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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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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.
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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!
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?
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Mercy is a proud control freak. When she’s asked to host the annual holiday festivities, she takes the job very seriously. But just when she thinks she has it all together, things go very wrong.
The donated gifts vanish. Dozens of children eagerly await Santa Claus. Mercy has less than 24-hours to find the thieves and pull off the biggest event of the year before anyone discovers they’ve been robbed.
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Mercy likes to keep things simple. When she receives a late-night call from an old friend, things take a difficult turn.
Anxious to get to the bottom of her friend’s dilemma, Mercy makes an unplanned trip through memory lane and discovers shocking news. It doesn’t take long to figure out she’s more than an innocent bystander. She may very well be the target.
Can she uncover the clues and solve this mystery before it’s too late?
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When her best friend offers her a job at her new traveling nurse agency, Mercy jumps at the chance to see the world and meet new people. Unfortunately, her first assignment is anything but something to write home about.
The patient is an eccentric billionaire with about as much charisma as a fruit fly and a few too many quirks for her taste. Throw in his family, employees, and a cesspool of greedy associates, and this assignment is a disaster.
When one of them is found facedown in the Olympic pool, a few hours after a not-so-friendly exchange with Mercy, her visions of living the high life and escaping to exotic locations are dashed. If she doesn’t find the killer quick, she just may earn an all-expense paid trip to the slammer.
Find out how quickly Mercy’s life changes when she least expects it in the humorous cozy mystery prequel to the 12-book Mercy Mares Mystery Series!
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.
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*NOTE: This is a novella of approximately 13,000 words.*
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?
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With a small group of her closest friends and relatives by her side, Mercy finds her way in and out of trouble.
Burglars? No problem. A bank heist? Sure. A cold case? Absolutely. Murder? Kidnapping? Organized crime? She’s ready to solve any case.
Keep herself out of the line of fire? Not so much.
Follow Mercy as she stumbles over a body in rural Nebraska, comes face-to-face with some of southern California’s most elite and troubled residents, and searches for kidnappers close to home.
Read the first three books in the 11 novel Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery series today!
This collection includes the first 3 titles in the Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series:
Mercy & Mayhem
Coughing & Donuts
Her husband of less than a year has skipped town with a suitcase full of her money and jewelry. Now she has to find him before the media finds out what’s going on, but there’s a catch.
She has to travel across the country, take a job as a professional mourner, and hope no one in Asheville, North Carolina, finds out who she is.
Find out what happens when Hollywood glam meets a quirky cast of characters with no script or director to tell her what to do!
This contemporary cozy mystery is one of four books in a shared world about drama queens who stumble into the world of paid mourning and murder! You can read each one as a standalone, but they are so much fun that you’ll want to grab each one.
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.
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.