Casey Jones Series

Meet Casey Jones — an unlicensed, no-nonsense private detective who hides 160 pounds of muscle with an in-your-face femme fatale style. She’s bold, she’s bad and, most of all she’s nobody’s fool. Underneath her wisecracking 100% Southern exterior, there beats a 14-carat heart with a definite soft spot for life’s losers. With the brains to take on any challenge and the guts to impose her own brand of justice, Casey Jones has what it takes to be your best friend-or your very worst enemy. She wouldn’t be caught dead whining over a lousy boyfriend or asking for help. She’s too busy lifting weights, running off at the mouth and making doughnut runs for her overstuffed business partner, the larger-than-life Bobby D., a 360-pound Lothario whose little black book is almost as big as his appetite. With a stretch in a Florida pen behind her and no official PI license, Casey comes from nothing and has nothing to lose. She lives full speed ahead with a healthy respect for the screw ups of others. This series revolves around Casey and Bobby, as well as a cast of supporting players from all social strata. There’s lots of action, lots of humor, lots of local color. The books are all set in or near North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The series is best described as irreverant and frequently bawdy — but not without its insights into human nature.

Legwork

Legwork

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In Legwork, the first book in the Casey Jones series, P.I. Casey Jones wins an assignment as bodyguard to Senatorial candidate Mary Lee Masters, only to have it turn into a murder investigation when someone dumps a corpse in the candidate’s car, branding Masters as a killer with only weeks to go before the election. Masters’ opponent is highly skilled and indisputably handsome, causing problems for Casey while challenging her views of good and bad politicians. Casey must unravel the tangled loyalties of N.C. good old boy politics, puzzle out the contradictions of Southern feminism, confront the realities of her upbringing and dodge everything from cross-bows to irate mothers in her search to find the real killer — all while contemplating new objects of her fickle and frequently bestowed affections.


Out of Time

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This time around, Casey takes on a case that batters her once-sturdy body and threatens to expose her closest held secret. When her investigation into the case of a woman on death row sets her at odds with her hometown police force, Casey quickly learns that true blue friends aren’t necessarily clad in blue. One by one, bodies begin to fall, while Casey holds her ground.  She must race to uncover the truth before more people die and before she takes the rap for their murders. With the help of an unlikely pair of bloodhounds and even more unlikely allies, Casey battles back to reclaim her clients life and her own, and to set a trap for a very clever killer before time runs out.


Money to Burn

Money to Burn

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After a favorite client gets killed on her watch, Casey vows to find the killer no matter what the cost, either personally or professionally. When the trail leads her into the rarefied ranks of North Carolina’s social elite, Casey’s dirt poor childhood comes rushing back in a wave of self-doubt that adds fire to her considerable fury. She fights to regain her self-confidence and expose an incendiary killer out to destroy more than her name.  Casey moves from farmland to the mountains, from debutante balls to drag bars, from boardrooms to bedrooms– and even down the prickly path of lust at first sight–as she battles unknown enemies anxious to see her, quite literally, to go up in flames.


Bad to the Bone

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At first, Casey proves a sucker for the fragile blonde who claims her estranged husband has disappeared with their child. But Casey soons begins to suspect that the lovely Tawny Bledsoe has played her for a fool. Especially when Casey gets stiffed on the fee, then finds herself embroiled in a murder case with Tawny’s name written all over it. Bad check in hand and a bad taste in her mouth, Casey resolves to stop Tawny once and for all. The battle quickly turns personal with Tawny proves more than a match for the irrepressible Casey. Ego rattled, Casey laces up her high-tops to track her nemesis to Florida for a Saturday night cat fight, leaving her sweet-and-sour southern ways far behind in order to prove that Tawny Bledsoe is one bad to the bone babe who belongs behind bars — no matter what it takes to bring her in.


Better Off Dead

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It takes a lot to faze Casey Jones, but there are still some cases that hit her like a piledriver to the gut. This is one of them. Helen McInnes, the victim of a horrible crime, barely escaped with her life. Traumatized by the experience, she can no longer set foot outside her home. Further devastated by her attacker’s acquittal and the anonymous threats she begins to receive, Helen turns to Casey for help in reclaiming her life. Leaving Helen with a motley crew of bodyguards — including Casey’s temperamental boyfriend, her corpulent partner Bobby D., his  rotund paramour Fanny and a nearly comatose dog named Killer — Casey heads back to school, prowling Duke University with a different education in mind: one that will help her unmask a fiend w ho is using the campus as his personal hunting ground.


Bad Moon on the Rise

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When a young basketball star and his drug-addicted mother disappear without a trace, the boy’s ailing grandmother begs a reluctant Casey to find him before she dies. But even the normally unflappable Casey Jones is thrown for a loop when she discovers evidence of a murder in their wake and uncovers a shocking secret about the identity of the boy’s father. Casey has a difficult time separating her professional and personal judgment — with disastrous results that put her freedom at peril and endanger the boy’s well being.


“If you like Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, or Sparkle Hayter, you’ll love Katy Munger!”
— Murder, Ink
 “Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don’t miss her.”
— Janet Evanovich

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  1. Are there no other Casey Jones books?

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  2. This is one of the best series I have read. Never fails to make me laugh. I have been hooked since the first book. I am now on the third book. I can’t wait to read the rest. Once I start one of these books I can’t put them down!

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  3. If you are an Amazon Prime member, the kindle version of the Casey Jones series is free! About to start the first one! Legwork (#1 Casey Jones Mystery Series)

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  4. Just came back to say I really liked Legwork! I love a mystery that is also VERY funny and fun, easy to read….with a woman herione too. Great expressions and excellent characters. I just picked up #2 in the Casey Jones series. The only problem…I have time to read only on my commute on the train…I can say I NEVER wanted my commute to last longer, these books make the grind of my commute go lightening quick. Thank you for such great writing, Katy!

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  5. More Casey Jones, PLEASE!!!!!!

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  6. Love the Casey Jones series! Am now reading Book 3 of the Hubbert and Lil series, the one which introduces Casey Jones. Love this series too. Will be sad when I get to the final book in the series. What I like are the interesting characterization and clever dialogue.

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  7. Susan Viereck says:

    I have two of your books and enjoyed very much.

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  8. More Casey Jones please. I have just read them all. I love her.

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    • I will work on that, Val! Thank you for posting and letting me know you love her as much as I do.

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      • I love the Casey Jones series and would enjoy more! Please!

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      • Terri Ann Best Toal says:

        Please, please, please write more Casey Jones!!!! I have read all six books back to back, and don’t want her story to end. She’s a character I identify with and appreciate the insights (and humor) that come out of each book. Love the ending to Bad Moon on the Rise, but I know there’s many more adventures to send Casey and her significant other on together (I won’t spoil by telling *who*) in the future. Here’s to awaiting more of my favorite smart-mouthed P.I. 🙂

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  9. arichmond1228@comcast.net says:

    Are you finished with Casey jones or will there be another

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  10. Elise Maloof says:

    I have been waiting to read Bad Moon On The Rise forever because it is the last in the series. REALLY need MORE, please! Hubbert and Lil too.

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  11. Sorry to come to last installment of the Casey Jones series. This is a thoroughly entertaining series and has me laughing out loud in most public of places. I simply tell people what I am reading and that it is a little too edgy to read out loud in that circumstance. I, however, need more on the horizon from this most unusual character. Hope you will add to the stories.

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  12. I am actually grateful to the owner of this website
    who has shared this impressive piece of writing at at this
    place.

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  13. Can’t we please at least have another Casey Jones where she finds out what happened to her parents?
    I have loved this series and your style of writing, forever. As much as I’ve enjoyed reading and re-reading Casey, I’d love to hear what she, Bill Butler & Bobby D have been up to.

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  14. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    I am reading book 5 of the Casey Jones series and I am enjoying them but I am confused about the relationship between her and bill.
    She seems to call him when she needs something and he helps her. Then she says how she doesn’t like him
    Could you explain this please.
    Thank you
    Eugene Risner

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    • There are many reasons why I chose to make the relationship between Casey and Bill Butler so rocky. The first is that I envisioned Casey as a character still suffering from the traumatic deaths of her parents as a child. The abrupt anner in which she lost her parents ha left her fearful of losing other people she loves and, so, incapable of trusting many people or committing emotionally. This shows up in her self-destructive behavior when it comes to relationships. You can see that pattern in other relationships she has over the arc of the series. You can also see glimpses of her childhood in the way Bobby and Fanny become her de facto parents, of sorts, eventually, after a lot of trust building has occurred. I also love the idea of flawed heroes, they are much more interesting to me, and this is one of her main flaws. Casey was also created as someone who does have insecurities, despite her apparent confidence, especially when she feels outclassed by others. Although I disagree, she thinks she is not quite good enough for Bill, and too non-traditional for him (not thin enough; not blonde enough; not subservient enough), and she often rejects him before he can (she thinks) reject her. Bill Butler also represents the law enforcement establishment, while Casey is an outsider… yet both share a similar desire to see justice done. I deliberately want there to be tension between these two quite different examples of people who seek to solve crimes and give victims justice. I also found Bll Butler to be a bit band for my tastes after creating him, and wanted to put him on the back burner to explore more interesting (to me) characters like Burly and to be able to depict Casey’s attraction to various male clients. These are my explanations as the author, of course, but readers are invited to (and should) bring their own interpretations t0 the dynamic between them. Thanks for asking one of the more interesting questions I have gotten here! – KM

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  15. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    I sent you a comment and a question.
    Why did Casey treat Bill like she did?
    He was always there for her and she just threw him away.
    What was the point of his character?
    Thank you
    Eugene Risner

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  16. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    Why do you write that you want to her from readers and then you don’t respond?

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    • Hi Eugene! First of all, thanks for reading my books and for coming here to look at my blog. I will answer your other questions under the original posts so that other readers who are interested in your questions can see them. As for why I don’t immediately answer people’s questions here: as I mentioned on my home page, I am juggling a demanding full time job and family responsibilities in addition to writing. So I am not the kind of person who can afford to spend a lot of time online or on social media. Unfortunately, when I have a few moments free I often have to make the choice between feeding my blog/answering reader comments and actually writing my books. I am usually so desperate to get a little writing time in that I often take at least a few days to answer readers. Most of them are quite understanding about it. I eventually answer but not always as quickly as readers would like, alas. Thanks again for reading the Casey book! — Katy Munge

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  17. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    As I said I enjoyed the first five book. I have not read number 6 I tend to pick a male chapter in the beginning and I am disappointed that she didn’t pick bill.
    If you are planning on more books I will read six then.
    I apologize if I said something wrong but I get tired of being blown off by authors who want to hear from you. Lol
    Thank you for your response
    Eugene Risner

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  18. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    I have read a lot of these stories and 1 thing that is the same in all is that the author wants you to relate or feel sympathy for the heroine for what was done to her.
    What I don’t get is why it’s ok that she treats someone else badly and it’s just ,oh well.
    Casey called Bill when she needed backup and help,and he was there for her.
    And yet when it was over she wanted nothing to do with him?
    I have sympathy for the heroine until she does this,then I don’t like her as much.
    I hope that when you write him out that you kill him off and not drag it out.
    Thank you
    Eugene Risner

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  19. Eugene Risner says:

    Hi
    So what you are saying is that Bill only meant something to Casey when he could do something for her.
    After that it was just get lost?
    Eugene Risner

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  20. Hi, I really love this series, I hope there will be more.

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    • Hi Theresa! Have you read all six? If so, I am considering finishing the two Caseys I have in progress for all of the readers who have finished the six I have written to date. Just need to decide which one to finish first: strippers/bikers or private girl’s school. Any preferences? 🙂

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      • Hi, yes I have read all six (and really enjoyed them all). I have no preference as long as there is another! (or two) 😊

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      • Hi please please do finish them! I read your books when they first came out and they were my favourite. I was delighted to discover them on Kindle and have been rereading them and enjoying them even more than the first time. I love Casey, what a strong female character. I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to them when she is old enough. Thank you!

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  21. S. Willis says:

    Please don’t stop at 6 in the series! I’m ready for more of Casey and Bobby D! Please say there will be more !

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