To Fetch A Thief
by Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, and Rosemary Shomaker
About the Book
To Fetch A Thief
Cozy Mystery Anthology
Light, humorous, dog-themed mysteries.
Bay Breeze Publishing, LLC (November 8, 2018)
• Number of Pages 274
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To Fetch a Thief, the first Mutt Mysteries collection, features four novellas that have gone to the dogs. In this howlingly good read, canine companions help their owners solve crimes and right wrongs. These sleuths may be furry and low to the ground, but their keen senses are on high alert when it comes to sniffing out clues and digging up the truth. Make no bones about it, these pup heroes will steal your heart as they conquer ruff villains.
About the Authors
Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hotrods. She is president of Sister’s in Crime Mystery by the Sea Chapter and author of short mysteries in Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet.
Heather Weidner, a member of SinC – Central Virginia and Guppies, is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, Secret Lives and Private Eyes and The Tulip Shirt Murders. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. Heather lives in Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers, Disney and Riley. She’s been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. Some of her life experience comes from being a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, IT manager, and cop’s kid. She blogs at Pens, Paws, and Claws.
Website and Blog: http://www.heatherweidner.com
Pens, Paws, and Claws Website and Blog: http://penspawsandclaws.com
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 sea. Jayne is the author of the Blonds at the Beach Mysteries, The Blond Leading the Blond, and Blond Luck. She has contributed seven short mysteries to various anthologies to include joining with the other To Fetch a Thief authors in Virginia is for Mysteries, Volumes I and II, and 50 Shades of Cabernet.
Rosemary Shomaker writes about the unexpected in everyday life. She’s the woman you don’t notice in the grocery store or at church but whom you do notice at estate sales and wandering vacant lots. In all these places she’s collecting story ideas. Rosemary writes women’s fiction, paranormal, and mystery short stories, and she’s taking her first steps toward longer fiction, so stay tuned. She’s an urban planner by education, a government policy analyst by trade, and a fiction writer at heart. Rosemary credits Sisters in Crime with developing her craft and applauds the organization’s mission of promoting the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.
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***My Review 4 stars!***
WOW! Four Fun Stories in One Book (Number 3 is my fave!)
In the first story – Hounding the Payment by Teresa Inge – Catt Ramsey (a fun character name for the owner of a DOG walking business) – is struggling to keep Woof-Pack afloat. Then a new client asks her to investigate the theft of an expensive jeweled necklace from his condo. As Catt collects dogs to walk from the other clients in the same building, she sniffs out clues she hopes will lead to the thief. But danger escalates when one of the owners is murdered. How she discovers the thief/murderer takes cleverness and the help of friends, but there’s a bit of a stretch to believe what all Catt is able to do without police help.
In Diggin’ Up Dirt a surprise-packed story by Heather Weidner, Amy Reynolds and Darby, her Jack Russell Terrier, discover suspicious objects in their new house and back yard. The items seem random at first, but Amy begins to get a creepy feeling after finding a bloody knife. When she talks to her elderly and ever-watchful neighbors, she is certain that something dreadful has happened to the previous owners. When Darby starts obsessively digging in a spot in the back yard, Amy’s worse fears come true.
It all started in Jane Ormerod’s It’s a Dog Gone Shame! when Meg Gordon noticed a painted stone was missing from a garden memorial for deceased pets in the dog park. Each of the numerous stones had been individually personalized by the owners for their beloved dogs. Now they were slowly disappearing, but who would do such a thing? It was cruel for the grieving owners. Meg decides to visit the scene at odd hours to see if she could discover the culprit. Instead, she witnesses what she later realizes was the prelude to murder. In the suspenseful climax, Meg identifies the killer and nearly becomes the next victim! She’s saved, thanks to an elderly neighbor, a handsome policeman, and her dog Cannoli. Oh… and the stone thief is a total surprise.
It was “one of those days” when everything goes wrong for Adam Moreland in This Is Not A Dog Park by Rosemary Shomaker. And then things got worse! All Adam wanted to do was spend some relaxing time tossing balls with his dog at the local park. But “fate” had other plans, including his nearly being run over, facing a vicious coyote, and finding a recently dead body, only to become the chief suspect in murder. Thank goodness for new and old friends and one faithful Shepherd-Labrador mix dog who comes to his rescue!
Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher
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