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Paula Munier Lee is the pseudonym of American literary agent and USA Today bestselling author of mystery novels, Paula Munier.

She is best known for writing the bestselling Mercy Carr Mysteries.

From her time as a journalist, where she wrote numerous stories, articles, essays, collateral, and blogs, to her current reinvention as an author and a literary agent, one thing has remained constant: her love for words.

With more than 20-years experience in her field, Paula has worked with media powerhouses such as WGBH, Fidelity, Disney, Gannett, and many more.

Passionate about telling great stories and selling them as well, Paula’s A Borrowing of Bones (2018), the first of the Mercy Carr Mysteries, won the Dogwise Book of the Year Award.

She credits the success of her Mission K9 Rescue to the inspiration by her own rescue dogs and her undying love of New England.

Paula lives in New England with her family and numerous canines.

More about Paula Munier Lee

Genre: Mystery

United States

Pseudonym: Paula Munier Lee


Non Series

  • Emerald's Desire (1995)

Mercy Carr Mystery

  1. A Borrowing of Bones (2018)
  2. Blind Search (2019)
  3. The Hiding Place (2021)
  4. The Wedding Plot (2022)


  1. Rescue Me (2020)
  2. 12 Dog Days of Christmas (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Emerald's Desire

Emma Lambourne, born into a life of wealth and comfort, is shattered by her mother’s sudden death. Orphan at eighteen, she turns to her grandmother for solace, only to learn a shocking secret: Emma was adopted, and never a real Lambourne. Abandoned by the only family she’s ever known, Emma is alone without love.

Desperate to discover who she really is, Emma risks everything to follow the only clue she has: a fragment of a priceless Celtic bracelet. Together with her best friend, Sam Tyler, she traces the ancient relic to Ireland, the land of emerald hills. Against such enormous odds, can Emma find her true identity, her true family, and even her true love?

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-1535532129
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Mercy Carr Mystery

A Borrowing of Bones

Grief and guilt are the ghosts that haunt you when you survive what others do not….

After their last deployment, when she got shot, her fiancé Martinez got killed and his bomb-sniffing dog Elvis got depressed, soldier Mercy Carr and Elvis were both sent home, her late lover’s last words ringing in her ears: “Take care of my partner.”

Together the two former military police―one twenty-nine-year-old two-legged female with wounds deeper than skin and one handsome five-year-old four-legged Malinois with canine PTSD―march off their grief mile after mile in the beautiful remote Vermont wilderness.

Even on the Fourth of July weekend, when all of Northshire celebrates with fun and frolic and fireworks, it’s just another walk in the woods for Mercy and Elvis―until the dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones.

U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Northshire safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.

It’s a call to action Mercy and Elvis cannot ignore, no matter what the cost.

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B079DWHDWD
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Blind Search

It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains—and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest—and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer—before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07NTMV3YR
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Hiding Place

Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve.

When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.

The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her.

She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother—before it’s too late.

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08BYDK2DV
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Wedding Plot

Love never dies a natural death…

When Mercy’s grandmother Patience marries her longtime beau Claude Renault at the five-star Lady’s Slipper Inn, it promises to be the destination wedding of the year. Just as the four-day extravaganza is due to begin, the inn’s spa director Bodhi St. George disappears—and Mercy’s mother Grace sends Mercy and Elvis to find him. But what they discover instead is a stranger skewered by a pitchfork in the barn on the goat farm where St. George lived.

As Mercy tries to figure out who the victim is and where St. George is hiding, the bride and groom’s estranged relations gather for the first of the pre-wedding festivities. Long-buried rivalries and resentments surface—and Mercy realizes that they’re all keeping secrets that could tear both families apart. 

When Elvis interrupts the escalating melodrama to alert Mercy to an intruder on the estate, she finds a wounded St. George in the cottage where she and Troy are staying. St. George is not who he says he is—but when he escapes from the hospital and disappears again, Mercy thinks he’s gone for good. With the wedding imminent and the families at each other’s throats, she decides finding St. George will have to wait.

The big day arrives—but the danger is far from over. With the families and the festivities still under threat, it’s up to Mercy and Elvis together with Troy and Susie Bear to stop the killer and save the bride and groom—before death do they part.

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09CNF3X3W
Publisher: Minotaur Books


Rescue Me

THE ROSIE PROJECT meets MUST LOVE DOGS in this fun rom-com short story in which socially awkward web designer Zach crushes on Halley, the pretty artist who owns and runs his favorite coffee shop. He figures the way to her heart is through the café mascot, her friendly basset hound. But dog-fearing Zach is getting nowhere with Halley or her dog, when she invites him to a dog adoption event at her café—and he finds himself face to face with the enormous black shaggy mutt that could be the key to his romantic future.

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B084KKD2XN
Publisher: New Shelves Publishing
12 Dog Days of Christmas

Zach and his rescue dog Ringo are back in this heartwarming holiday story of reindogs, romance, and the true meaning of Christmas. With Zach's mom in Bali and the woman of his dreams gone AWOL, he's facing a Christmas alone with Ringo—until Tessa the cute veterinarian appears at his door with an offer he and Ringo can't refuse.

It's a Christmas he'll never forget....

Author: Paula Munier Lee
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B08PG1TR4R
Publisher: New Shelves Publishing