Mae December owns a popular dog-boarding business in the
small town of Rosedale, Tennessee --a quiet little town
where everybody knows everyone's business, which will
come in handy when dog owner Ruby Mead-Allison doesn't show
up to claim her feisty little dog Elvis. Mae suddenly
finds herself trying track down the pet owner before Elvis
drives her and her neighbors nuts with his yapping. But Mae
never expects to find herself smack-dab in the middle of a
murder-mystery when she stumbles across the body of Ruby
with a cord wrapped around her neck.
Mae knows she needs to leave the investigating up to
Sheriff Ben Bradley, but she soon finds that working with
the handsome lawman is pretty pleasurable. As they sort
through the murder suspects, a spark of romantic interest
is fanned to flame. But will Mae and Ben discover who the
murderer is before someone else falls victim to his evil-
doings and will that someone be Mae herself?
In her novel, ONE DOG TOO MANY: A Mae December
Mystery, debut novelist Lia Farrell (pen-name for a
mother-daughter writing team) delivers a lively tale with
plenty of twists, turns, and unexpected situations to
satisfy the most ardent cozy mystery lover. The story is
told in several voices, including Mae, Sheriff Ben, and
Detective Wayne, with Mae's best friend Tammy piping in
occasionally, giving the tale several viewpoints of the
mystery. Farrell's additional cast of characters are fun
folks to get to know, and the setting of the Tennessee
countryside is charming. Animal lovers will enjoy the
interaction with Mae's kennel customers, and fans of who-
dun-it's will love figuring out the intriguing plot as the
story moves along. As a debut book, ONE DOG TOO MANY by Lia
Farrell is a fine introduction to what promises to be an
exciting series to follow.
Mae December runs a successful dog boarding business in
Tennessee. When her neighbor, Ruby Mead-Allison, fails to
pick up her unruly Pomeranian from Mae's kennel, Mae pokes
around and discovers the woman's body. It is clad in one
red boot, and there is a vehicle counting cord wrapped
around its neck.
While delving into the mystery of Ruby's death, Mae
encounters handsome Sheriff Ben Bradley. Together they find
no shortage of suspects. Ruby was standing in the way of a
project that would widen the road and make the area safer.
Was she killed by an angry neighbor? Her estranged husband?
Her disinherited brother? The sheriff may not appreciate
Mae's amateur detecting, but he does respond to her as a
woman. Meanwhile the murderer thinks it's time to put a
permanent stop to Mae's meddling.
One Dog Too Many is the first book in the Mae December