Who let the dogs out? Jayne Ormerod did, in this delightful collection of four tail-wagging cozy novellas, originally published as part of the Mutt Mysteries series of anthologies. Amateur sleuths team up with their canine companions to dig up the truth, collar killers, and bring justice to their seaside communities. PAWS-ITIVELY COASTAL is a howlingly good read that will have you cheering, “Go dogs. Go!” Stories included are:
"Bone Appétit"--Private chef Molly Perkins and obedience school dropout Tater put their noses to the ground in a search for the secret ingredient to murder.
"Ruff Day"--When Doggie boutique owner Darby Moore finds a dead body, she and her Great Dane Mr. Belvedere quickly realize the police are barking up the wrong tree.
"Paws-itively Scandalous"--The fur really flies when party planner Pilar Pruitt and her black Lab Natti track down the truth behind a neighbor's arrest and a friend's murder.
"It's a Dog Gone Shame!"--Man's best friend is crime's worst enemy when Meg Gordon and her mutt Cannoli leash up to rid their bayside neighborhood of theft and murder.
With 31,536,000 seconds in a year, what are the odds that the one minute Ellery Tinsdale and Samantha “Sam” Greene choose to break into the confidential files at the Braddocks Beach Church of Divine Spiritual Enlightenment would be the same minute Reverend John Thomas Hammersmith is brutally murdered while eating lunch at his desk? But that’s the kind of bad luck Ellery experiences since moving to the small lakeside resort founded by her distant relatives. Her and Sam’s close proximity to the tragic event makes them not only witnesses but suspects, too. And when not one, but two, more residents are found dead, Ellery and Sam are the unlucky ones to discover those bodies as well. Police Chief Lewis thinks it is more than a coincidence, and it’s up to Ellery and Sam to clear their names by finding the killer—or killers—roaming the streets of this small Ohio town.
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"It's Wine o'Clock Somewhere" is Jayne's contribution. Set in Yorktown, VA, the story is summarized as follows: Real estate agents see a lot of things in the houses they tour, but a bomb shelter with a dead body is a first for Terri Sullivan. The only way to clear her name and get her clients back after becoming a suspect is to find the real killer herself.
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Ellery Tinsdale’s father never talked about his childhood, never once mentioned what happened to his family, and never ever gave any indication there existed a lakefront resort in central Ohio founded by her ancestors. So it came as a great surprise to learn she' s to the family jewels, the family real estate holdings, the family bank accounts, and, much to her dismay, the family role of Queen Bee. Ellery also finds herself accused Aunt Izzy’s murder.
Samantha Greene is the lifelong friend and neighbor of Isabel Tinsdale, as well as being the self-appointed purveyor of Braddocks Beach history. The recent discovery of a surviving member of Braddocks Beach’s “royal family” sets the town abuzz with anticipation of Ellery’s arrival. But Sam soon learns that Ellery is the only person to ever flunk out of Madame Rowena’s School of Etiquette, and has much to learn about making appearances, leading charity drives, heading up committees, setting fashion trends and such. But first and foremost is the business of clearing the Tindsale name of murder.
What do a third-grade science teacher and a small-town socialite know about tracking killers? It’s what they don’t know that may hurt them.
All is not quiet on the coastal front as dead bodies emerge, marring these idyllic seaside escapes. Killers must be caught! Enter four intrepid sleuths who hit the sandy shores in search of clues, leaving not a single grain of sand unturned in pursuit of truth, justice, and the occasional adult beverage. GOIN' COASTAL is a collection of two novellas and two short stories that have two things in common; a coastal setting, and a gruesome murder.The following stories are included:
“Home is where you Hang your Flip Flops” searches for the answer to a decades-old murder. (This story is also available for individual ebook purchase.)
"Down by the Bay" connects a woman with a home she lived in as a child, a house that holds many secrets. (This story is also available for individual ebook purchase)
"Seas the Day" finds two women involved in a crazy plot to frame an ex-husband for murder, but the script flips and they end up framing themselves.
"The Tide Also Rises" shows how a quiet summer by the water can turn deadly when you delve into a past someone would rather stay buried.
A 22-story piece, from 22 different authors, this anthology is full of mystery, murder, love, humor and more; and always involves an animal of some shape or form! Proceeds from sales will benefit HHS and helping care for more homeless pets every day!
This anthology includes Jayne's short cozy, "Wag More, Bark Less!" The pitch: Where have all the flowers gone? The ones that were supposed to grace the tables at the annual Wag More, Bark Less charity event in support of the Heron’s Ridge SPCA? It’s up to freshman Private Investigator Chandy Oliver to crack the case.
THE BIG FANG
A Harbor Humane Society Anthology
Virginia may be for lovers, but to fifteen authors, it's more sinister. This anthology of sixteen short stories, set in the Commonwealth, features Virginia landmarks and locations such as the Church Hill Tunnel, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the Historic Cavalier Hotel, St. Luke's Historic Church, historic Ashland, and the Assateague Channel, to name a few. Be transported across the diverse backdrop of the Old Dominion to a unique and deadly landscape, filled with murder and mayhem.
Look for Jayne's latest short story, "Sorry, Wrong Number." A peaceful paddle between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands turns into a disturbing adventure when Margaret Gunderson and Carolyn Prewitt discover a dead man floating in the channel. Inspired by actual events.