Hi, I’m mystery writer, Anna Drake. Welcome to my home on the Web. I write two cozy mystery series. If you’d like to know when a new book comes out in either series, please send me an email at annadrake90@gmail.com, and I’ll add your name to my mailing list. You may also like me on Facebook, follow me at Amazon, or follow my blog by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.  Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy your time here. All of the books in both series can be read free through Kindle Unlimited. Now, on to the details!

The Melanie Hart Mysteries

Melanie Hart is a small-town journalist who works for her father’s downstate Illinois newspaper. Her trip into sleuthing begins when an old friend is murdered. She and sidekick, Ginger Black, look around and decide the local police chief probably doesn’t know their circle of friends well enough to unearth the killer. So begins the tale of a pair shaky, but determined, sleuths.

Death among the Roses

DEATH (22)Life is good for Melanie Hart. She enjoys her role of lone reporter for the Cloverton Gazette, a small-town newspaper in the midst of rural Illinois. She doesn’t even mind much having her father as a boss.

But when she’s pulled off the coverage of the only murder investigation to come along in Cloverton since she started work there, she’s more than a little upset. So when a friend suggests they team up to catch the killer, Melanie decides the idea makes sense.


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The Hetty Fox Mysteries

Hetty Fox is a widow who has moved to a small town in rural Illinois to be nearer her daughter. She quickly learns small-town life need not be boring, especially when a murder or two pop up nearby. Add in a ghost and a cat who can’t stand each other, and Hetty often finds herself with her hands full, although the ghost is more than willing to lend a hand with the murders.

Bones & Boxes

Bones & BoxesHetty Fox has begun to enjoy her life in rural Illinois, even though her ghost, and cat, and an occasional dead body continue to give Hetty fits. This time it’s a corpse in the attic that comes with its own special twist. It’s dried out nearly beyond recognition.

Its discovery also leaves Hetty with a son-in-law facing scrutiny from her favorite detective. How can she not try to help her daughter’s husband? He is, after all, the father of her only two grandsons. Of course, Hetty also has her hands full trying to keep her ghost and her cat behaving civilly to each other.

Book 1: Bones & Boxes.  Read an excerpt.
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