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Apple Pie and Arsenic (PAPERBACK)

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A pie competition that turns ugly, a dead body, and an estate agent with a scary agenda. Madeline Flynn’s homecoming is turning into a nightmare!  

When Maddie makes a gruesome discovery at the spring festival she becomes the number 1 suspect. As the timer ticks down in the race to find the murderer before she’s jailed, or the body count climbs, Maddie enlists the help of her friends—one of the furry variety.

Then there’s the sheriff. While her ex-flame's just as confused by the murder, does he actually believe she’s innocent? Or is their past still a thorn in his side?

If only solving murder were as easy as apple pie!

Do you love Murder, She Wrote? Then you’ll enjoy Maddie’s style because she’s not taking no for an answer either.

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

Each book contains an easy recipe!


“What’s been happening around here, Bernie?” Maddie asked her cab driver.

“The usual. People stepping on toes and then having a drink over their apologies.”

“Nothing new, then?”

They laughed together at the notion that their town might change in any way. Situated twenty miles south of the bigger town of Destiny, Maple Falls was a lot older, had charm in bucket-loads and almost everything a person needed.

Bernie suddenly frowned. “There is one bit of unsavory news. The mayor has been under fire from an anonymous source. I know Denise is a friend of yours, so I thought you might like to know she’s struggling a bit.”

Maddie had been happy to let Bernie do most of the talking while she enjoyed the scenery, but now he had her full attention. Denise was a lovely, big-hearted person, so to hear she was being harassed was upsetting. “How do you mean?”

“There’s been stuff in the paper and flyers appearing all over town about how she isn’t living up to election promises of bringing in more tourists or boosting the economy in other ways.”

“Surely Maple Falls is doing great for a small town?”

His brow creased at her tone. “Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m doing fine and so are most people, but gossip can spread and we do have a few members of our community that don’t exactly share the same spirit as the rest.”

Bernie was being tactful, but they both knew whom he was referring to. Maddie would be keeping an eye out for them. As much as she might hate confrontation she wouldn’t stand by and let Denise be hurt. She sighed. Not even home yet and she was already enmeshed in a Maple Falls drama.