Killer Tails

8 Pawsome Cat & Dog Cozy Mysteries

by Carolyn Haines, Carole Nelson Douglas, Denise Dietz, Joanne Pence, Connie Shelton

Quail Hill Publishing

Mystery: Anthology

August 18, 2015

ISBN-13: 011

Available in: e-Book

Killer Tails
by Carolyn Haines, Carole Nelson Douglas, Denise Dietz, Joanne Pence, Connie Shelton

KILLER TAILS is a Pet Mystery Bundle---8 books only .99 (Get it now before the price goes up!)

KILLER TAILS unleashes a kennelful of fun. Many of the reigning cats and dogs of mystery, all with a nose for trouble, are found in these furry tales of curious cats and daring (and darling) dogs penned by eight bestselling and award-winning authors: Carole Nelson Douglas, Carolyn Haines, Leighann Dobbs, Harper Lin, Connie Shelton, Pamela DuMond, Denise Dietz, and Joanne Pence. Plus, one of the tales---or tails---is a never-before-published novella by Carolyn Haines.

Humor and heart and deserving-to-be-treed baddies abound in this collection. Beware the paw!

Included are:
Cat in an Alphabet Soup by Carole Nelson Douglas
(First of 28 Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries): "When Temple Barr, a petite redhead with a high heel shoe fetish, and the irrepressible Midnight Louie meet nose to nose over a dead body , the fur flies and the fun starts ...a fast-paced, hard-to-solve mystery, with some of the most fascinating characters to grace a page. " --- Mostly Murder

Guru Bones "A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Novella" by Carolyn Haines
Zinnia, Mississippi, rolls out the red carpet for controversial food activist, Priya Karsan. When the event turns bizarre--and downright deadly, PI partners Sarah Booth and Tinkie are on the case. But it's the detective agency's four-legged gumshoes, Sweetie Pie, Chablis, and Pluto, who save the day.

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs
When bookstore owner Willa Chance finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists she solve her murder, she gets lots of help from a quirky cast of small-town characters and the cat she's inherited from her grandmother

A Hiss-tory of Magic by Harper Lin
Modern-day witches run a small-town cafe and solve mysteries with their magic cats.

Cupcakes, Paws, and Bad Santa Claus by Pamela DuMond
It's Christmas, but Annie Graceland, a baker with a pinch of psychic ability, isn't feeling the joy. Ghosts nag her, a mall Santa cops a feel, her ex tries to steal her cat, and Sweet Paws Charity guilts her into doing too much for their fundraiser. When Bad Santa is murdered at the Furball, Annie must find the killer before bedlam breaks loose. And what about that little stray dog...

Partnerships Can Be Murder by Connie Shelton
Charlotte "Charlie" Parker and her helpful pooch, Rusty, find themselves involved in two mysteries this time: her brother's entanglement with a devious younger woman, and helping an old friend avoid a murder charge when the woman's business partner suddenly dies.

Eye of Newt "A Sydney St. Charles Mystery" by Denise Dietz
Rock star Clive Newton, leader of The Newts, has been murdered. Through an ancestor's journal, Sydney St. Charles is drawn into an ancient mystery: a parallel murder that occurred in 1692 Salem. Are Sydney's pets---Annie the Cat, Chasdick the Dog and Mercy the Parrot---reincarnated from 3 Salem witches?

Two O'clock Heist "An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery " by Joanne Pence
Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield 's small rescue dog, a Chinese Crested Hairless mix, knows when to run from trouble --- and ends up in the thick of Rebecca's most frightening case yet, forcing her to look beyond hard evidence to the secrets at the heart of the case, and in turn, to the secrets of her own heart.

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Carolyn Haines' Bio

USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines grew up with both parents working as journalists, and she was bitten by the writing bug at a very young age. Her three ambitions were to be a cowgirl, a mystery-solving sleuth like Nancy Drew, and a writer. Today, she has basically accomplished them all. She is the author of the acclaimed Bones mystery series and in addition, she works as an advocate for humane treatment for animals and operates a small rescue on her farm (7 horses, 9 cats and 6 dogs).

Haines claims to have had “the last golden childhood of the South.” She grew up in Lucedale, Mississippi, a town of 3,000 in the Southeastern Pine Barrens. She rode her bicycle all over the county with her wonderful dog Venus and employed her imagination to create adventures with her friends.

Her first job in journalism was at the local weekly, The George County Times, when she was in high school. She went on to work as a photojournalist at the Hattiesburg American while attending the University of Southern Mississippi to earn a B.S. in journalism.

She worked for nearly a decade in the news business, covering local politics, the state legislatures in Alabama and Mississippi, spot news, writing a personal column and her favorite—writing features and using photography to illustrate the story. With her mother, she ran a statewide bureau in Mississippi for the Mobile Register and the Mississippi Press. As part of her journalistic adventures, Haines covered an armed robbery on horseback, hopped a freight train, and rescued a young, injured bald eagle from certain death. She was the first female reporter hired on the news side of the Huntsville Times.

At the same time, she began writing short fiction for personal satisfaction. Under the sway of Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Doris Betts, and Lee Smith, Haines wrote about the landscape and the people she knew. The end result was being accepted by an agent who urged her to “write a novel.”

Another huge influence was Harper Lee and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Haines’s first novel was SUMMER OF THE REDEEMERS, a coming of age story set in 1963 rural Mississippi and published in 1994. Haines was honored in 2010 with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing.

In 2009, Haines was named the recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.

From general fiction, Haines drifted into mysteries, and THEM BONES, a humorous mystery with a wise-cracking ghost, was bought at auction. The stories center around Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends. The fourteenth book in the series, BOOTY BONES, was published May 20, 2014, by St. Martin’s Minotaur.

While writing the lighter mysteries, Haines has continued to write in the darker terrain of the crime novel. PENUMBRA and FEVER MOON (both St. Martin’s Minotaur) are historical crime novels.

In May 2010, an anthology she edited, DELTA BLUES, was released to critical acclaim.

Along with writing, Haines is the fiction coordinator at the University of South Alabama where she teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction writing. And she is president of Good Fortune Farm Refuge, an organization dedicated to helping animals and to educating the public on the need to spay and neuter.

She lives on a farm with her “critters.” They are the terror of the neighborhood.