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Animal Mysteries

Do you love four-legged friends? Let's combine the love of mystery and our four- legged friends and it's a match made in heaven. Here are some suggestions.

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Baa'd to the Bone: A Cozy Collie Mystery

by Sarah Jane Weldon

A sheepdog in training. A flock under threat. Can Beau find a killer before the case unravels?

Beau dreams of being a champion sheepdog just like his aunt. With the help of new livestock friends and a kind-hearted farmer, he vows to lead the herd proudly through the lush valleys of Wales. But when one of the sheep goes missing, Beau never expected a woolly crime scene…

While his aunt warns him not to get too friendly with the flock, his connection with the sheep gets him both respect and a target on his back. As the brave pup frantically sniffs for clues, he's got one chance to solve the mystery before the farm starts counting sheep for all the wrong reasons.

Will Beau learn the ropes in time to protect his friends from a flock fatality?

Baa'd to the Bone is the first book in an animal-themed cozy mystery series. If you like plucky creatures, authentic Welsh settings, and home-baked suspense, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s shaggy dog tale.

A Curse, A Coven and a Canine

by Jeannie Wycherley

Toby dog can smell death.

When someone assaults his elderly neighbour and leaves her for dead, Spellbound Hound Toby is devastated.

For one thing, he's worried who'll keep him in cheesy dog treats now, but more than that, all indications are that Miranda Dervish-also known as The Pointy Woman-is behind this latest atrocity.

The woman who murdered Old Joe AND hexed Toby is back!

Together with his human, the journalist Clarissa Page, Toby sets out to investigate Miranda.

What is it she wanted from the neighbour?

Scarily, as they begin to uncover Miranda's mysterious past, her evil behaviour begins to escalate and Clarissa finds her own existence under attack.

In a race against time, Toby and Clarissa have the odds stacked against them, but assistance comes from some rather eccentric allies in the form of The Blackdown Hills Squirrel Community, and a witch... who lives in a hedge.

A Curse, a Coven and a Canine is Book Two of this brand new paranormal cozy dog mystery series from the bestselling author of the beloved Wonky Innbooks. Readers are loving these fantastic feel-good, warm hearted and humorous stories about a hexed dog and his witchy best friend.

The first three of the Spellbound Hound Magic and Mystery series are best read in order.

The Cat Came Back (The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1)

by Louise Clark

"If you are looking for a perplexing plot, with a suprising end and a spicy thread of humor and romance, this is it!" ~Daniel Kelty, Verified Reviewer

Stormy the Cat, rescued by journalist Quinn Armstrong, is not what he seems.

Young mother Christy Jamieson just learned her husband, Frank, embezzled his trust fund, sold their Vancouver mansion, and ran off with a socialite. Worse, Frank's trustees are telling Christy to let them handle it. But they aren't doing anything, and Frank's enemies are coming after her and her daughter.

Desperate to find Frank and fend off his enemies, Christy asks Quinn for help. His price: the dirt on Frank. But the closer Christy and Quinn get to the dangerous truth, the more convinced they become that only the one who knows where Frank is at, is Stormy the Cat.

Publisher Note: The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries, while containing some mild profanity, will be enjoyed by mature readers of cozy mysteries. Cat lovers and those fond of all things feline, as well as readers of Amanda Lee, Denise Grover Swank, Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie Brown Mysteries and Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey Mysteries will not want to miss this series.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries
The Cat Came Back
The Cat's Paw
Cat Got Your Tongue
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Cat Among the Fishes

A Two Horse Town

by Kathleen Kaska

Kate Caraway hates giving lectures at the University of Illinois so much that she fears she'll lose her mind. So, when a student, Nate Springfield, walks into her office with a story of wild horses in danger, Kate takes an immediate leave of absence.

Forty-eight hours later, she arrives in Two Horse, Montana, one of the most rugged and isolated areas in the state. In a race against time, she uses her expertise and influence as a well-respected animal-rights activist to assist Nate's eighty-two-year-old great-grandmother, Ida, in saving her herd of wild mustangs. If the county's proposal to dam the Crow River passes, Ida's water source will disappear. Her horses will be sold to the highest bidder and, most likely, turned into dog food.

 

Before Kate can meet with a small coalition of citizens, who also stand to lose if the dam proposal passes, she stumbles upon a corpse with a knife wedged in his back. The dead man is Frank Springfield, Ida's estranged son and her number-one enemy, a highly vocal member of the ranching community, who favors the dam.

 

Since Nate is the last person to have seen his grandfather alive, the sheriff issues a warrant for his arrest, and the young man goes on the lam. Kate is convinced of his innocence and determined to prove it, but as she gets closer to truth, she discovers that some men will do anything, including murder, to keep their nefarious scheme from being exposed.

The Bengal Identity

by Eileen Watkins

Everyone knows a leopard can't change its spots. But can a thief hide the spots on a catnapped Bengal? Groomer Cassie McGlone is about to find out . . .
 
With no ID for his pet, an agitated young man shows up at Cassie's Comfy Cats claiming his house has burned down and he needs to board his big, brown cat, Ayesha. But after a bath washes dye out of the cat's coat and reveals beautiful spots, Cassie suspects the exotic-looking feline may in fact be a valuable Bengal show cat, possibly stolen. At the same time, there are rumored sightings of a "wild cat" in the hills of Chadwick, New Jersey. Could there be a connection?
 
When Ayesha's alleged owner turns up dead, it looks like whoever wants the beautiful Bengal is not pussyfooting around. Working with the police, Cassie and her staff need to be careful not to reveal the purloined purebred's whereabouts while they discreetly make inquiries to cat breeders to find her real owners.  But after a break-in attempt rattles Cassie's cage, it's clear someone let the cat out of the bag. And when a second body is found, it's up to Cassie to spot the killer, who may be grooming her to be the next victim . . .

Black Magic Kitten (Familiar Kitten Mysteries Book 1)

by Sara Bourgeois

Welcome to Coventry

Kinsley Skeenbauer never thought she would go home. At seventeen, she’d left Coventry and didn’t look back. But after a messy divorce, she packed up her stuff and drove toward the only place that she knew would accept her.

Life hadn’t been easy for Kinsley since she left town. Despite wanting a family desperately, she was childless. She had a college degree but had just been fired… again…

She’d spent her entire adult life rebelling against what she was, and that meant hiding her true self from the world. Kinsley left Coventry on a mission to be ordinary.

But you know what they say about the best-laid plans…

Coventry isn’t your typical small town. It’s home to the most powerful family of witches in the world. Two ancient witch families united when her parents married, and she was supposed to be their leader.

Nobody ever asked Kinsley if that’s what she wanted, though. Funny how the universe worked because there she was divorced, childless, and jobless… again… rolling into Coventry in her broken-down car with a U-Haul full of everything she owned.

The joyous welcome home party was short-lived, because a dead guy turned up, of all places, behind the diner.

Of course, the town’s hunky sheriff starts to give Kinsley the side-eye. But, a lot of people wanted the victim dead, and that only complicates the investigation.

There’s a murderer on the loose in Coventry, and Kinsley’s got to learn to harness her powers to avoid the killer’s snare.

Oh! And, then there’s Meri, the black cat familiar. Someone decides to grant him one wish for his faithful service to his coven, and it doesn’t go as planned either…
Welcome back to Coventry. The events in this story take place thirteen years after Kinsley left Coventry. It can be fully enjoyed on its own and is suitable for all ages. You’ll find no swearing, gore, or adult situations, but you will find magic, mystery, and a hint of lighthearted mayhem.

Familiar Kitten Mysteries Series

Midnight Magic

Sympathetic Magic

Book of Dark Magic

A Taste For Magic

Mirror Magic

Jack-O-Lantern Magic

Yule Be Magical

Stormy Sky Magic

Honeymoon Magic

A Sprinkle of Magic

Potion Magic