A Day in the Life with Mary McGill and her dog, Millie by Kathleen Delaney

Curtains for Miss PlymNot a lot happens in small towns, at least not a lot out of the ordinary. The children go to school, the parents go to work, families go to community events, but it’s mainly the women in our community who go to the annual spring rummage sale at St. Mark’s.

I have been chairman of the committee in charge of producing it for ten years now and my committee and I have this down to a routine, so the morning of this year’s sale, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. It was still dark when Millie, my cocker spaniel and constant companion, and I arrived at the church hall but I wanted to get the coffee going and check one last time that everything was ready. A line of people would be at the door at nine o’clock and we would all be rushed off our feet from then until closing. When I opened the door Millie immediately started to growl. At what, I couldn’t imagine, but something was wrong, so I followed her across the hall to our makeshift dressing rooms. There sat little old Miss Plym on a straight backed chair, in her nightclothes, quite dead.

Small towns are not immune from murder, theft, or treachery of all sorts, but you don’t expect to find a kind if somewhat vague old lady in a locked hall, the victim of murder. Who could have wanted her dead? She wasn’t a threat to anyone, she couldn’t even remember her way home most of the time. How did she get into the locked church hall? What was she doing roaming the streets in the dead of night in her bathrobe? But Miss Plym had money and a whole lot of it was missing. Her household contained several people who wanted that money. But which one was capable of murder? It took me several days, and Millie’s obsession with chewing up pillows to figure it out. Unfortunately, we weren’t in time to prevent another murder, and Millie and I almost lost our own lives before it was all over.

I’d love to say that everyone lived happily ever after, but that never happens, does it. But things worked out better than I could have expected and life has returned to normal. Millie and I go to committee meetings for the various charities or community events in which we take part, and I somehow keep getting elected chairwoman. Millie loves the meetings, lots of people to scratch her ears, and I’m happy to help keep things moving along. We’re going to have a Friends of the Library sale soon and the library will get new books and the proceeds from the rummage sale, when we were finally able to have it, went to support the no kill animal shelter we’re building. Our next community affair is the 4th of July celebration. It will be fun for the whole town, and the climax will be the fireworks display. I hope it goes off all right, fireworks scare me, but I’m sure it will. After all, what can go wrong with potato sack races, square dancing and a pie eating contest in the park?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed.


Curtains for Miss Plym is the second book in the Mary McGill mystery series, published by Severn House Publishers, April 2016.

This lively cozy, set in smalltown California, is the second in the Mary McGill dog mystery series

Preparations for Santa Louisa’s annual spring rummage sale are thrown into chaos when organizer Mary McGill and her devoted cocker spaniel Millie come across a dead body on the premises. Still wearing her pink nightdress and slippers, what on earth was Miss Emilie Plym doing in a locked church hall in the dead of night? And who on earth would want to harm a sweet-natured but confused elderly lady who wouldn’t hurt a fly?

As Mary questions the victim’s nearest and dearest, she discovers that not everyone had Miss Plym’s best interests at heart, and that at least one of those who should have been caring for her is hiding a shocking secret.

Publishers Weekly said “an enjoyable sequel to Purebred Dead, and “ Animal lovers will enjoy this dog-focused cozy with its appealing characters, both two- and four-legged.”
Kirkus enjoyed spending time with Mary McGill and Millie.
Booklist recommended it to all fans of Laurien Berenson’s works.
All in all, high praise for Mary McGill and her cocker spaniel, Millie, and their sleuthing skills.

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About the author
Kathleen Delaney came to the writing life a little late. Instead, she raised five children, heaven alone knows how many cats and dogs, a few horses, and assorted 4 H animals. She also enjoyed a career as a real estate broker in the small California town of Paso Robles. Somewhere in there she found she wanted to write as well as read, and her first book, Dying for a Change, was a finalist in St. Martin’s Malice Domestic contest. Since then she has written six more books, to great reviewer praise. The first in her new Mary McGill canine mysteries is available in both hard cover and ebook form, and will be available this spring in soft cover, just in time to great the release of Curtains for Miss Plym.

She currently resides, and writes, in Georgia with one dog and one cat, close to two of her grandchildren, who are more than eager to share their dogs and cats with her, just in case she gets lonely. Visit Kathleen and read an excerpt from both books at www.kathleendelaney.net, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a hardcover copy of Curtains for Miss Plym. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 8, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

31 responses to “A Day in the Life with Mary McGill and her dog, Millie by Kathleen Delaney

  1. Patricia Lafferty

    Sounds like an interesting read and fun too.p

  2. I’m dying to read this book. Her cocker spaniel Millie looks like our Queenie we had growing up. Thanks for the giveaway, Dru & Kathleen.

  3. rosemary pfeiffer

    would love to read Curtains for Miss Plym,thanks for the chance

  4. Doward Wilson

    Sounds like a great series. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for a great review and the chance to win.

  5. Beverly Guy

    AWWWWWWW….just looking at the cover of this new book and the adorable doggie’s sweet face makes me excited to read this one! This is a new author for me too so that is always exciting! It sounds like a really super duper exciting read. Thanks so much Dru and Kathleen for the chance to win!!! God bless you both!!

  6. Donna Gantt

    I like all books with dogs in them. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  7. I love dog mystery series. Thank you for the chance!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  8. Now I have to look for book one…

  9. Barbara Hackel

    Love the main character in this series and loyal dog. This second book sounds interesting and I will have to read it! Thanks Dru. 🙂 You do a great job of finding books to tempt us. Thank you to Kathleen for the opportunity to win a copy of what promises to be a good book! 😉

  10. Thank you for the offer. As a little old lady myself, I need to read this to avoid the fate of Miss Plym.

  11. elainehroberson

    This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

  12. Thank you for the introduction to Kathleen Delaney’s book. I would love to read it since I am also an animal lover. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  13. I would love to win Curtains for Miss Plym. Sounds like it will be interesting to read.

  14. Sounds delightful

  15. Love cozies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. That little dog on the cover seems to just be begging me to read this book. Thanks for the contest.
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  17. Love this book, such a sweet cover. Thanks for this feature.

  18. I love dog stories and it will be interesting to see how Millie helps solve this mystery. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Celia Fowler

    Poor Miss Plym — would love to read and see what happened to her!

  20. Sound like this is right up my alley!

  21. A mystery with rummage sales and dogs–sounds like something I need to read

  22. This looks like an amazing read. I am not familiar with this author and would love to read her book. Great review and giveaway.

  23. Mary Jane H.

    Who would want to murder poor Miss Plym? Sounds delightful.

  24. Marilyn Denler

    Who could harm Miss Plym? I would like to find out who could do such a dastardly deed! Your review has me hooked!

  25. MaryAnn Forbes

    Curtains for Miss Plym sounds like a great read; my interest is definitely piqued. Would love to win a hard copy; thanks for the chance.

  26. Peggy Hyndman

    Sounds like a great series. I’m adding it to my ever growing TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Curtains for Miss Plym.

  27. A new-to-me series….
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  28. Karen Terry

    Interesting read.

  29. Lynne Moody

    Sounds like a Wonderful series 👍👍👍 Love cozies with animals included 💟💟 Thank you for a chance to win 💟💟

  30. Love Millie!

  31. sounds like a really fun series…anxious to try!!