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Publication Order of King Harald Mysteries Books

The Karma of King Harald (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Harald's Heist (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Harald's Snow Job (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mary MacDougall Mysteries Books

A Pretty Little Plot (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Star (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Daughter's Doubt (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fatal Fondness (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Richard Audry is the pseudonym of photographer/writer DR Martin. As a writer, he has written professionally in a variety of fields including scriptwriting, journalism, travel writing, medical writing, and copywriting. He wrote his first fiction novel “The Karma of King Harald,” the first of the “King Harald Mysteries” in 2012 and has never looked back since. Over the years, he has expanded his repertoire and is now the author of the “Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies” and the “Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb” middle-grade fantasy adventure series. He is also the author of the “Mary MacDougall” historical romance/mystery series that he debuted with “A Pretty Little Plot” in 2015.

Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, all Richard Audry wanted to be was a photojournalist though he would soon get sidetracked and become a writer for the college paper. Once he graduated from college, he started working as an arts journalist in Minneapolis. He soon became a professional copywriter and covered everything from classical music, consumer electronics, travel and medical technology. He also worked for the “Minneapolis Star Tribune” as a reviewer of fantasy and science fiction books. His debut piece of fiction was “The Queen of Thrones,” an epic fantasy that came years before George RR Martin published his blockbuster series “A Game of Thrones.” Apart from reading and writing, she is also a lifelong and passionate photographer. He also enjoys taking hikes and long walks with his wife when he is not cooking and collecting DVDs.

Audry loved reading ever since he was a child and asserts that his favorite novel was Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows.” The novel remains his favorite work of fiction and he still thinks fondly of the tales of adventure and friendship among the anthropomorphic creatures of the countryside. Characters such as Badger, Rat, Toad, Mole, and the rest still bring some delight whenever he reads about them even as an adult. Richard realized that he wanted to become an author as a teenager. He always loved reading science fiction and mystery novels and believed that being a storyteller that entertained and moved people was a great career choice. He looked ahead to a time when he would be a writer of the type of novels he loved to read. It happened that he would become a copywriter and journalist which qualified him as a writer though that was not the type of writer he had in mind. He only felt complete when he started writing fiction with the publishing of “The Karma of King Harald.” As an adult, the type of crime fiction that he likes reading includes novels from the likes of Michael Connelly, John D. MacDonald, Robert Crais, and Robert Parker. The less gritty mystery writers he reads include books from the likes of Dorothy Sayers, MC Beaton, Josephine Tey, and Janet Evanovich.

Richard Audry’s “A Pretty Little Plot” is the story of Mary MacDougall, an eighteen-year-old living in 1901. The highlight of her summer is the painting class she attends, that is taught by Edmond Roy, a handsome and dark man she cannot stop thinking about. But her teacher happens to be the man accused of the kidnap of two of his students and it is now up to Mary to resolve the mystery. Is Edmond simply a painter of still lifes and landscapes? Maybe he is a clever criminal and Mary needs to fear him rather than defend him. As she dives into the investigation, Mary discovers several hidden facts about the man and the case. She learns that it is not Edmond that is keeping secrets but she is also harboring some deep secrets in her own heart. She once believed she was immune to emotion and attraction but it seems that she is not, given the longing Mr. Roy has awakened in her. It is an entertaining novel with a story reminiscent of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries that asks will Mary MacDougall condemn Roy to prison or exonerate him.

“The Stolen Star” by Richard Audry is the second novel of the “Mary MacDougall Mysteries.” In this story, Mary the amateur sleuth is having a very busy holiday season with so many activities including the Gala Christmas Musicale featuring Josie Borrell the star opera diva. It is a great performance from the diva until the celebrated sapphire she always wears to her performance disappears. Mary goes into overdrive hunting for the stolen piece of jewelry. The piece had been under lock and key and had never been stolen before. MacDougall starts wondering if it could have been the work of a master thief who had flown into town for the theft. But there are several other suspects including the pianist who has quite the decorated past full of scandal, the foul-tempered chef, and the manager who has been having money troubles. The singer herself is also a suspect given that she has scandal enough in her past and could have stolen the ring for the insurance money. In the middle of all the confusion, Mary had to deal with the reappearance of the only man who had ever aroused any feelings in her heart. He is back in town with a captivating woman and this hurts Mary MacDougall deeply. While she is peeling back the layers of duplicity and deceit behind the disappearance of the jewel, she also has to juggle matters of the heart which are driving her crazy.

“A Daughter’s Doubt” by Richard Audry is a thrilling mystery that has Mary MacDougall deal with one of the toughest cases yet. The nineteen-year-old heiress had been hired to investigate the case of a woman named Agnes Olcott that had allegedly died of cholera. She decides that she needs to make some inquiries before leaving with her Aunt Christena to go on summer holiday. Detective Sauer her mentor believes the victim may have had some bad luck but the daughter suspects foul play. She believes her stepfather may have had something to do with her mother’s death. Mary gets the help of Edmond Roy her dear friend and her aunt Christena as they try to unravel the mystery of the dead woman. But the deeper she digs into it, the more danger she puts herself and her family in as she soon provokes the wrath of a vicious foe. What started as a simple investigation into what caused the death of a woman results in a dangerous adventure that calls for Mary, her aunt, and her friend Roy to exhibit high levels of tenacity and wit if they are to solve the case.

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