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     “If you like mysteries and mutts, then To Fetch a Thief will have you sitting up and begging for more! Full of lovable canines, these four(legged) stories are the best kinds of doggie treats!”
~Alan Orloff,
Derringer- and Agatha Award-nominated author

     Easy Read! Dog gone loved it! 
~Gwen Taylor
Dog foster For the Love of Poodles Rescue

     “Canines, corpses and clues: A cohesive collection of four compelling mystery novellas where everything—and nothing—is exactly as it seems. A paws-itive delight, and a must-read for dog lovers everywhere.”
~Judy Penz Sheluk
 Bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin
and Marketville mystery series

     “Four delightful mysteries with cuddly canines and their intrepid owners. Solving a murder is a piece of cake when your partner has a dog's nose. A great read!”
~Maria Hudgins
Author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries

     “Exceptionally engaging! Each story is funny, smart, page-turning entertainment. A must-read for mystery lovers.”
~ Samantha McGraw
Tea Cottage Mysteries

     “A fair warning. At the end of this book, you may find yourself thinking that the world needs more dogs!”
~Patrick Clark
Author of The Monroe Decision

     “Great mysteries that will keep your tail wagging. Even my cat gave To Fetch a Thief four paws up!”
D.J. Lutz
Winnie Kepler Culinary Mystery Series

     “Dogs, dead bodies, and four talented mystery writers at the top of their game. Sound like fun? You bet!”
Mike Owens,
Author of Screwed, and other stories


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<<This is the story of how four mystery writers met, and how the friendships  that developed led to collaboration on To Fetch a Thief.>>
     Writers seek out writers. It’s what we do. We join writing groups, not just to give us someone to hang out with on a Saturday afternoon, but because other writers get the angst of writing, the frustration when the words won’t come, the disappointment with each rejection. Perhaps most importantly, these communities give like-minded mystery writers a chance to discuss the various ways to kill people . . . in the literary sense!      One national community that supports our passion is Sisters in Crime ( and offers chapters that meet locally. Mystery by the Sea serves southeastern Virginia, and Central Virginia chapter serves the Richmond area. The two chapters collaborated on three short-mystery collections; Virginia is for Mysteries, Virginia is for Mysteries Volume 2, and 50 Shades of Cabernet.
     We hit the road, li…