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About Ava Mallory
AVA is best known for her Mercy Mares traveling nurse cozy mysteries that feature a middle-aged Latina nurse who is a champion of patients and a magnet for trouble. Mercy's sidekicks are the who's who of quirky characters with big hearts - like the people Ava grew up with.
AVA earned a degree in psychology and a degree in nursing with a certification in geriatric/Alzheimer's care. She lives minutes from Chicago with three of her four children (The oldest left the nest & Ava's not been the same since.) and their Dorkie (Yorkie/Daschund) dog named ChaCha, the actual Queen of the Mallory castle.
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Read the seventh book in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series!
Remember when we thought motherhood was hard when the kids were little? Ha! Now we realize it's damn near impossible when they're teenagers! The days of potty-training, bubble-wrapping every sharp corner, and begging for a freaking minute to pee alone are long behind us. We don't read bedtime stories or sing lullabies to our children anymore. Instead, we're communicating via TikTok videos and tracking them on their cellphones every time they leave the house. We lose sleep wondering if we've done enough or overdone it.
There was a time when we longed to be left alone and now we can't get our teenagers to spend any time with us. When we're not begging or bribing them to hang out, we're banning them from leaving the house just so we can have some "family time" together.
Raising teens is not for the faint of heart but it's still a wild and terrific ride. For all the angst and drama teenagers cause, they're also smart, hilarious, and fun to be around (if they let you hang out with them).
Enjoy stories like:
◆ The 100% Absolutely True Story of How My Kid Accidentally Joined a Cartel
◆ The Joy of Knowing Middle School Doesn't Matter
◆ Let's Talk About Sex
◆ A Camel, Some Straws, and Your College-Bound Teen
Motherhood never gets easier and you're going to laugh or cry. Why not do both?
Mercy loves her job. Traveling is the fun part. New coworkers aren’t. She thinks she knows what’s in store for her at a Nebraska nursing home. But within hours of her arrival, a man is dead, and she’s in way over her head.
Sheriff Charlie Wagner is a no-nonsense guy. When he’s called to investigate a suspicious death, it doesn’t take long to figure out the situation is anything but ordinary, including the chatty, quick-tempered traveling nurse. He needs to find the murderer. She needs to prove her innocence.
Scroll up to buy your copy and find out if they can root out the killer and keep more trouble at bay!
14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love!
From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.
Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice.
Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell.
Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!
2020 is going to be the coziest holiday season yet with cozy mysteries from Ava Mallory, Summer Prescott, Jenna St. James, Laina Turner, Gretchen Allen, Joanna Campbell Slan, S. C. Merritt, Minnie Crockwell, Mona Marple, Rachael Stapleton and Loraine Hudson – along with their favorite holiday cookie recipe!
Gretchen Allen - Lost Claus
Charlotte Moss is one tough cookie, but her new job as Mrs. Claus isn’t what she expected. When Santa goes missing and a body is found, the most wonderful time of the year looks bleak.
Joanna Campbell Slan - How the Cookie Crumbles
Cara Mia Delgatto never met her maternal grandmother. But Nonie Josephina reaches out from the grave with a message for Cara: I left behind a treasure! Can Cara Mia find it before Santa comes to town?
S.C. Merritt - Caramelized Casualty
With the annual holiday unveiling of a giant gingerbread village quickly approaching, Kate Kennedy’s stress level is sky high. When one of the event’s diva celebrity chefs turns up dead, Kate decides she has no choice but to team up with the town’s newest detective if she’s going to pull off the big event. Can she expose the killer in time to save the event?
Minnie Crockwell - Death By Cookie
Widow Sallie Chilcoat decides to get into the holiday spirit by baking up a batch of cookies for her lakeside condominium neighbors only to have one of them turn up dead - with the remains of her cookies! Did Sallie kill her neighbor with her vegan cookies?
Ava Mallory - Christmas Cookie Catastrophe
When Consuelo “Cookie” Alvarez inherits a bakery from her aunt Birdie, she doesn’t expect to take her late aunt’s place in the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off. Now she has two weeks to perfect the super-secret recipe, but there are major obstacles in her way: she can’t bake, the recipe is missing, and her competitors are a who's who of shady characters.
Summer Prescott – Hang Out The Stalkings
Someone is stealing Nancy's cookies...will they steal her holiday spirit too?
Jenna St. James - Christmas Cookie Caper
When Ivy O'Brien learns her mother has been injured at the annual Couples Christmas Cookie Contest, she runs to the rescue. Looks like she needs to fill in for her mother and hunky policeman Anthony Romano has to help bake the cookie and question the suspects. Between dough-making disasters, nips of peppermint Schnapps, and rolling pin thefts, the pair slowly whittle down their suspect list.
Mona Marple - The Santa Run Is Murderous Fun
Emily Monk’s run out of excuses not to take part in the annual Santa run, but the festivities are threatened when the long-running Santa Run champ is found dead the day before the race.
With a killer to be caught, and a Christmas dinner to be bought, Emily needs to think fast if she’s going to solve this case before Santa comes.
Rachael Stapleton - Christmas, Corpses & the Gingerdead Flip-Flop
When house flippers Jack Young and Juniper Palmer purchase a colorful Queen Anne home, Juniper assumes the exterior gingerbread trim will be the most outlandish thing to see. That is until a prominent wine merchant dressed as Santa is murdered, and Jack’s mother is caught on the naughty list.
Loraine Hudson - Holly, Jolly Misdeeds
First, it's a thieving Santa. Next, it's a prowler that threatens Jenny's peace. It all seems to revolve around a box of cookies.
Traveling nurse Mercy Mares is no stranger to hard work. When she accepts an assignment at a California psychiatric facility, she’s sure she can handle it. But her plans go awry when a surprise rainstorm, an ill-tempered security guard, and a peculiar visitor join forces to make her first day of work one she’ll wish she could forget.
A barking dog, monsoon-like weather, and a minor disagreement are all in a day’s work for her… until she stumbles over a body. With no witnesses, no alibi, and no one on her side, she becomes the target of the investigation.
A stranger in a new town filled with people who had every reason to kill the victim, Mercy knows her odds aren’t good, but could they lead to something far more sinister?
Buy this book today to find out who had the means and the motive to pull off a murder!
A girls’ getaway can be deadly.
Mercy hates surprises, but when she’s whisked on a weekend getaway for her birthday, she finds a dozen reasons to hate them even more.
A charming estate. A mystery dinner. A man is dead. So much for rest and relaxation. Mercy and her well-meaning companions find themselves at the center of the biggest murder case the town has ever seen.
Can they uncover the truth behind the baffling mystery?
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Nubbin doesn’t like to be told what to do. He especially doesn’t like to be told what not to do. Determined to keep things that way, he slips out of the nursing home and heads for bigger pastures. There are two problems with his plan: It’s the middle of winter and a band of brazen criminals are on the loose.
Mercy has a sweet spot for her former patient. When she learns that he’s vanished, she drops everything to search for him, but the sly octogenarian doesn’t want to be found.
Can she find him before he succumbs to the frigid temperatures, or worse, falls prey to something far more sinister?
Buy your copy today to find out!
The Nebraska farm is hers to do anything she wants with, but she has no clue what she wants and no idea how to run a working farm. Thankfully, the next-door neighbor and a friendly farmhand do and are more than willing to help her while she contemplates her next move.
Problem solved... until she and her pal and original owner, Nubbin Schmeckpepper, step inside the house and find a pool of blood in the kitchen.
Now they have a real mystery on their hands, but as they investigate one, other mysteries come to light—each more perplexing than the last.
What begins as a nice vacation transforms into something no one sees coming.
Can they find the answers they need before whoever is responsible for the strange events strikes again?
Final Mercy is the twelfth book in the Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series. Each installment can be read as a standalone but will provide more enjoyment if read in order.
Mercy jumps at the chance to work close to home. No traveling. No dingy hotel rooms. No problem. When an eccentric millionaire hires her to care for his sick grandson, she doesn’t hesitate to say yes. No sooner does she arrive before she discovers things are not all they seem behind the grand estate’s iron gates. Rivalries run rampant.
Trying to keep her young charge in line is one thing, but when she gets wind of the in-fighting between the staff and the extended family members, she knows it’s only a matter of time before things go wrong. She didn’t anticipate their squabbles would lead to murder.
With a house full of suspects and no idea where to begin, Mercy is forced to use skills she never knew she had. The only question is, will her newfound skills make matters worse?
Buy your copy today to find out if she can solve this twisty whodunit!
For a traveling nurse, that's a bad problem to have. An even worse problem is waking up from a cat nap to find her homebound client, the country's #1 true crime podcaster, dead... and half the police force at the front door.
As the only other person in the house, Mercy knows she's in a world of trouble.
With stacks of investigative notes for an upcoming podcast, she doesn't have access to, a growing list of suspects, a mysterious neighbor, who may or may not be a stalker, the police breathing down her neck, and her worried husband desperate for her to return home, Mercy has a lot on her proverbial plate, and none of it is particularly appetizing.
As she searches for answers, the body count grows at an alarming rate and all roads lead to her.
Can she catch a killer and clear her name before the heinous crimes are pinned on her?
Cardiac Arrest is the eleventh title in the Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series. Each can be read as a standalone. This action-packed novella is approximately 30,000 words of cozy mystery fun.
Mercy is a crier. She can’t help it. Just hours until her daughter gets married, it’s all Mercy can do to keep her wailing under control. Lucky for her, there are plenty of last-minute mishaps to keep her occupied.
Not only is she supposed to walk her daughter down the aisle, but she’s also in charge of keeping the chaos to a minimum. That sounds easy enough… until the officiant goes missing right before the nuptials.
With a church full of impatient guests, her hot-headed offspring, and meddling friends and family to corral, Mercy may never find the officiant. She knows everyone expects her to handle the problem, but this might be a problem she can’t resolve.
Find out how the big day ends by buying your copy of this book today!
*NOTE: This is a novella of approximately 13,000 words.*
Welcome to Poppy County, where over-zealous witches, small-town gossip, curious coincidences, and a revolving door of cantankerous sheriffs run amok!
A pair of wealthy real estate developers have cast a wide net in their search for the next hot market and think they've found a goldmine in the quaint hillside town of Poppy County, but their offers ring too good to be true for local witches Lola Rae and her granddaughter, Missy. When their salvage shop is ransacked, Lola is convinced the wealthy duo want more than their historical properties. Proving that, however, proves difficult when the crime spree takes an unexpected turn.
Everyone fears their business will be next, but no one feels the pressure more than Interim Sheriff Colby Friar. It doesn't take him long to realize the burglars might be the least of his problems.
Can Lola, Missy, and their reluctant cohort root out the brazen thieves and bring an end to their criminal empire before it's too late?
Find out what happens in the third installment of the Missy Rae Cozy Mystery Series, where a family of well-meaning but hapless witches and a town full of quirky residents don't often see eye-to-eye, but always band together to keep the peace!