The Cassie Gwynne Mystery series, set in Victorian-era Florida on picturesque Amelia Island, features amateur sleuth Cassie Gwynne, who puts the smarts she inherited from her lawyer father to use when murder washes ashore.
**A portion of every dollar I earn from these books will go to a charitable organization addressing the needs of abandoned, mistreated, or homeless animals - like those Cassie's Aunt Flora champions. I intend to select and feature a different organization for this donation every few months. If you'd like to nominate someone, please send me a note and tell me about their wonderful work! **
JANUARY 14, 2022
from Bookouture / Storyfire Limited, a member of Hachette UK Group
A Deception Most Deadly
A Cassie Gwynne Mystery Book 1
A bereaved young woman returns to the southern island town where she was born to meet her mysterious newfound aunt and uncover the truth about her family's past—but finds herself tangled in a murder inquest instead.
They say you don’t choose your family…
In the fall of 1883, when Cassie Gwynne, heartbroken over the sudden loss of her father, discovers a box of letters from an aunt she never knew she had, she takes a chance and returns to the southern island town where she was born to meet her. Cassie hasn’t been back to Fernandina since her family evacuated during the War when she was a baby, but from what she’s heard about this palm-tree-lined “Newport of the South,” it’s sure to impress, as is her Aunt Flora, whose reputation as a perfumer reaches beyond the island’s balmy shores.
From the moment Cassie arrives, however, things don’t go to plan. Particularly when, after witnessing a purse snatching, clashing with an irritating but good-looking policeman, and receiving an unwelcome surprise at the county jail, she stumbles upon Flora’s least-favorite neighbor lying dead at the foot of harbor pilots’ lookout tower.
The surly county coroner is quick to declare the death an accident. But Cassie, feeling the pull of instincts instilled in her by her attorney father, suspects something more sinister is involved and uncovers evidence that forces the coroner to launch a murder inquest. Unfortunately, the coroner’s jury proves to be neither competent nor objective and, influenced by old grudges and other personal agendas, quickly descends on Flora as its prime suspect. So, despite the distraction of an unexpected encounter with her dashing childhood crush and the questions still swirling in her head about her family’s past, Cassie must work together with Flora’s quirky group of friends—who include a foul-mouthed curiosities shop owner, a blind Civil War veteran, a half-Chinese newspaper boy, and an assortment of rescue animals—to find out what really happened to the murdered man, or else risk losing the only family she has left.
The Secret Ingredient: The Mystery Writers' Cookbook
Ed. Dawn Dowdle
from Level Best Books
If you're in the mood for some murderously good recipes this holiday season, check out The Secret Ingredient: The Mystery Writers' Cookbook, brought to you by ME and several of the other lovely authors at Blue Ridge Literary Agency!
It includes an aromatic and irresistibly delicious recipe for orange blossom scones (with candied orange peels!) direct from Aunt Flora's kitchen...A perfect treat for your book club. Or ALL FOR YOU as you while away a cozy afternoon with your favorite book and your snuggly best fur-friend!