Dog Gone Shame

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It has become all too common for Shannon McClain to find herself embroiled in a murder mystery in the small town of Apple Grove, Oregon. But now, on the eve of Apple Grove’s inaugural dog show and pet fair, Shannon is dragged into the dog-eat-dog world of canine competition—and the competition has turned both personal and deadly.

Kate Ellis, a member of the Purls of Hope knitting group and the owner of Ultimutt Grooming, discovers the body of the victim and is immediately thrown into the middle of the mystery as the main murder suspect. Shannon believes Kate when she says she is innocent, but all of the evidence points directly to Kate. And Jack Grayson, Apple Grove’s police chief, seems to be poised to make an arrest.

But what if Shannon is wrong? What if Kate’s strained relationship with the murder victim—one of her most important clients—has pushed her to the breaking point? What if the diminutive Kate is a cold-blooded killer?

As if the murder investigation and her attempt to clear Kate’s name isn’t enough, Shannon also has to deal with another emotional rollercoaster. Michael Stone, the handsome security expert who has been at Shannon’s side since her arrival from her native Scotland, has finally worked up the courage to ask her on a date.

Shannon’s rocky relationship with Chief Grayson and her almost-romance with Michael take her to the brink of danger and disaster as she pursues a murderous dognapper. Can she sniff out the real culprit before she becomes the next target?

The Characters

Shannon is an avid beader -- running her own custom jewelry business. She thrives on expressing her talents through her one-of-a-kind creations. She is headstrong and can be stubborn at times. But she's best known for her sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, and for her beautiful smile. Widowed at only 37, she draws strength and inspiration from her two teenage children, but worries about their future. She knows she needs to move on with her life ... but she never expected anything like this mysterious inheritance!

A striking and personable 42-year-old, Michael is 6 feet 2 inches, with straight black hair and striking blue eyes. He owns an elite security consulting firm with many long-reaching connections to nearly all levels of industry and politics. He is strongly attracted to Shannon from the moment he meets her, but unwilling to reveal his secrets, which raises a barrier between them. Death has followed people he's loved, having lost his wife as a result of his dangerous career -- and he is unwilling to trust his heart again. This will change with Shannon, though he tries to hold her at a distance for a long time.

Morgan is the manager of the craft market and quite the expert at card making and stamping. She is most unhappy to have Shannon on the scene as her new boss but she hides it well. What dark secret lurks behind her friendly façade?

Alec has his father's calm, thoughtful nature. He is a good son and very supportive of his mother's quest to learn the truth about her past. When he's not out with his friends, or studying for his classes, he enjoys fishing, something his father taught him to do years earlier.

Lara has inherited her mother's flashpoint temper. But she also inherited her mother's creative talents and is an expert crocheter. Lara possesses a rare talent for noticing things others miss -- seen as well as unseen. This makes her a great asset to her mother throughout the series as Shannon is drawn into the mysteries of Apple Grove.

Deborah was Shannon's grandmother's cook and confidant for more than 30 years. She becomes a comforting presence in Shannon's life, helping her adjust to life in America. Deborah is thrilled that Shannon has inherited the crafts mall. An avid quilter herself, she and Shannon find much to talk about.