Cover Reveal… and a two-book sale!

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I know it’s not even Halloween yet (although if you’re dying to celebrate the spooky season with Lucy and the gang at Dewberry Farm, you can to to the Halloween Ball in Buttercup in  Deadly Brew), but here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in December!

Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal for the fourth Dewberry Farm mystery, Mistletoe Murder.  Many thanks to all the folks on my Facebook author page who helped me decide on the final version! The Kindle edition is available for pre-order now; the book will be out December 11, and yes, there will be paperbacks in time for Christmas. 🙂 I’m having a blast being back in Buttercup, and I think you’ll love some of the new recipes Lucy and I have cooked up… I’ll be sharing a sneak peek and a recipe with the Readers’ Circle  soon, so be sure to sign up if you haven’t.

And as an added bonus, the first two books in the Dewberry Farm series, Killer Jam and Fatal Frost, are 50-75% off through the month of October; you can snap up Killer Jam for a mere 99 cents, and Fatal Frost for $1.99. The magic ends at the end of October, though… so grab them while you can.

Lots more coming in the Gray Whale Inn mysteries (including a new book in early 2018 and possibly a holiday story), as well as a brand new series, so check back soon… and I hope you’re enjoying a festive and cozy fall, wherever you are.  (Please feel free to send a cold front my way.)


Mistletoe Murder

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December 11, 2017, Gray Whale Press

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Murder.

It’s Christmastime, and farmer Lucy Resnick is living the life she’s always dreamed of. When she’s not selling her jams, soaps, and mistletoe bundles at the Buttercup Christmas Market, she’s enjoying cozy evenings by the fire with her knitting group–or her handsome veterinarian boyfriend Tobias Brandt. But less than a week before Christmas, a pall falls over the festive atmosphere when local man Randy Stone turns up with a knife in his back… and a sprig of mistletoe in his hair.

Local sheriff Rooster Kocurek, never the brightest bulb on the string, is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case–murder by jealous wife–but Lucy suspects otherwise. She soon discovers that Randy’s life was more tangled than last year’s Christmas lights… and that unless she wraps up the case fast, there might be more than one funeral this holiday season.


Deadly Brew

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Dewberry Farm Mysteries #3
September 4, 2017, Gray Whale Press

It’s Halloween in Buttercup, Texas, and reporter-turned-farmer Lucy Resnick is up to her ears in more than goats and wayward cows. Not only has her well dried up, but it turns out the old house Lucy recently moved to the farm has a reputation for spooks… and they are disturbingly active. Then a tarot card reading at a local mead winery foretells death… only to have exotic game ranch owner Bug Wharton turn up dead. Cause of death? Murder, by a fatal dose of bee venom.

When the dimwitted sheriff fingers local witch and mead winery owner Serafine Alexandre, Lucy gets involved… and soon discovers that all kinds of things are brewing in Buttercup.

And some of them are deadly.

Praise for the Dewberry Farm mysteries…

“Now that I’ve gotten to know the residents of Buttercup, I can’t wait to visit them again. Killer Jam is filled with a good mystery, delightful characters, and a fun setting that will bring cozy readers back for many more visits.” —Carstairs Considers…

“I’m excited to see more from Karen MacInerney…I look forward to reading more about Lucy and her escapades in Buttercup, Texas, and hope we see a lot more of a certain fine lookin’ veterinarian!” —Bubble Bath Books

Killer Jam is a great first book in the new Dewberry Farm series. Highly recommend! Looking forward to the second one already!” —MysteriesEtc

“I give Killer Jam 5 out of 5 stars. I liked the characters and the humor in the book. I also loved the paranormal element (or the possibility of a ghost)! I look forward to the next book in this series.” —The Avid Reader

“This is a great story; it will quickly grab your attention and keep you turning the pages. There are several laugh out loud moments, particularly a few involving the cow and her antics… I think this is going to be another great series!” —A Cozy Booknook


Fatal Frost

Dewberry Farm Mysteries, Book #2
October 18, 2016, Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1503940349

Lucy Resnick’s nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend’s gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone’s digging holes on her land…and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head—which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger.

When the dim-witted sheriff arrests one of Lucy’s best friends, the former reporter puts her own problems on the back burner and starts investigating. What she finds is a patchwork of clues—an injured puppy, a sapphire necklace gone missing, and a string of poison-pen letters—that draw her deep into a web of small-town secrets.

Word travels fast in Buttercup. When the killer learns Lucy’s on the trail, Lucy finds she needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend—she needs a Christmas miracle.

“I couldn’t read this book fast enough!” — Norma, Amazon reviewer

I love this book and this series, I so enjoyed the first book in this series and if at all possible I loved this one even more... How this all unfolds, and how Christmas miracles can come true makes for an awesome read. I really can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!!!!!!” — Deborah, Amazon reviewer

Killer Jam

Dewberry Farm Mysteries, Book #1
July 28, 2015, Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1503945464

Killer Jam , the first in a new cozy mystery series set in bucolic Central Texas, hit the bookshelves in July of 2015… the sequel, Fatal Frost, will be out in Fall of 2016.  Stay tuned for more news!

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas, she’s looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders’ Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy’s jam jars beside her…and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.

Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie’s neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she’s not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

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