A Day in the Life of Detective Audrey Jackson by Diane Kelly

above-the-pawOccupation: Fort Worth Police Department Detective

Hello, there. I’m Audrey Jackson, a seasoned detective with the Fort Worth, Texas Police Department. I sport mocha skin, perky braids, and a don’t-even-think-about-lying-to-me attitude. Like most people in law enforcement, I’ve got much more workload than I’ve got time. Lucky for me, rookie officer Megan Luz aspires to follow in my footsteps and is always willing to help me out. Some of her fellow officers call her a suck-up. I call her a godsend.

We’ve had a rash of college students who’ve ended up in the ER lately after taking “Molly.” You might know the drug as MDMA or ecstasy. It was popular back in the 1980’s and recently made a resurgence. Like clothing and hairdos, drugs tend to go in and out of style. Go figure. One of the victims collapsed at the Panther Pavilion Fourth of July celebration, where senatorial candidates Montgomery Sutton and Esperanza Espinoza had given speeches to the crowd. Drugs and politics. Two dirty businesses, huh?

Who’s selling the drugs is anyone’s guess. But given that several of the victims live in the same dorm at a local university, I figure the best bet for solving this case is to send Megan and her K-9 partner Brigit to the school undercover. Though Megan is in her mid-twenties, with some extra makeup and girlie outfits she’ll be able to pull off her new identity as a college kid. Brigit’s posing as a service dog trained to alert Megan to oncoming epileptic seizures.

As Megan and Brigit feed me the clues, we’ll work together to nail down the culprit. It won’t be easy. The victims don’t want to talk and the dealer has taken pains to remain anonymous. But three determined ladies like me, Megan, and Brigit know nobody is above the law. We won’t stop until the guilty party is behind bars.


Above The Paw is the fifth book in the Paw Enforcement mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, December 2016.

The crime-fighting duo of Megan Luz and her K-9 is back―and on the prowl. . .

WILL THEY DIG UP THE TRUTH?
When a rash of college students falls seriously ill after ingesting Molly, a “club drug” also known as ecstasy, Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit are tasked with tracking down the dealers. Going undercover at the university leads Megan closer and closer to infiltrating the drug trafficking ring. But when the investigation implicates her former partner and workplace nemesis, Officer Derek Mackey, Megan’s powers of discernment are put to the test.

OR ARE THEY BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE?
Thwarted when the Feds seize control of the investigation and frustrated by the lack of attention the DEA is putting into the case, Megan continues her own unofficial investigation with Brigit’s help. But when the trail leads them in an unexpected and dangerous direction, Megan and Brigit find their own lives at risk. Can the K-9 team take down those in power? Or are some criminals simply above the law―and paw?

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About the author
A former tax advisor and assistant attorney general for the state of Texas, Diane Kelly is no stranger to white-collar crime. She realized her experiences would make great fodder for novels and thus began her award-winning Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. A graduate of her city’s Citizens Police Academy, Diane also writes the hilarious K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series. Find her online at www.dianekelly.com, on Twitter @dianekellybooks, and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Five people (USA residents only) selected at random will receive a print copy of Above The Paw. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends December 15, 2016. Good luck everyone!

54 responses to “A Day in the Life of Detective Audrey Jackson by Diane Kelly

  1. Awe I love Cozy Mysteries with Animals in them. Especially Dogs This one sounds great too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Oh how I love, love, love reading the awesome adventures of Megan and Brigit! They are the ultimate police officers! Way cool! I enjoyed all of the first four books in this series and can’t wait to read this one. Love the awesome cover of this new book too! Thank you so much dearest Dru Ann and Diane for the chance to win! You girls ROCK! God bless you both.

  3. Shelley Giusti

    Love this series and would love for a chance to win this book. Thanks Dru.

  4. Love stories with animals…count me in.

    • dianekellybooks

      Pets add so much to our lives. I can’t imagine writing a book without a dog or cat! Good luck in the contest, Gram!

  5. I love books set in Texas and would love to win this book! Thank you!

    • dianekellybooks

      Readers from the north Texas area routinely tell me they like seeing familiar places in my books (though I do make some of the places up). It’s fu to see home on the page! Fingers crossed in the contest, Donna!

  6. This should be a fun read.

  7. I love cozies and books set in Texas and this one sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of Above The Paw.

    • dianekellybooks

      Fort Worth offers a great setting for this series. It’s a surprisingly versatile city, with everything from renowned art museums to the cowboy culture of the stockyards. It’s a fun place to write about. Good luck in the contest, Peggy!

  8. This cozy with a wonderful story, a dog and a great setting interests me greatly. Thanks.

  9. elainehroberson

    Sounds great. Count me in. I would love to win a print copy.

  10. As if drugs weren’t bad enough, add in high level politics!

  11. I find Dianne Kelly’s books well written. I love the idea of the including a K-9 cop to the mix too. Thanks for including her on your blog today. My fingers are crossed that I might be one of the lucky 5.

  12. A mystery with a dog as well. What could be better? Sounds like a great read!!

  13. dianekellybooks

    Dogs and mysteries make a fun combination. K9 Brigit can really sniff out those clues! Good luck in the contest, Jane!

  14. Awesome plotline! Sounds like a great book. Definitely on my TBR list.

  15. Great series, looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  16. Della Williamson

    Would love to read this! Dogs and cats and mysteries are a great combo. Love’em. A new author and series is so exciting. Would love to read! Thanks for the chance at an early start

    • dianekellybooks

      I agree! Pets always add a fun element to a mystery. I have so much fun writing the dog’s chapters. I love getting into her furry head. : )

  17. Barbara Hackel

    This is such a fun series! I think of it as Brigit v.s. Megan take on the crooks. Why? Because Megan thinks she is in charge and Brigit KNOWS she is! Always a laugh amongst the crime solving! Thanks Dru Ann for today’s feature. Thanks Diane for the chance to win a copy!! 🙂

    • dianekellybooks

      Brigit is based loosely on my male shepherd mix, who is always butting heads with me. He only wants to let me be the boss when I’ve got a treat in my hand. Silly boy!

  18. I have loved & laughed at this series from the first book. Can’t wait to get caught up.

  19. I love all of the mysteries that include pets and other animals as characters. Can’t wait to read the part from Brigit’s perspective.

  20. I would love to have this book, thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I haven’t read this series yet, but it sounds like my kind of read. I really enjoy books including dog and cats in the story. Looking forward to reading this series.

  22. Love reading K9 Brigit’s point of view.

  23. Great author! I’d love to win this book!
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  24. What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  25. Sounds like a winner.

  26. Diane Kelly is a new author for me, but reading this blog has peaked my interest. Looking forward to the read.

  27. Any mystery with a dog as a major character is one that I must try. Thanks for the contest.
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  28. I love this series❤️. I love canine Brigit. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  29. Jeanie Dannheim

    No criminal should ever be above the paw…especially Brigit’s paw! Looking forward to reading this newest in a fun series – thank you for the chance to win!

  30. Crystal kendle

    Love this series. This is the only series I have read by diane kelly. I can’t wait to read this one and rest of her books.

  31. conniepsaunders

    A dog and a mystery are two signs of a good book. I hope to read this soon! Thanks for sharing this review and giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com