In my opinion, one of the best things about being a writer is the friends you make along the way. I first met Jackie in 2016 at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference. It was the night of the Gala, and everyone was standing around in the large hall waiting for the doors to open. Jackie and I had interacted on occasion on various blogs and other social media outlets. When I saw her I felt like I already knew her, so I just kind of barged right up to her and said hello. I’m not quite sure what she thought of me at the time. My personality can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. (Did I mention that I was wearing shiny silver Converse with my knee length cocktail dress? No? Well, I was.🤣)
Over the course of the next year, Jackie and I got to know each other and now she is one of my very dear friends. We’ve also been critique partners off and on for the past two years. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. She is such a positive person with the sweetest personality. She’s also a very talented cozy mystery writer.
Jackie’s Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series features heroine Andi Grace Scott. Dog-Gone Dead, book 2 of the series, was released in June.
Jackie had this to say about Andi Grace’s character: “Andi Grace Scott and I have a few things in common, but she’s spunkier than I am. We both love our families and would do just about anything we can for them. Sacrificial love. We both love dogs, and we love to read. I have a Westie. Our daughter-in-law, Bill’s wife, teamed up with our youngest son, Scott, in 2006 and found Westies available for adoption. I have so many allergies, and Westies are hypoallergenic. Amanda and Bill adopted Chloe, and we adopted Heinz.
Andi Grace doesn’t have allergy issues which is good since she’s a dog walker. She never met a dog she didn’t like.
I’ve never had to defend a family member who was accused of murder. The closest thing I’ve done was get my passport when Scott did. He was heading to Spain for a semester, and I wanted a passport in case he was kidnapped or hurt. If something had happened to him, I would’ve done everything possible to get him back. Thank goodness he had a great semester, and I didn’t have to go to Europe and cause a ruckus.
In Dog-Gone Dead, Andi Grace’s brother is a suspect in the latest murder. She dives into solving another murder to prove her brother is innocent.”
Back Cover Blurb:
Who’d have thought mulch could cause such a stink?
Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother’s landscaping jobs—until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark.
Worse, her brother’s landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem happy to have “caught their man,” Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She’ll risk everything to prove her brother’s innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town.
If you love small-town coastal life, dogs, and strong heroines, you’ll love Dog-Gone Dead.
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Former Kentucky pharmacist Jackie Layton loves her new life in the Low Country. When she’s not writing, Jackie enjoys walks on the beach, bike rides and collecting shells. The first two books in Jackie’s Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series are Bite the Dust and Dog-Gone Dead. Jackie always enjoys hearing from readers.
Jackie loves time on the beach despite one trip that ended with cracked ribs from riding her boogie board with the kids and another trip that ended up with a trip to the emergency room. There’s nothing like time at the beach, although she tends to be a bit more cautious these days.
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Also, be sure to look for Low Country Dog Walker Mystery book 1, Bite the Dust