Free cozy mystery ebook weekend!

The first novel in the popular Sparrow Falls Mystery series is available free on kindle for a limited time only! Click the cover below to see A Distant Murder on The link will open in a new window.   Thank you, and happy reading!


A Distant MurderPerhaps you came here to find the story of the woman your grandmother did not have an opportunity to become, or to finish the story of the one who interrupted her life so suddenly.”  These intriguing words send Addie McRae on a quest to uncover the truth behind a decades-old unsolved murder and find a killer who is still living, and killing, in Sparrow Falls, North Carolina. She is befriended by spunky southern lady Tilda MacArdan and the mysterious and angelic Morwenna Goss, known as the “story keeper” of the old Scottish cemetery. A list of suspects grows as Addie meets the eccentric townsfolk, most of them descendants of Highland Scots who settled the town centuries before. Does a gossiping trio of elderly women remember the first murder accurately, or are they merely keeping ugly rumors alive? An artist who painted the portrait of the beautiful murder victim may have loved her – or killed her. The handsome editor of the town’s struggling newspaper, whose grandfather was the prime suspect, could be Addie’s new beau, or her most dangerous foe. New suspects appear as the amateur detective unravels the cold case, and Addie learns that even in a quiet town things – and people – are never quite as they appear.


Robert Burns day :)

val A Happy Robert Burns day to one and all! His beautiful poem A Red, Red Rose was the inspiration for my short story, A Sparrow Falls Valentine. Not a traditional whodunit this time, but instead, I chose to write about a mysterious local legend that had existed for decades within the tiny, closely-knit town of Sparrow Falls. It’s a bit of a departure from the other stories and novels in the series, but so far my readers have loved it.  (Except for one who *revealed the ending* in her Amazon review so please don’t read the review by Karen Moody – that really is her name, lol – before you read the story! It will ruin the whole experience for you. Why anyone would do that in a review is beyond me.)  I have been especially moved by the review left by one loyal reader, who said,  “The author tackles some of the difficult phases of life that effect us. So much is packed in a short story. Yet I close the covers of these books with thought provoking feelings. Yes, I will be getting more of these books. They touch you.”  This is the reason writers write. 🙂

You can find A Sparrow Falls Valentine on Amazon and B&N, or get all four holiday short stories in the ebook or paperback book, A Sparrow Falls Holiday, on Amazon. The link will open in a new window.  Thank you, and happy reading!

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Free ebook, limited time!

If you have ever wanted to take a quick visit to Sparrow Falls, this is the perfect time to do it. For a few more days the book Merry Mishaps: a lighthearted life, by the author of the Sparrow Falls Mystery series, is available FREE exclusively on kindle.  This ebook includes the first chapter of the first Sparrow Falls Mystery novel, A Distant Murder.

Reviewers have called Merry Mishaps: a lighthearted life “delightfully zany” and “totally relatable, real life humor”.  This is a short collection of her reader’s favorite newspaper columns written by Donna McLean, who was a columnist for her local small town paper until venturing into writing cozy mystery novels.  Please click on the book cover below, which will open in a new window on the Amazon website.  Thank you, and happy reading!

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Tricks & Treats

Broom gives it 5 stars!  “WOW for this author and this series.  This series and this book just really entertained me. A fun book, not over long with the many recaps that other writers use. Just lets you be entertained and figure it out on your own if you can.”

On a moonlit October night in the small southern town of Sparrow Falls, North Carolina, friends gather at Ms. Tilda’s cozy Victorian cottage for an evening of thrills, chills and unexpected murder. As the time draws closer to midnight, each guest begins to wonder if the invitation was a treat – or a trick?  This story is also available in the short story collection, A Sparrow Falls Holiday, in both paperback and ebook editions. Find A Sparrow Falls Trick or Treat on Amazon, B&N, and everywhere fine books are sold.  Thank you, and Happy Reading!

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The Fourth Mystery

“A skillful mystery that carries on McLean’s tradition of holiday short stories for cozy mystery fans.”

“Another great cosy by an entertaining writer. As an older reader, I appreciate the descriptions of old fashioned
homes, and the breezie pace of the story. This series will be reread by often.
I would recommend it to my many reader friends.”

A Sparrow Falls Fourth of July is available now on Amazon and B&N!  It can also be found in the short story collection, A Sparrow Falls Holiday, in both ebook and paperback.  Happy Fourth, and Happy Reading! 🙂