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Nearing Completion


In the soon-to-be released book in this cozy mystery series, Hetty Fox is off to Chicago to visit an old friend. Meanwhile, resident ghost,  Andrew Peters, has been told to keep himself at home, but you know Andrew. And back home, Blackie, refuses to play nice with Hetty’s grandsons. What else is new for a cat as ornery as Blackie?  

This all happens as Hetty finds herself struggling to solve a string of nasty murders. Only this time, the challenge comes in a big city where private lives aren’t as easily accessed as in a small town with its nonstop flow of gossip. What is Hetty to do?

But Hetty Fox is nothing if not resourceful. And she can usually be counted on to ferret out the truth no matter where she happens to be.

A Rainy Day Murder should be available soon. Watch for it.

About My Other Books

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. Now, as to the books:

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 (25)

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.


Read an excerpt here.

Buy for Kindle.

Check out more Melanie Hart mystery books here.


The Hetty Fox Mysteries

These are stories from the life of Hetty Fox, whose existence is dominated by an unwelcome ghost and a contrary cat. Plus, there are all those dead bodies that keep piling  up. What is a poor widow to do? Solve the mysteries, of course

Bones & Boxes

bones-boxes-take-2-5Facing a ghost, a dead body, and a cat, Hetty Fox has her hands full. Recently widowed and new to to town, she also must find her place among a village of strangers. That effort is how she discovers her first dead body. It also launches her into her first murder investigation.

But her effort to track a killer gets muddled as ghost and cat compete for her attention. Then there’s her daughter, Megan. How is Hetty to track a killer without tipping her off? Finally, mix in a clever killer, and Hetty finds herself truly challenged in this lighthearted, mystery.

Book 1: Bones & Boxes.  Read an excerpt.

Buy for Kindle. Releases coming soon  for Nook, iBooks, and Kobo.

Explore more Hetty Fox mysteries here.