Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE DEAD DOG TRILOGY, Boxed Set: A Gritty Psychological Thriller Trilogy by Anita Rodgers #Hard-boiled #Mysteries

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Boxed Set: A Gritty Psychological Thriller Trilogy


Brutal serial has come back from the dead to taunt, Lottie Stark, the law woman who caught and killed him. Is it him or a copycat? Pick up a copy of this gripping thriller today!


Donald Brown Stoker, a.k.a., the Keeper, brutally killed seven women before he was cornered in an abandoned barn by FBI agents. Rather than surrender, Stoker, set himself and the barn on fire—preferring death to spending the rest of his life in a federal prison.

And with him, went his sick secrets.

Former FBI agent, Lottie Stark, didn’t mourn the loss of Stoker, nor the death of her FBI career. She moved on to a quieter life as a small town police chief, where, though life could be tedious and a pain, she had no trouble sleeping. Because she no longer dreamed of monsters.

Until Stoker came back from the dead…

Three unidentified dead girls, all with Stoker’s MO, dumped in her town is giving Lottie a case of déjà vu all over again. With little evidence and no viable suspects, Lottie is ready to for a meltdown.

Frenemies and allies alike urge her to bring in the FBI but she’d rather die than churn up her past failures. But thanks to the town mayor and her underhanded lead detective, the past is headed straight for Lottie’s door. Not the least of which is, profiler Jack Brady, her former lover and partner.

As Lottie struggles to maintain control of her case and her town, the lunatic is still out there, free to kill again. And daring her to catch him.

Boxed Set: A Gritty Psychological Thriller Trilogy

Character Interview with Carlotta Stark

1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

My name is Carlotta Stark and I’m the Chief of Police in Regal Reef, California. Most folks call me Lottie or Chief.

2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?

Dawk Howe. He lives in the guest house on my property in exchange for doing the cooking and cleaning. Good thing, too, because I’m not much for either. He also helps me with the dog rescue I run. We both love dogs and will take ours out to the hills for a run or hike. We love to eat, watch dumb movies, and catch up on local gossip. Really, doesn’t matter much what we do, we just like being together and have fun no matter what we happen to be doing. He’s more than a friend, he’s family and I can’t imagine my life without him.

3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?

I get along good with my daddy, Ben Stark, former Texas Ranger. I guess in my case, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He taught me everything he knows about the law and catching bad guys and I think he’s proud that I followed in his footsteps. He can be a stubborn old goat but he’s got a big heart and would protect me with his dying breath. My brother, Adam, on the other hand, isn’t such a big fan of mine. We try to get along but we’re so different that it’s not easy. I love him with all my heart but sometimes I don’t like him much. The fact that he lives on the other side of the country helps though.

4. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them?

No birthmarks or scars but I do have a silver skunk stripe on the left side. Had since I was a teenager. We don’t know why it happened, it just did. Dawk is always trying to get me to dye it to match my black hair, but I kind of like it and won’t let him near it.

5. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?

I can be a bit of a hot head when something riles me enough but I try to keep it reined in. If I can’t, I usually go off by myself to cool off. I might take my dog, Yo-Yo, for a drive or a walk in the hills, or hole up in my room and watch old movies to take my mind off it. Or I’ll throw myself into work to get my mind on something else. When all else fails, I’ll cuss a blue streak until I run out of gas—as long as nobody is around to hear me.

6. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?

If you’re lucky, I’ll have some leftover pizza or Chinese to heat up. But chances are you’ll get oatmeal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

7. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?

My cop skills. Like a lot of law enforcement officers, my job is what defines me. Without it, I’m not sure who I’d be. Don’t get me wrong, I have family and friends and my dogs, and a life outside of being a cop – but it’s what gets me out of bed everyday.

8. What makes you laugh out loud?

My dog Yo-Yo. He’s a shepard/huskie mix with one blue eye and one brown eye and the biggest goofball you ever met. He weighs on at 90 lbs but still insists he’s a lap dog and he’d rather eat tin foil than any kind of dog food.

9. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was he?

Yes. Jack. But I don’t like to talk about it.

10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

Peace of mind. I’ve spent too many years chasing bad guys and monsters to ever really be at ease. I’ve seen the worst that humanity has to offer and it gives me pause. And I expect I’ll be chasing them ‘til I die. But it’s a job that’s got to be done and I equipped to do it.

Boxed Set: A Gritty Psychological Thriller Trilogy


Note from Anita: In this reading, there is mention of a canine victim. The description is not overtly graphic and the animal doesn’t appear ‘on screen,’ but rather is discussed briefly between two characters.

About Author Anita Rodgers…

Anita Rodgers is the author of the psychological suspense novel, False Witness, A Dread So Deep, the Scotti Fitzgerald Mystery Series, and the thriller trilogy, The Dead Dog Trilogy.

She’s a writer, a blogger, a pet mom, a gardener, a cook, and a lover of puzzles. She lives in Southern California with her beloved terrier/poodle Lily and silly cat, Bitzy.

If you’re looking for her around town, she can usually be spotted at Starbucks contemplating the perfect crime over a cup of Sumatra.

She has a serious social media addiction, is obsessed with GIFs


Links to Anita’s Website, blog, books, etc.

Buy links for The Dead Dog Trilogy

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTTSG5S
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GTTSG5S
CAN: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07GTTSG5S
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GTTSG5S

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Anita is giving away an ebook copy of THE DEAD DOG TRILOGY to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog. Good luck!

Thanks, Anita, for sharing your book with us!

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11 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE DEAD DOG TRILOGY, Boxed Set: A Gritty Psychological Thriller Trilogy by Anita Rodgers #Hard-boiled #Mysteries

  1. This book sounds thrilling! It’s a bit different and should appeal to a lot of readers.

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Anita, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I do like psychological thriller books and yours sounds right up my alley. I really enjoyed getting to know Lottie. Love strong women who can take care of themselves. Love her dog’s name! Thanks for stopping by to share your book with us today!

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    My goodness! Now this is a twist on a trope you really don’t want to see but can’t wait to see what happens!!
    Love the character interview! Yo-Yo 🙂
    Nice narration and nice to meet you, Anita.
    Thank you, Karen and Anita.

  4. bn100 says:

    nice interview

  5. Linda Moffitt says:

    Great 👍 Interview
    Your Book 📖 Sounds Great 👍 Thanks for sharing it with us

    • Thanks, Linda. I was happy to share it. I really enjoyed writing it and getting to know Lottie Stark. She’s a pistol. I’m working on the next book with Lottie and plan to write a prequel to the trilogy as well.

    • Thanks, Linda,

      I was happy to share it with y’all. I really enjoyed writing it and getting to know Lottie Stark. She’s a pistol. I’m working on the next book with Lottie and plan to write a prequel to the trilogy as well.

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