One Dog Too Many

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 Mystery Series.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A tidy little mystery peppered with likeable characters, interesting back stories, and lots of canine lore. One Dog Too Many is an entertaining book to read on a lazy day."

--Mary Marks, The New York Journal of Books

"A fun debut novel for what promises to be an exciting cozy mystery series!"

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.

--Sharon Galligar Chance, Fresh Fiction, Posted Feb. 6, 2014

"With an equal mix of charm and intrigue, Lia Farrell has created a twisty tale of murder and wagging tails."

--Jane Cleland, author of The Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries

"Dog lovers and cozy mystery fans alike will be charmed by this first book in an exciting new series featuring Tennessee dog breeder Mae December. One Dog Too Many gets off to a fast start as the Lia Farrell writing team pulls the reader into a dog-gone good tale of murder set in the beauty of the Middle Tennessee countryside."

--Marie Moore, author of the Sidney Marsh Mysteries

"Lia Farrell has created a strong debut mystery in One Dog Too Many. The plot is intricate, the characters well-developed, and the setting charming. Dog-lovers and mystery fans alike will enjoy this fast-moving tail … um, tale."

--Jennie Bentley, USA Today bestselling author of the Fatal Fixer Upper series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603819671
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,355,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Lia Farrell is the pen name of the mother and daughter writing team of Lyn Farquhar and Lisa Fitzsimmons, who live in Michigan and Tennessee, respectively. Both are life-long readers who are also dog lovers. Lyn owns two Welsh corgis and Lisa has two pugs and a Siberian husky. Lisa works as a Muralist and Interior Designer and Lyn is a Professor of Medical Education. One Dog Too Many is their first novel. The next book in the Mae December Mystery series will be Two Dogs Lie Sleeping, which will be released by Camel Press in 2014. For more information, go to liafarrell.net.
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"Miss December, let me read this to you, please. It's what I have in my notes from our conversations. 'On March eighteenth, Mae December (of fifteen oh nine Little Chapel Road) went to Ruby Mead-Allison's house in hopes of finding her at home. She planned to return Ms. Mead-Allison's dog that she was boarding. She noted a red boot in the flowerbed by the rear of the house, put the boot in her tote bag and brought it to the sheriff's office.' Did you do anything else while you were there?"

"Well, I set her mailbox back up on the post--it was down in the ditch. Oh, and it was empty. Ruby must have gotten home before yesterday and picked up her mail. I also peeked in the garage window and opened the side door. Her car was there. Did I mention that she drove herself to the airport? When I saw her car, I knew she'd returned from her vacation."

"All right, I'll add that. 'On March nineteenth, Mae December walked her dogs around eight fifteen a.m. when Mr. Jack Ryan approached, without his dog.' " He paused. "Tell me what happened then."

"I spoke to him about his ankle, which he thought might be sprained, and I walked him home. Then I went past the place where I saw him originally and started calling his dog, Toast."

He smiled. "There are an awful lot of dogs in this case."

She nodded absently, still upset at recounting her discovery of Ruby's body.

"What happened next?"

"I kept calling Toast. I found her near a small grove of trees. When I got close enough, I noticed she was in a full point position."

"Okay, and this grove of trees that the dog was pointing to is near the road you live on, but about thirty yards off the road, correct? It was actually on Ruby's property?"

"Yes, right. I went to see what she was pointing at and noticed something red at the base of one of the trees." She stopped, overcome with nausea.

"Go on. What happened then?"

"Just a minute." Mae went to the refrigerator and took out a pitcher of fruit tea. She poured a glass and added ice. She stood and looked out her window for a moment, seeing the lush spring morning that contrasted starkly with Ruby's demise. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself before she turned back to the sheriff.

"When I got over to the trees, I saw a red boot. The boot was on a foot. Ruby's foot."

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