What is your latest release and what genre is it? Deadly Ties (A Waterside Kennels Mystery) Genre: mystery/suspense
Quick description: A cozy mystery with an edge, Deadly Ties is a tale of family, friendship, and betrayal in a mountain community where ties run deep and grudges can linger for a lifetime.
Come to a place haunted by legends … where the search for treasure just might lead to murder.
Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs—a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie’s returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she’s plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie’s mother.
When Maggie starts asking questions she finds herself the target of anonymous threats and mysterious break-ins. When a security crisis puts everything she loves at risk, she realizes somebody doesn’t want Waterside Kennels back in business.
As the region sizzles in record heat and drought, a “Treasures of the Ozarks” advertising campaign disrupts her quest for answers even as it breathes new life into old tales and brings out tourists and treasure hunters alike. With her loyal dogs at her side, Maggie must dig for the truth. Along the way she learns everyone has something to hide.
And some secrets are worth killing for.
Susan Holmes fell under the spell of books during her first visit to the public library, and she’s been enthralled ever since. By the fifth grade she’d progressed to reading Shakespeare, an experience that came in handy when stationed in England early in her military career. Years of writing military publications proved great training when she moved into academic publishing and then fiction. Today, she lives in northwest Arkansas where she works as a writer, editor, and college professor. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dog Writers Association of America.
Her third book, Deadly Ties, is the first in the Waterside Kennels mystery series. Ozark folklore and traditions are recurring themes in the series, which is set against the backdrop of the Eureka Springs area. In pursuit of authentic material, she joined Search and Rescue exercises, ventured deep into caves, and followed the trail of Ozark legends. She works closely with dog trainers, kennel owners, and veterinarians to create an environment that dog lovers are sure to recognize and appreciate.
Links to buy Susan’s book:
Amazon US – eBook, paperback, audio (currently featured in the Kindle Unlimited program)
Amazon UK – eBook, paperback, audio
Amazon CA – eBook, paperback
Audio edition on Audible/Amazon
What are you working on now?
Here’s a peek at book #2 in the series, which picks up shortly after Deadly Ties ends: After the trouble she had over the summer, all Maggie wants is a quiet life. Alas, that’s not to be. First, an abrasive community member launches a campaign to enact a “dangerous dog” ordinance which could force Maggie out of business—or into jail. When he’s found dead near the kennel, some have their own reasons for wanting to pin the murder on Maggie herself. Under a cloud of suspicion and with her home and business at risk, she sets out to clear her name and finds herself caught in a murderous land feud that could tear the mountain community apart.
Susan’s reading recommendation:
Anything by Alyssa Maxwell, Ritter Ames, Marja McGraw, or Deborah Garner—enjoyable cozy mystery writers!