When springtime arrives in picturesque New Bergen, so do the tourists and antiquers. This year, though, there are some unwelcome visitors. Extortion. Arson. And murder.
After his business tanks and his wife leaves him for a Pilates coach, Andy Skyberg flees the big city for the peace and quiet of his hometown. All he wants is a decent job, a steady girlfriend, a plasma screen TV with a hundred-plus channels, and one loyal dog. But fate has something else in store for Andy, when his big mutt King Harald starts sniffing out crime.
It’s clear that someone has it in for the town’s New Age retailer, Trudi Bock. And it’s also clear that Trudi wants to rekindle the steamy romance she and Andy enjoyed back in college. Andy has to fend her off, while placating his fiery girlfriend, Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin.
Meanwhile, Harald keeps digging up more mayhem. And it falls to Andy to channel his inner sleuth and make sense of it all.
Throw into this mix one legendary (but lost) ebelskiver recipe…a gimlet-eyed church lady…a van full of federal agents…a crusty socialist…a beloved iguana…and an overabundance of rosemaling…
And you have all the makings for The Karma of King Harald.
“Lake Wobegon fans, rush to a new canine cozy mystery with a fresh smalltown setting! New Bergen is packed with tourists and Nordic crafts, characters and food, not to mention murders. Andy Skyberg, returning native, is drawn into solving the crimes, but his large loveable mutt, King Harald, is the expert at sniffing out murders. This mystery is amusing and charming, with complex passions and plot at its core.” —Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie mysteries
“The Karma of King Harald was a really fun, light hearted cozy mystery. For fans of canines in cozy mysteries this is definitely one you won’t want to miss.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
“This series is as much about small-town life as it is about crime. The human characters are likable, and Harald is a big, happy dude who doesn’t know he’s a crime sniffer. He just does his doggie thing — rambling around town, worrying about The Boss, chasing squirrels and following his nose wherever it takes him. Which usually means trouble for Andy.” —Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Join King Harald and Andy Skyberg on their second adventure!
As the leaves begin to change color in New Bergen, Andy Skyberg wants to turn his full attention to his sister’s new café and art gallery—and to the beautiful Finnish architect who’s managing the project.
But the good-natured, go-to guy can’t seem to catch a moment’s peace.
His next-door neighbors—two elderly sisters—want him to fend off a pushy historian who thinks they had a scandalous past. His parents enlist him to entertain a narcissistic, boring couple they would like to ditch. And his ever-scheming Aunt Bev tricks Andy into seeking an improbable new gig that could land him in the hot seat.
Even Andy’s big ol’ mutt King Harald has a kennel full of trouble in store for him, beginning with a pilfered thousand-dollar bill and a naughty garden gnome. Before long, New Bergen’s favorite crime-sniffing pooch finds even more deep doo-doo to toss his boss into.
Havoc and hilarity ensue, as Andy and his happy hound get to the bottom of King Harald’s Heist.
I love this series, both because I’m crazy fond of the adorable protagonist, that “big mutt” HARALD, but also due to the author’s noted talent in uncovering character. In addition to the ongoing series characters, in each book the author introduces new background characters who of course come trailing their own engrossing plots and mysteries.—Mallory Heart Reviews
It’s really quite refreshing to have this male point of view into the world of cozy mysteries. I’m not putting the cozy MC heroines down, by any stretch of the imagination, just letting them know it’s ok to make some room on the shelf for the guys. —Back Porcervations
Anyone who loves dogs will love this series… —3 Partners in Shopping: Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, too!
I am completely enamored of good natured King Harald. Audry’s descriptions of this wonderful dog are spot on giving us deep characterization as well as meaningful views and commentary. I certainly wouldn’t mind having some ebelskivers and a Biberschwanz Pilsner with Andy and sharing some Slim Jims with King Harald! —Cozy Up With Kathy