Kim and Rory’s First Case!

Meet Kimberley West, gemologist, dog trainer and reluctant amateur sleuth

When an acquaintance lassoes her into joining a large wedding party, Kim figures the worst that could happen is having to buy an ugly dress. How could she have predicted that, at the very first gathering, one of the guests would steal the future bride’s antique diamond ring?

Now the bride-to-be wants Kim to identify the culprit before the groom discovers his family heirloom is missing.

With only two days to find the culprit, Kim must juggle the investigation with her busy schedule as a psychology professor and her bridesmaid duties – all while keeping up with a precocious standard poodle puppy.

And, oh, yeah, she also needs to survive a bizarre first date: helping an ornithologist capture some wayward, wily turkeys.

Combining her knowledge of gemstones and psychology, Kim creates a unique sleuthing style to tackle her first mystery.

Lynn Franklin and Dash the Standard Poodle


Tired of heroines who are too stupid to live? Longing for a fast-paced story without all the blood and gore? Craving likeable characters, challenging puzzles and a touch of romance? Yearning for a book that is both fun and edifying? And maybe a pair of precocious dogs to add a bit of humor?

You’ve come to the right place.

Read on.

Finalist! Dog Writers of America Writing Award!

The Poodle Who Ran Away From Home

Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery Series

The Antique Diamond: Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery .05
The Blue Diamond: Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery #1
The Pirate's Ruby: Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery #2
The Carolina Emerald: Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery #3
The Turquoise Treasure: Kimberley West Gemstone Mystery #4

“The characters are so real you’ll want to call them up and visit. And get invited to dinner.”

“Took me back to that oh-so-delicious time when I couldn’t put a book down.”

“A perfect whodunit with characters you will love and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end. Could not put it down.”