Author Spotlight & GIVEAWAY with Mary Dodge Allen

Today I’m happy to welcome author Mary Dodge Allen to the blog to chat about her writing. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

Why did you choose the setting of a small coastal town in Florida?

I grew up in a small community, where everyone knew each other, and relationships were close. And yet… sometimes secrets came to light, demonstrating that people aren’t always who they appear to be. I’ve also lived in Florida for many years – a place of beauty… turquoise ocean water, sandy beaches, balmy breezes. But it’s also a place where people commit strange crimes, and danger lurks in the form of hurricanes, sinkholes, gators, giant snakes…

How much of your life is in this book?

Roxy works as a US postal service mail carrier, and I worked as a USPS substitute mail carrier, during a summer break from college. I realized that mail carriers can move around town and observe activities, while remaining invisible in plain sight. And think about how much a mail carrier can learn about you… by the magazines and newsletters you receive, the timing of your greeting cards and the return addresses on your packages, bills and letters. I decided a small town mail carrier with a photographic memory would make a great amateur sleuth.

( Canoe trip photo: I am kneeling in front on the left. )

The humorous and suspenseful canoe trip chapters were inspired by the canoe trips I’ve taken with my close women friends in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota. For a few days every summer we’d portage our packs and canoes from lake to lake, staying at beautiful primitive campsites. Florida’s Ocala National Forest has its own primitive beauty… and many more dangers. I enjoyed placing my characters in this challenging wilderness setting.

What can readers expect from you next?

I am working on a sequel to Hunt for a Hometown Killer. Roxy’s family will grow, and she’ll have more crimes to solve.


Small towns have secrets and skeletons…

what happens when a sinkhole uncovers them?

What if a sinkhole suddenly opened up in front of you?

And what if this sinkhole quickly drained a retention pond, uncovering the car used in your husband’s fatal hit and run?

Roxy Silva makes this shocking discovery while on her mail route, in the first chapter of Hunt for a Hometown Killer.

Two years to the day after Roxy Silva’s husband was murdered, a freak sinkhole drains a retention pond, exposing the car used in his fatal hit and run. The skeleton of the presumed prime suspect, the car’s owner, is found inside the trunk, thrusting the investigation in a new direction.

Detective Kyle Ransom is determined to find his best friend’s killer, and Roxy is equally determined to help. As a mail carrier, she can remain invisible as she moves around town. Using her total recall memory, she observes activities and captures images of people, vehicles and license plates, as well as the addresses on mail and packages she delivers. Roxy has no idea her amateur sleuthing will place her own life in danger.

Together, Roxy and Kyle uncover a shocking trail of deception and secrets. As they work on the cold case, their relationship heats up. Kyle’s wife died years ago, and he’s ready for a commitment. But Roxy is recovering from the depression triggered by her husband’s murder and other sudden and tragic losses in her life. She’s struggling with a deep-seated fear of loss, her faith, and finding meaning in a chaotic world. Complications arise when Roxy’s first love comes back into her life, wanting a second chance. Old feelings of attraction and bitterness surface, as she confronts a long-buried secret in her own past.

Click on this link to buy:

Hunt For A Hometown Killer: A Novel: Allen, Mary Dodge: 9781952369704: Books


Those who leave comments on this blog post will be placed in a random drawing. The winner will receive in the mail a paperback copy of Hunt for a Hometown Killer.


Mary Dodge Allen is the recipient of two Royal Palm Literary Awards from the Florida Writer’s Association. She and her husband live in Florida, where she has served as a volunteer with the police department. Her childhood in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, sparked her lifelong love of the outdoors. She’s been a Counselor and Social Worker, and she worked as a USPS mail carrier during a college break. Her quirky sense of humor is energized by a passion for coffee and chocolate.

24 thoughts on “Author Spotlight & GIVEAWAY with Mary Dodge Allen

    • Linda, my summer job as a mail carrier showed me how much I could learn about people on my route, from their magazines and newsletters and the return addresses on their packages and letters. Roxy’s job and her total recall memory makes her an interesting amateur sleuth.

  1. Hi , your book sounds very intriguing and the book cover is also very intriguing ! Thank you so much for sharing a little about it, you sure got me there, I will be adding it to my TBR list. And that is so very true, the Letter carriers would know alot about people , and they really are able to see and find out about alot of going ons in the town they deliver mail to, so, so interesting! I enjoyed tis post, thank you so much for sharing. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

  2. I loved this book!! And in the BWCAW canoe trip picture, I am standing, second from the left. Such an amazing and strong group of woman! We still gather every year, even though we have all turned 70. The book reflects Mary’s critical thinking, her sense of humor, and her incredible experiences. Plus she has the gift of imagination. I highly recommend it.

  3. Mary, I thoroughly enjoyed “Hunt For A Hometown Killer”. Your love of life with family and friends and of nature shines throughout this intriguing tale. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the lives of Roxy, Kyle, and their friends and family. I. am anxiously waiting for the sequel to become available. As Aunt Nell would say, “ You’d have to be a fool not to get it!”

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