To Fetch a Villain - Four Fun "Tails" of Scandal and Murder A Mutt Mystery
by Jayne Ormerod, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge & Heather Weidner
About To Fetch A Villain
Cozy Mysteries 3rd in Series Publisher: Bay Breeze Books
Paperback: 244 pages ISBN-13: 979-8681709619
Old dogs and new tricks abound in TO FETCH A VILLAIN, the third installment in the Mutt Mysteries series. This collection of four novellas illustrates why dogs are our best friends and the perfect companions for digging up clues, solving crimes, and bringing villains to justice. Let sleeping dogs lie? Not when the MUTTS are on the case.
The Best Places to Hang out with Our Pets
The pair of Jacks love to go for walks around the water, chase squirrels, and bark at ducks, geese, chipmunks, deer, rabbits, and geese. The house sits on top of a hill, so all the windows on the first and second floor have great views of the tree tops (and all the activity of the squirrels and birds). Riley loves to sit on the bed, my lap while I’m working at my desk, or in the living room chair to stare out the window at all the critters who visit our woods.
Maria: I live in the Wythe area of Hampton, VA – a great neighborhood for dog-walking. Neighbors get to know each other through their dogs and dogs get to know each other through our local canine bulletin board, the fire hydrant on the corner. I currently have only an indoor cat, but I enjoy walking and meeting my neighbors with their dogs. My Bichons, Holly and Hamilton, the inspiration for my Mutt Mystery characters, Trey and Kim, crossed the rainbow bridge some five years ago now, but we used to have fun at the annual Bichon Bash in Suffolk, hosted by the Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue. Here, you could not help noticing how amiable Bichons are. With fifty or more Bichons running around free in a huge yard, there were no fights. Oh, the occasional growl over a disputed toy, maybe. But they all had such fun. I am attaching a picture of me with Holly and Hamilton as we were leaving one of the Bichon Bashes.
Jayne: Let me just put this out there so you all understand where I’m coming from. My dogs are obedience-school failures. Yes, they behaved so horribly around other dogs that the trainer asked us to leave. Not a proud momma moment, to be sure. Our big dog (part Great Dane) must have had a run-in with a German shepherd at doggie day care, because he hates them all! And there were three of them in the class! And our little dog (Puerta Rican street dog) gets so excited when he sees another dog he howls. Not a simple whimper and tail wag, but a long, drawn out mournful howl, like he’s been run over by a truck or something. One morning when we were out for a walk and he saw another dog he howled so loudly that a neighbor opened her window and called out “Is he okay?” How embarrassing! So between the yowling and the aggressive behavior (dog pulled my husband out of his chair and dragged him halfway across the room), we were banished from the training circle.
Needless to say, we don’t take our dogs out in public too often. No need to call the SPCA on us, they do get a daily walk, it’s just before sunrise and along darkened alleys in an attempt to avoid other dogs. But on a cold rainy day, when all sensible people and pets are safely inside, we will take them to the beach where they can chase birds and frolic in the surf. That is their (and my) favorite thing to do.
When we are tucked within the eight-foot fence in our backyard, Tiller and Scout love to play ball, dig in my garden, and have zoomies. They are so fun to watch when they play with each other. Favorite indoor activity is to watch for the delivery man. They will sit all day at the window, little dog perched on the back of the sofa, big dog peering around him, and wait for a truck to come down our street. That is their signal to run to the front door and see what delights await. Hopefully new toys or treats for them, as if often the case. For everyone of a certain generation and/or a love of musicals, you will understand why I often sing the snappy tune from The Music Man, “Oh, oh, the Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin’ down the street. Oh, please let it be for me.” (Good luck getting that song out of your head today.)
Teresa: My husband and I take our dogs Luke and Lena, two shepherd mixed pups on joy rides in our truck. They love to ride, look out the window and see the sights. They are like two little kids when riding.
About the Authors
Heather Weidner Heather Weidner writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series (Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband). Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series (To Fetch a Thief, To Fetch a Scoundrel, and To Fetch a Villain). Her new cozy series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, launches October 2021. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers. Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.
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Maria Hudgins Maria Hudgins is a mystery writer and a former high school science teacher. She is the author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries, the Lacy Glass Archaeology Mysteries and several published short stories. Her favorite things are traveling, reading, dogs, and cats. She lives in Hampton, Virginia with her cat, Lulu.
Jayne Ormerod Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her accountancy degree, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She married a naval officer, and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, settled in a cottage by the Chesapeake Bay. Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings. You can read more about Jayne and her many publications at www.JayneOrmerod.com.
Teresa Inge Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hotrods. She is president of Sisters in Crime Mystery by the Sea Chapter and author of short mysteries in Virginia is for Mysteries, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea, and Murder by the Glass. She resides in Southeastern Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Luke and Lena.MUTT MYSTERIES
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