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Book cover for "The Night Woods" by Paula Munier. A snowy nighttime forest scene with bare trees silhouetted against a dark blue sky. In the foreground, a snow-covered path leads to a distant log cabin with warm, glowing windows. Two dogs stand on the path - a German Shepherd in the middle distance and a large, shaggy black dog closer to the viewer. The book title "The Night Woods" is displayed in large, bright green text at the top of the cover. The author's name "Paula Munier" appears in white text at the bottom. A blue circular badge in the lower right corner indicates "USA Today Bestselling Author". The cover suggests a winter mystery or thriller set in a remote, wooded location


The Night Woods

The sixth Mercy Carr Mystery in which Mercy and Elvis must prove the innocence of a new friend accused of murder.

Record snow and sleet and rain are pummeling Vermont and a wild boar has escaped from an exclusive hunting club nearby—but that won’t stop a very pregnant and very bored Mercy Carr from hiking her beloved woods with her loyal dog Elvis. She’s supposed to be decorating the nursery and helping her mother plan the baby shower, but she’d much rather be playing Scrabble with Homer Grant, a word-loving, shotgun-toting hermit living deep in the forest. But when she and Elvis drop by Homer’s cabin for their weekly game, they arrive to find an unknown dead man—and no sign of Homer.

As they search the woods, Mercy discovers a patch of devastation that could only be left behind by wild boar. She’s relieved when Elvis tracks Homer, injured but alive. But Homer’s troubles are far from over, as he’s still the number one suspect and he remembers nothing of the attack. When another corpse with a link to Homer is found, Mercy is determined to help her friend, an effort complicated by the unexpected arrival of her young cousin Tandie, sent by Mercy’s mother to keep an eye on her until the baby is born.

As the floods worsen, Troy and Susie Bear are called out with all the other first responders, and Mercy finds herself alone at Grackle Tree Farm with a concussed Homer, Tandie, and Elvis. As waters rise and the wild boar rampages, Mercy realizes that the murderer is out there ready to strike again, this time much closer to home.

Cover art for Paula Munier's HOME AT NIGHT: A MERCY CARR MYSTERY. Includes a large house in the distance, shrouded in fog with windows glowing, a dark tree silhouette in the foreground, and a malinoise dog and newfoundland retriever dog in the foreground.


A Library Journal Mystery of the Month Pick for August 2023!

“… a superb mystery that emphasizes the search for home.” — Lesa Holstine

Home at Night

HOME AT NIGHT, USA Today bestselling author Paula Munier’s fifth Mercy Carr mystery, finds Mercy and Elvis at a Vermont Victorian manor with more than a few secrets.

Beware the blackbirds…

It’s Halloween in Vermont, winter is coming, and five humans, two dogs, and a cat are a crowd in Mercy Carr’s small cabin. She needs more room—and she knows just the place: Grackle Tree Farm, with thirty acres of woods and wetlands and a Victorian manor to die for. They say it’s haunted by the ghosts of missing children and lost poets and a murderer or two, but Mercy loves it anyway. Even when Elvis finds a dead body in the library.

There’s something about Grackle Tree Farm that people are willing to kill for—and Mercy needs to figure out what before they move in. A coded letter found on the victim points to a hidden treasure that may be worth a fortune—if it’s real. She and Captain Thrasher conduct a search of the old place—and end up at the wrong end of a Glock. A masked man shoots Thrasher, and she and Elvis must take him down before he murders them all. Under fire, she and Elvis manage to run the guy off, but not before they are wounded, leaving Thrasher fighting for his life in the hospital, Mercy on crutches, and Elvis on the mend.

Now it’s up to Mercy and Troy and the dogs to track down the masked murderer in a county overflowing with leaf peepers, Halloween revelers, and treasure hunters and bring him to justice before he strikes again and the treasure is lost forever, along with the good name of Grackle Tree Farm…

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

A compelling mix of hard edges and easy charm — I loved this book.

—Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

A one-sit read!

—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

A nuanced nail-biter with a compelling quartet of crime fighters: two extraordinary rescue and rescued dogs and their human handlers.

—Hallie Ephron, New York Times Bestselling Author
Blind Search book cover

Blind Search reads like a treatise on how to craft a thriller bursting at the seams with converging subplots without ever moving us to throw up our hands in exasperation. Indeed, we’re too busy using our fingers to turn the pages.

—John Land for Providence Journal


An action-packed story of triumph over adversity.

—Kirkus Reviews


Munier’s affection for the dogs she depicts, as well as Henry’s sweet bond with them, will warm hearts. Readers will look forward to the irresistible Mercy and Elvis’s next adventure.

—Publishers Weekly


I love books where the story and the characters grow out of the place that they're set, and that couldn't be more true of The Hiding Place, which delivers a satisfying, twisty plot, an entertaining ensemble of locals and, of course, a pair of intelligent and heroic dogs.

Ann Cleeves, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Darkest Evening

The Wedding Plot Book Cover by Paula Munier Regal Building with lights on at sundown with dogs outside

[The] characters of both Mercy and Elvis are quickly developing into classics.

Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore


The portrayal of working dogs will appeal to fans of David Rosenfelt and Margaret Mizushima. The blend of lovingly detailed setting and lively characters, both human and canine, makes this a series to watch.

Publisher’s Weekly


The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren’t just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing—one that could shut as quickly as it opens.


Happiness. Contentment. Peace of mind. These are the qualities of life that people long for today, even as they seem harder than ever to attain. A joyful, lovely book, Happier Every Day can be picked up as needed to help calm one’s heart, or read from front to back as one would a daily devotional.


Emma Lambourne, born into a life of wealth and comfort, is shattered by her mother’s sudden death. Orphan at eighteen, she turns to her grandmother for solace, only to learn a shocking secret: Emma was adopted, and never a real Lambourne. Abandoned by the only family she’s ever known, Emma is alone without love.

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