Author Cathy Pepe Releases Second Book About Grandma’s Gang Mysteries: Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers | Company


LOMPOC, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 26, 2022–

Author Cathy Pepe has published the second novel in the Grandma Gang children’s book series, Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers. The book continues the adventures of young detective Mary Grace and her brother Donny after they move to California to live with their grandmother who is part of a mystery-solving group known as the “Grandma Gang”. Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers can be purchased on or by visiting

In the thrilling sequel to The California Adventures of Mary Grace and Donny(2021), dogs began disappearing around the siblings’ adopted hometown on the West Coast, including Grandma Cathy’s two dogs – Krug and Kansas. Local authorities suspect the dognappers are responsible for all the missing animals. Who are the dognappers? Where are the dogs and how do I get them home? It’s a mystery only Donny, Mary Grace and the Grandma Gang can solve.

Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers is an exciting mystery with themes of friendship and responsibility for young audiences,” said Pepe. “Readers of all ages can enjoy this thrilling jaunt following Mary Grace, Donny and the Grandma Gang as they attempt to solve the mystery of the missing dogs.”

Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle e-book. The Grandma Gang book series is inspired by Pepe’s late younger brother, who suffered from Down syndrome and was the basis for the character of Donny. Ten percent of net proceeds from book sales will benefit Special Olympics, an international organization dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities to become able-bodied, productive and respected members of society through training and sports competition.

“I’m proud to support Special Olympics again with the sale of this book,” continued Pepe. “The organization creates incredible opportunities in sport for children and adults with developmental disabilities and it was an important part of life for Donny and our family.”

The first book in the Grandma Gang series, The California Adventures of Mary Grace and Donnywas a hit with readers, receiving a 4.9 out of 5 rating from Amazon and a perfect 4 out of 4 rating from OnlineBookClub, which also selected the novel as its May 2023 book of the month. the series will be forthcoming, including Donny and Mary Grace and the ugly marbles. To learn more about Grandma Gang Mysteries, including how to purchase books and support Special Olympics, please visit

About Cathy Pepe

Cathy Pepe is a retired lawyer, mother of two children and sister of three children, including the real Donny. Cathy started writing the Grandma Gang series during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to share stories inspired by her brother. She grew up in Long Beach, CA with three siblings and now resides in Lompoc, CA, where the books are based. While the Grandma Gang Mysteries are fiction, many characters and incidents were inspired by Donny and the rest of his amazing family.

Prior to writing Grandma Gang Mysteries, Cathy was an accomplished attorney at an international law firm and became the firm’s first female partner specializing in labor and employment law. She attended law school after being home with her two sons for 11 years, funding her tuition by winning two game shows.

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