Greetings, mystery lovers! I’m Ellen Riggs, author of humorous, clean cozy mysteries. My new “Bought-the-Farm” series brings together my passion for animals and storytelling.

The series stars Ivy Galloway, a former play-it-safe human resources executive, and Keats, the brilliant border collie. Ivy’s thrilling and dangerous rescue of Keats gives her a new leash on life, prompting her to escape the big city and move back home to quaint Clover Grove.

The good news: someone offers to sell her a hobby farm and inn for a mere song. The bad news: people keep turning up dead around her! But with Keats on the case, and her best friend Jilly at her side, Ivy breaks all her old rules and throws herself into each investigation—much to the dismay of her former high school sweetheart, police chief Kellan Harper. Come and meet the lovable and quirky cast of rescue animals and people at Runaway Farm & Inn. Expect fowl play, howls of laugher and a fast-paced series you can’t put down.

How to Get a Neigh with Murder

Join hobby farmer Ivy Galloway and her brilliant sheepdog, Keats, as they wrangle rescue animals and ruthless killers in this lighthearted cozy mystery series for animal lovers.

This tiny horse has big enough ambitions to get someone killed.

Clippers, the miniature horse, came as a package deal with Bocelli, the singing donkey. The two rescue animals have been inseparable buddies at Runaway Farm ever since.

Now, the talented horse is ready to do something spectacular with his special gifts. As he heads into the world pulling Ivy Galloway’s sister behind, he steps into a disastrous dung heap of crime.

Ivy already has her hands full figuring out the truth behind a deathbed confession. Are the two situations mysteriously linked? Ivy, Keats, Percy and the gang are used to tricky cases, but this might be the one where they get utterly trampled.

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Swan With the Wind

Inside this gorgeous swan is an ugly duckling just waiting to get out.

Family. Can’t live with them, can’t let them be wrongly accused of murder. At least, that’s how it works for Ivy and the Galloway clan. Now her best friend, Jilly Blackwood, is a similar bind.

Jilly hasn’t seen her grandmother since feathers flew in a family feud years ago. That has suited Jilly just fine because her true family—the one she found in Clover Grove—is more than enough.

But when Gran calls from her waterfront senior’s community asking for help, Jilly can’t say no. A prominent local has died under suspicious circumstances and citizens blame both the vicious swan that just moved in … and Jilly’s grandmother. Gran may be quirky and combustible, but Jilly knows she’s always on the side of good. Or she was, in the good old days.

Luckily, Jilly’s newfound family has plenty of expertise in both murder and animal management. It’s time for Ivy, Keats and Percy to join Jilly on the road trip of a lifetime. They haven’t met a killer they couldn’t defeat yet. But this one has an unexpected advantage. Will the crime-solving team make it back to Runaway Farm alive?

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Don't Rock the Goat

Join hobby farmer Ivy Galloway and her brilliant sheepdog, Keats, as they wrangle rescue animals and ruthless killers in rustic Clover Grove.

No one can take baby goats seriously… but this time, they aren’t joking.

Rescue animals come to Ivy Galloway in strange ways with troubling back stories. She gives them safe refuge at Runaway Farm from the woes of their world.

When some adorable, hyperactive goats join the growing menagerie, high jinks ensue. But it’s not all fun and games. Not when people keep dying unexpectedly in quaint Clover Grove.

Luckily, Ivy has her clever border collie, Keats, and a “dream team” of backup sleuths to get to the bottom of any mystery. They haven’t met a killer they couldn’t defeat yet. Will this suspect be the first to get away?

The next book in the Bought-the-Farm Mystery Series is a perfect page-turner for lovers of animals, cozy mysteries and funny, spunky aspiring sleuths.

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Swine and Punishment

The next book in the Bought-the-Farm Mystery Series is a perfect page-turner for lovers of animals, cozy mysteries and funny, spunky aspiring sleuths.

Ivy’s sly sow is perfectly capable of murder … but has this pig been framed?

Wilma has been voted “most likely to kill” among Runaway Farm’s feisty menagerie. The huge sow is light on her feet, smarter than she looks, and starving for freedom.

When Wilma goes on the lam again, she roots up terrible trouble. There’s another dead body in Clover Grove, and the pig is the prime suspect. Meanwhile a reality TV show has arrived in town and the cast and crew are getting way too close for Ivy’s comfort.

There’s no love lost between sleuthing sheepdog, Keats, and the formidable hog. But if one of his charges is unfairly targeted, he’ll put his smarts and heart on the line to help Ivy get to the bottom of the muddy mess.

Can the farm's crime-solving team sort out this slippery mystery before someone else dies?

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Twas the Bite Before Christmas

Stray rescue animals are business as usual for hobby farmer Ivy, and her sheepdog, Keats. Misfits blend seamlessly into the menagerie and the more the merrier. At least, most of the time.

A carolling donkey arrives in Clover Grove before Christmas with tidings of a new murder.

When a mouthy, grieving donkey demands room at the inn right before Christmas, however, Ivy bites off more than she can chew. Who knew a donkey singing the blues would pose such a threat to guests seeking a festive escape?

Someone in town won't live to see another Christmas, and Ivy, Keats and the crime-solving crew will need to work fast if there’s any hope of making their first country yuletide bright. Or even making it out alive.

Can they show this singing donkey the true meaning of Christmas while taking down a killer?

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Alpaca Lies

A Girl, a Dog, a Mystery

Farm life gets wild and woolly as a dancing alpaca makes a deadly misstep into a murder investigation.

Alvina, the alpaca, is arguably the most popular rescue animal at Runaway Farm. Her passion for dancing with handsome men has gained her a cult-like following. In fact, the only male she doesn’t like is Keats, the border collie, who persists in perfecting his herding moves on the unherdable camelid.

When someone executes a well-choreographed murder in Clover Grove, innkeeper, hobby farmer and amateur sleuth Ivy Galloway prepares to protect her growing menagerie. It takes a talented team to tango in this latest deadly dance in the bucolic countryside. Can they figure out the steps in time?

Another fast-paced and fun read in this heartwarming cozy mystery series that’s bound to grow on any animal lover.

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Till the Cat Lady Sings

Are there some mysteries only a clever cat can solve?

A new murder in farm country makes the fur fly on Ivy's trusty team of sleuths.

There’s a handsome new guy at Runaway Farm and Keats isn’t at all happy about the competition.The bossy border collie wants to be Ivy’s one-and-only pet and partner in crime-detection. Cats are not welcome here. But as another mysterious murder befalls bucolic Clover Grove, innkeeper, hobby farmer and amateur sleuth Ivy needs all the help she can get.

The ginger feline won’t take no for an answer anyway. Not from Ivy, not from Keats. He has plenty of opinions about the current investigation and it turns out there are people to see and places to go that elude even the most ambitious canine. Can the two rivals reach a mutual understanding in time to save Ivy from a killer who’s out to destroy the peaceful life she once imagined?

The next book in the Bought-the-Farm Mystery Series is a perfect page-turner for lovers of dogs, cats, cozy murder mysteries and funny, spunky aspiring sleuths.

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A Streak of Bad Cluck

A guest at the farm takes her final flight and ruffles more feathers for Ivy and her crime-solving dog.

With hens like these, who needs enemies?

Ivy is finally starting to feel at home on Runaway Farm and she’s even settled the feathers of formerly feisty neighbor, Edna Evans. With her sly sow making frequent escapes to ravage Edna’s garden, it’s taken gourmet food bribes from chef and best friend, Jilly, to turn nosy Edna around. In Clover Grove, fresh egg deliveries go a long way, too.

As new guests descend on the inn, Ivy hopes the mayhem of recent weeks is behind her and tranquility ahead. When Edna chokes on a very bad egg and dies, however, the plot chickens. Once again, Ivy is a suspect, thanks to the generosity of her hens. But clucks are as abundant in this homesteading community as Edna’s enemies.

Keats, the border collie, is ready to apply his sharp nose and brain to this case of murder most fowl and Jilly always comes through in a pinch. Ivy’s large, eccentric family is more likely to get in the way, but they mean well… mostly.

Despite his frustration with Ivy’s sleuthing, police chief Kellan Harper is starting to concede his feelings aren’t just professional. His change of heart couldn’t be better timed because the evidence could leave Ivy without an egg to stand on.

Another fast-paced and fun read in this heartwarming cozy series that’s bound to grow on any animal lover!

Includes delicious recipes!

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Dark Side of the Moo

Follow hobby farmer Ivy Galloway and her brilliant-but-bossy border collie, Keats, as they wrangle feisty rescue animals and ruthless killers in rustic Clover Grove.

Sweet life on the farm turns sour when one of the first guests moooves on to greener pastures. Permanently.

If Ivy had never seen her colleagues from Flordale Corporation again, that would have suited her just fine. She’s eager to put her old life as a human resources executive behind her and focus on running her hobby farm and inn. With a recent murder on the property already tarnishing her reputation, however, she can’t afford to be choosy about paying guests. So when her former teammates ask to hold their retreat at Runaway Farm, she throws down the welcome mat and opens the barn doors.

Flordale Vice President Wilf Darby is an insufferable bully who made Ivy’s life miserable, and it looks like her first guest will also be her worst. Still, when Wilf turns up dead in her cow stall, it’s a terrible shock.

The cows are initially on the hook for the crime, but Ivy knows her girls too well to believe that—especially when so many people despised Wilf. It’s more likely that the murderer is continuing to enjoy her hospitality and everything that bucolic Clover Grove has to offer.

At first Ivy agrees to stay out of the investigation at the request of her former flame, police chief Kellan Harper. When her melodramatic mother becomes the next suspect, however, Ivy has no choice but to jump into action with Keats, her know-it-all border collie, and Jilly, her best friend.

Will they be able to find the bad apple on the Flordale HR team before the killer strikes again and Ivy is downsized… for good?

Another fun page-turner in this heartwarming series that’s perfect for animal lovers who dream about buying the farm.

Includes delicious recipes!

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Dogcatcher In the Rye

Follow hobby farmer Ivy Galloway and her brilliant border collie, Keats, as they wrangle feisty rescue animals and ruthless killers in rustic Clover Grove.

Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder.

Ivy Galloway is the proud new owner of a hobby farm and inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. She may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to keep her from pursuing this dream. After surviving an attack while rescuing Keats, her border collie, she feels unstoppable.

That feeling fades fast when Keats finds Lloyd Boyce pushing up daisies in Ivy’s rye field. As Clover Grove’s dogcatcher, Lloyd had plenty of detractors. Even Ivy ran afoul of him over Keats’ chicken-herding incident.

The murder puts a blight on Ivy’s plans to welcome her first official guests in just three weeks. Police chief Kellen Harper refuses to rush his investigation and Ivy wonders if he’s still holding a grudge over their ill-fated high school romance.

To clear her name, Ivy starts digging up clues with Keats. The former HR exec is no stranger to interviewing, and Keats is a dog who loves a job. Her best friend, Jilly, and sister Daisy work hard to get the inn ready—at least, until Daisy becomes a suspect in Lloyd’s death, too. Ivy’s almost at the end of her tether. With her beloved farm’s very future on the line can she solve the case before the killer comes after her next?

Dogcatcher in the Rye is perfect for dog lovers, and anyone who likes curling up with a page-turning cozy mystery.

Delicious recipes included!

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A Dog With Two Tales

Meet Ivy, soon-to-be hobby farmer, as she solves her first crime with help from a brilliant border collie in this short prequel to the Bought-the-Farm Mystery series

Rescuing a neglected pup could bring her a whole new life… if it doesn’t kill her first.

Ivy Galloway doesn’t know how desperate she is to escape the big city and her human resources job until she meets a border collie pup in need of rescue, too. Over the past 10 years, Ivy has had to downsize so many people that her boss nicknamed her “the grim reaper.” It's time to leave all that behind and go home to the rolling hills of bucolic Clover Grove.

But first, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to save the neglected pup she calls “Keats.” Enlisting her best friend Jilly Blackwood, she confronts the dog’s deadbeat owner with logic, humor and professional courtesy. When her best HR skills fall flat, conservative Ivy starts breaking the rules. The clever border collie digs in to help by unearthing a chilling clue that could put his owner away for good.

Can Ivy, Jilly and Keats evade a genuine grim reaper long enough to gain a new leash on life in the country?

This short prequel to the Bought-the-Farm Mystery Series is a perfect page-turner for lovers of dogs, mystery and funny, spunky aspiring sleuths.

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