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The Karma of King Harald (King Harald Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Audry
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Book Description

When springtime arrives in picturesque New Bergen, so do the tourists and antiquers. This year, though, there are some unwelcome visitors. Extortion. Arson. And murder.

After his business tanks and his wife leaves him for a Pilates coach, Andy Skyberg flees the big city for the peace and quiet of his hometown. All he wants is a decent job, a steady girlfriend, a plasma screen TV with a hundred-plus channels, and one loyal dog. But fate has something else in store for Andy, when his big mutt King Harald starts sniffing out crime.

It’s clear that someone has it in for the town’s New Age retailer, Trudi Bock. And it’s also clear that Trudi wants to rekindle the steamy romance she and Andy enjoyed back in college. Andy has to fend her off, while placating his fiery girlfriend, Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin.

Meanwhile, Harald keeps digging up more mayhem. And it falls to Andy to channel his inner sleuth and make sense of it all.

Throw into this mix one legendary (but lost) ebelskiver recipe…a gimlet-eyed church lady…a van full of federal agents…a crusty socialist…a beloved iguana…and an overabundance of rosemaling…

And you have all the makings for The Karma of King Harald.

Editorial Reviews


"Lake Wobegon fans, rush to a new canine cozy mystery with a fresh smalltown setting! New Bergen is packed with tourists and Nordic crafts, characters and food, not to mention murders. Andy Skyberg, returning native, is drawn into solving the crimes, but his large loveable mutt, King Harald, is the expert at sniffing out murders. This mystery is amusing and charming, with complex passions and plot at its core."  --Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie mysteries

"The Karma of King Harald was a really fun, light hearted cozy mystery. For fans of canines in cozy mysteries this is definitely one you won't want to miss." --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

"Cozy mysteries are fun, but there's nothing more fun than a cozy mystery with a dog who helps solve the crime. Richard Audry's The Karma of King Harald is just such a mystery." --Ariel Wulff, National Animal Books Examiner

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Conger Road Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A55F62C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barking Up the Right Tree March 6, 2013
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A debut mystery novel that will please any dog lover and even those without dogs.

Richard Audry's The Karma of King Harald is a delightful "canine cozy" that will warm your heart on these cold winter nights. KIng Harald is a rescue mutt who has a habit of getting his nose in the wrong places and launches his owner, Anders Skyberg, into a mystery of murder, arson and other crimes in the small town of New Bergen.

His lady friend Cass, a deputy sheriff, investigates a case in which an old flame of Anders, Trudi, is a victim of many offenses by people trying to drive her out of town because she is wiccan. She operates a new age boutique and the religious right thinks she is a witch and a spawn of the Devil who is a bad influence on their children.

The novel has a collection of great and eccentric characters, some humor and elements of murder and mystery which make it an entertaining read. The novel is clean and not too graphic so suitable for most ages, from teens up. It is well written, with snappy dialogue and is well edited. The plot keeps you turning the pages and King Harald's antics will bring a smile to your face.

It is a whodunnit that bring some surprises along with many twists and turns. I think it could be the start of a great canine cozy series and I would read others by the auhor.

He is definitely barking up the right tree with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars likeable & clever February 9, 2013
I like to read at night, so I'm not looking for violence or gore in a mystery. The characters here had enough detail to allow me to form an opinion and I cared about what happened to Andy Skyberg, the dog's owner and main character. Usually I can figure out the ending on my own, but I was kept in suspense until the very end. You start to think that New Bergen is a place you'd like to visit --- but then the mayhem starts and it's better to just visit via the printed page. I look forward to the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Canine Antics and Murder May 15, 2013
Big, ginger and pretty hairy, the affable King Harold seems to have developed a penchant for finding trouble rather than causing it. A typical day may include chasing a pesky squirrel, a cold bath or hitting the jackpot and being able to rummage around a few rubbish bags which hold a smorgasbord of cold hamburgers, pizza...

But much to his owner's, Andy (Anders) Skyberg chagrin, the friendly mutts discovery of a dead iguana is a step too far. However, the death of Adonis isn't his fault. Adonis' owner Trudi Bock - a new age, tree hugging, crystal hanging Eleanorian - doesn't think so and is livid.

Unbeknownst to Harold, he has uncovered a hate crime. With Andy's girlfriend, Sheriff Cass Conlin taking charge and keeping an eye on Turdi, who is keen to rekindle the romance with Harold's owner, Andy is suddenly catapulted into a world of murder, federal agents, arson, God-fearing woman, slander and a pesky ebelskiver recipe that his sister is after. Who is behind the ousting of the bohemian Trudi from the New Bergen town? And will Andy ever get that quiet life he's after?

With its assortment of eccentric characters, humor and canine antics, this murder mystery is an engaging read. Anders is a laid back person but with Harold sniffing out danger/crime he's unlikely to get any peace. The subplots of hunting down recipes, rosemaling and conspiracy theories add to a well thought out novel. And the easy going style of the authors writing makes this story a definite page turner.

Unsure of how a dog gets involved in crime, I quickly found out and found Harold and his master a great duo. The descriptions from Harold's point of view is perfect - you can imagine that's how a dog would think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, new cozy mystery with a very memorable canine! December 25, 2012
Andy Skyberg has headed back to his hometown, after his business fails and his wife leaves him. All he wants is a peaceful life. However things aren't as peaceful in New Bergen as he would like. Crimes are on the rise in New Bergen with extortion, arson and even murder occurring in the small town. Andy becomes involved when ex-girlfriend, Trudi Bock, becomes the target of these crimes. It's seems half the town has a grudge against Trudi, especially with her involvement in Wicca. With the help of his dog, King Harald, Andy is determined to restore peace in New Bergen and hunt down the criminals.

I really enjoy cozy mysteries with animals, and I have a new series to add my to "favorites" list with King Harald, the adorable canine in this series. King Harald, with his ability to sniff out clues, had me saying "aww" a lot as I watched while he and his owner, Andy Skyberg, try to solve the mystery surrounding the crimes in New Bergen.

As a first book in this series, I was instantly pulled into the town of New Bergen, and it's "unusual" occupants. Trudi Bock, New Age retailer at Karma Kubbyhole, certainly lights up the pages, as she tries to get Andy to rekindle their flame, despite Andy dating Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin. It's not like she doesn't have enough troubles of her own, especially with half the town holding a grudge against her.

The Karma of King Harald was a really fun, light hearted cozy mystery. For fans of canines in cozy mysteries this is definitely one you won't want to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
This was a surprise because of the cover you may think this is a comedy. However, it is rather an interesting sort of a mild thriller. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Human, believable plot, an all around good story. I an looking forward to reading more by this author. Especially King Herald. And I am not a fan of cosy mysteries.
Published 8 months ago by Donna King
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to enjoy but could not
I need to like the main characters involved but found I just had no interest in any of them. And I got highly offended at the description of an overweight woman about two hours... Read more
Published 9 months ago by abbyjohn
4.0 out of 5 stars light-weight mystery
Karma And King Harald is a light-hearted mystery set in a quaint town. The author does a good job of describing the town and developing the cast of characters, especially the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Billi Tiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Such Fun Should Cost More Money!
Dogs possess around 220 million scent receptors in their nose as opposed to me. I only have 5 million. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. DUPONT
5.0 out of 5 stars The Karma of King Harald
I'll spend a day with King Harald anytime- especially with a case of Biberschwanz Pilsner, chilled to perfection- a brew that figures throughout this well crafted mystery. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dorothy Jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with good development
This book was a fun cozy mystery. The characters were a bit kooky, but not overly so -- they all had full personalities and each of them could have been a real person. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Florida user
5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy that packs a punch!
Someone in New Bergen has it in for Trudi Bock. She has a way about her that just makes people angry. Read more
Published on March 22, 2013 by Cheryl Green
4.0 out of 5 stars A good cozy and a great dog
I rarely read cozies, but the dog got me. This author is not Mary Daheim, but wrote a great tale about a guy and his dog who seems to have ESP into bad situations. Read more
Published on March 8, 2013 by Alaska's
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bark a Page
Richard Audry's THE KARMA OF KING HARALD is a new fun cozy. It took me a while to get my mental tongue around some of the Norwegian names, but the story picked up after everyone... Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Nash Black
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More About the Author

Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. As Richard Audry, he is the author of the King Harald Canine Cozy mystery series and the Mary MacDougall historical mystery series. Under his own name he has written the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series, the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin, and two books of literary commentary: Travis McGee & Me; and Four Science Fiction Masters. You can follow D. R.'s musings at .


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