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Mary Hiker followed her passion and settled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She spends a whole lot of time hiking the forest trails throughout the region.

She's a true animal lover at heart and her own dogs are the inspiration for Chevy's antics in the Avery Barks Dog Mystery series.

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Christmas Party: A Short Story

A fun short story perfect for any season...

Avery Barks is excited about the search and rescue team's annual Christmas party. The holiday event is packed full of friends and fun for both the SAR dogs and their humans. Everyone is having a ball...
That is, until a stranger crashes the party in the most surprising way.

"Christmas Party" is a stand alone short story. It involves the characters of both the "Avery Barks Dog Mysteries" series and the "Shady Springs Dog Mysteries" series. These books can be read in any order.


Avery Meets Chevy: An Avery Barks Dog Mystery

A fun short story perfect for animal lovers...

Avery Barks, a search and rescue volunteer is happy about moving into her own mountain cabin in time for the Christmas holiday. The excitement is short lived when several of her belongings turn up missing.

Fortunately, there is a new friend waiting in the wings to help her out..

"Avery Meets Chevy" is a stand alone short story. It is the prequel to the "Avery Barks Dog Mysteries" series. These books can be read in any order.


Butterfly Boy: An Avery Barks Dog Mystery

Helping out a neighbor can be murder...

Avery Barks dedicates all of her spare time to training search and rescue dogs and helping the animals. That dedication soon lands her unemployed and out of options.

While helping an elderly friend, Avery and her butterfly loving dog, Chevy, find the unthinkable – a dead body. The sleepy North Carolina mountain town she calls home is shocked and shaken to the core.

With her trusty canine companion by her side, Avery must follow the clues and solve the murder mystery before she winds up on the suspect list.

Butterfly Boy is a standalone book in Mary Hiker's popular Avery Barks cozy mystery series. With fun characters, lots of twists and turns, and a lovable dog, it's easy to see why people enjoy these books.