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By Helene Tursten, Steven T. Murray. 1998
One of the most prominent citizens of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his death off an apartment balcony, but what appears…to be a "society suicide" soon reveals itself to be a carefully plotted murder. <P><P> Irene Huss finds herself embroiled in a complex and high-stakes investigation. As Huss and her team begin to uncover the victim's hidden past, they are dragged into Sweden's seamy underworld of street gangs, struggling immigrants, and neo-Nazis in order to catch the killer.<P>
By Marsali Taylor. 2021
'This series is a must-read for anyone who loves the sea, or islands, or joyous, intricate story-telling.' ANN CLEEVESMarsali Taylor…returns with the ninth gripping mystery in her Shetland Sailing Mystery series.While onboard her last chartered sailing trip of the season, Cass Lynch is awoken in the middle of the night by a Mayday call to the Shetland coastguard. A fishing vessel has become trapped on the rocks off the coast of one of the islands.In the days that follow, there's both a shocking murder and a baffling death. On the surface there's no link, but when Cass becomes involved it is soon clear that her life is also in danger.Convinced that someone sinister is at work in these Shetland waters, Cass is determined to find and stop them. But uncovering the truth could prove to be deadly . . .Readers LOVE the Shetland Sailing Mysteries:'Definitely the best of the Cass Lynch series yet!' 5* Reader Review'The beautiful descriptions of Shetland life, traditions, it's landscape and even language bring everything to life.' 5* Reader Review'This series gets better and better' 5* Reader Review'A beautifully written story, with descriptions so vivid you can smell the sea and beautiful countryside.' 5* Reader Review'The perfect lockdown read for anyone who longs to be back on the sea.' 5* Reader Review
By Elly Griffiths. 2018
In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway—“a captivating amateur sleuth” (Louise Penny)—and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval…Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones. It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying? Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she’s thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth’s findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.
By Dorothy St. James. 2021
When small-town assistant librarian Tru Beckett sets up a secret book room in her newly modernized library, she discovers that…protecting the printed word is harder than she&’d ever imagined. In fact, it&’s murder.Trudell Becket, known to her friends as Tru, finds herself in a bind when her library in lovely Cypress, South Carolina, is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless &“technological center.&” A library with no books breaks Tru&’s book-loving heart so she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the town dump. Under the cover of darkness, Tru, along with her best friends—coffee shop owner Tori Green and mysterious bestselling author Flossie Finnegan-Baker—set up a secret bookroom in the library&’s basement and prepare to open it to their most loyal, trustworthy patrons.But as Tru and her crew are putting the finishing touches on their new book room, the town manager, who was behind the big push for the library&’s transformation, is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs. Tru becomes the prime suspect as she hadn&’t hid the fact that she hated having all of those wonderful books replaced by tablets and computers. But if she gives the police her alibi, she&’ll have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books.Tru knows she&’s in a heap of trouble, and it doesn&’t help that the officer in charge of the case is her old crush from high school, who broke her teenaged heart. To keep herself out of jail and her beloved bookroom up and running, Tru—with the help of Tori, Flossie, and a brown tabby stray cat named Dewey Decimal—decides to investigate. And faster than you can say &“Shhhh!&” Tru quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter. . . .
By Susan Wilkins. 2020
&‘Fast paced… I have to admit I struggled to put this book down, grabbing five minutes here and there just…to finish it!… Fantastic read, would definitely recommend!&’ Stardust Book Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Detective Megan Thomas&’s latest case is far too close to home…A woman is found on a beach, weeping over her missing child.A businessman&’s broken body is found on the floor of a luxury flat.Detective Megan Thomas thought that moving to the beautiful coastline of Devon would be quieter than her undercover life in London. But the cases she&’s working on prove that evil can strike anywhere, and she&’s determined to put it right.But when her sister is identified as a key suspect, Megan faces a terrible dilemma: her family, or the truth?And when it seems the only way to find answers is to confront a killer, how much is she willing to risk?Fans of Ann Cleeves, Angela Marsons and Mari Hannah will be hooked by this incredibly gripping mystery thriller. Readers love Susan Wilkins&’ writing:&‘Absolutely brilliant!! From start to finish I was kept totally gripped. Full of twists and turns… Susan Wilkins is an amazing author and I can't wait for the next one.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Fast-paced, tightly plotted… Another dose of brilliant crime fiction. More please!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Compulsive and thoroughly captivating… I found myself unable to tear myself away and as a consequence read it all in a single tense sitting… Bags of suspense and action wrapped up in a thrillingly plotted story&’ Reader&’s Retreat, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Gripped from start to finish… I am in awe.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Addictive and enthralling!… Devoured this book in just one sitting, it was that addictive.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘I absolutely devouredClose to the Bone… gripping, thrilling and draws you straight in… impossible to put down.&’ Goodreads Reviewer&‘My favourite read of 2020… I was engaged from the very first chapter… Brilliant&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Well, another success by Susan Wilkins!!… an action-packed crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages…
By Charlotte Duckworth. 2018
A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, PERFECT FOR FANS OF THE WHISPER NETWORK AND LIANE MORIARTY'A taut, chilling read with a killer…twist at the end' Sun'Brilliant and insidious' Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In'A compelling addictive read . . . I absolutely loved it' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect GirlfriendHelena is beautiful, privileged, happily married and the Creative Director for the UK's hottest luxury beauty retailer. She has everything that Ashley has ever wanted.When Ashley wins a job as Helena's assistant, she is determined to impress. But is Ashley the perfect protégée or a ruthless rival?When Helena discovers she is pregnant, Ashley's fierce ambition soon becomes apparent and it sets in motion a terrible series of events that could see both women lose everything . . .READERS ARE LOVING THE RIVAL'Tense, intriguing and satisfying' *****'Don't miss this gripping, shocking and poignant read' *****'Fantastic, brilliantly evocative' *****'A must-read' *****
By Angela Marsons. 2021
Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against…the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he&’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim&’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can&’t help feeling that something isn&’t quite right about the woman&’s reaction.Twenty-four hours later, the victim&’s family disappears into thin air.Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives.A secret that some police officers are also protecting.Faced with deceit from those she should be able to trust, family members who won&’t talk, and local reporter, Tracy Frost, opening a can of worms on the case of a woman murdered by her husband a year ago – Kim is in deep water like never before. Kim must find the motive if she is to find the killer who is systematically targeting and torturing his victims. But can she unlock the shocking truth and stop him before he strikes again?An absolutely jaw-dropping crime thriller from the number one, multi-million-copy bestselling author of the incredibly addictive Detective Kim Stone series.What readers are saying about Twisted Lies:&‘The jack, queen, king and ace of crime fiction…It keeps on delivering, and you can't stop reading it until the fantastic ending…Another mesmerizing and riveting read! I find it insulting to even rate it giving between one to five stars, because how many stars should you give to the sun?&’ The World Is Ours To Read, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘I must have uttered WTF out loud and in full many times…this may just be the best one in the series so far. I read it one afternoon…I devoured the pages, and couldn't get enough.&’ Rachel&’s Random Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘The most gripping, complicated, compelling and exciting outing for Kim Stone yet. You really won't be able to put it down.&’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘You are thrown straight into the action…I was invested in this book from the first page…gripping, thrilling and the plot moves at a great pace…my favourite book of the year…
By Susan Wilkins. 2020
&‘Compulsive and thoroughly captivating… I found myself unable to tear myself away… read it all in a single tense sitting……bags of suspense and action wrapped up in a thrillingly plotted story&’ Reader&’s Retreat, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐On the first day in her new job, Detective Megan Thomas is called to a murder. The body lies deep in an underground bunker, in the middle of beautiful countryside. The two women in the nearest house claim to have no idea who it could be or who could have put it there. So why are they so nervous? And why does Noah, the young child living there, talk about a visitor he&’s meant to keep secret?Megan is determined to solve the case. She&’s moved to Devon for a fresh start, after years spent undercover. But when she looks at the victim, it triggers a panic attack. As her heart races and her breathing stalls, she&’s forced to ask whether she can return to life in a regular crime unit. Her memories are too powerful to be buried, maybe too powerful to let her do her job. But the need to find justice for the unnamed victim still drives her.When another body is found on the stretch of beach where she swims every day, Megan realises that she is up against a truly vicious killer. Then Noah goes missing, and Megan finds herself in a race against time to save an innocent life. She won&’t rest until she finds answers – no matter what it might cost her.A completely gripping new series from bestselling author Susan Wilkins, introducing the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.What readers are saying about Buried Deep:&‘My favourite read of 2020… I was engaged from the very first chapter… Brilliant&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Extremely compulsive… my attention didn&’t waver for a second and I read it in one sitting… keeps the interest and tension going with timely reveals, unexpected developments and a clever plot&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘I loved the book and was gripped straight from the off. Susan&’s a great writer, building up the tension nicely and giving a thumping action-packed ending that really delivers.&’ Jessie Keane, author of The Knock&‘Addictive, gripping, twisty… how this story unfolds is just brilliant&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Thrilling… will have you gripped and enthralled right from the beginning… an addictive read&’ Once Upon A Time Book Blog&‘One of the best… compelling… I loved this book.&’ Nigeladamsbookworm, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘I lovedBuried Deep… a gripping plot that had me frantically flipping pages… If you haven't yet read this, you need to…
By Charlotte Duckworth. 2020
''The perfect read. Surprising and original'' LESLEY KARA ''Masterful . . . a great twist'' HARRIET TYCE''Doctor Foster meets Gone…Girl'' BP WALTERTHE PERFECT HUSBAND . . .After a difficult pregnancy, Esther is grateful that her husband Robin offers to put his career on hold so that she can return to the job she loves.But Esther finds leaving her daughter Riley behind more challenging than she''d thought. And soon the new imbalance in her relationship with Robin brings old tensions to the surface.OR A PERFECT LIE?Then one day Esther arrives home from work to find Robin and Riley are missing. As the police investigate their disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing about this modern-day family is what it seems...Is Robin the perfect father everyone thinks he is? Or was it all a perfect lie?''A real thriller of a ride with a twist I did NOT see coming'' NIKKI SMITH''An emotional and intelligently written thriller'' ELISABETH CARPENTER''Had me hooked from the first page'' RUTH HEALD''Realistic, gripping, emotional and distinctive'' NICOLA MOSTYN''Unpredictable, tense and engrossing'' REBECCA FLEET''I love Charlotte''s dark, messy takes on modern relationships'' CLAIRE MCGOWAN''Fresh, thrilling and packed with unstoppable tension'' LAUREN NORTH**********READERS ARE LOVING THE PERFECT FATHER''Deceit, ambition, suspense and betrayal: this book has it all'' *****''Gripping and nuanced'' *****''Totally twisty, dramatic and addictive'' *****''The best thriller I have read this year'' *****
By Karen Rose Smith. 2021
In Pennsylvania&’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson finds herself going back to school expecting to serve tea—only to get a crash…course in criminal justice . . . The faculty of Willow Creek High School are having a get-together after the spring concert with refreshments provided, courtesy of Daisy&’s Tea Garden. Oolong tea and chocolate biscuits are just what the staff needs to help them unwind from Althea Higgins&’ demanding curriculum. Her lessons on such controversial subjects as school uniforms and underqualified substitute teachers are earning her an F from her colleagues. But a failing grade was preferable to Althea falling victim to foul play. Daisy was there when her body was discovered in the school swimming pool, murdered by strangulation. Althea was certainly a strict, opinionated taskmaster, unliked by both teachers and students, but would any of them actually want to kill her? As Daisy starts asking questions, she gets a real education in Althea&’s history, discovering more than enough enemies with more than enough motives to cancel her classes permanently . . . Includes delicious recipes!
By Lynn Cahoon. 2021
Mia Malone conjures up delicacies while casting about for clues in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon&’s Two Wicked…Desserts, continuing her Kitchen Witch Mystery series . . . Magic Springs, Idaho, may be a small town, but Mia Malone is living an enchanted life running her own catering business and cooking school. And while she&’s teaching the locals culinary craft, her grandmother is teaching her witchcraft for the day she inherits the family magical spells that have been passed down for generations. Unfortunately, all that knowledge is not helping Mia or her grandmother in removing the spirit of warlock Dorian Alexander from Mia&’s cat Mr. Darcy. But even though Dorian hasn&’t yet left this earthly plane, his spells have already been transferred to his daughter Cindy&’s grimoire. An actress looking for her big Hollywood break, Cindy is hoping there&’s something in her father&’s bag of tricks to make her a star. But playing with magic has only resulted in a trip to Idaho where Cindy finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of a hitman whose body was found in the garden of Mia&’s Morsels. Now it&’s up to Mia to conjure up a killer before everything she&’s worked so hard for vanishes with a poof! Includes Recipes! Praise for Lynn Cahoon &“A cozy lover&’s dream come true.&” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries on The Tourist Trap Mysteries
By Traci Wilton. 2021
It&’s Fourth of July in Salem, Massachusetts—and B&B owner Charlene Morris is about to witness the shot heard &’round the…town . . . Madison Boswell, a beauty recently transplanted from Boston, is starring in the Independence Day play in this New England town full of colonial history—and, of course, witchcraft. Madison may not be a Wiccan, but she does seem to have certain hypnotic powers. And she&’s left some angry people in her wake, from a fellow actress beaten out for a role to a jealous betrayed wife. Now, as Charlene films the performance for her housemate, Jack—a handsome ghost who shares the Victorian bed-and-breakfast with her and her Persian cat—the drama queen takes a deadly bullet from what was supposed to be a prop gun. With a long list of suspects and lots of backstage whispers, it looks like the investigation by Charlene and Detective Sam Holden could set off some fireworks . . .
This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery…fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit… <P><P>Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah Swensen doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate! Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect. Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb—or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him—had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. <P><P>Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress? As orders pile up at The Cookie Jar—and children line up for Easter egg hunts—Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer . . . before another murder happens! Features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar! <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Angela M. Sanders. 2021
&“Zippy and fun, with just enough ambiance to satisfy readers seeking spooks and humor.&” —Kirkus Reviews Librarian Josie Way moved to…small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she&’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress&’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon&’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn&’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . . Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she&’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie&’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .
By Joanne Fluke. 2008
Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward…to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer. . .Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years--and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement. Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus's favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor--and Gus's corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest! A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus's return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus's past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer--even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise. . .Includes 12 original dessert recipes for you to try!
By Carlene O'Connor. 2020
The bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries sets her new series in Galway County, where former New York interior…designer Tara Meehan finds murder in the ruins. Former New Yorker and interior designer Tara Meehan is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of her architectural salvage shop Renewals in her newly adopted home of Galway. She's in the midst of preparations when heiress Veronica O'Farrell bursts in to announce she&’s ready for some renewal of her own. To celebrate one year of sobriety, she&’s invited seven people she wronged in her drinking days to historic Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in neighboring Connemara to make amends in style. But perhaps one among them is not so eager to pardon her past misdeeds. Veronica is found lying in the ruins of manor house Clifden Castle with an antique Tara Brooch buried in her heart—the same brooch Tara Meehan admired in her shop the day before, posting a photo with the caption: #Killerbrooch. Now she&’s a prime suspect, along with Veronica&’s guests, all of whom had motives to stab the heiress. It&’s up to Tara to pin down the guilty party . . .
By Julie Anne Lindsey. 2021
Autumn in Blossom Valley means pumpkin patches are ripe and Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe&’s cider shop is…flourishing. But with this season comes . . . A FATAL HARVEST The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley&’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter&’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That&’s why it&’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie&’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter&’s reputation as one of the town&’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who&’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried.
By Mary Marks. 2021
The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancé&’s ex-wife.…One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha&’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher&’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother&’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . . Praise for Mary Marks and Knot of this World &“Framed by details of quilting, tarot-card reading, and Rose&’s Jewish faith, this satisfying cozy, replete with full-bodied characters, will be relished by quilters.&”—Booklist
By Sherry Harris. 2021
Bestselling author Sherry Harris gives us the second in a new cozy mystery series featuring a bartender sleuth in the…tiny town of Emerald Cove, Florida. BAD TO THE BONE Chloe loves her new life pouring beers and mixing cocktails at the Sea Glass Saloon in the Florida Panhandle town of Emerald Cove. But on the job, the only exercise she gets is walking from one end of the bar to the other, so in the mornings she loves to run on the beach. On this morning&’s foggy run, she spots a sailboat washed up on a sandbar. Hearing a cry, she climbs aboard the beached vessel to investigate and finds not only a mewling kitten—but a human skeleton in the cabin. The skeleton is tied back to Chloe&’s friend Ralph, whose wife disappeared on a sailboat with three other people twelve years ago. Believing his wife was lost at sea, Ralph remarried. Now he finds himself a murder suspect. Chloe is determined to find out who&’s been up to some skulduggery, but her sleuthing will lead her into some rough waters and some bone-chilling revelations… &“Entertaining…a pleasantly appealing debut series.&”—Dru&’s Books Musings
By Denise Swanson. 2021
Love is deadlyStupid Cupid is making School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd regret returning to work after her maternity leave. It starts…with an emergency school lockdown, continues with her godfather's arrest by the state police, and ends with a dead body!It's every teacher and administrator's worst nightmare—a school shooter lockdown. And even worse for Skye because she's trapped in a tiny room with the district's creepy superintendent, Dr. Wraige while they wait for the all-clear.When Dr. Wraige turns up dead in his home just a short time later, is it a coincidence, or something more?Skye joins her police chief husband, Wally, in an investigation that becomes more complicated by the minute. With a dead boss and a mysterious killer on the loose, Skye is caught between a rock and a heart place—but she won't give up until Scumble River is safe once again.