Kathryn O'Sullivan Neighing with Fire

Neighing with Fire

Pacific Book Awards Finalist in Suspense & Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee

"O'Sullivan's well-crafted mysteries invoke the senses with rich details of the scenery and pace of life in the popular North Carolina tourist area." - Booklist

"Kathryn O'Sullivan's third entry in the Colleen McCabe series, Neighing with Fire (following Murder on the Hoof and its debut, Foal Play) is the most delightful, most intriguing one yet." - Joseph B. Hoyos, Gumshoe Review


Murder on the Hoof

Foal Play

Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Winner

“Smalltown hilarity buoys O’Sullivan’s charming debut… Readers will enjoy the quirky supporting cast – from Pinky Salvatore, the town’s closest thing to a criminal, to Little Bobby, Myrtle’s beleaguered only child… The Outer Banks setting, home to wild mustangs, adds to the appeal.” – Publishers Weekly

“The setting, unusual occupation of the protagonist, and the supporting cast of small-town characters all mesh nicely in this humor-laden, thoroughly absorbing cozy.” – Booklist

Kathryn O'Sullivan Foal Play

Murder on the Hoof

“Step inside this wonderfully executed story where the residents are a friendly and eclectic group of people who will delight you with their interaction and dialogue.” – Dru’s Book Musings

“This is a fun jigsaw-puzzle of a mystery that will keep you guessing until the climactic town theater production. What really makes this mystery series special is the protagonist.  I love that she’s defying gender roles by heading up a fire department.” – Jessica Sinn, Chick Lit Café

“The Colleen McCabe mystery series is the hottest new entry in Outer Banks fiction.” – Russ Lay, The Outer Banks Voice

Latest News

WHEN EARTH SHALL BE NO MORE to be published by Secant Publishing

I am excited to announce my latest book, WHEN EARTH SHALL BE NO MORE, a science fiction thriller written with Paul Awad, has been acquired by Ron Sauder at Secant Publishing and will be published in 2022! More details to come!

BICENTENNIAL BONSAI to Screen at Loudoun Arts & Utopia Film Festivals


BICENTENNIAL BONSAI: EMISSARIES OF PEACE, the documentary I wrote and co-produced with Paul Awad, will screen at the Loudoun Arts Film Festival (September 10-13 & 17-19, 2021) and the Utopia Film Festival (November 19-22, 2021). The film chronicles the historic gift of 53 priceless bonsai from Japan to the United States in celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial.

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"If more people did bonsai, there would be more peace in the world." - Saburo Kato, bonsai master

Gravitas Ventures Releases A SAVAGE NATURE on VOD

On August 3, 2021, Gravitas Ventures releases A SAVAGE NATURE, the crime drama/thriller feature I produced and co-wrote with Paul Awad.

The film stars Joanna Whicker, Steve Polites, Jon Hudson Odom, Joseph Carlson, Frank Riley III, and Rayanne Gonzales.

Film Synopsis: On the evening of their wedding anniversary, a trouble couple attempts to make a fresh start, but things take an unexpected turn when sinister strangers invade their home. As the night unfolds, loyalties shift, secrets spill, and lives shatter.

Go to savagenaturemovie.com to check out Cable On Demand, Internet On Demand, DVD, and Blue-Ray availability.


THE BEAT OF BLACK WINGS Anthology Nominated for 2021 Anthony Award

I’m thrilled to learn THE BEAT OF BLACK WINGS: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL has been nominated for the 2021 Anthony Award for Best Anthology. The anthology of twenty-six stories includes my short story “Big Yellow Taxi.” "Big Yellow Taxi" is about a music professor who plots the demise of an upstart colleague in an effort to restore harmony to her world. The anthology is edited by Josh Pachter and available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook from Untreed Reads.

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