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Ghost Across the Water

Joanna Larne is driving to her new cottage at Spearmint Lake when two young men, fueled by road rage, try to force her off the freeway. She escapes without harm, but that was only the summer’s first threat. After going to the aid of a tourist who has been shot in the local cemetery, Joanna learns of the town’s resident ghost, Lieutenant Ned Seymour, a policeman whose twenty-year-old murder has never been solved. With the sound of water haunting her cottage, a vanishing tourist, and a killer whose mask is beginning to slip, Joanna can only hope that she will survive her vacation.

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Treasure at Trails's End

When Mara Marsden inherits a ranch from the mysterious Jules Carron, she travels to the Colorado Territory, hoping to learn more about him and about her mother's past. In the process of her search, Mara finds a frightening apparition, danger, and two suitors, one of whom may be her enemy.

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The Cameo Clue

On her first day in Maple Creek, Michigan, Katherine Kale attends the annual Apple Fair where she meets Cora Valentine at a yard sale. Later that afternoon, Cora dies after eating a poisoned caramel apple. Because Katherine was the last person to speak to Cora and almost ate a contaminated apple herself, she feels a connection to the murdered woman. The next day Katherine discovers a crushed cameo brooch buried in her yard and hears scratching sounds in the empty attic of her new house. One night she thinks she hears footsteps on the stairs. Her attempts to solve Cora's murder lead to the discovery of another murder that no one suspected had taken place.

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A Shadow on the Snow

Krista Marlow’s plans for a quiet winter vacation in Huron Station, Michigan, go awry when she finds a body hanging from a tree on an isolated, wooded road. An arrow has pierced the victim’s chest, and at his feet lies a bloodstained poster bearing the anti-hunting slogan, ‘Ban the Kill’. Krista’s discovery brings her in contact with a taciturn Alcona County sheriff, Mark Dalby, who alternately intrigues and infuriates her. In the cabin she inherited from her aunt, she discovers an antique radio that airs broadcasts from the past. Equally unnerving are the gunfire of the hunters who trespass on her property and the arrow she finds in the snow. One man watches her cabin from the edge of the woods, while another wants to buy her acreage. In the meantime, she learns that several people in Huron Station had a motive and the opportunity to kill the murdered man. Does one of them intend to kill her?

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Secret for a Satyr

When Libby Dorset drowns in her backyard fountain, the neighborhood children spread wild tales of a living statue, while their parents gossip about suicide. Only her next door neighbor, Cressa Hannett, suspects that a flesh-and-blood killer forced Libby into the water to her death. Puzzled by strange happenings in Libby’s now deserted house and plagued by the vandalism of a mysterious young girl, Cressa sets out to unravel the mysteries that surround Libby and her white Victorian house.

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Snowhedge

Reeling from the fire that destroyed her collie kennel and death threats from the arsonist, Susanna Kentwood accepts an offer from a distant relative to watch over an old country house, known as Snowhedge, until it sells. Once settled in the house Susanna finds herself assailed by mysterious occurrences that culminate in the amazing transformation of the empty parlor into a room furnished and decorated for a long-ago Christmas holiday.

Soon she discovers that she is sharing Snowhedge with an unhappy spirit. But does the danger to Susanna lie in the supernatural or with the vengeful arsonist who may have discovered where Susanna has gone?

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Love, Love Deadly Love

When Linnet Shellwin moves into a picturesque Victorian house known as Valentine Villa, she looks forward to a long and successful career teaching English in the town's middle school, getting to know her fellow teacher, Ned Glint, better, and adding a long-desired collie puppy to her household. Then some members of her out-of-control ninth grade class concoct a plot to kill her, the disconnected phone begins to ring at strange hours, and she learns that the previous owner of the house died after eating a poisoned cherry tart. Most terrifying of all, the phantom voice on the dead phone tells Linnet that she is going to die in two weeks.

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THE FOXGLOVE CORNERS Mysteries

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Darkness at Foxglove Corners

(book 1 in The Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When a tornado damages Jennet Greenway’s house, she moves to Foxglove Corners She's barely moved in when she encounters Deputy Sheriff Crane Ferguson, a staunch believer of law and order. While walking her collie, Halley, Jennet meets her neighbor, Camille Forester, when she stops to admire her garden. When a hidden diary surfaces, describing a wife's plans for her husband's murder, Jennet begins to suspect her new friend. As a shadowy avenger moves closer, Jennet tries to solve the mystery, thereby finding herself at odds with Crane and in great danger. Excerpt follows.

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Cry for the Fox

(book 2 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When Jennet witnesses the murder of an animal rights activist during an anti-fur demonstration and meets controversial Caroline Meilland, she is drawn into a dangerous mystery. Hoping to find a place for herself in the animal rights movement, she attends a meeting of Caroline's organization, M.A.R.A. Although Crane cautions Jennet about recent violence directed toward female activists, she wants very much to help animals. On the night of the Harvest Ball, Jennet finds a body on the fox trail beside a bloodstained toy fox. Jennet's involvement in the murder is now definite and deadly.

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Winter's Tale

(book 3 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

Soon after she rescues a wounded collie from an isolated country road, Jennet Greenway learns about the presence of dognappers in Foxglove Corners. On Christmas morning, Dr. Randolph, the town's beloved veterinarian, is murdered in his own home, and Jennet meets a sinister man, Grimes, who becomes her enemy when she prevents him from stealing the shelter dogs. As Jennet tries to unravel the secrets surrounding the murder and protect her collies from the thieves, a blizzard moves into the area. So does Grimes, determined to make Jennet pay for interfering with his business.

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A Shortcut Through the Shadows

(book 4 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When Jennet's rescue collie, Winter, saves a child from drowning, he attracts the attention of a mysterious man who offers Jennet $1000 for him. Another man believes that Winter belongs to his missing sister, Alexandra. Life in peaceful Foxglove Corners turns deadly when Jennet and her dogs find the body of a young woman buried in the woods. With her possession of Winter in jeopardy, Jennet determines to find her collie's original owner, thereby interfering with a killer's plan.

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The Witches of Foxglove Corners

(book 5 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When aspiring book burner, Marla Holland, falls to her death on the stairs of the Foxglove Corners Public Library, nobody realizes that she has been poisoned. During her life Marla antagonized several people, including Jennet Greenway only a short time before the murder, but which one of her enemies killed her? Distracted by a battle to save Marla's collie from will-ordered euthanasia and a Halloween prankster who threatens Jennet and her dog, Jennet doesn't realize that she is in line to become the poisoner's next victim.

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The Snow Dogs of Lost Lake

(book 6 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When an ice storm forces Jennet Greenway off her usual route home, she finds herself involved in murder and the mysteries that surround a strange, off-the-beaten-path antique shop. A haunted painting, a puzzling apparition, a creature that prowls through the woods of Foxglove Corners, and a second murder – the mysteries pile up with the snow, until Jennet finds herself trapped in a nightmare from which there is no apparent escape.

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By: Chris M.  
  Copyright ©2005

     

The Collie Connection

(Winner of the Golden Wings Award, June 2009)

(book 7 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When she sees a blue Volkswagen stopped on a lonely, foggy country road, Jennet Greenway doesn't hesitate to go to the aid of the woman behind the wheel.  But her Good Samaritan act backfires, leaving her injured, without her beloved black collie, Halley, and ultimately in grave danger.

 

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A Time of Storms

(book 8 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When Gage Howard, new resident of Foxglove Corners, threatens to shoot Jennet's collie, Candy, for upsetting his turkeys and swimming in his pool, Jennet discovers that she is only one of the many people Howard has angatonized, bullied, and deeply wronged.  Then Gage himself is shot, and, incredible though it may be, Jenet finds herself on a list of possible suspects.

In the meantime, as she seeks to understand the strange haunting in a vacant Victorian house, storm clouds, both figurative and literal, began to gather, and she realizes that there is another threat in Foxglove Corners, alive and well and waiting for her.

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The Dog from the Sky

(book 9 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

When Jennet rescues an abused collie tied to a tree in the woods and left for dead, she vows to see that the person who committed this outrage is prosecuted.  Elsewhere in Foxglove Covners, a young girl vanishes without a clue.  Ironically she had also rescued an abused collie.  Is there a connection between these two incidents?  And how does the mysterious woman who seeks to resurrect a defunct animal rights organization fit into the emerging puzzle?

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Spirit of the Season

(book 10 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

Collies and people in peril cast a shadow over Christmas in Foxglove Corners.

It’s December in Foxglove Corners, and the snow is falling.  On Sunset Lake, Jennet Ferguson sees a skater fall through the thin ice and calls for help.  But there’s no girl and no body.  Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Lakeville, a collie stands accused of murdering her mistress.  As she plans a Christmas celebration and a New Year’s Eve wedding, Jennet discovers that she must first solve the mysteries of the phantom skater and the killer dog.

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Another Part of the Forest

(book 11 in the Foxglove Corner Mysteries)

A hot air balloon in peril in the skies of Foxglove Corners, lost children in the woods, and a collie litter with a curse on it touch Jennet’s life.

When a hot air balloon goes down near Jennet’s home and its passengers disappear, Jennet embarks on a new mystery.  Soon afterward, a novice collie breeder asks Jennet to help extricate her from a serious puppy mix up, and a girl begs Jennet to find a runaway puppy who had been offered as a raffle prize.

These seemingly unrelated mysteries lead to a deadly confrontation 

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Where have All the Dogs Gone

A faithful collie keeps a vigil at the home of her lost mistress... A fanatic vows to save shelter dogs from death by setting them free... Death wearing an unusual disguise stalks Jennet Ferguson.

The house on Sagramore Lake Road was frozen in time, still decorated for a Christmas long passed. Although her mistress was gone, her collie kept a faithful vigil on the porch. While Jennet puzzles over the mysterious Christmas house, a girl who calls herself Rima sets the area's shelter dogs free to spare them from being put to death, and Jennet finds herself in danger from a most unusual killer.

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The Secret Room

A scent of carnations wafting down through the ages…

A secret room from yesteryear…

And a rare black and white collie who moves through Foxglove Corners like a wraith.

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Follow a Shadow

As winter settles into Foxglove Corners, Jennet Ferguson's peace is shattered by a noctunal visitor who has a human form--and wings. Meanwhile, a picture in an old collie magazine jeopardizes Jennet's ownership of one of her dogs and a woman grieving for her deceased collie wants Jennet to help her find Rainbow Bridge.

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The Snow Queen's Collie

On a snowy Christmas Eve Jennet Ferguson finds a little white collie puppy on her porch.  She assumes her house was chosen as a place to leave the puppy because of her well-publicized work with the Collie Rescue league.  Then on Christmas day, Jennet receives a present from her sister that will draw her into mystery and danger.  Meanwhile, collie breeder Marvel McLogan’s pick puppy is stolen.  What else will the holiday season bring to Foxglove Corners and will Jennet survive it?

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The Door in the Fog

When Jennet follows a wounded collie into the fog, she finds a blue door that turns out to be painted on the side of an old barn.  The collie disappears, but the barn, the vacant farmhouse, and its acres overgrown with wildflowers seem to call to Jennet.  This strange attraction proves dangerous when a body is found in the woods nearby.  While Jennet seeks to solve her new mystery, the haunted painting, ‘Ada’s Litter’, begins to work a dark spell on Brent Fowler, its new owner.  There’s definitely trouble ahead for Jennet, but is it natural or supernatural in origin or a combination of both?

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Dreams and Bones

Old bones, a ghost, a cold case disappearance, and trouble for the Lakeville Collie Rescue League--Jennet Ferguson's peaceful autumn turns chaotic and dangerous.

 Human bones discovered in a secret grave on the grounds of the Spirit Lamp Inn rekindle interest in the disappearance of a girl from the Inn several decades ago and also in the Inn's resident ghost, the Lady in the Blue Raincoat.

 As Jennet is drawn into the mystery, the Lakeville Collie Rescue League faces a possible lawsuit when the new president places a collie in a forever home without the consent of the owner.  Meanwhile at Marston High School, Jennet's ongoing conflict with a recalcitrant student reaches the boiling point. 

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