K.L. McCluskey

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Ms. McCluskey is a Canadian author of cozy murder mysteries and short stories. Her current cozy mystery series, Kirk Lake Camp, takes place primarily in Ontario but with an ever stronger connection to Nova Scotia as the series progresses. The author has first hand experience similar to that of the main character of the Kirk Lake Camp and Back Road to Shore cozy mystery series. Her book of short stories is life on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia as seen through the eyes of a CFA, Come From Away, after having moved from northern Ontario to the Eastern Shore.
She joined the Hamilton Regional Police Service in Hamilton, Ontario and was a police officer for 14 years. She started as a beat officer in Stoney Creek, then became a Detective Constable in the Criminal Investigative Division, partnered with a Sergeant, investigating crimes such as serious assaults, robberies, sudden deaths, sexual assaults and break and enters. She was promoted to Sergeant and worked in the Special Investigative Unit as a detective in the Sexual Assault Unit. She was also specially trained in Child Abuse investigations and Domestic Violence.
She passed her Staff Sergeant exams and attained the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant before she left policing and moved on to another career in which she owned a water access resort in northern Ontario that included 12 rental cottages, fishing boat and canoe rentals, and a small general store.
After seven years she sold the resort and taught Police Foundations at a small college in Sudbury, Ontario, before she moved to Victoria, B.C.
She moved back to northern Ontario and concentrated on her work as a freelance writer going back to what she missed most, writing.
Well before her policing career, she graduated from Print Journalism. She has been writing for over 40 years including her time as a police officer and resort owner. Her articles included a weekly fitness column, feature stories, and a short stint as a beat reporter for criminal court and town council.
She now lives with her partner in an old farmhouse in a small community along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, not far from Cape Breton Island.

She enjoys traveling to visit her daughters and grand-children. While at home she kayaks, hikes, cycles, swims, practises yoga, and drives the back roads to explore the beauty of her new province where she gets inspiration for her writing and life in general.

K.L. McCluskey is currently working on the Kirk Lake Camp murder/mystery series of books. The series will consist of six books in total and when completed will lead to the Back Road to Shore series. The books are available as ebooks and are published by An Taigh Buidhe air an Lohan (The Yellow House on the Pond in Scottish Gaelic) Publishing, a small Nova Scotia publisher, and distributed by Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk in an old vanity table that I bought in Jordan Ontario (Canada) and refurbished. It has a long narrow drawer across the front and three drawers of different sizes along the sides. The fancy trim under the surface had to be taken off to allow for my legs to fit without scraping them each time. It took about 10 years to figure out to do that though. I have a red batik cloth on the surface of the desk under where my laptop sits. I have a book mark with my mother's picture and death notification beside my laptop as a reminder of her encouragement of my writing. I have a picture of my daughters that was taken when they were teenagers on one side of my laptop and a picture of my grandchildren and partner on the other side. I have a beautiful photograph taken by my sister of the La Cloche hills, the area in Ontario where the fictional resort in my Kirk Lake Camp series is set. I have a journal for notes on my desk and a pen at the ready for ideas.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read cozy murder mystery books for the sheer pleasure of getting involved with a group of characters then being able to set the book down without lingering thoughts of the murder, but with a lingering good feeling. I especially enjoy series so I can learn more about the characters as they evolve. I find the characters in cozy murder mystery books are similar no matter where they live or where the author lives and it reminds me of our global connections through similarities rather than differences. That makes me feel good.
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Where to find K.L. McCluskey online


Where to buy in print


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A Dot, Spot and Box Christmas
Series: Little Tracker Christmas Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 700. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 25, 2018 by K.L. McCluskey. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A Dot, Spot and Box Christmas. Little Tracker is feeling down in the dumps this Christmas but Box has the cure! A short illustrated Christmas story for children and the child at heart.
A Northern Lights Christmas
Series: Little Tracker Christmas Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 560. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 26, 2018 by K.L. McCluskey. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A Northern Lights Christmas. Abbey and Little Tracker come to the rescue when Storm cuts off the Christmas magic from the North Pole. A short illustrated Christmas story.

Series

Kirk Lake Camp
Owning and operating a cottage resort in a peaceful northern Ontario setting should be a piece of cake for a former police detective. Families should be happy to be on a vacation in rustic log cabins set among acres of old-growth pines along a vast shoreline of a clean lake ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. It should and they should, is what goes through the mind of a former detective turned resort owner every time a guest shows up and havoc reigns. It's enough to make the former detective turned resort owner want to head south back to a dark alley in the north end Hamilton to chase a criminal in a hoodie, always a hoodie. But instead, the former detective turned resort owner stays put and cleans toilets, cuts wood, sells gas, worms and ice, rents fishing boats and canoes and cottages, smiles at guests, and helps the local O.P.P. solve murder in the north on the resort, because every time guests show up, someone gets killed.
A Kayak for One
Price: Free!
Two Buckets of Berries
Price: $3.59 $2.87 USD. (20% off until Oct. 20!)
Three for Pumpkin Pie?
Price: $3.59 USD.
Fore! In the Hole
Price: $3.59 USD.
Little Tracker Christmas Stories
A set of short illustrated Christmas stories starring Little Tracker and friends. Little Tracker is a snowmobile character. The stories and images are taken from the Little Tracker Christmas set of animated videos.

Books

East Coast Eddies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Life in rural Nova Scotia along the eastern shore has its own culture and way. This collection of small stories from the perspective of a CFA, a Come From Away, highlights the author’s view of life around her new home.
Cookbook for Murder: The Recipes from Fore! In the Hole
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 6,630. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few snippets taken directly from the book Fore! In the Hole along with recipes from the story. At the end is chapter one from Fore! In the Hole as a preview to the book. I hope you enjoy the food as much as I do. The excerpts are in italic and recipes follow. Bon Appetite!
Fore! In the Hole
Series: Kirk Lake Camp, Book 4. Price: $3.59 USD. Words: 77,550. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The season started well. The women from a women's shelter had a chance to unwind a little and let mother nature help soothe their worries. It didn't end well. Her angst over the man she left behind on the east coast mixed with her resentment of the man she once loved, caused Charlene as much stress and worry as the body discovered on her property just a week before the hectic May long weekend.
Cookbook for Murder: The Recipes from Three for Pumpkin Pie?
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 5,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few snippets taken directly from the book Three for Pumpkin Pie? along with recipes from the story. At the end is chapter one from Three for Pumpkin Pie? as a preview to the book. I hope you enjoy the food as much as I do. The excerpts are in italic and recipes follow. Bon Appetite!
Cookbook for Murder : The Recipes from Two Buckets of Berries
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 9,360. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few snippets taken directly from the book Two Buckets of Berries along with recipes from the story. At the end is chapter one from Two Buckets of Berries as a preview to the book. I hope you enjoy the food as much as I do. The excerpts are in italic and recipes follow. Bon Appetite!
Cookbook for Murder : The Recipes from A Kayak for One
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 5,930. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few snippets taken directly from the book A Kayak for One along with recipes from the story. At the end is chapter one from A Kayak for One as a preview to the book. I hope you enjoy the food as much as I do. The excerpts are in italic and recipes follow. Bon Appetite!
Three for Pumpkin Pie?
Series: Kirk Lake Camp, Book 3. Price: $3.59 USD. Words: 78,300. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
It was the busy Thanksgiving week-end and Charlene had lots of work to do. The trouble was, her best friend Sarah decided to move in to avoid her relationship woes. Trouble was the men in her life were causing her trouble and even more trouble were three little old ladies staying at the resort. The trouble was, one of the guests was murdered.
Two Buckets of Berries
Series: Kirk Lake Camp, Book 2. Price: $3.59 $2.87 USD. (20% off until Oct. 20!) Words: 80,350. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 1 review)
At least nobody died at the resort this time. Charlene could breathe a sigh of relief. She had enough work running Kirk Lake Camp. It was the height of the season hot and humid and all the cottages and fishing boats were rented. To top it off, a perfect storm was brewing and, oh yes, one of her guests was killed … but at least not at the resort … phew!
A Kayak for One
Series: Kirk Lake Camp, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 66,940. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A Charlene Parker mystery. What could go wrong when a geology professor and his students rent a few cottages as a base for field work in the area? They're educated young adults led by an experienced professor. How much trouble could the students be for the former detective? Will it be a peaceful end to the busy summer season...for a change? Will it end without a murder ... for a change?

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