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Finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery!

Chosen as a Killer Book by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association!

What's so wrong with admiring from a distance?

After all, Mira's quirky attraction to Chief Wenonga, a well-muscled fiberglass statue, might be a safer love pursuit than online dating. But when the 23-foot Chief goes missing and a human scalp is discovered at his cement base, Mira's not the only Battle Lake citizen to be crushed.

Things get impossibly worse when her second-biggest-hunk, organic gardening god Johnny Leeson, disappears and the police think she's involved. With her luck with men running out and the cops closing in, Mira has no choice but to roll up her sleeves and start investigating.

But is she trailing a statue-thief, a kidnapper, or a cold-blooded killer?

Knee High by the Fourth of July is a laugh-out-loud romantic comic caper mystery, perfect for readers who enjoy the humorous mysteries of Liliana Hart, Chelsea Field, Gina LaManna, Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Amy Vansant, and Stephanie Bond. If you love to belly-laugh while reading a page-turning mystery, this series is for you!

Knee High by the Fourth of July is the third in an ongoing series featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!

May Day

June Bug

Knee High by the Fourth of July

August Moon

September Mourn

October Fest

November Hunt

December Dread

January Thaw

February Fever

March of Crimes

April Fools

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Finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery!

Chosen as a Killer Book by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association!

"Must read! This series is so great..." ―Johnna Neugent (Amazon reviewer, five stars)

"Electric reading...Spellbinding. Didn't want to stop reading to do daily chores but had to. Will begin August book soon. What happens when the year is completed? I don't want the series to stop after 12 stories." ―kay killelea (Amazon reviewer, five stars)

"Mira James is a quirky, likeable, and realistic protagonist / heroine. Her turns of phrase and sense of humor (especially when directed at herself) are laugh-out-loudable. Who knew that life in rural Minnesota could be so intriguing and so funny? Habitual mystery readers must leap into this series with both feet." ―Corinne H. Smith (Amazon reviewer, five stars)

"[The] humor transcends genders and makes for a delightful romp."―Fergus Falls Journal

"Lourey's rollicking good cozy planted me in the heat of a Minnesota summer for a laugh-out-loud mystery ride."―bestselling author Leann Sweeney

"Knee High by the Fourth of July kept me hooked from beginning to end. I enjoyed every page!"―Sammi Carter, author of the Candy Shop Mysteries

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 15
Toadhouse Books
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