Book 2: Dangerous Deeds

Dangerous Deeds: A Waterside Kennels Mystery 

“If I’ve learned anything since settling here, it’s that land and family are the heart of the Ozarks. The legends, the history—it all comes back to the hills and the people, doesn’t it?”

After a turbulent summer, Maggie Porter just wants to run her kennel and enjoy a quiet life with her dogs and friends in Eagle Cove. With customers lining up for training sessions and her new Good Dog classes, the business is turning a profit and she’s optimistic about the future. That all changes when she’s faced with legal claims contesting her rights to property that’s been in the family for generations. When Maggie tries to prove ownership, she’s alarmed to discover the land deeds are missing from county records.

A lawsuit isn’t the only threat to Maggie’s business. Her refusal to support proposed “dangerous dog” breed legislation leads to a boycott and protest lines. When the lawyer leading the boycott turns up dead, suspicion turns to Waterside Kennels where everyone has motive and nobody has an alibi. Then the sheriff is sidelined and the investigation handed to someone with his own reasons for pinning the murder on Maggie. In legal jeopardy and with suspicion hanging over them all, the future looks grim. Can Maggie unravel the web of deceit in time to save herself and everything she loves?

Dangerous Deeds is a tale of families, land, and greed that hits close to home and sets the scene for murder.


Susan Holmes lives in the Ozark hills where she works as a writer, editor, and college professor. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

17 thoughts on “Book 2: Dangerous Deeds

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    • Linda, thank you so much for your feedback. I’m delighted to know you enjoyed the story!

      If you’d like to send along photos of your dogs (dogmysteris [at] gmail] I will add them to the slideshow of dogs. With the exception of my own beloved Alix, all the dog photos featured were sent in by readers and fans of the series.

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  6. I have been waiting and checking on “Dangerous Deeds”. Do you have an update when it will be available? I heard you speak in my book club at the Fayetteville Library where “Deadly Ties” was one of our class books.

    • Carol, thanks so much for your patience! The book is progressing slower than I’d planned, with bits and pieces out to the editor and back again. Sometimes, this writing adventure tends to resemble a revolving door!

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  9. Just finished Deadly Ties & am SO disappointed not to find a sequel. I have some idea of the blood, sweat, and tears involved in producing excellent prose, but you’ve proven you can do it. Please don’t give up.

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