Meet Kathryn O'Sullivan, author of Foal Play and her new mystery, Murder on the Hoof.
Murder on the Hoof
It’s mid-August in the Outer Banks village of Corolla and Fire Chief Colleen McCabe is conducting rookie training and spending increasingly more time with her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman. The wild horses have been relocated to the sanctuary, and the town is occupied with the upcoming local theatre production. All is right with the world. But when a member of the acting troupe is found dead in the dunes and Bill’s ex-fiancée arrives in town for a film shoot, Colleen knows trouble is back with a vengeance.
When a second member of the theatre company is discovered dead at the Whalehead Club, Colleen is forced to put aside her feelings about her relationship with Bill and work with him to uncover who is murdering the thespians and why. She discovers as much drama offstage as on and quickly finds herself swept up in the intrigue of the community theatre group and struggling to keep her men at the firehouse focused. As the danger mounts, Bill warns her off the investigation. But despite his warning, Colleen is determined to stop the killer before he or she strikes again – to her own peril.
Kathryn O’Sullivan’s mystery novel Foal Play won the 2012 Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Murder on the Hoof, the second book in the Colleen McCabe mystery series, will be out May 6, 2014. She is the Co-Executive Producer, Creator, and Writer of the multi-award-winning Western web series Thurston. Her works have been seen at the American Globe Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab, The Source Theatre, The Theatre Lab, and at play and film festivals across the country. She is the recipient of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award, an American Association of University Women Educational Foundation playwriting grant, a Shubert Fellowship, and an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council. She was twice named Faculty of the Year at Northern Virginia Community College where she is a theatre professor and a President’s Sabbatical Awardee. She has collaborated with Paul Awad, her husband and an award-winning director and cinematographer, on a dozen projects including her play “Lot Lizards” which is published in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2011” (Smith & Kraus). “Moving Day” will be published in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014″ (Smith & Kraus). She holds a BA from Boston College, an MA from Hofstra University, an MA from Loyola University Maryland, and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their rescue cat, Oscar.