Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind

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September Rad Reads

Just 2 book reviews for you this time, folks! Partly because I read a couple of duds these last few weeks, and also I’ve been spending some of my reading time on writing the next Judith Anderson C.o.P. on the Scene book.

The first draft is real close to done!! Yippee! Then I can start editing, which is my favorite part of the process.

(Oh, and I put together another boxed set from the Marcia and Buddy series. See below! You can preorder on Amazon or get it elsewhere now. Don’t ask how I ended up with different release dates…long story.)

So without further ado, here are those reviews! Enjoy, Kass

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A Sticky Inheritance, A Maple Syrup Mystery, Book 1, by Emily James ~ Free on KU or $2.99

Again, full disclosure: I know this author, but I am recommending her books because they are terrific!

Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes is a criminal lawyer in D.C. who travels to Fair Haven, Michigan to make arrangements for her favorite uncle’s funeral. Once there, she discovers two things. One, her Uncle Stan left her the maple farm where she had spent many a summer growing up, and two, his suicide might have been murder. Then she learns two more things—the local medical examiner is really attractive, and she enjoys running a maple farm a whole lot more than she ever liked being a lawyer.

I really love these characters. They are fully developed, three-dimensional people. I also really liked the premise of setting a mystery series on a maple syrup farm and in the nearby town. And there are plenty of twists and turns, a touch of romance, and dogs!

I have read this entire 13-book series, and loved every one of the stories. A Sticky Inheritance and this entire series gets 5 fingerprints.

Ghost Walking, A Maggie York Paranormal Mystery Book 1, by Ally Shields ~ $5.99

(Sorry, this one isn’t discounted — see below for whether it would probably be worth it for you. It was for me.)

Not believing won’t make the ghosts go away.

This book is a combo of two of my favorite things, a well-written police procedural (with a female cop) and a ghost story.

Maggie York is on medical leave because she almost died in the line of duty. Actually she did flatline and was revived, and that whole process somehow triggered a latent “gift”—she can now see ghosts.

She sets out to find her shooter, but a ghost (who witnessed the shooting) shows up and wants her to solve his murder first. And her butting into that case does not endear her to the sexy male cop who has taken her place on the homicide squad.

There’s a lot to like about this book. The pacing and character development are good, and the plot is complicated enough to be interesting (could have been more twists and turns, but there are a few surprises). But what I liked best was Maggie’s characterization. Her skepticism and reluctance to embrace her gift make her more realistic, as does her resistance to the appeal of the sexy cop.

Unfortunately, this first-in-series is not discounted, but if you like character-driven police procedurals and ghosts, it’s worth the price. (Or watch for it to go on sale.) I plan to read more of this series.

I give Ghost Walking 4 fingerprints!

And here’s the scoop on that new collection:

The Marcia Banks and Buddy Collection III, Books 8-10

Even small towns can harbor a killer!

In the third collection from this fun cozy series, service dog trainer, Marcia Banks and her four-legged best friend, Buddy sniff out killers and fraudsters.

An impulsive fiancé, a “Mob Killer” Roman candle, and a bison bull named Tarzan are a recipe for Independence Day mayhem for Jess Randall, owner of the Mayfair Diner.

Then Marcia stays with her friend Becky in Williston, Florida, while training a dog’s new veteran owner, and discovers that flea markets can hide dangerous secrets.

And when a charming newcomer sweeps sheltered Susanna Mayfair off her feet, Marcia pokes into the man’s past, and discovers a trail of broken hearts and outstanding warrants.

Save $4 compared to individual book prices!

AVAILABLE ON:  AMAZON (releases 9/22) ~ APPLE ~ NOOK ~ KOBO ~ GOOGLE PLAY

To Bark or Not To Bark is Live!!

Woot! Woot! We are live!!

Only $2.99 for a very short time after today’s release; then it goes up to $4.99. So grab your copy now.

To Bark or Not To Bark, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, #12

Service dog trainer Marcia Banks tackles a locked room mystery in a haunted house, while training the recipient of her latest dog.

The border collie, Dolly has been trained to clear rooms for an agoraphobic Marine who was ambushed in a bombed-out building. But the phantom attackers in his psyche become the least of his troubles when Marcia finds his ex-wife’s corpse in his master bedroom, with the door bolted from the inside.

Was it suicide or murder? Marcia can’t see her client as a killer, but the local sheriff can.

Then the Marine reports hearing his ex calling for him to join her on the other side of the grave. Is his house really haunted, or is he hallucinating?

Bottom line: Marcia has lost a client to suicide before. She’s not going to lose another!

Available Now on:

AMAZON ~ APPLE ~ NOOK ~ KOBO  ~ GOOGLE PLAY

 

Enjoy!!  Kass

 

A New Marcia and Buddy Cozy is Here: To Bark or Not To Bark

Doing my happy dance! This new story is now available to PREORDER ~ Releases on Saturday, July 16th!!

$2.99 during Preorder and for a very short time after release; then it goes up to $4.99 — so grab your copy now.

To Bark or Not To Bark, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, #12

Service dog trainer Marcia Banks-Haines tackles a locked room mystery in a haunted house, while training the recipient of her latest dog.

The border collie, Dolly has been trained to clear rooms for an agoraphobic Marine who was ambushed in a bombed-out building. But the phantom attackers in his psyche become the least of his troubles when Marcia finds his ex-wife’s corpse in his master bedroom, with the door bolted from the inside.

Was it suicide or murder? Marcia can’t see her client as a killer, but the local sheriff can.

Then the Marine reports hearing his ex calling for him to join her on the other side of the grave. Is his house really haunted, or is he hallucinating?

Bottom line: Marcia has lost a client to suicide before. She’s not going to lose another!

PREORDER ON: AMAZON ~ APPLE ~ NOOK ~ KOBO  ~ GOOGLE PLAY

Enjoy!!  Kass

 

Kate Huntington Collection IV Available!!

Hi, Folks!! I’m excited to announce that the final collection of the Kate Huntington Mysteries is available for Preorder.

It will go live next Monday, 6/6/2022.

A $6 savings vs. individual book prices.

It includes the first book in the spin-off series, the C.o.P. on the Scene police procedurals.

Go to the book page HERE for links to the various ebook retailers.

The Kate Huntington Mysteries Collection IV

The final 2 books in the Kate Huntington Mysteries, PLUS Book 1 in the spinoff series—starring Lieutenant Judith Anderson—the C.o.P. on the Scene police procedurals. (Fans of JA Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady and JD Robb’s Eve Dallas will love this new female cop on the scene!)

Anxiety Attack ~ An operative working for Kate’s P.I. husband is shot during an undercover assignment involving industrial espionage, and the alleged shooter turns out to be one of her psychotherapy clients—a man suffering from severe social anxiety. Kate believes he’s innocent and tensions build at home…until a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the spy tying up loose ends, and is Kate’s husband one of those loose ends?

Police Protection ~ A story ripped from real-life headlines! A police detective is found standing over the body of an unarmed African-American boy, with no memory of what happened. Investigating behind the scenes, Kate Huntington and her P.I. husband determine that this was more than just a bad shoot by a stressed-out cop. They’d better figure out what really happened soon… before another life is lost.

Lethal Assumptions ~ Eight days into her new job as Chief of Police in a small Florida city, Judith Anderson finds herself one step behind a serial killer. In a race to save lives, she’ll need every talent and instinct that made her a star homicide detective in Baltimore. But will that be enough this time?


Other Projects:  I’m doing final edits on the next Marcia Banks and Buddy book, To Bark or Not to Bark. And I’ve started the first draft of the next Judith Anderson, C.o.P. on the Scene story.

Stay tuned!!

 

Love a Bargain! Presenting the Kate Huntington Mystery Collections

COLLECTION III is Available for Preorder and COLLECTION I is On Sale ~ Both ONLY 99¢ for a limited time!~~

Collection I ~ Books 1-3, Plus a Novella ~ ONLY 99¢

A psychotherapist whose passion for helping others often lands her in trouble…

In this three-book bundle, plus a fun novella set at Christmas time, join psychotherapist Kate Huntington on the roller coaster ride her life becomes when a killer gets her in their cross hairs!

AMAZON   ~  APPLE  ~  NOOK  ~  KOBO  ~  GOOGLE PLAY

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COLLECTION II ~ Books 4-6, Plus a Novella ~ $7.99

A $6 savings compared to individual book prices!!

Follow psychotherapist Kate Huntington and her new PI husband as they deal with the paparazzi, an international assassin, and a 9/11 first responder accused of murder, plus a locked-room mystery on a Caribbean cruise. (Note: The first two books in this collection were part of a previous 5-book bundle.)

AMAZON  ~  APPLE  ~  NOOK  ~  KOBO  ~  GOOGLE PLAY

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NEW!!  COLLECTION III ~ Books 7-8, Plus 2 Novellas

ONLY 99¢ during PREORDER and for a limited time after Release on 5/21/22

In this 4-story collection, follow psychotherapist Kate Huntington as she races against the clock to save her former boss from a serial killer, uncovers the murderer of her husband’s high school nemesis, searches for the truth behind a client’s supposed suicide, and faces off with a psychopath in Hawaii.

AMAZON  ~  APPLE  ~  NOOK  ~  KOBO  ~  GOOGLE PLAY

COLLECTION IV Coming Soon!!

Happy reading! Love, Kass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay! Lethal Assumptions is Live!!

Definitely doin’ my happy dance today!

Because Book 1 in my new Police Procedural series is now live.

This series is a spinoff from the Kate Huntington Mysteries. Judith Anderson was the police lieutenant in that series.

So to celebrate, I have the collection of Books 1-5 of the Kate books on sale right now, for 99 cents!

Judith Anderson’s no-nonsense attitude and confidence served her well in her climb to homicide lieutenant in the Baltimore County PD, but that confidence is shaken when she finds herself one step behind a serial killer—just eight days into her new job as Chief of Police in a small Florida city.

The first victim, a female college student, may be a case of wrong place, wrong time. But the bodies keep coming, with a mishmash of MOs, and the murders may be linked to various cases in nearby Jacksonville.

While Judith assumed the CoP job would be challenging, she’s finding it harder than she imagined to establish her authority without alienating and be more hands-on without micro-managing. Plus, evidence is staking up that there’s a leak in her department.

Who can she trust? If she makes the wrong assumption, the wrong decision, it may be her last. In a race to save lives, she’ll draw on every talent and instinct that made her a star in Baltimore. But will that be enough this time?

Fans of JA Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady and JD Robb’s Eve Dallas will love this new female cop on the scene!

AVAILABLE NOW on:

AMAZON ~ NOOK ~ APPLE ~ KOBO ~ GOOGLE PLAY

Hope you all love this new series as much as I do! More to come, for sure… 🙂

Lethal Assumptions is Finally Here!

Yay!! Book 1 in my new Police Procedural series is finally done!

Available for Preorder Now! Releases on 12/13/21 ~ I’m doin’ my happy dance!

This series is a spinoff from the Kate Huntington Mysteries. Judith Anderson was the police lieutenant in that series.

So to celebrate, I have the collection of Books 1-5 of the Kate books on sale right now, for 99 cents!

Judith Anderson’s no-nonsense attitude and confidence served her well in her climb to homicide lieutenant in the Baltimore County PD, but that confidence is shaken when she finds herself one step behind a serial killer—just eight days into her new job as Chief of Police in a small Florida city.

The first victim, a female college student, may be a case of wrong place, wrong time. But the bodies keep coming, with a mishmash of MOs, and the murders may be linked to various cases in nearby Jacksonville.

While Judith assumed the CoP job would be challenging, she’s finding it harder than she imagined to establish her authority without alienating and be more hands-on without micro-managing. Plus, evidence is staking up that there’s a leak in her department.

Who can she trust? If she makes the wrong assumption, the wrong decision, it may be her last. In a race to save lives, she’ll draw on every talent and instinct that made her a star in Baltimore. But will that be enough this time?

Fans of JA Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady and JD Robb’s Eve Dallas will love this new female cop on the scene!

AVAILABLE for PREORDER Now on:

AMAZON ~ NOOK ~ APPLE ~ KOBO ~ GOOGLE PLAY

One Flew Over the Chow-Chow’s Nest is Live!!

Woot!! The newest Marcia Banks and Buddy book is now live in ebook format.

Doing my happy dance!

Check it out!!!

One Flew Over the Chow-Chow’s Nest, Book #11

The world moves toward normal, but Marcia’s life is rarely “normal”…

When newly vaccinated Marcia Banks calls to finally schedule the human phase of training with her Air Force pilot client—the soon-to-be owner of a Chow-Husky service dog named Bear—she’s informed that the veteran has been in a private psychiatric hospital for months, with no one allowed to visit due to Covid.

Through her neighbor’s daughter, Sybil—a traveling nurse who has worked at the hospital—Marcia receives a message from the pilot implying he’s being held against his will. Should she believe him, or is he being paranoid?

Then suddenly he’s discharged, only to have his private plane crash in a fiery ball two days later. Convinced the crash is no coincidence, Marcia attempts to discover how her veteran client became the target of a murderer.

What she uncovers looks suspiciously like a scheme to defraud the Veterans’ Administration. But who is behind it…and did they sabotage her client’s plane? Or did the saboteur have a more personal motive?

And just how determined are they to silence Marcia and Sybil?

ONLY $2.99 for a few more days! Then it goes up to $4.99

AVAILABLE on:  AMAZON ~ APPLE ~ KOBO ~ NOOK ~ GOOGLE PLAY

And yes, I’m working on getting the paperback version out as well.

Also, working on putting together more collections and getting all the Buddy books out in audio eventually.

So stay tuned, Folks!!

 

A New Book, A Boxed Set and More Audio Books!

Hey folks,

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks getting some goodies ready for you.

First, I’ve put together a collection of the first 4 ebooks in the Marcia Banks and Buddy series. Check it out HERE!

Just $6.99  ~~  A $3 savings over the individual book prices!

I’ll be doing more collections in that series soon.

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And I have 2 new audio books out in that series, with the most wonderful narrator ever.

Amy Deuchler absolutely brings Marcia and the gang to life!!

Check out the links for The Call of The Woof audio book HERE.

And for A Mayfair Christmas Carol audio book HERE.

I had hoped to get them out before Christmas of 2020, but then the pandemic happened.

Better late than never!

And last but certainly not least, there is a brand new release coming up in the Marcia and Buddy series. Available for Preorder now!

This book was inspired, in part, by the pandemic, and it is the backdrop of the story.

But I have tried to focus mainly on the hope, optimism and sense of relief of the Spring of 2021, as the pandemic has eased up, here in the U.S. at least.

One Flew Over the Chow-Chow’s Nest, Book #11

The world moves toward normal, but Marcia’s life is rarely “normal”…

When newly vaccinated Marcia Banks calls to finally schedule the human phase of training with her Air Force pilot client—the soon-to-be owner of a Chow-Husky service dog named Bear—she’s informed that the veteran has been in a private psychiatric hospital for months, with no one allowed to visit due to Covid.

Through her neighbor’s daughter, Sybil—a traveling nurse who has worked at the hospital—Marcia receives a message from the pilot implying he’s being held against his will. Should she believe him, or is he being paranoid?

Then suddenly he’s discharged, only to have his private plane crash in a fiery ball two days later. Convinced the crash is no coincidence, Marcia attempts to discover how her veteran client became the target of a murderer.

What she uncovers looks suspiciously like a scheme to defraud the Veterans’ Administration. But who is behind it…and did they sabotage her client’s plane? Or did the saboteur have a more personal motive?

And just how determined are they to silence Marcia and Sybil?

ONLY $2.99 during Preorder ~ Goes up to $4.99 shortly after it releases on June 4, 2021

AVAILABLE for PREORDER on:  AMAZON ~ APPLE ~ KOBO ~ NOOK ~ GOOGLE PLAY

And yes, I’m working on getting the paperback version ready as well!

When all of that is done, I’ll be turning my attention to my newest endeavor, Book 1 in a police procedural series. I’m about 20% of the way into the first draft. I’ll post an excerpt soon.

Thanks for your support!

Kass

 

 

 

 

My Funny Mayfair Valentine ~ Now Available for Preorder!

Woohoo!! The next Marcia and Buddy book is here! (Available for Preorder)

My Funny Mayfair Valentine, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, #10

A newcomer to Mayfair charms the socks off of Susanna Mayfair, the sheltered niece of the town’s elderly matriarch. In a panic, the aunt turns to service dog trainer Marcia Banks to dig into the man’s past.

What Marcia finds, with her detective husband Will’s help, is disturbing—a trail of broken hearts and outstanding warrants. But when the older gentleman is arrested, he claims it’s a case of mistaken identity.

While Will attempts to untangle the truth and Susanna struggles with her feelings, Marcia is worried about her friend’s mental health, unaware that Susanna may be in physical danger as well. Will Marcia figure it out in time to protect Susanna…and herself?

RELEASES ON 9/22/2020 ~ AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON:

AMAZON ~ APPLE ~ NOOK ~ KOBO ~ GOOGLE PLAY

Paperback format is in the works!

 

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