Katy Munger is a North Carolina-based author who has written under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray.
The Dead Detective series is available in all book stores and e-book formats. It is a serious series with some comic overtones and takes a deeper look at both life and death than most commercial mysteries. It takes place in Delaware.
The Casey Jones series is a humorous, semi-hardboiled series featuring a female unlicensed private investigator and numerous recurring sidekicks. It takes place in North Carolina.
The Hubbert & Lil series has been described as using a “cozy with attitude” approach. It takes place in New York City.
All of the Casey Jones and Hubbert & Lil books are available in e-book format as shown below, and sell for no more than $2.99 each. The first in each series are often available for .99 and are sometimes offered as free downloads. Please check your on-line bookseller to see. Because the e-book rights for the Dead Detective series are owned by various major publishers, prices for those will vary. Visit www.katymunger.com for more on the author.
Bad to the Bone
Don’t mess with North Carolina’s Casey Jones — smart mouth ex-con, unlicensed PI and reluctant partner to a Barry White wannabe. Casey’s big and bad, with attitude to match her altitude. Especially when she’s been double-crossed.
At first, Casey proves a sucker for the fragile blonde who claims her estranged husband has disappeared with their child. But when Casey locates the fugitive spouse a little too easily, she begins to suspect that the lovely Tawny Bledsoe has played her for a fool. Especially when Casey gets stiffed on the fee, then finds herself embroiled in a murder case with Tawny’s name written all over it. Bad check in hand and a bad taste in her mouth, Casey resolves to stop Tawny once and for all, but the battle quickly turns personal with Tawny proves more than a match for the the irrepressible Casey. Ego rattled, Casey laces up her high-tops to track her nemesis to Florida for a Saturday night cat fight. Casey must leave her sweet-and-sour southern ways far behind in order to prove that Tawny Bledsoe is one bad to the bone babe who belongs behind bars — no matter what it takes to bring her down.
Out of Time
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Don’t miss the latest in the Casey Jones series! Bad Moon on the Rise brings back all the characters you love so well, introduces a new love interest for Casey and reveals a life-changing secret about one of her most-loved friends. When a young basketball star and his drug-addicted mother disappear without a trace, the boy’s ailing grandmother begs a reluctant Casey to find him before she dies. But even the normally unflappable Casey Jones is thrown for a loop when she discovers evidence of a murder in their wake and uncovers a shocking secret about the identity of the boy’s father.
When the case gets very personal, Casey has a difficult time separating her professional and personal judgment — with disastrous results that put her freedom at peril and endanger the boy’s well being. In this sixth Casey Jones mystery, kick-ass P.I. Casey is back with her trademark irreverence and a cast of supporting characters her fans have come to love, including her whale-sized boss, Bobby D., the ever-intrepid Marcus Dupree, Bill Butler, an old country boy flame and a new man in uniform who may just eclipse them all in Casey’s heart. Bad Moon on the Rise offers readers plenty of action, plenty of humor and plenty for Casey fans to enjoy.
Better Off Dead
Casey Jones is as tough as they come. She’s big, blond and shoots to kill with the best of them — even if she does lack an official PI license due to an unfortunate interlude behind bars. It takes a lot to faze her, but there are still some cases that hit her like a piledriver to the gut. This is one of them. Helen McInnes, the victim of a horrible crime, barely escaped with her life. Traumatized by the experience, she can no longer set foot outside her home. Further devastated by her attacker’s acquittal and the anonymous threats she begins to receive, Helen turns to Casey for help reclaiming her life.
Leaving Helen with a motley crew of bodyguards — including Casey’s temperamental boyfriend Burly, her corpulent partner Bobby D., his equally rotund paramour Fanny, and a nearly comatose dog named Killer — Casey heads back to school. But she’s prowling nearby Duke University with a different sort of education in mind: one that will help her unmasked fiend too is been using the campus as his personal hunting ground and enable her to survive him when she finds it.
A Cast of Killers
In this second of the Hubbert & Lil “cozy with an edge” mystery series, written by Katy Munger using the pen name Gallagher Gray, Auntie Lil and T.S. enter the world of Hell’s Kitchen, a Times Square neighborhood where Broadway’s chorus girls of yesteryear now stand in lines at local soup kitchens, make-up perfectly in place, hoping to be fed.
When one of these former beauties is poisoned while eating Auntie Lil’s famous chili, Auntie Lil becomes obsessed with finding out the long-forgotten real name behind the victim’s stage identity so the poor woman can be given a proper burial.
This search leads Auntie Lil and T.S. into a murder investigation and the world of NYC runaways, a world that neither of them would particularly like to admit even exists.
Death of a Dream Maker
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In this third of the Hubbert & Lil “cozy with an edge” mystery series, written by Katy Munger using the pen name Gallagher Gray, Mungers examines the question, “Can a person love someone for fifty years, even when they never see them?”When the love of her life is killed on his way to see her after twenty-five years of separation, Auntie Lil vows that she will find the killer. Afraid for his aunt’s safety and frightened by her uncharacteristically frail reaction to the death, T.S. agrees to help.
Their search takes them back into the rough-and-tumble garment industry where Auntie Lil once plied her trade, and into a greedy family grown fat on their founder’s success.This book is an exploration of family, both good and bad, as well as a tribute to the staying power of true love.
Money to Burn
Casey Jones is a take-no-prisoners female PI who wouldn’t be caught dead whining over a lousy boyfriend or asking for help. She’s too busy lifting weights, running off at the mouth and making doughnut runs for her overstuffed business partner, the larger-than-life Bobby D., a 360 pound Lothario whose little black book is almost as big as his appetite. With a stretch in a Florida pen behind her and no official PI license, Casey comes from nothing and has nothing to lose. She lives full speed ahead with a healthy respect for the screw ups of others.
Only this time, it’s Casey who has stepped in it. When a favorite client gets killed on her watch, Casey vows to find the killer no matter what the cost, either personally or professionally. When the trail leads her into the rarefied ranks of North Carolina’s social elite, Casey’s dirt poor childhood comes rushing back in a wave of self-doubt that adds fire to her considerable fury. She fights to regain her self-confidence and expose an incendiary killer out to destroy more than her name. Casey moves from farmland to the mountains, from debutante balls to drag bars, from boardrooms to bedrooms– and even down the prickly path of lust at first sight–as she battles unknown enemies anxious to see her, quite literally, to go up in flames.
Set in North Carolina and the surrounding states, Legworkfeatures a colorful cast, solid plot and writing that is both laugh out funny and vry moving at times. In Legwork, P.I. Casey Jones wins an assignment as bodyguard to Senatorial candidate Mary Lee Masters, only to have it turn into a murder investigation when someone dumps a corpse in the candidate’s car, branding Masters as a killer with only weeks to go before the election. Casey must unravel the tangled loyalties of N.C. politics, puzzle out the contradictions of Southern feminism, confront the realities of her upbringing and dodge everything from cross-bows to irate mothers in her search to find the real killer — all while contemplating new objects of her fickle and frequently bestowed affections.
North Carolina-based Casey Jones is a thirtyish bottle-blonde brickhouse whose brief prison record precludes a private investigator’s license. Instead, she does all the dirty work for her boss Bobby D., a 360 pound ladies man who fancies himself to be a cross between Nero Wolfe and Barry White. The series revolves around Casey and Bobby, as well as a cast of supporting players from all social strata. There’s lots of action, lots of humor, lots of local color. The books are all set in or near North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The series is best described as irreverant and frequently bawdy — but not without its insights into human nature.
“If you like Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, or Sparkle Hayter, you’ll love Katy Munger!”
– Murder, Ink
“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don’t miss her.”
– Janet Evanovich
“…Casey Jones is a tough, lusty, bad-ass woman from the wrong side of the tracks. Casey could kick Stephanie Plum’s ass from here to hell and back. Money to Burn throws Casey into a mystery that pits her against Southern Old Money. The result is a well-plotted, engrossing mystery with a ton of heart.”
– J.D. Rhoades
A Motive for Murder
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This fourth book of the Hubbert & Lil “cozy with an edge” mystery series, written by Katy Munger using the pen name Gallagher Gray, takes place within the ranks of the fictional Metropolitan Opera during its annual production of, you guessed it, The Nutcracker.When an infamous stage father’s dead body swings across the stage and ruins a crucial scene on opening night, mayhem breaks out– both within the Ballet’s management ranks and in the city at large. Is some maniac killing people at the opera house? Was there a racial motivation behind the killing? Or is there a curse on the Metropolitan Ballet?
Free-wheeling octogenarian Auntie Lil is a member of the Ballet’s Board and is determined to find out who has spoiled her artistic vision. Aided by her buttoned-down nephew T.S. Hubbert, the duo set out to trap a clever killer.
Out of Time
Meet Casey Jones — an unlicensed, no-nonsense private detective who hides 160 pounds of muscle with an in-your-face femme fatale style. She’s bold, she’s bad and, most of all she’s nobody’s fool. Underneath her wisecracking 100% Southern exterior, there beats a 14-carat heart with a definite soft spot for life’s losers. With the brains to take on any challenge and the guts to impose her own brand of justice, Casey Jones has what it takes to be your best friend-or your very worst enemy.
This time around, Casey takes on a case that batters her once-sturdy body and threatens to expose her closest held secret. When her investigation into the case of a woman on death row sets her at odds with her hometown police force, Casey quickly learns the true blue friends aren’t necessarily clad in blue. One by one, bodies begin to fall, while Casey holds her ground. She must race to uncover the truth before more people die and before she takes the rap for their murders. With the help of an unlikely pair of bloodhounds and even more unlikely allies, Casey battles back to reclaim her clients life and her own, and to set a trap for a very clever killer before time runs out.
Partners In Crime
In this first of the Hubbert & Lil “cozy with an edge” mystery series, written by Katy Munger using the pen name Gallagher Gray, Auntie Lil and T.S. Hubbert investigate the death of a very proper partner at a private Wall Street bank — the very bank where T.S. used to work. On his first day of early retirement, T.S. is ordered back to work pronto to find out who would have the nerve to invade Sterling & Sterling’s hallowed halls with murder in mind. Auntie Lil smells a mystery and promptly butts in, despite T.S.’s efforts to stop her.
Together, they investigate a trail that leads them back four decades, to a time when the stuffy old men now in power at Sterling & Sterling were not nearly so old and nowhere near as stuffy. It was a time many of them would like to forget — especially now that it appears retribution may finally be near.
Auntie Lil is not your typical little old lady. She is an 84-year old New Yorker who has embarked on a new career as an amateur sleuth after a lifetime of duking it out in the garment industry. She is sturdily built with an appalling appetite, remains quite active, hates children and is very opinionated. Annoy- ingly, she is also often right.
Her motivation for getting involved in all kinds of scrapes is a need to keep her life rich and interesting. She is aided in her investigations by her buttoned-down 55-year old nephew, T.S. Hubbert, whose precise approach to life is diametrically opposed to that of his free-wheeling aunt.
“Deftly plotted and well-paced… two wonderful sleuths make their debut.”
– The San Francisco Chronicle
“Weaves a wondrous web of work reltionships shrouded by ghosts of a long ago scandal… In the classic British cozy tradition right down to the body with the antique dagger in its chest.”
– The Drood Review of Mystery
“With a fond eye for the eccentric, Gray gives the streets of Hell’s Kitchen the air of a gritty English village.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Gray has the rare talent of being able to combine humor with sensitivity, and high comedy with realistic portrayals of genuine people.”
– The Virginia-Pilot & The Ledger-Star