When Dick Dickerson, notorious editor of the National Star, is found drowned in duck dung, the investigation quickly gets mired down when trying to figure out who’s behind the attack on the tabloid kingpin. Politicians, movie stars and captains of industry consistently found themselves in Dickerson’s crosshairs, but who would stoop so low as murder? While Odelia Poole and Detective Chase Kingsley conduct their investigation, Odelia’s cat coterie is up in arms when a newcomer turns the peaceful town of Hampton Cove into a soap opera of gossip, scandal and secrets. Soon the ‘Fab Four’ (Max, Dooley, Harriet and Brutus) are duking it out, their friendship in ruins, Max’s reputation in tatters.
The Big Gamble
Dev Haskell receives a phone call from an old friend. It’s feared Dev’s old high school flame, Maddie McGuire, has fallen through the ice along the Mississippi River and can’t be found. Dev hasn’t seen her since she married ne’er do well, Colton Ferral. After attending the memorial service and reconnecting with her sisters, he comes away with more questions than answers.
In Madeline’s hometown of Chicago on June 1891, life is brimming with new industry. The amateur sleuth has recently arrived home after a trip abroad and brought with her two favorite friends. They plan to enjoy a summer of doing nothing but taking in the sights of the city until the ladies volunteer for a Chicago first. The city has its first ambulance service.
Sit. Stay. Be Polite with Strangers. What could be easier? That’s what Doodle thinks when Molly signs him up to take the Canine Good Citizen Test, only to discover it’s no walk (or sit) in the park. Did he miss the memo about the explosions. Add a bullying neighbor, several stolen dogs, and a big demonstration near the White House, and Doodle begins to wonder if he and Molly have bitten off more than they can chew. Told through the eyes of a dog, Ruff-Housed is, on the surface, a light mystery with plenty of humor. But beneath that, the story deals with human side of immigration, animal rights, and estranged families.