Gemma Halliday Publishing

Gemma Halliday

Dane McCaslin

Dane McCaslin, USA Today bestselling author of the new Proverbial Crime mystery series, resides in the state of Arizona with her very patient husband. She has been writing all of her life: poetry, short stories, journals, letters (yes, those old-fashioned epistles that require pen and paper), and now she brings her talents to the cozy mystery genre.

In addition to being an author, Dane McCaslin is an educator. She currently teaches advanced language arts classes for grade 11; additionally, she teaches beginning writing classes at the local university. Being an educator is an important part of her life, and passing on her passion for reading and writing is one of her great joys.

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water (Proverbial Crime Mysteries book #3)

Mystery writer Caro Layton-Browning is thrilled when her small town of Seneca Meadows decides to throw a fall festival. Who doesn't love the changing leaves, bobbing for apples, fresh air...and murder? When the Chamber of Commerce sponsors what has been billed as a "murder mystery hunt" at the festival, no one—least of all Caro—is expecting to find a real deal body at the end of the night. And the plot thickens when there isn't just one body—there's two!

Caro suddenly finds herself up caught up in corpses, criminals, and counterfeit handbags that someone has been passing off as the real deal. Caro and her faithful sidekick, Merry Holmes, set out to find out who is behind the faux designer duds and who's been killing off the good citizens of Seneca Meadows. Is it the best selling author with an ax to grind, her zany personal assistant, or someone who is out to discredit Merry's leadership in her community? Caro is pressed to follow the clues and ferret out the truth... before the killer adds a third body to his count!

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Photo Finished (An Autumn Season Mystery)
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries

When photographer Autumn Season gets a job photographing a wedding party at the Aloha Lagoon Resort, she's ecstatic. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Autumn realizes she may have accidentally snapped a picture of a murder in progress! Now the killer will go to any lengths to protect his (or her) identity, and Autumn is clearly in his sights. With the help of her best friend, super hottie and head of the Aloha Lagoon Resort Security, Jimmy Toki, Autumn sets out to find the killer's identity before the killer finds her. Stolen camera equipment, angry wedding guests, and a group of jealous surfers mix together to make for a deadly brew. Another luau, another body: Aloha Lagoon Resort might be headed for infamy instead of fame. And if Autumn doesn't get to the bottom of it all soon, she may just be the next victim to wipeout!

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When the Cat's Away (Proverbial Crime Mysteries book #2)

Mystery writer Caro Layton-Browning has a bad case of writer's block and boredom—a very dangerous combination. Looking for something to distract her, she pays a visit to her newest neighbor, Meredith Holmes, the proprietor of a kitschy bookstore called Murder by the Book. When Meredith confides in Caro concerning an on-going battle with the president of the Seneca Meadows Chamber of Commerce, Caro jumps at the chance to liven things up a bit. Vowing to give "the dragon lady," Lucia Scarantelli, a piece of her mind, Caro takes Meredith downtown to confront the issue head-on.

Apparently someone else had the same idea. When Caro literally stumbles over the body of a very dead Lucia, she becomes determined to find out who did it—before hubby, Gregory, returns from a business trip to England. Teaming up with Meredith, Caro starts an investigation that uncovers a stolen goods ring which stretches from New York City to Seneca Meadows.

With just enough information to make her a threat to the bad guys, Caro begins to worry that this could be her last case...and possibly the end of her life.

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A Bird in the Hand (Proverbial Crime Mysteries book #1)

Take two British expats, transplant them to upstate New York where the local HOA is worshipped and neighbors spy on each other for fun, and you have the makings of murder gone amok.

Caro Layton-Browning, an accomplished writer of mysteries, never imagined she would unwittingly stumble into a series of real-life murders good enough to be in her own books. But when the Cat Lady next door, who Caro is convinced is out to make life miserable for her, is found dead among her feline collection, Caro finds herself in trouble far more dangerous than her neighborhood HOA has ever dished out before. Suddenly she and her professor hubby, Gregory, find themselves on the trail of a murderer far more sinister than Caro's imagination could conjure up.

As the bodies begin to pile up in picturesque Seneca Meadows, Caro sees the possibility of a plot for her newest book, and the killer sees someone who needs to be moved out of the way...permanently.

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Proverbial Crime Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-3)

From USA Today bestselling author Dane McCaslin comes a boxed set of three classy and sassy Proverbial Crime Mysteries featuring mystery writer turned amateur sleuth Caro Layton-Browning. This boxed set includes the first three full-length novels in the series, including:
A Bird in the Hand (book #1)
When the Cat's Away (book #2)
You Can Lead a Horse to Water (book #3)

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