Today my first cozy mystery, St. Patrick’s Shenanigans, released. This contemporary title is part of the Holiday Pet Sleuths multi-author series where either a cat or a dog help the protagonists solve a mystery. I’d set my last historical in Butte, Montana, and learned so many interesting facts about the town and its inhabitants that I knew this story needed to happen there. The added bonus is that the cover features my beloved dog, Keiko, who acts a lot like the one in the story.
The first task for new Butte Chamber of Commerce manager, Mitzi Lambrecht, is to organize the board of directors’ entry for the St. Patrick’s Day float. She’s advocating for a frontier theme honoring early settler like her ancestors. But she’s opposing by a handsome but infuriating jokester.
Declan Rourke is proud of his Irish roots and wants their contribution included in the float’s design. Softening the uptight manager presents a challenge the ladies’ man can’t resist.
But when elements of their float disappear, Declan and Mitzi must work together to figure out who is sabotaging their efforts. Can they work together as a team, or will Mitzi fail at her first big assignment?
This series has releases featuring both a cat and dog story per holiday. The companion release for St. Patrick’s Day is Paddy’s Mission by Marlene Bierworth.
Unbeknownst to Fionn Graham, her financial troubles have come to her granddaughter Hannah’s attention. Will solutions come from the first-prize money for the bike contest, the kind neighbor, Mr. O’Malley, or will it be a lost treasure that sets her free?
The family heirloom is on the verge of being rediscovered by the least likely duo. Hannah, and her kitten, Paddy are on a mission to find the gem-studded cat collar before the troublesome leprechauns can steal it on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day.
Tales of the O’Toole Irish ancestry, St. Patrick’s legacy, and all the folklore attached to the holiday aid in the search of the gem-studded cat collar.
Join Grannie Graham, Mother Catsie, Hannah, Paddy, and their sidekick, Mr. O’Malley, as they experience not only the fun, nonsensical aspects of the holiday but learn that the love St. Patrick preached so many years ago is still alive and well in their midst.
We hope you enjoy these fun stories.