K.L. McCluskey

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Ms. McCluskey has first hand experience similar to that of the main character of the Kirk Lake Camp and Back Road to Shore book series.

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.

Back in her early days, as an offshoot from her fitness column and training as a fitness instructor, she started her own business, Basic Fitness. It was a bi-weekly exercise class for local women in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Her business was in operation for eight years until she was asked to be the Director of Fitness at the downtown Kitchener YWCA.

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.

Where to find K.L. McCluskey online


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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: $0.99 USD.

Two Buckets of Berries

Price: $3.59 USD.

Three for Pumpkin Pie?

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.

A Northern Lights Christmas

Price: $0.99 USD.

Books

Cookbook for Murder: The Recipes from Fore! In the Hole
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 4,940. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few excerpts taken from the book Fore! In the Hole to give you a glimpse into the characters in the series and to entice you to be curious enough to buy the book and get to know the characters better. I also 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. Price: $3.59 USD. Words: 77,550. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
After spending a peaceful and relaxed winter in rural Nova Scotia Charlene is back in Ontario for another noisy and hectic season. It started well but her angst over the man she left behind on the east coast mixed with her resentment of the man she once loved and a dead body discovered on her property just a week before the May long week-end changed everything.
Cookbook for Murder: The Recipes from Three for Pumpkin Pie?
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 18, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few excerpts taken from the book Three for Pumpkin Pie? to give you a glimpse into the characters in the series and to entice you to be curious enough to buy the book and get to know the characters better. I also 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: 2,910. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few excerps taken from the book Two Buckets of Berries to give you a glimpse into the characters in the series and to entice you to be curious enough to buy the book and get to know the characters better. I also 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: 5,410. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
This recipe book has a few snippets taken directly from the book A Kayak for One to give you a glimpse into the characters in the series and to entice you to be curious enough to buy the book and get to know the characters better. I also 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. 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. The trouble was, one of the guests was murdered.
Two Buckets of Berries
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: $3.59 USD. 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)
Phew. 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 and all the cottages and fishing boats were rented. To top it off, a perfect storm was brewing.
A Kayak for One
Series: Kirk Lake Camp. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,910. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
What could go wrong when a professor and geology 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 work could the students be for the former detective turned resort owner? 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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