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About Kathy Manos Penn
A Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Book I in her Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series, Kathy Manos Penn went from crafting communications in corporate America to plotting page-turners in retirement.
Adhering to the adage to "write what you know," she populates her mysteries with well-read, witty senior women, a sassy cat, and a loyal dog. The murders and talking pets, however, exist only in her imagination.
Kathy lives in Atlanta with her husband and the two four-legged office assistants who inspire the personalities of Dickens & Christie. Why is Dickens a fiend for belly rubs? Because her real-life dog is. The same goes for Christie’s finicky eating habits and penchant for lolling on top of the desk or in the file drawer. She gets it from the calico cat who rules the roost.
Learn more about Kathy and her books at kathymanospenn.com, on Instagram (@kathymanospennauthor), or Facebook (KathyManosPennAuthor). Thanks for dropping by!
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She crossed an ocean to start her life over. Can she nab a killer before her quaint village becomes a graveyard?
Recently widowed Leta Parker desperately needs a change of scenery. Pursuing her lifelong dream of retiring to the Cotswolds, she leaves her soulless corporate hustle in Atlanta and moves to England with her talking dog and cat companions—Dickens and Christie. But she’s barely begun making new friends when she stumbles across her housekeeper’s body …
With several villagers pegged for the crime, Leta teams up with a retired English teacher and her sharp-as-a-tack octogenarian mother to track the killer before the trail goes cold. As the not-so-friendly local policewoman elbows them out and scandalous rumors plague the tight-knit community, it’s left to the ladies and their pets to sleuth for the truth.
Can Leta, Dickens, and Christie sniff out the culprit before the cute little town loses more than its charm?
Bells, Tails & Murder is the delightful first book in the Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like spunky literary women, amusing animal sidekicks, and inviting cultural backdrops, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s engaging page-turner.
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It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Now this legendary location could be hiding a killer in its battlements.
Leta Parker’s retirement in the Cotswolds’ rolling hills has been a balm for her soul. And heading off with her friends and talking four-legged companions to a cat yoga retreat on the cliffs of Cornwall’s Arthurian coastline seems like the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration. But when a fellow yogi’s corpse pose nearly becomes permanent, Leta believes it’s no stretch to suspect foul play.
Seeking the cause of the death-like pose, the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency springs into action to hunt down the culprit. But with the poor woman’s recent tragic history, the resort’s grieving owners, and a doubtful local DI all conspiring to muddy the picture, this case could end up in ruins.
Will the crack team of senior sleuths unearth the evidence to throw a would-be murderer in the dungeon?
Castles, Catnip & Murder is the intriguing fifth book in the Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like tenacious retirees, witty banter, and fascinating myths and legends, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s trip to the Round Table.
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Leta Parker’s fit-and-fifty reinvention in the Cotswolds continues rolling along fabulously. Happy among her new friends and talking dog and cat, the sharp-minded expat is delighted to learn the prestigious Tour of Britain will pedal through the quaint village next year. But everyone’s excitement quickly crashes when the news is accompanied by a dead body.
Unconvinced when the police park the crime as a random act of violence, Leta teams up again with the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency to push the investigation into high gear. But with those who knew the victim remaining tight-lipped, the silver-haired sleuths could be stuck in the peloton as a callous killer sprints away.
Can the whip-smart women gain ground on a murderer before the trail goes cold?
Bicycles, Barking & Murder is the sixth book in the delightful Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like shrewd seniors, charming British locations, and a dash of darn-good humor, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s race to the felonious finish.
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Retirement in the Cotswolds has given Leta Parker a new lease on life. Growing close to her small-town pals, the former corporate trainer is thrilled to help them put on the village’s annual autumn celebration. But the punch goes sour when a friend’s estranged magician husband is found murdered.
With the newly widowed woman the prime suspect, Leta leaps into action with spunky friends and her talking dog and cat to clear her name. But when they trace the lecherous victim to England’s picturesque southern coast, they discover a long list of past lovers who’d be happy to see the sleight-of-wandering-hands womanizer permanently disappeared.
Can Leta expose the truth, or will this investigation be her final trick?
Pumpkins, Paws & Murder is the second book in the lighthearted Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like compelling characters, talkative four-legged friends, and journeys full of action and humor, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s playful tale.Buy Pumpkins, Paws & Murder for a grand illusion of danger today!
If it were up to her, they’d be singing carols and baking cookies. Instead, they’re stockings-deep in a murder investigation…
Leta Parker is looking forward to her first holiday season in the Cotswolds. Prepping for the town’s tree-lighting ceremony, the village is enraged when the new American earl announces plans to develop his family’s estate into a resort. And when the brash successor is found dead in a ditch, it’s obvious this car crash was no accident.
Determined to unwrap the truth behind the tragedy, Leta enlists the help of the Little Old Ladies Detective Agency and her talking dog and cat. But with everyone in the charming hamlet a suspect, it’ll be tough to discover who’s not on Father Christmas’s naughty list.
Will Leta and friends deliver the gift of justice?
Whiskers, Wreaths & Murder is the third book in the delightful Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like clever senior women, deep friendships, and animals of the talking variety, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s yuletide whodunit.
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An unexpected inheritance. Missing bequests. Can these amateur detectives pen a satisfactory solution to a literary murder?
Leta Parker is both saddened and happy. Though the second anniversary of her husband’s sudden death makes her wistful, her revitalized life in the Cotswolds and a long-distance boyfriend have brought her joy. But when her beau visits for a literature festival, she finds herself immersed in a book collector’s suspicious demise…
Though she’s thrilled to once again team up with the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency and her precocious pets to crack the case, Leta fears her new love will worry about the danger. And with anomalies at the scene and the police not ready to declare a homicide, the clever sleuth may be following the clues to a dead ending.
With the game afoot, can Leta and the crew arrive at the truth?
Collectors, Cats & Murder is the gorgeous fourth book in the Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like sassy felines, clever canines, and spunky well-read women on a crime-solving spree, then you’ll adore Kathy Manos Penn’s tempting page-turner.
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She’s looking forward to tea and scones. Hunting down murderers? Not so much…
Box set: Enjoy over 720 pages of proper English sleuthing fun in the splendid green hills of the Cotswolds.
Leta Parker moved across the pond to get over her grief. And so far, the serene pastoral countryside seems just the place to make a fresh start. But her visions of quaint villages and posh accents are shockingly disturbed when her tranquility is shattered by a rather dead body…
With her newfound book-loving friends and her charming talking dog and cat, Dickens and Christie, Leta rolls up her sleeves to uncover the culprit. But as the town suffers more mysterious demises, these literary ladies soon have their hands full serving up justice.
Will Leta’s reinvented life turn her quiet hamlet into an amateur detective’s dream escape?
A Dickens & Christie Mystery Box Set contains the first three books in the delightful Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like smart heroines, unconventional friendships, and clever whodunits, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s perfectly woven tales.