Monday, February 26, 2018

Six Dogs 'Til Sunday by Lia Farrell - #review #giveaway

It’s January in Rosedale, Tennessee, and Mae December is preparing for her March wedding to Sheriff Ben Bradley. Mae, who boards dogs for a living, is also busy tending to her pregnant dog and scouting locations for the movie featuring the music of her former fiancé Noah West, who died in a car accident four years earlier. Fortunately, the picturesque old house at the end of Little Chapel Road is for rent.

Just as filming is about to begin, a man is shot on the set, but manages to drive himself to the hospital, where he dies before he can ID his killer. He was a member of the film crew, but also a local, and circumstances point to his being a confidential informant for Ben’s predecessor, Sheriff Trey Cantrell, also the owner of the house turned movie set. At the time of the shooting, the victim had been stealing a large sum of money from a safe on the premises. Whose money is it, and where does it come from?

The Rosedale Sheriff’s Office not only has another murder case on its hands, but one that will dredge up a past long buried. How far will the guilty parties go to protect their secrets?



I really love to see all these 'family team' author combinations.  Especially when the duo (or more) are from different generations, I feel that could have a positive (or is that 'pawsitive' - sorry, I couldn't resist) effect on the story by bringing a wide range of experience to the table.

Does Mae have issues with her parents for giving her that particular first name when the family name is December?  I wonder.  A 'May to December' romance (sizeable age difference between the couple) is what it brings to my mind.

But Mae's name is the least of her problems in Six Dogs 'Til Sunday.  She's planning her wedding to the sheriff (Ben), tending a pregnant dog and scouting locations for a movie shoot that features the music of her now-deceased former fiance.  That's a lot on one person's plate.

Oh, and there's the little matter of the man shot at the movie location while stealing money from the safe, who drives himself to the hospital and later dies.  I had to drive myself to the hospital once after I broke an arm, but cannot imagine doing it after having been shot.  I'd be like, "Hello 911?  Can you heart me now?!?!?!"  Oh, and the sheriff previous to Ben owns the house that is the crime scene/movie site, and the victim may have had a CI situation going on with the ex-lawman.

Lots of old feelings and situations pop up in this book.  If you do something that could come back to haunt you, it probably will.  There's a reason some secrets are long-buried; somebody wants them to stay that way - permanently.

Six Dogs grabbed me from the prologue.  A character (unspecified really as to who it was) sees someone and the adage 'looks like he's seen a ghost' applies.  It's like the recap of the last season's cliffhanger ending for your favorite tv show.  It's the 'on your marks, get set..." before the 'go'.  It's also the point where your heart starts beating a little faster in anticipation.  And the text excellently fulfills the prologue's promise.

So, I've got me some tales from Tennessee to catch up on (Six Dogs is the sixth in a series) before I hopefully get to find out if there are any future little sheriffs in the Bradley family.  This book read well as a standalone, but I so enjoyed the characters, that I want to know them better!



Lia Farrell is the nom de plume for a mother/daughter duo of writers. Mom Lyn Farquhar and Daughter Lisa Fitzsimmons have been collaborating on the Mae December mystery series for four years. 

Lyn Farquhar taught herself to read before starting school and honed her storytelling abilities by reading to her little sister. Ultimately, her mother ended the reading sessions because Lyn’s sister decided she preferred being read to over learning to read herself. She fell in love with library books at the age of six when a Bookmobile came to her one-room rural elementary school. The day the Bookmobile arrived, Lyn decided she would rather live in the bookmobile than at home and was only ousted following sustained efforts by her teacher and the bookmobile driver.

Lyn graduated from Okemos High School in Michigan and got her college and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in Education, but has always maintained that she remained a student for such a long time only because it gave her an excuse to read. Lyn holds the rank of Professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University and has authored many journal articles, abstracts and research grants. Since her retirement from MSU to become a full-time writer, she has completed a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy called Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom. Volume I from the trilogy is entitled Journey to Maidenstone and is available on Lyn has two daughters and six stepchildren, nine granddaughters and three grandsons. She also has two extremely spoiled Welsh Corgi’s. Her hobby is interior design and she claims she has the equivalent of a master’s degree from watching way too many decorating shows.

Lisa Fitzsimmons grew up in Michigan and was always encouraged to read, write and express herself artistically. She was read aloud to frequently. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was seldom seen without a book in hand. After becoming a mom at a young age, she attended Michigan State University in a tri-emphasis program with concentrations in Fine Art, Art History an Interior Design.

Lisa, with her husband and their two children, moved to North Carolina for three exciting years and then on to Tennessee, which she now calls home. She has enjoyed an eighteen-year career as a Muralist and Interior Designer in middle Tennessee but has always been interested in writing. Almost five years ago, Lisa and her mom, Lyn, began working on a writing project inspired by local events. The Mae December Mystery series was born.

Lisa, her husband, and their three dogs currently divide their time between beautiful Northern Michigan in the summertime and middle Tennessee the rest of the year. She and her husband feel very blessed that their “empty nest” in Tennessee is just a short distance from their oldest, who has a beautiful family of her own. Their youngest child has settled in Northern Michigan, close to their cabin there. Life is good.




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