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Cozy Murder Mystery Books

The Kirk Lake Camp series of cozy murder mysteries by Canadian author K.L. McCluskey.

Set mostly in nothern Ontario at a cottage resort and partly in rural Nova Scotia, the books feature a former Hamilton police detective who would like most of all to just do the never ending everyday chores of running a resort but who seems to end up having to solve murders instead. As if that isn't enough the former detective, Charlene, also has to deal with creepy peeping Bob across the lake, the local OPP detective Sarah who has issues to no end that Charlene must hear about, a bagpipe playing lover across town and a handyman lover across the country on the east coast and with all that still find time to cook for herself and half the police detachment while they poke about the resort trying to solve the murders before Charlene does.

Then of course there are the guests. Not only are the trees too sappy, too messy, too numerous, the mosquitoes and black flies are too many and too pesky, the cabins are too rustic with too few luxuries, with too few televisions (as in none) and too expensive, the other guests are too loud, too drunk, too close, too present, the air temperature is too hot or too cold or too windy or not windy enough, the lake is too cold or too rough, with too few pikerel and bass, the wolf howls are too scary and too close, the black bears are too smelly and too scary and too close, the water snakes too skittish and scary and too close, the garter snakes too, too, too close, the red squirrels and blue jays too chattery and bossy and too close, and the guests' own families are too obnoxious, too stressful, too close.

It's enough to make the former detective turned resort owner want to head south back to a dark alley in the north end of Hamilton to chase a criminal in a hoodie (always a hoodie), with a gun, who is too scary, too mean, too drunk, too stoned, too hilarious, too stupid, and too close.

Thank goodness she has time to unwind every now and then with a good Cape Breton single malt whisky.

Books one to four are now available as ebooks and paperbacks. Ebooks are available for just about any reader format and are available for purchase in many countries from a wide variety of merchants. Paperbacks are available from Amazon and are available in a number of countries.

A Kayak for One ebook cover. Skull image inside top view of kayak being pulled.

1 A Kayak for One

Book one in the Kirk Lake Camp Series.

Author: K.L. McCluskey

What could go wrong when a professor and geology students rent a few cottages as a base for field work in the area?

Series: Kirk Lake Camp - Book 1 of 6
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Cozy
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Women Sleuths
Published: Jan. 04, 2018
Published by: An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing.
Words: 66,910
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781775236108
Available formats: eBook (numerous reader formats) and paperback.

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Two Buckets of Berries ebook cover. Two overturned buckets at the base of a cliff with blood on them.

2 Two Buckets of Berries

Book two in the Kirk Lake Camp Series.

Author: K.L. McCluskey

Phew. Nobody died at the resort this time. It was the height of the season and all the cottages and fishing boats were rented. To top it off, a perfect storm was brewing.

Series: Kirk Lake Camp - Book 2 of 6
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Cozy
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Women Sleuths
Published: Jan. 11, 2018
Published by: An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing.
Words: 80,350
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781775236115
Available formats: eBook (numerous reader formats) and paperback.

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Three for Pumpkin Pie? ebook cover. A pumpkin pie with a bloody knife stuck in it.

3 Three for Pumpkin Pie?

Book three in the Kirk Lake Camp Series.

Author: K.L. McCluskey

It was the last busy week-end of the season and Charlene had lots of work to do to cook the dinner, cater to her guests and close up the cottages for the winter. The trouble was, her best friend Sarah decided to stay at Charlene's and avoid her relationship woes. The trouble was, one of the guests was murdered.

Series: Kirk Lake Camp - Book 3 of 6
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Cozy
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Women Sleuths
Published: Published: Jan. 17, 2018
Published by: An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing.
Words: 78,300
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781775236122
Available formats: eBook (numerous reader formats) and paperback.

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Fore! In the Hole ebook cover. Bloody putter leaning against a shed with a view of a golf green in the distance framed by trees.

4 Fore! In the Hole

Book four in the Kirk Lake Camp Series.

Author: K.L. McCluskey

After spending a peaceful and relaxed winter in rural Nova Scotia Charlene is back in Ontario for another noisy and hectic season. It started well but a dead body discovered on her property just a week before the May long week-end changed everything.

Series: Kirk Lake Camp - Book 4 of 6
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Cozy
Genre: Fiction -> Mystery & detective -> Women Sleuths
Published: May 29, 2018
Published by: An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing.
Words: 77,550
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781989172018
Available formats: eBook (numerous reader formats) and paperback.

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The Kirk Lake Camp series of books is written by Canadian author K.L. McCluskey.

The author graduated from Print Journalism and wrote freelance for almost 40 years before she started writing her first book, A Kayak for One. Her writing included a weekly fitness column, full length feature stories and a stint as a reporter covering court and town council meetings.

A cartoon of the author at work.

Overlapping the writing years, she was a police officer with Hamilton Regional Police Service and worked in patrol, the Criminal Investigative Department, and the Special Investigation Branch as a detective in the Sexual Assault Unit. By the time she left her policing career she had attained the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant. She then bought a 12 cottage resort in northern Ontario. Six years later she sold the resort and taught Police Foundations at a college in Sudbury, Ontario until she moved to Victoria, B.C. for a short time. She moved back to northern Ontario, also for a short time, and now lives in a small eastern shore community in Nova Scotia.

She enjoys her time travelling to visit her daughters and grandchildren, and while at home enjoys writing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and exploring the beauty of the east coast.

Published by An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing

We are a small publisher of ebooks and paperpack books located on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. The name, An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan, is Scottish Gaelic and means Yellow House on the Pond. We are starting with the Kirk Lake Camp murder mystery series by author K.L. McCluskey and will build on titles from there. The ebooks and paperbacks will be available to purchase through numerous retailers and are distributed by Smashwords and Amazon. Paperback books are only available at Amazon or at select locations in Nova Scotia.

Cover illustrations by McBain

The cover illustrations, layout and formatting for the books by Arthur McBain for An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan Publishing.

The Kirk Lake Camp series of cozy murder mystery books.

1 Book 1 - A Kayak for One Get it now!

What could go wrong when a professor and geology students rent a few cottages as a base for field work in the area? They're educated young adults led by an experienced professor. Everyone could get along and hunker down and focus on the purpose of the trip, a 10 day advanced course, a study of the unique rock formations in northern Ontario.

It's near the end of the tourist season and relief from working long days for long weeks for long months is almost palatable for the former detective turned resort owner. How much work could the students be for the former detective turned resort owner? Will it be a peaceful end to the busy summer season...for a change? Will it end without a murder ... for a change?

2 Book 2 - Two Buckets of Berries Get it now!

Phew. Nobody died at the resort this time. Charlene could breathe a sigh of relief. She had enough work running Kirk Lake Camp. It was the height of the season and all the cottages and fishing boats were rented. To top it off, a perfect storm was brewing.

It wasn't just the high humidity and strong winds that had Charlene worried. Her married guests were quibbling, a young boy staying at the resort was troubled, her best friend Detective Sarah Davidson was deeply troubled, there wasn't enough time to pick blueberries and that was double trouble, Charlene couldn't make heads or tails of her own relationships and that wasn't even worth the trouble, and, oh yes, one of her guests was killed.

3 Book 3 - Three for Pumpkin Pie? Get it now!

It was the last busy week-end of the season and Charlene had lots of work to do to cook the dinner, cater to her guests and close up the cottages for the winter. The trouble was, her best friend Sarah decided to stay at Charlene's and avoid her relationship woes. The trouble was, one of the guests was murdered.

What a mess. Sarah invited Charlene's former lover to Thanksgiving dinner without asking her first. Sarah was known to stick her nose into business that wasn't hers but she was a detective after all and that's what detectives did best. So instead of just her and Sarah at the table, Joe would be the third. The trouble was, Charlene was thinking a lot about Jim.

4 Book 4 - Fore! In the Hole Get it now!

After spending a peaceful and relaxed winter in a small village in Nova Scotia Charlene is back in Ontario to open her cottage resort for another noisy and hectic season of catering to strangers, working long days with no break for months.

It started well. The geology students were back and a group of women from a women's shelter had a chance to unwind a little and let mother nature help soothe their worries. It didn't end well. Her angst over the man she left behind on the east coast mixed with her resentment of the man she once loved who lived just a short drive away from the resort, caused Charlene as much stress and worry as the dead body discovered on her property just a week before the May long week-end.

5 Book 5 - Cocktails at Five Coming soon ...

6 Book 6 - Six is the Limit! Coming soon ...

Available as ebooks (epub, kindle, ibooks, pdf and more) and as a paperback book from Amazon or locally in Nova Scotia.

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