C. S. McDonald: One of the Top 50 Indie Writers You Should Be Reading

The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are quick clean reads for anyone 10 to 110!

C.S. McDonald taught dance and choreographed shows for twenty-six years. Nowadays, she resides with her husband and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister, on their Thoroughbred farm, Fly-by-Night Stables, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George the Pony is a real pony who lives among the tall Thoroughbreds on their farm.

In 2016, Ms. McDonald decided to write a cozy mystery series. The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are quick clean reads for anyone 10 to 110! You’ll love Fiona and the quirky, but oh so charming, Detective Landry. Fiona is a kindergarten teacher and an unlikely sleuth from Pittsburgh. If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, welcome to this wonderful city! Ms. McDonald has even sprinkled a little Pittsburghese into her stories just for fun. Yinz will love it!

Wow! Book #6, MAMBO AND MURDER, will be available in November–can’t wait!

Don’t miss C.S. McDonald’s new addition to Fiona Quinn Mysteries–Fiona Quinn QUICK Mysteries! What’s that? Short Stories (about 30 pages) for a quick bedtime read or if you’re stuck with a long wait in a doctor’s office (we’ve all been there!). Short story #1-BANKING ON A MURDER and *now available >> HARRIET’S HEIST! You’ll love these quick reads–featuring different characters from the novellas. Check them out!

ALL of the Fiona Quinn Mysteries are now available on Audible–narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg!

Hey! You can check out all the books, listen to excerpts from the audio books and more at C.S. McDonald’s website: www.csmcdonaldbooks.com

Murder on Pointe

Fiona can’t wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room.

Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective, Nathan Landry, isn’t taking any chances.

After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia.

Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?

Merry Murder

The cookies are baked. The tree is trimmed. The shopping? Well, it’s almost done, and Fiona’s parents have finally returned home for a holiday visit—along with some unexpected unruly friends. Yep, Fiona’s perfectly planned Christmas is coming together, but how could’ve she planned for her favorite uncle’s murder?

Who could possibly kill a sweet old man who’s played Santa at the local mall every year without fail? Fiona’s boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry, is determined to find out—before Christmas day arrives. There’s only one problem: Nancy Quinn. Fiona’s mom is just as determined as the detective to catch the murderer, and she isn’t shy about getting the job done—even if it includes breaking a few pesky laws!

Will Fiona and her mother find the killer first or will the killer find them?

Waves of Murder

School?s out for the summer!

Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona?s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for a famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What?s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead, beginning with the author!

Fiona?s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer getaway on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

Tastes Like Murder

The bridesmaid dresses are ruffles and ruffles of ugly, one bridesmaid is trying to micro-manage…well, pretty much everything, and the bride-to-be is a total bridezilla! Wedding bells will soon be ringing but as usual, Fiona is a bridesmaid and not a bride.

As the maid of honor, how can Fiona keep the volatile pre-wedding festivities running smoothly? The problem is abruptly solved when the bride drops over dead at the elegant wine-tasting wedding rehearsal. Yikes!

Who poisoned the wine?

The suspects are lining up, and Fiona finds herself at the top of the list! Double yikes!

It’s a vintage murder case for Fiona, Detective Landry, and the gang. Cheers!

Good Luck to Murder

Dreams, wishes, fantasies, and.. murder?

Fiona’s good friend and fellow teacher, Lucky Maguire leads everyone to believe he has won a huge jackpot! Only Lucky turns out not to be so lucky–he winds up dead and his supposed winning lottery ticket missing!


Did Lucky really win the lottery and if so, where is the ticket hidden?

Who knew for sure if he truly was Pittsburgh’s newest millionaire?

Double yikes!

Join Fiona and the gang for this winning cozy mystery that’s sure to keep you betting on the suspects!


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