Sparkle Abbey

Sparkle AbbeySparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets - Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.)

Mary Lee

Mary Lee Salsbury Woods is the "Sparkle" half of Sparkle Abbey. She is president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies.

Prior to publishing the Pampered Pet Mystery series with Bell Bridge Books, Mary Lee won first place in the Daphne du Maurier contest, sponsored by the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA, and was a finalist in Murder in the Grove’s mystery contest, as well as Killer Nashville’s Claymore Dagger contest.

Mary Lee is an avid reader and supporter of public libraries. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Tim, and Sparkle the rescue cat namesake of Sparkle Abbey. In her day job she is the non-techie in the City of Des Moines IT Department. Any spare time she spends reading and enjoying her two sons and daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren.

Anita Carter

Anita Carter is the "Abbey” half of Sparkle Abbey. She is Vice-President of Sister’s In Crime – Iowa and is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter.

She grew up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and the Margo Mystery series by Jerry B Jenkins (years before his popular Left Behind Series.) Her family is glad all the years of "fending for yourself” dinners of spaghetti and frozen pizza have finally paid off even though they haven't stopped.

In Anita’s day job, she works for Manpower Inc., of Des Moines in sales and marketing. She lives in Des Moines Iowa with her husband and four children, son-in-law, grandchild and two rescue dogs, Abby and Chewy.

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Her Books from BelleBooks/Bell Bridge Books

Barking With the Stars
Raiders of the Lost Bark
Downton Tabby
The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo
Fifty Shades of Greyhound
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang
Get Fluffy
Desperate Housedogs