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The Karma of King Harald [Kindle Edition]

Richard Audry
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barking Up the Right Tree March 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy that packs a punch! March 22, 2013
Someone in New Bergen has it in for Trudi Bock. She has a way about her that just makes people angry. First Andy Skyberg's dog King Harald comes trotting into town carrying her dead iguana. Someone had to break into Trudi's house and get the little guy out of his cage and then kill him and hang him from a tree. The Beaver Tail county police will have the person up on animal cruelty charges for a start. The evil doer also ransacked Trudi's house and made mincemeat out of her unmentionables.

There are many people with a grudge against Trudi - those church ladies who think she is selling items the devil would use. They are always picketing her store. The father who thinks Trudi has too much influence over his daughter. Brenda - who thinks the family home should have been sold to her and not Trudi. Things heat up when King Harald finds the dead body of his friend Charlie Adams who just happened to work for --- Trudi! Andy better figure out who is doing this before King Harald discovers any more dead bodies.

Things to ponder: Where is Zeke? Who was Charlie arguing with in the alley? What is really going on with the white panel truck? Who wrote the letter to the editor and signed Andy's name?

This is the first of I hope many in the Canine Cozy series. Things move along at a fairly fast pace and the story had so many turns and twists you would swear you were on a roller coaster. I love when I am truly surprised about whodunit. It had me sitting with my mouth hanging open. I loved the quirky characters and can't wait to go back and visit with Andy and Harald. So, Richard Audry, please write fast - I will need a King Harald fix very soon. If you love mysteries with a canine detective, then The Karma of King Harald is a book you should read.

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 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 7 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 12 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 14 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 20 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 22 months ago by Florida user
4.0 out of 5 stars Canine Antics and Murder
Big, ginger and pretty hairy, the affable King Harold seems to have developed a penchant for finding trouble rather than causing it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by LiniAyre536
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded Me of Murder She Wrote...Plus Canine!
This is the debut novel for King Harald...And readers of cozy mysteries naturally assume that this is going to be a series... Why not? Read more
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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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