Canadian author, Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, known as the “Writer on the Run” in literary circles, presents the “Detective Toby Mysteries” for your reading pleasure.

Who could not fall in love with an oversized orange tabby cat with an attitude? Good thing for that attitude, too, because in Toby’s opinion, the police would never be able to solve a crime without him!

The “Detective Toby Mystery Series” is growing in popularity; you won’t want to miss a single adventure as Toby sets about figuring out “who done it!” These books are “cozy mysteries” at their best!


Bev Katalenas – Five Stars! – What great books! They are fast paced and the perfect reads to bring along on my vacation. I especially loved Toby! Now I am wondering what my orange tabby cat is up to when he heads out the door. I highly recommend!

Isobel Dobbin – Intriguing and full of surprises. I couldn’t put the books down!

Barb – Gripping and fast-paced books with suspense, detail and drama. Masterfully written. Toby, the cat is quite an insightful detective. I look forward to seeing where Toby might lead us in the future.

Myra Houston Are You Listening to Me? is a great book! I love Toby – he is a great cat!

Donna Fischbacher I really enjoyed your book ( Are You Listening to Me ) Toby is wonderful, along with a good story plot. I sure hope we will hear some more of Toby’s adventures.

Mirella VanDerZyl On a rainy or snowy afternoon, find a comfortable chair , with a steaming cup of tea or coffee beside you, spend a perfectly relaxed time getting into amazingly pleasant and entertaining books. It is an interesting treat for someone special like you. I enjoyed the books greatly.

Regina Jetleb Everyone’s favourite orange tabby, Toby, is all about the adventure of discovering “who done it!” Readers will happily dive headlong into these heart-stopping mysteries with Toby, and Jack, his affectionate, indulgent owner. Feisty, intelligent Toby has a nose for solving crimes and being in the right spot at the right time. Whether he’s crouched in trees, spying on the bad guys, or going for seconds at every meal, he’s consistently a thorn in the side of criminals, and solidly on the side of good.
I try desperately to savour these books, but ended up reading ever more quickly (in between bursts of laughing out loud at Toby’s unique take on the situations he finds himself in) to reach the end and find out how Toby manages to overcome the bad guys time after time.
The “Detective Toby Mysteries” are delightful cozy mysteries sure to please….and, for sure, they will keep you up late, turning pages!

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It is said that cats have nine lives – how lucky they are!

Detective Toby doesn’t need luck to solve crimes. This feline has a sense for “who done it” in all the crimes he solves. The Detective Toby Mysteries are cozy mysteries at their best!

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Saving Alora

by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Detective Toby, our favourite feline sleuth, is upset at who and what he sees moving in next door where his friend, Emma, used to live. A kid is bad enough – but a dog, too!However, Toby soon learns that something tragic seems to have happened in the lives of the new neighbours. When the little girl, Alora, is kidnapped, Toby is back on the job. However, this time, Toby must employ the assistance of the dog to find Alora and save her from a horrific fate.

Saving Alora is a Cozy Mystery with the usual feline touches of humour that Toby brings to all his cases as he races against time to save Alora!

Cover art by Canadian artist, Jennifer Bettio

Cover layout by Josef Stevens, Smashing Pixels


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Are You Listening To Me?

by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Camden Gale and his sister, Emma, have had a tough life. Camden has become paranoid/delusional about everything and everyone around him, and he and Emma are always moving. When things begin to heat up for Camden on the West Coast, he takes a job at a new gym in the small city of Brantford, Ontario.

However, Camden, who is hoping for a fresh start, is losing complete control of his emotions. Does Camden stand a chance of keeping his dark deeds a secret when he and Emma move next door to a retired police officer and an overzealous orange tabby cat by the name of Toby?––Detective Toby! Toby has a feline sense for solving crimes, and the moment he meets Camden, he smells trouble!

“Are You Listening to Me?” is a murder mystery with a comedic, feline twist!

Cover art by Canadian artist, Jennifer Bettio

Cover layout by Terry Davis, Ball Media

An Excerpt From “Are You Listening to Me?

An Excerpt From

“Are You Listening to Me?


          It’s been a while since my last big case, so I will jog your memory about who I am. My name is Toby, and I live with Jack Nelson, a retired cop. I used to be quite stout, but since venturing into police work, I have put myself on a rigorous routine of fitness and healthy eating. That doesn’t always work out for me because, as my nature dictates, I am inclined to be a tad lazy sometimes––most of the time, actually. And I never miss a meal or a snack if I am passing through the kitchen. My hair is red;  I once heard someone say redheads were God’s chosen people, so I assume that goes for cats too.

          Now do you remember? Yes, I am a cat––Detective Toby. I solved a crime about six months ago when Jack’s friend went loony and kidnapped his own kids. I saw through him right from the beginning; Jack didn’t. If it hadn’t been for me, goodness knows what would have happened to those kids. I was a hero, and everyone was grateful to me. The police department awarded me with a framed certificate, which certified I was a ‘Class-A Detective.’ I was told I was welcome any time down at the police station, which I take full advantage of every time Jack visits the captain, Bryce Wagner.

          There have been a lot of changes in the past six months. Jack renovated the back door. I now have my own special cat door so I can come and go from the house as I please. Jack figured if another crime needed investigating, I wouldn’t have to wait for someone to open the door to get out and about detectiving if I had my own. There have also been some significant changes on the street. The old gym that used to be owned by Mardy Hampton was sold, and the new owners tore down the old building and are constructing a new one. I heard Jack say they were hoping to have it up and running by early spring. Jack has been talking about getting out of the neighbourhood for a time because he can’t sleep well with all the banging going on. Personally, I can sleep through most anything, but the 24-hour noise is starting to get to me, too.

          At first, I thought Jack was going to move us completely out of the neighbourhood, but was relieved when I saw him just packing for a camping trip in his old campervan. I knew he wouldn’t leave me behind since I accompanied him most places now. I won’t bore you with the details of our month-long excursion through Northern Ontario because it isn’t relevant to the story that is going to unfold in the pages to follow.

          Enough introductions. You know who I am now and you will be hearing more from me as the story of what happened during the summer of 2009 on the street where I live unfolds.


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Running Away From Loneliness

by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Jack, a retired police officer, decides he and Toby, his oversized orange tabby, need a holiday after their last big case, so Jack rents a lake cottage in the Kingston area.

Violet is lonely and tired of being everyone’s go-to. Having wanted to write a novel for years, she decides the only way she will be able to is to “run away.” She also rents a lake cottage not far from Kingston.

Syd has escaped from the Kingston Penitentiary and is looking for a place to hide out. Thinking the cottage he comes across might be empty, he enters, only to be confronted by Violet. He knows there is an overzealous, crooked prison guard after him, who will do everything in his power to ensure Syd isn’t delivered alive back to the prison. Can this woman – Violet – who is interested in his horrific story, possibly help save his life?

Toby doesn’t want to go fishing with Jack. Instead, he takes a walk along the shoreline and comes upon Violet’s cabin. His detective senses tell him something is wrong, realizing the woman in the cabin is in trouble!

“Running Away From Loneliness” takes you on exciting twists and turns as our favourite cat detective, Toby, gets down to the business of saving Violet!

Cover art by Canadian artist, Jennifer Bettio

Cover layout by Terry Davis, Ball Media

Some things in life are worse than loneliness. Everyone around you thinking that all is good in your life––that you are a rock they can come to, to pour out their troubles to, that you will fix everything with a smile and an assurance all will be well in their lives and in the world—that is worse than loneliness.

Such a person was Violet Saunders, but she had finally come to a breaking point. She was tired of being there for everyone else. She was tired of trying to fix everything for the people around her. She was tired of not having the moments to herself she longed for, for so many years––for too many years. She was just plain tired of her lonely life.

Violet sat curled up on the couch, her knees hugged close to her chest. There was nothing on television; it was one of those off nights when not one of her favourite shows was playing. A tear slid out of her right eye, followed by another on the other side. Suddenly, the dam burst. It was a flood that had been hiding for a long time, just waiting until she was ready to release the gates. She grabbed a pillow from the couch and buried her face in it, letting the material absorb her pain.



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Past Ghosts

by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour