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 “Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her." -- Janet Evanovich

Katy Munger is an American writer best known for writing the Casey Jones mystery series. She has also written under the name Gallagher Gray (the Hubbert & Lil series mystery series) and as Chaz McGee (the Dead Detective series). 

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She began her writing career as Gallagher Gray, writing four books in the Hubbert & Lil series in the 1990s. During the late '90s, she began the Casey Jones series and began writing the Dead Detective series in 2009. She is currently finishing two new books in the Casey Jones series, with anticipated release dates of late 2018 and 2019.

Munger is also a former book reviewer for The Washington Post and was a founder of Tart Noir, a subgenre of crime fiction created in part by Munger, Sparkle Hayter, Laura Lippman, and Lauren Henderson. 

She now lives in Durham, NC with an incorrigible geriatric rat terrier mix named Peewee and a goofball Great Pyrenees named Willow.

"A fantastically entertaining writer - great story and delightful wit - what more could you want? Such a treat when you meet a character you want to be your best friend!" - Amy Vansant, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author

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A MISSING STRIPPER, MOTORCYCLE GANGS, AND TOO MANY EX-BOYFRIENDS TO COUNT….

Katy Munger’s Casey Jones has her hands full avenging the death of one of her oldest friends -- while trying to keep unruly strippers and untrustworthy bikers in line.

Casey Jones is back with a new adventure that takes her from four-foot strippers to forty-something bikers—and a head-on collision with too many ex-boyfriends to count. Will regrets slow her down? Can anything stop her? So long as she has caffiene and Krispy Kremes within reach, Casey's never calling it quits. But will her stubbornness pay off?


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“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her." --Janet Evanovich

‘WE ENDED LUNCH CRABBIER THAN THE CAKES…’

So notes wisecracking detective Casey Jones, and you know right away you’re in good hands. Casey’s as beautiful, badass, big, and big-hearted a private eye as ever wrestled a perp to the ground. And don’t think she can't-- she mentions her 170 pounds of pulchritude every chance she gets and shows it off to expert advantage in numerous encounters both personal and professional.

First the professional—need we mention she’s tough as a Florida gator? Pick a fight with her at your peril. Next the personal. She’s the old-fashioned kind of private eye who can love with the best of them, but when it comes to lust she’s in a class by herself. Fortunately for the reader, she’s downright hilarious on the subject. (As well as almost all others.)

As the title itself attests, Katy Munger’s Casey is the direct descendant of Archie Goodwin, Rex Stout’s famous leg man, whom mystery fans will remember as perhaps the most accomplished wisecracker in all of detective fiction—until this doll came along, that is!

Though Casey’s riotous narration makes the whole series a laugh-a-minute to read, Munger herself usually has something deadly serious up her sleeve.LEGWORK’s about crooked politicians, crooked business deals, old grudges, ancient crimes, and everyone’s favorite, dysfunctional families. Set in the Raleigh area, it sports an Old South patina of patrician families gone rogue and murder behind the antebellum columns, all deriving from one of Casey’s “babysitting” jobs, this one for a politician with a corpse in her car. (Casey babysits--read “bodyguards”--because, due to a tiny prison sentence once upon a very bad husband, she doesn't actually have a private investigator license.)

But she’s got a PI to work for and wouldn't you know, he’s Munger’s wicked idea of who Nero Wolfe would be if he were a slob instead of a portly epicure. Both weigh a sixth of a ton, but instead of Chef Fritz’s fine repasts, Bobby D. dines on Little Debbie snack cakes, Hostess treats, and especially Krispy Kreme doughnuts, his favorite and Casey’s-- which you are guaranteed to crave by the time you get to “The End”.

LEGWORK (and the rest of this fine series) will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries—private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.

But let's not forget their tough and witty male antecedents—if you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, the immortal Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with their kid, Casey.


Out Of Time (Casey Jones mystery series Book 2)Out Of Time (Casey Jones mystery series Book 2) $1.99

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DEATH ON A DEADLINE—EVEN BEFORE SHE TAKES THE CASE SHE’S ALMOST OUT OF TIME…

“She is smart, tough, and tenacious... a wonderfully entertaining read.”—Publisher’s Weekly,
Unlicensed P.I. Casey Jones is back in prison – just visiting – but even the death row inmate she’s come to interview can see she’s one shade of green away from a full-blown panic attack.

Fifteen years ago, this hard-boiled babe walked out of a Florida prison after serving an eighteen-month sentence, sporting160 pounds of “nobody kicks my ass” and a couple of inches of dark roots at the base of her bleach job (“simply to confuse people into underestimating me”)--and swearing she’d never set foot in a prison again. But the family of the convicted woman just isn’t buying the story that she killed her cop husband,, and they’ve hired North Carolina’s mouthiest female sleuth to find enough new evidence to get her a new trial and save her from lethal injection—in a month.

No way to hit that deadline! And nobody wants her to take this case-– not Bobby D., her super-size fellow private investigator, not Bill Butler, the lean and long-lashed Raleigh PD detective whom she is studiously “not dating,” and not even the convicted woman who abandoned all hope long before she entered prison. But Bill told her – twice – not to take the case, and no man tells Casey what to do. She’s definitely taking it,—and the ride begins…

OUT OF TIME manages to tag all the bases: all the suspense of a taut thriller, leavened by Casey’s hilarious wisecracks, and just when you think she’s as brittle as her bleached locks, her humanity breaks through, revealing that no matter how loosely she follows the rules, she is deeply committed to seeing justice done. For all her resemblance to Archie Goodwin, Rex Stout’s wisecracking leg man, Casey’s her own woman: Casey Jones, karmic avenger.

The only lead the family can offer is a call from the presiding judge. He’s convinced that justice went awry somewhere along the line, and is planning to share his suspicions with Casey, but he’s unable to keep the appointment due to his own untimely demise. Now Casey’s sure something’s hinky. Fortunately, she has all the right connections to sniff out the information she needs. Working at top speed, she puts it all together and makes enough trouble to land her on the 6:00 news. That gets the cops’ attention.

Still, while the law is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, it’s finally up to Casey to bring the killer to justice in a dramatic capture that is at once as harrowing as it is hilarious. And, in a case bumped all the way to the Supreme Court, the ruling is finally rendered: Casey Jones’s ass is every bit as gorgeous as she has always claimed.

OUT OF TIME (and the rest of this fine series) will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries—private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents. If you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, the immortal Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with their direct descendant, Casey Jones, Private Eye.

Evanovich herself said: “Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her."—Janet Evanovich 


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"Fast-paced and action-packed...The charm here lies in Munger's writing, which is silky-smooth and packs a wallop.” I Love a Mystery

MURDER AMONG THE MILLIONAIRES—ALONG WITH ARSON, RAPE, DRUGS, BLACKMAIL, AND…THEN LOVE WALKS IN. WHO ASKED FOR THAT?

Casey Jones is a take-no-prisoners female PI who wouldn't be caught dead whining over a lousy boyfriend or asking for help. Katy Munger’s clever sleuth is 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, this is one detective who comes from nothing and has nothing to lose. She lives full speed ahead and full-tilt boogie, with always the eye for a handsome face and the mouth for a witty riposte.

Only this time, it's Casey who’s stepped in it. When a favorite client gets killed on her watch, Casey vows to find the killer no matter what the cost. 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, but there’s more than one offender out there—and each is more dangerous than the last.

Against a noir background of killers, arsonists, rapists, and spoiled rotten socialites, things unexpectantly take a romantic turn. To the cynical sleuth’s chagrin, her client, her favorite bartender squeeze, her best police source, and even Bobby D. are falling in love all around her. Suddenly it's like Trouble Is My Business is waltzing (happily!) with A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Then, miraculously—world class independent PI Casey Jones is smitten herself. She quickly learns that if you’ve got somebody to love, you’ve got somebody to lose. And that just can't happen…

Casey’s clever quips will remind you of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, or maybe Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin, not to mention the daddy of them all, Raymond Chandlers’ Philip Marlowe. And her ace detective work will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries—especially private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.

Evanovich herself said: “Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her."—Janet Evanovich 

Publisher’s Weekly agreed: “She is smart, tough, and tenacious... a wonderfully entertaining read”.


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A BIG GORGEOUS PI, AN UGLY FRAME-UP, AND A CATFIGHT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS…

The kind of villain you love to hate can really make a mystery, but every once in awhile you get something even better-- one who steals the show. For sheer hate appeal, bad-to-the-bone Tawny Bledsoe’s right up there with Nurse Ratched and Hannibal Lector. You just want to leap onto the page and take her out before private investigator Casey Jones does.

And you know you’re going have to be fast— because Tawny’s made it personal by posing as a battered wife and hiring Casey to find her kidnapped daughter. Casey finds the kid all right, but when she’s tricked into participating in a frame-up engineered by none other than wily, poisonous Tawny, she’s understandably as mad as Captain Ahab after meeting a certain marine mammal. And she only gets madder when Tawny stiffs her on her fee.

But her quest to bring Tawny down no matter what it takes is driven not so much by the need for revenge as by something no one else realizes—big, badass Casey is as softhearted as she is bullheaded. Deep down, what she really cares about is separating that little girl—the one she was hired to find—from the nastiest piece of work since Beatrix Lestrange. And it would take Moby Dick himself to stop her.

Throughout this tasty tale of obsession and betrayal, some of Casey’s most appealing qualities are on spirited display—she’s hot, she’s hilarious, and she’s so headstrong her quasi-boss Bobby D. can only shake his massive head and do as the lady says. The hot and hilarious parts go hand-in-hand as the plus-size detective fantasizes her way through a small army of possible inamoratos, now and then anointing one or another, although always off the page and always accompanied by a wisecrack or three.

(“I feel like I’ve been in a train wreck,” says one. 
“Of course you do,” replies his lovely date. “Why do you think they call me Casey Jones?”)

BAD TO THE BONE is a rowdy, action-packed adventure with humor, romance, and hard-boiled mayhem aplenty, but its two greatest delights are its vivid antagonists, the big-hearted, tough PI and the petite, pernicious femme fatale, locked in a catfight that should have its own arena.

Casey’s clever quips will remind you of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, or maybe Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin, not to mention the daddy of them all, Raymond Chandlers’ Philip Marlowe. And her ace detective work will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries—especially private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.

Evanovich herself is a fan! “Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her." --Janet Evanovich

She’s joined by I Love a Mystery-- "Fast-paced and action-packed...The charm here lies in Munger's writing, which is silky-smooth and packs a wallop.”

Along with Publisher’s Weekly: “She is smart, tough, and tenacious... a wonderfully entertaining read”.


Better Off Dead (Casey Jones mystery series Book 5)Better Off Dead (Casey Jones mystery series Book 5) $3.99

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“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. Don't miss her." --Janet Evanovich

SHE’S TRAPPED IN HER OWN HOUSE WITH A POSSE OF BODYGUARDS--AND SHE’S STILL NOT SAFE….

Katy Munger’s clever female PI is big, bad, sarcastic, and nobody to mess with. So how does she manage to be so loveable?

For one thing, her witty quips are good for at least a laugh a page; for another, she’s as transparent as a jelly glass—underneath the mouth and muscles she’s as soft as the stuff that came in the glass.

You’ve got to love a tough woman sleuth who speaks of her “refrigerator butt” and “thunder thighs” the way other characters might mention their hands or feet—absolutely without judgment. That is, unless she’s being grateful—Casey Jones is fully aware those thunder thighs are perfect pistons for the well-placed kick,

In this one, she’s got a client who’s really touched her--Helen McInnes, a rape victim who barely escaped with her life and now suffers such severe agoraphobia she can't go out. Her life is suddenly like some kind of hideous instant replay--she’s receiving anonymous threats that Casey and her oversize P.I. partner, Bobby, take so seriously they both move in with her.

But each is part of a couple, and so Bobby’s girl friend comes too, along with Casey’s boy friend and their dog. When the threats get even worse, and a local woman is murdered, the gardener moves in a few Mexican friends as well. It would almost be a jolly house party if Helen weren’t terrified for her life.

And if her rape weren’t just one of a series. Helen knows exactly who attacked her-- a professor of psychopathology, who was tried for it, got away with it and who, she’s sure, is still getting away with it.

On its face, he case would seem simple,—all Casey has to do is go undercover as a student and get the perp to take the bait. But it's anything but simple—there’s another suspect who seems as dangerous as the first. Then Helen, despite having half of North Carolina as bodyguards, is kidnapped. 

This one’s thrill-a-minute action laced with plenty of humor and lots of heart. It will appeal to all those who love private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents. If you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, Nero Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with Casey Jones.


Bad Moon On The Rise (Casey Jones Mystery Series Book 6)Bad Moon On The Rise (Casey Jones Mystery Series Book 6) $3.99

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SHE SWORE SHE’D NEVER GO BACK—BUT ORANGE IS HER NEW BLACK—
“DON’T MISS HER!” --JANET EVANOVICH

This has to be said right up front: BAD MOON ON THE RISE features the all-time best ever laugh-out-loud prison break! Seriously, if anybody else tried this, they’d end up on America’s Dumbest Criminals, for sure. But with author Katy Munger’s trademark blend of nail-biting suspense and hilarity, Casey Jones gets her man, as always – and, as always, he’s the hottest guy in the bar.

In this rip-roaring romp of a mystery, big, badass smart-mouthed Casey, the hard-boiled female PI with the thunder thighs and the bunny-soft heart, suddenly finds herself out of her familiar Durham hood and following a trail to a North Carolina prison town. She’s looking for a basketball star who’s spent his young life taking care of his drug-addicted mother, and now they’ve both dropped off the radar. 

Armed with a suitcase full of Little Debbie cakes to tide him over, her rotund semi-boss, private investigator Bobby D, accompanies her up the mountain to provide back-up for her – and entertainment for the reader. Under assumed names – Bobby assigns Casey the identity of “Debbie Little” – they set up headquarters in a floral-frumped Victorian B&B whose patrons are scandalized by Casey’s walk of shame after a historically rowdy night with the handsome stranger she met in the local bar – who turns out to be the sheriff!

Casey’s new squeeze is disturbed by suspicious goings-on in the prison, where the boy’s mom once served time, and offers to help Casey get inside to get information on her in exchange for whatever she can learn about his investigation. And just like that, Casey decides not to be controlled by her past – a past that includes eighteen months in a Florida prison when she took rap for her drug dealer husband. She decides to place her trust in the good mountain man who’s asked for her help and to do the hardest thing she can imagine: agree to be locked up for a week inside a prison once again.
Can this be our Casey? The one who’s done being dumb about men? Before it’s all over, she will learn a few lessons about who her true friends are, settle several old scores, lay some fears to rest, and give up the shameful secret she’s never shared with any man: her prison record. What could this mean? Has she finally found a man she can trust, or is she just finally backed into a corner that the usual lies of omission can’t cover?

BAD MOON ON THE RISE will delight fans of female sleuth mysteries—especially private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents, Philip Marlowe, Spenser, and, of course, the immortal Nero Wolfe and his buddy Archie, to whom Bobby D. and Casey bear more than a passing resemblance. 

PRAISE FOR CASEY JONES:

“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her." --Janet Evanovich

-- "Fast-paced and action-packed...The charm here lies in Munger's writing, which is silky-smooth and packs a wallop.”--I Love a Mystery

“She is smart, tough, and tenacious... a wonderfully entertaining read”.-- Publisher’s Weekly

Bad Moon On The Rise (Casey Jones Mystery Series Book 6)Fire and Rain: A Casey Jones Mystery (Casey Jones Mystery Series Book 7) $2.99

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“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. Don't miss her." --Janet Evanovich

A MISSING STRIPPER, MOTORCYCLE GANGS, AND TOO MANY EX-BOYFRIENDS TO COUNT….

Katy Munger’s Casey Jones has her hands full avenging the death of one of her oldest friends -- while trying to keep unruly strippers and untrustworthy bikers in line.

Casey Jones is back with a new adventure that takes her from four-foot strippers to forty-something bikers—and a head-on collision with too many ex-boyfriends to count. Will regrets slow her down? Can anything stop her? So long as she has caffiene and Krispy Kremes within reach, Casey's never calling it quits. But will her stubbornness pay off?

When The Tiny Dancers hit Raleigh, North Carolina, the diminutive strippers are a huge hit. Men line up and down the block to watch their rootin' and tootin' topless routine. But someone's not a fan and the vicious death threats the Tinajero sisters are receiving kick Casey into high gear.

But when what should have been a routine bodyguarding case turns deadly, and Casey loses one of her oldest friends, the case turns personal in more ways than one. Her friend is dead, one of the strippers is missing, and the handsome biker Casey met the night before sure seems to be in it up to his neck. Vowing to track the killers and find the missing stripper, who may or may not be in on the murder, Casey sets out on what turns out to be a wild ride that takes her from the flatlands of eastern North Carolina to its most exclusive mountain enclaves. 

But no woman is an island and Casey knows she can't do it on her own. Fans of Casey Jones will recognize their favorites in the cast of colorful supporting characters who answer Casey’s “all hands on deck!” call. From her 360-pound boss Bobby D. and his epic meals, to police mole Marcus Dupree and his magic keyboard, to ex-boyfriends Burly and frenemy Detective Bill Butler, Casey needs all the help she can get -- even if she's too stubborn to admit it.

If you’ve been missing your kick-ass Casey and craving Krispy Kremes, you’ll find all that you need in this seventh installment of a beloved female P.I. series.

If you love a good plot laced with plenty of humor and lots of heart, it's time you discovered Casey Jones. Her tough as nail exterior and no-nonsense self-awareness is a combination that appeals to male and female readers alike. Fans of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents, will want to move over and make room on their bookshelf for Katy Munger's Casey Jones. 

Not tempted yet? How's this:

If you've ever wondered how the love child of Nero Wolfe's buddy Archie and Anna Nicole Smith would turn out if she was raised by Brienne of Tarth (and who hasn't?!), well: look no further than Casey Jones.

Go on. Try her out. Casey dares you.