Foal Play by Kathryn O'Sullivan
A Mystery

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A fire chief, a sheriff and a border collie solve a murder...O’Sullivan’s debut features pleasantly amusing characters but not a very challenging mystery.
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WINNER OF THE MALICE DOMESTIC COMPETITION FOR BEST FIRST TRADITIONAL MYSTERY NOVEL
Colleen McCabe is enjoying an uneventful summer in North Carolina's Outer Banks supervising her firefighters, making rounds with her Border collie, Sparky, and keeping an eye on the wild horses escaped from the local sanctuary. But when a dead body washes up on shore, she knows trouble has arrived in Corolla.

Colleen is ready to start work on the investigation, but much to her irritation, her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman, makes it clear he doesn't want her butting her nose in or poking around. The stubborn Colleen, however, is not so easily deterred. When a man with a gun is spotted lurking around the lighthouse and her former school teacher's house explodes, she adds arson and a second suspicious death to her informal investigation. Colleen soon finds herself juggling her job, amorous advances from the town's developer, and intrusions from the local press, all while keeping information from Bill. Her secret sleuthing quickly comes to an end, however, when a bigger threat enters the picture.

With a gutsy heroine, a lovable dog sidekick, quirky characters, and a charming locale, Kathryn O'Sullivan's Foal Play is a zany, fun-filled ride sure to please mystery readers.
 

About Kathryn O'Sullivan

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KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN is the latest winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. She is also an award-winning playwright and web series creator and a theatre professor at Northern Virginia Community College. O'Sullivan lives in Virginia with her husband, an award-winning film & video director and cinematographer, and their rascally rescue cat, Oscar.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 269 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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A fire chief, a sheriff and a border collie solve a murder...O’Sullivan’s debut features pleasantly amusing characters but not a very challenging mystery.

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