Please join me in welcoming Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner, and Jayne Ormerod to the blog today to chat about their new cozy mystery anthology, To Fetch a Killer!
TO FETCH A KILLER: Four Fun ‘Tails’ of Chaos and Murder
SERIES: Mutt Mysteries
GENRE: Cozy Mystery Anthology
PUBLISHER: Bay Breeze Publishing
RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2021
It’s a dog-meet-dog world as a pack of canines team up with their humans to solve mysteries and track down killers. Four mutt-loving authors join their talents in creating this collection of canine-themed novellas which will transport you into the chaotic world of hero dogs who have a nose for murder. Grab a leash and hang on tight…the mutts are on the loose again!
This anthology includes four novellas.
“Sandy Paws” by Maria Hudgins
The Sand Fiddler’s Writers Group has rented a beach house for its annual retreat, but the writers and their canine friends can’t get much done after murder rears its ugly head.
“A New Leash on Death” by Teresa Inge
Catt Ramsey, owner of the Woof-Pack Dog Walkers, has a knack for finding dead bodies, but when she and her pups are on the case, there’s no way the killer will get away with murder.
“Wags to Riches” by Heather Weidner
When a prickly guest ends up dead in his booth at the rummage sale, track owner, Cassidy Green and her Rottweiler Oliver have to sniff out clues and find the killer before another murder is forever linked to her business.
“Bone Appetit” by Jayne Ormerod
A dead guest at private chef Molly Perkins’s dinner party draws her and house dog Tater in a chaotic search for the secret ingredient to murder.
Other Books in This Series
Live, Laugh, Bark!
by the authors of To Fetch a Killer
What is the appeal of dogs in mysteries? Their loyalty? Their intelligence? Their intuitive desire to protect? Their excellent sniffers to help chase criminals? Or is it people and our universal love for our pets, even fictional ones? Yes, to all. And more.
To Fetch a Killer, Four Fun Tails of Chaos and Murder, is the fourth installment of the Mutt Mysteries series. Four authors, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner and Jayne Ormerod, have welcomed dogs into their stories, and their lives. All are, or have been, “Dog moms.” All are thankful for the joy their canine companions bring to their homes, and the way they keep them laughing. I asked each of the contributing authors to share a brief anecdote about how their dogs keep them smiling.
HEATHER WEIDNER, author of “Wags to Riches”
My husband and I share our house with a pair of crazy Jack Russell terriers. The brother (Riley) and sister (Disney) team came from the same litter. They enjoy long walks around the lake, chasing squirrels, any kind of snack, and serving as our greeters when anyone comes to the door.
We live at the entrance of our cul-de-sac, so they guard the neighborhood from any intruders like bicyclists, joggers, small children on scooters, any delivery guy, and hundreds of squirrels. They have about a ten-second response time before they go into full-on security mode. I noticed a change in their behavior when we installed the security cameras. They learned quickly that the beep on our phones meant someone was on the porch or in the driveway. Now, when they hear the beep, they run to the door and bark without checking the window first. We all, including the dogs, depend on technology alerts. It didn’t take them long to connect the phone alert to our visitors.
JAYNE ORMEROD, author of “Bone Appétit”
Our most recent “mutt” started life a street dog in Puerto Rico, running wild, begging for food, and focused only on staying alive for the first four months of his life. Until three years ago when he was scooped up by a dog wrangler, put on a plane and brought to the U.S., where we promptly adopted him. He came to us having had no human interaction, and not speaking English. But boy is he a lover of all creatures; people, birds, bunnies, salamanders, and especially other dogs. Maybe too much a lover of other dogs.
Scout and I walk every morning, snow, sun, or hurricane. When he sees a dog in the distance he starts howling. Mournful howls. Like I’ve-just-been-run-over-by-a-car howls. People think I am torturing the dog. (I am not!)
One morning we had to go early, like five-a.m. early. The sun hadn’t even come up. We took our regular route down a well-lit alley behind some apartments. Another dog far in the distance bore a striking resemblance to our son’s dog, Scout’s friend and playmate. Well, my little mutt started to howl, louder and more fervently than ever before. I swear he sounded like he was dying. What an act! I started laughing so hard I had to cross my legs. And then I heard the sound of windows being opened. “Is your dog ok?” a few of the sleepy-eyed residents called. I was laughing too hard to even answer them. To think a little forty-pound dog’s enthusiasm for life had awoken an entire building.
And yes, we now take another route if we have to walk early in the morning.
MARIA HUDGINS, “Sandy Paws”
My dog Skippy, a direct descendent of Attila the Hun, could never be allowed out because no one could catch him or bring him back. I was at work one day, having left my daughter and 7 members of a visiting Finnish rock group asleep on my living room floor. Of these, only my daughter spoke one word of English. They were doing okay, making breakfast in an American kitchen, until somebody opened a door and Skippy dashed out. They had no car with which to chase him. My daughter had me in stitches describing the scene to me that evening. Seven grunge-rockers in post-apocalyptic dress, running down my street and yelling, in Finnish, “Doggie! Come back!”
TERESA INGE, author of “A New Leash on Death”
I have two mixed German Shepherd dogs named Luke and Lena, who are named after my husband’s grandparents.
Since both dogs have their own personalities, Luke likes to nudge at me when he wants something. I was standing at the kitchen counter the other day and he nudged me to move out of his way so he could walk by. Too funny, he thinks it’s his space. Other times, he lifts his head in the air as if to say “What’s up?” My other dog Lena is the alpha of the two. She’s the boss. On our last RV trip she climbed into the front passenger seat during the trip and would not allow me to sit with her. She wanted to ride shotgun next to my husband while driving. She does not like to share. She also likes to bring her dog food bowl to her while she is sitting down to eat. She’s a prima donna all the way.
MARIA HUDGINS is a mystery writer from coastal Virginia and a lover of animals. She writes the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries and the Lacy Glass Archaeology Mysteries. Her short stories appear in such publications as Virginia is for Mysteries, Fifty Shades of Cabernet, Murder by the Glass, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The two dogs, Trey and Kim, featured in this story are based on Hudgins’s beloved Bichons, Holly and Hamilton, now gone but never forgotten. Learn more about Maria at her website and on Facebook.
TERESA INGE grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and novellas. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol but she hot rods. She juggles assisting two busy executives at a financial firm and is president of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery by the Sea chapter. Teresa is a contributing author to the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Mutt Mysteries series, Coastal Crimes, and Murder by the Glass, Cocktail Mysteries. She resides in Southeastern Virginia with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about Teresa at her website and on Facebook.
HEATHER WEIDNER has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series set in Virginia (Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband). Her new cozy series with vintage trailers and tiny houses, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, launches in October 2021. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series (To Fetch a Thief, To Fetch a Scoundrel, To Fetch a Villain, and To Fetch a Killer). She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers. Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Learn more about Heather at her website and on Facebook.
JAYNE ORMEROD grew up in a small Ohio town then went on to a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her degree in accountancy, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor.) She married a naval officer and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, have settled into a cozy cottage by the Chesapeake Bay. Jayne’s publishing credits include two novels, five novellas, and eight short mysteries, with more coming soon. Learn more about Jayne at her website and on Facebook.
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What about you? What makes you want to read To Fetch a Killer by Hudgins, Inge, Weidner, Ormerod? Do you have a dog in your life that makes you smile?