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A Clara Colby Mystery

Book Two
Forthcoming late 2024

Luck of the Irish Setter

Clara Colby, widow and mother of a teenage daughter, has finally settled into her role as owner of The Burton Grayson Memorial Animal Shelter. Clara, along with her board members, plan their first adoption event at the grand opening of Kelly’s Kars. However, the newest member of the board, Judy Simpson, has locked horns with Veronica Clarke, Clara’s trusted friend and board member, over the affections of the owner of Kelly’s Kars. Halfway through the adoption event, emotions escalate between the warring women, and they end up in a brawl with the news media filming the entire scene.

To make the day even stranger, CeCe, Clara’s identical twin, leaves the adoption event with an unknown man. This causes Clara and her mother to worry for the rest of the day.

Later that evening, Clara realizes she left her phone, laptop, and the keys to her parent’s motorhome on a table inside the RV. Clara rushes back to Kelly’s Kars with her Golden Retriever to collect the items and lock the vehicle, only to find Veronica with blood on her hands and Judy’s dead body behind the motorhome.

Veronica professes her innocence to Clara, but an eyewitness comes forward and Veronica is arrested for the murder. Determined to clear Veronica’s name, Clara begins her own investigation and gets tangled up in an unforeseen crime that puts her own life in jeopardy.

Copyright © 2024 by Nancy Garner

About the Author

Nancy Garner is a lifelong resident of Illinois and shares her home with her husband and three rescue dogs. She is retired after working 25 years at a local newspaper. For several years she volunteered at an animal rescue shelter. Her dream was to write novels. Now that her two children are grown, she spend her time walking her fur children, and writing.

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