When a murder unleashes a widespread investigation through Crosbyville, children’s book author Pris and her trusty bloodhound, Bailey, must sniff out the truth before the whole town goes to the dogs.
After deciding that life as a teacher wasn’t right for her, Priscilla found inspiration for her first children’s book in her three-year-old bloodhound’s nose for truth, and so The Adventures of Bailey the Bloodhound was born. After the book’s massively pawsitive response led Pris to move back to her hometown of Crosbyville, Indiana, to continue the series, she’s surprised by how things have changed in the town, but even more so how they haven’t.
Pris is frustrated to discover that newly elected school board trustee Whitney Kelley—a former high school mean girl—is intent on making Crosbyville more competitive by eliminating “frivolous spending” on the arts and social programs, including Pris and Bailey’s beloved pet-assisted reading program. A minor altercation between them isn’t anything unusual, but after Bailey sniffs out Whitney’s body in a bed of begonias, locals start hounding Pris and Bailey as suspects for the crime.
With Bailey’s sharp senses and Pris’s hometown know-how, can they prove to the community that they’re all barking up the wrong tree?
About the Author
Valerie Burns, writing as Kallie E. Benjamin,is the author of three mystery series. She is a mentor in the Master of Fine Arts program for writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, where she earned her own MFA degree. Kallie currently lives in North Georgia with her two poodles, Kensington and Chloe.
Praise for Sniffing Out Murder
“Books, dogs and food—and a well-structured sense of fun—connect almost all of Valerie Burns’s cozy mysteries, regardless of pseudonym.”—New York Times
"Cold nose, warm heart—Bailey the Bloodhound is everything you want in a pet detective. Read with extreme caution: this deliciously fun series could become highly addictive."—Laura Childs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Kallie Benjamin has created a warm, relatable heroine and a welcoming small town setting. Add in a friendly bloodhound, a spot-on supporting cast of characters, an intriguing mystery plus emergency pie(!) and you get a charming tale that cozy readers will savor. The Bailey the Bloodhound mysteries are just plain fun!”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author
"A dog lover’s delight! Bailey the bloodhound is such a good boy. This loving, mischievous, smart fellow has no idea that he’s a 100-pound dynamo. Set in an old fashioned town with a homey diner and a gossipy salon, this book is delightful and even includes an entertaining romance! But it’s the kind, warm characters who will keep readers coming back for more."—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author
"Sniffing Out Murder is a strong series starter that introduces a likable protagonist, charming setting and characters, sizzling romance, and a twisty mystery."—Mia P. Manansala,Agatha award-winnning author
"A delightful start to a new cozy mystery series! Sniffing Out Murder is a hit for cozy fans with its quirky characters, clever mystery and sweet romance budding in the air. But the star of this fun and murderous tale is Bailey the Bloodhound, a lovable pooch who is smart, loyal and the perfect sidekick. A surefire hit for Kallie E. Benjamin!"—Abby Collette, USA Today bestselling author
"A complex who-done-it, with a feisty heroine and her delightful bloodhound, Bailey. Pour a nice cup of tea and be prepared to read Sniffing Out Murder in one sitting."—Terrie Farley Moran, award winning author of the Murder, She Wrote novels
"You will love spunky Pris and her canine companion, Bailey the Bloodhound. Prepare for lots of doggy kisses and bloodhound heroics.”—Victoria Thompson, USA Today bestselling author
"Kallie Benjamin's fictional middle-grade author Pris Cummings lets her protective bloodhound Bailey help sniff out who's behind the murder of a body the dog digs up in the town park. Pris, back in her hometown of Crosbyville, Indiana to pursue her writing career, is a determined and loyal sleuth in this delightful new series even as romance blooms, suspense mounts, another body drops, and Pris works to keep her dog and her beloved circle of humans safe. A must read!"—Maddie Day, bestselling author of the Country Store and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries
“A scentsational start to a fun new series, readers will enjoy this cozy murder mystery for its endearing cast of characters, humorous moments, and sweet touch of romance.”—Diane Kelly, author of the Southern Homebrew mysteries
"Kallie E. Benjamin spins a charming tail, with a protagonist you want as your best friend, a hound to love you, and a town you want to live in. More please!"—Sherry Harris, author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
"Framed by the importance of family and friends, this dog-centered cozy series starter, with its cast of well-drawn characters, will appeal to dog-lovers and fans of Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis dog-themed mysteries.”—Booklist
“Writing as Benjamin, V.M. Burns introduces a charming cast of characters in this new cozy series. Fans of Burns’s “Mystery Bookshop” series, featuring an author and poodles, will appreciate.”—Library Journal
"For fans of cozy mysteries with partners that woof!"—Book Riot