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Win a copy of the audio edition of Susan Holmes ‘Deadly Ties.’

Deadly ties

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 has 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.

More trouble arrives in the shape of anonymous threats and mysterious break-ins. And when a security crisis puts everything she loves at risk, Maggie realizes somebody doesn’t want Waterside back in business.

As the region sizzles in record heat, a “Treasure of the Ozarks” 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 behind the violence. Along the way, she learns that everyone has something to hide – and some secrets are worth killing for. Continue reading

Guest Post by Susan Holmes

Susan has recently released her novel Deadly Ties as an audiobook and you can win copy here on my website later in the month. To whet your appetite, I’ve asked Susan to tell us a little about her inspiration and how she came to write the novel. susan-holmes-author-photo-thumbnail              

              Set the Scene for Murder

The Golden Rule of “write what you know” served me well for years, until I had an idea for a mystery with an amateur sleuth who runs a boarding kennel. Just one problem: the only thing I knew about kennels was from the customer’s point of view. Then it hit me: the “rule” was just a starting point. And thus “write what you can know” became my mantra. There are quite a few mystery series featuring dogs, but at the time I wrote Deadly Ties, there were none set in a boarding kennel. And since my knowledge of kennels was limited to that of a customer, I had a lot of research to do.

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