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Death on Torrid Ave.

Death on Torrid Ave.


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Paws for murder
Far from the publishing world that once defined her, Sheila Mackey has found a new life, a new home, and a new love. The love has four legs, a plumey tail, and a lot of fur. Meet Gracie the rescue collie. Too smart for her own good – certainly too smart for Sheila’s good, when Gracie discovers a dead body during a dog park gambol.

Especially since Sheila delves into mysteries surrounding this dead body ... only to discover the new guy at the Torrid Avenue dog park is a barely retired cop. Not good for an amateur sleuth with a big secret of her own that she intends to keep. She’s not exactly who she says she is. At least, she’s not who she pretended to be for 15 years.

Will Sheila untangle the murder mystery before her secrets are untied, exposing her previous identity to her new small-town neighbors?

And will Gracie ever learn the “Quiet!” command?

This whodunit with humor is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s new cozy mystery series, Secret Sleuth, which begins with a murder on a transatlantic cruise in 
Death on the Diversion. In Death on Torrid Avenue and later books, accidental investigator Sheila Mackey returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.

On the spectrum of McLinn's mystery novels, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy series is in the middle, The Innocence Trilogy is edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.

What readers say about Death on Torrid Ave. 

"Move over Agatha Christie there's a new sleuth in town. Patricia McLinn has created a fabulous new murder mystery series. Wonderful characters, both human and canine, with an interesting backdrop. I highly recommend." — 5*

"5 stars for sure! Two dog trainers with differing training philosophies frequent the same dog park. One ends up dead! . . . I loved it. The characters were realistic. The plot made sense, especially to anyone who knows dog trainers. And of course, there was a twist at the end." —5*

"Had me hooked from the start. . . . Keeps us guessing on who really committed the crime. I enjoyed getting to know Sheila . . . and also getting to know her new friends in her new hometown in Kentucky. I think the fact that Sheila has her own secrets to hide makes it more interesting." —5*

"Great books. Can't wait to read the next one. Great characters and I love their reactions." — 5*

"I had to laugh at the squabbling about the differing ideas concerning how to manage a dog's behavior. The ending surprised me." — 5*

"Another winner . . . A lot of humor and the characters are good company. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to the next story."



Don’t miss any of the Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
Death on Shady Bridge
Death on Carrion Lane
Death on ZigZag Trail
Death on Puzzle Place

More mystery from Patricia McLinn
Caught Dead in Wyoming
The Innocence Trilogy