilton is another great mystery in this series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this book is no different. Cynthia’s writing always engages the reader and takes them on a journey with wonderful and lovable characters. I love suspense and trying to work out where the story is going and as always there are some twists that surprise you. I adore both Madeline and Mike and how connected they are and how they will do anything for each other. But I love the way they think and solve their mysteries. In this book they are helping two women who have been accused of murder. Will they be able to solve the cases before time runs out. I highly recommend this book and this series.”

“Another great mystery in a great series. I love to read about Mike and Madeline and how they solve their next case. This story kept me on the edge of my seat while I was anticipating what was going to happen next. The author does a wonderful job weaving a suspenseful story full of action and interesting characters. I have loved reading this series from the start. I can’t wait to read the next book by this amazing author. I highly recommend this book.”