by E.J. Cochrane

Dog walker-turned murder investigator Matilda Smithwick is stressed out. Thankfully, her best friend Dottie has the perfect solution—a weekend getaway to a private island off the coast of Maine.

When one of the guests is found dead in the wine cellar, Dottie “volunteers” Maddie to hunt for the killer among them. No easy feat on a remote island with no internet or cell phone reception. Add in Dottie’s questionable assistance, an impending storm, a captive and unruly pool of suspects, a growing body count and Dottie’s insistence that the party must go on, and Maddie certainly has her hands full.

Can Maddie stay out of trouble long enough to catch a killer?

Hounded is the third book in the Matilda Smithwick Mystery Series.



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Genre Mystery
Length 218 pages
Publication Date March 16, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474312
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"The main inspiration for Hounded was the frenetic comedy and sheer mayhem of the movie Clue. I wanted to capture the same energy of the film on the page, and it ended up being the most fun I've ever had committing fictional murder."

—E.J. Cochrane


The Lesbian Review
Oh my goodness where to start. The language has a strong cozy mystery vibe, with unerringly witty dialogue, a fast paced, twisty plot, and a great setting. Every classic trope of a cozy is on display in this book, but with small tweaks that give the book a fresh feel.

Sylvia G. - …Hounded is a captivating and fast-paced novel that will keep readers hooked until the very end. E.J. Cochrane's storytelling prowess shines through, offering a thrilling blend of mystery and supernatural elements. With its well-drawn characters, atmospheric settings, and unpredictable twists, this book is a must-read for fans of the genre.

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