Murder on the HoofThanks for inviting me back to chat with you and your readers, Dru. A lot has happened since our last sit-down and I appreciate the opportunity to clear the air and address rumors about recent events in our little Outer Banks village of Corolla. As you may have heard, this summer we have the famous actress Hayley Thorpe and a film company in town, our first ever fundraising production of the community theatre and Lighthouse Wild Horse Preservation Society’s play Wild and Free, and – oh yeah – a couple of unsolved murders.

There are a lot of fires that need squelching right now, but they have nothing to do with my job as Corolla’s Fire Chief. Speaking of the fire station, Bobby Crepe is now training to be a firefighter. Surprising, right? Nobody is more astonished than Myrtle, his mother, who hasn’t been all that encouraging. I have to say I had my doubts at first, but I’m quite proud of the job he’s doing … although he really should lay off the sweets if he wants to get his weight down for the tests. He has a lot of heart, though, and has won over the men. The teasing he gets from them is just part of his probie initiation. In fact, the only tension I have at the station has to do with one of my guys and his pretty girlfriend, Fawn. Fawn’s an interesting girl – did a reading of my aura – but I’d rather not get into that.

Last time we spoke, I invited you down to check out our beautiful beaches and take a ride on the engine. If you do decide to visit, you’ll definitely want to tour the Whalehead in Historic Corolla. It’s a historic house and museum built in the 1920s and located in Currituck Heritage Park along with the Currituck Lighthouse. I like to think of Whalehead as Corolla’s answer to Downton Abbey. I’m not really into frilly stuff but I gotta admit the Tiffany dining room and Art Nouveau architecture are pretty spectacular. The Whalehead is where Myrtle, Myrtle’s best friend Nellie, and the rest of the community theatre group have been rehearsing their play, most of the time not too harmoniously. Myrtle’s been having a lot of run-ins with Lane Walker, one of the other actors who has more theatre experience than she does and who is a bit of flirt… with everyone but Myrtle. I thought they’d put their personal drama on hold given the fact someone is killing members of their group but it seems the show – and the show intrigue – must go on.

As for our wild Spanish mustangs … it took a little work but we finally rounded the horses up and safely returned them to the sanctuary in Carova’s four-wheel drive access area just north of Corolla. Thanks for asking. While we’re on the subject of Carova, I just want to say one thing. It was wrong of me to drive Hayley Thorpe up, over and around the Carova dunes. I feel bad for making her sick, but I wasn’t in my right mind. It’s just that she’s added some complications to my life. Ask my friend Bill Dorman, the Currituck County Sheriff. On second thought, don’t. He’ll tell you I went on a date with Pinky Salvatore, one of Corolla’s biggest developers. For the record, it was a meeting and I only wore a dress because I had to. And besides, I’m not the one that’s kept secrets. Bill should have told me about… oh, never mind. I’ve said too much. I don’t have time for personal matters. There are murders to solve.

You can read more about Colleen in Murder on the Hoof, the second book in the “Colleen McCabe” mystery series, published by Minotaur. The first book in the series is Foal Play. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Kathryn O’Sullivan’s debut Foal Play was winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Murder on the Hoof is the second book in the series featuring feisty Fire Chief Colleen McCabe. She is a playwright, co-executive producer/creator/writer of the Western web series THURSTON (, and a theatre professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, a director and cinematographer, and their rascally rescue cat, Oscar. She is currently working on the third book in the “Colleen McCabe” series. To learn more, please visit her website at and find her on Facebook.

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