The Olivia Penn Mystery Series
Where the Light Shines Through
The Olivia Penn Mystery Series: Book One
A shocking murder … Family secrets revealed … Her life will never be the same.
Olivia Penn is looking forward to visiting her father while spring is in bloom in her beautiful hometown of Apple Station, Virginia. Her plans to enjoy a week of relaxation with her friends and family vanish, though, when a mysterious murder occurs within hours of her arriving home.
When a body is found at an abandoned manor house, and the police accuse her childhood friend of the crime, Olivia searches for the evidence that will clear his name. As she investigates the clues left behind by the victim, she discovers a shocking secret linking her friend to the crime scene that changes everything she knows about him.
With the clock ticking, Olivia races to rescue an unlikely ally and reveal the killer’s identity before the truth is buried forever. Her friend’s future hangs in the balance, and she’ll have to put her life on the line. Justice hinges on a leap of faith, and her trust in where the light shines through.
Will Olivia save her friend and herself from the killer’s scheme? Or will it be lights out for both?
If you like Clue, Nancy Drew, and small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot, you’ll love Where the Light Shines Through, the first book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.
Silence Says the Most
The Olivia Penn Mystery Series: Book Two
Five days before Halloween, fall turns frightful when a child’s drawing entangles Olivia in a murder at a park lake.
Olivia Penn’s hometown of Apple Station, Virginia, is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival. All is cozy in the crisp fall air, and pumpkins, corn mazes, and autumn vibes are everywhere. A lakeside picnic with her forever friend, though, sets off a shocking chain of events that catches Olivia in the wrong place at the wrong time.
When a body is discovered amid an algae bloom under mysterious circumstances, everyone points fingers, but one among them is not telling the truth. The only apparent witness to the crime is a child who doesn’t speak. Motives abound, suspects are plenty, and it’s up to Olivia to discover why the child has implicated her as the key to solving the murder.
Can Olivia unmask the killer before the endangered evidence vanishes? Or will she become the next victim and be silenced forever?
If you like Clue, Nancy Drew, and small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot, you’ll love Silence Says the Most, the second book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.
Under the Cocoon Moon
The Olivia Penn Mystery Series: Book Three
A dead body in the woods … A rare sapphire is missing … The connection changes her life forever.
Olivia Penn is looking forward to spending time with her friends and family over the holidays in her hometown of Apple Station, Virginia. The Christmas season’s spirit has sparked a new romance, and all is looking merry and bright, until she is mistaken for a dead woman.
When a stranger makes a wild accusation involving the parents of the man she’s falling for, Olivia faces a no-win situation. As evidence mounts supporting the claim, a mysterious murder occurs near his father’s cabin that attracts the attention of the FBI. Wedged between mother and son, Olivia investigates to clear his family’s name while matching wits with a legendary thief.
With the clock ticking, Olivia must set a trap using herself as the bait or the killer may disappear without a trace. Her new love hangs in the balance, and her life is on the line. Justice will hinge on sixty minutes and a phone call.
Will the call be answered? Or will the thief recover the sapphire and silence her forever?
If you like Clue, Nancy Drew, and small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot, you’ll love Under the Cocoon Moon, the third book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.
Praise for The Olivia Penn Mystery Series:
“A fantastic start to a new series … This book is written with such beautiful descriptions … Where the Light Shines Through has a brilliant cast of characters that exude the feeling of a small town.”
– Manhattan Book Review
“Bailey’s winning debut will thrill fans of the cozy mystery genre … Olivia’s vividly sketched hometown of Apple Station is so alive with warmth and local color that it brings to mind a southern version of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls … With these engaging, well-conceived characters, and expertly crafted twists that will keep readers guessing, this mystery is sure to please readers looking for an adventure with plenty of intrigue and a comforting conclusion.”
– BookLife Review
“Big Fun! Kathleen Bailey’s first book in her Olivia Penn Mystery series is a delightfully fun, complex mystery offering traditional cozy elements, a strong female lead, stifled “heart chakra,” diverse multi-generational personalities, small town connections, and interesting family dynamics. The mystery was a mystery within a mystery … Engaging. Couldn’t put it down … Bailey’s writing is entertaining, well-paced, and witty.”
– Kings River Life Magazine
“This was a delightfully charming read that I could not put down until all was said and done. The author knows how to tell a story where the tone was comfortable and the multi-plot whodunit had all the elements to keep me enthralled from beginning to end.”
– Dru’s Book Musings
Silence Says the Most is well written, just like its predecessor, and I felt like I was at home again in the small town of Apple Station. Olivia is a fantastic main character who is smart, witty, and curious … I really enjoyed the easy flow of the story and the way the author connects the dots little by little … The witty banter between the characters is also light-hearted and a fun experience … Silence Says the Most has a great twist at the end of the book that I wasn’t able to guess, but that made complete and total sense … You just can’t beat a small town with its small-town mysteries and small-town characters!
— San Francisco Book Review
“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”