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C A Phipps

Bagels and Blackmail (EBOOK)

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Petnapping in Maple Falls! Big Red is more than a much more.

It turns out that he’s not the only one taken, which is a catastrophe for the owners who, like Maddie, consider them family.

Naturally, the body found behind Maddie's bakery takes precedence with the police and has the town scared, but why is no one else searching? While the Sheriff, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend, is doing what he can to solve the mystery when he has time, Maddie can’t sit by and wait.

Going against her darling Gran’s wishes, she once again does a little sleuthing—with a little help from her friends.

If you love your pet, this cozy mystery will have you cheering for Maddie, because she won’t give in until every animal is safely home!

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

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All the next day Maddie waited for Luke. By closing time, she was worried when he still hadn’t turned up. He’d sounded so eager to take the job and she couldn’t help being sorely disappointed that he’d changed his mind.
Packaging up the leftovers she donated to the needy Maddie was checking her list for tomorrow when there was a knock at the kitchen door.
Thinking it was Bernie, the only cab driver in town as well as being employed as the town’s landscaper/gardener to keep it looking neat, came around this time of day to pick up the baked goods, she was surprised to find Luke on the doorstep.
 With his cheeks flushed, Maddie didn’t get the chance to greet him.

“I’m sorry I didn’t come earlier,” he blurted. “I had some urgent stuff to take care of. I’ll never be late again, I promise. That is if you intended to give me the job.”

The last part sounded like a plea and because she wanted to believe him, Maddie shrugged off the doubt. 
“Well, we didn’t state a time for you to come by, did we? That being said, if I give you the job, you’ll need to be here every day and on time.”

His eyes widened. “I’ve got it? I mean, yes. I’ll definitely be here whenever you need me.”

She smiled at his surprise, followed by an endearing eagerness. “In that case, you can have the job. Starting Monday at 7am.”

He’d taken a step towards her as if he was going to shake her hand, but something held him back.

“This Monday?” he croaked.

Maddie frowned. “Is that a problem?”

He gave her a small smile. “Not at all. I just wasn’t expecting to start so soon.”

Warning bells were sounding again. “Do you have another job you need to give notice to?”

“No. It’s all good.” He backed away to the door. “Really. See you on Monday. And thanks. You won’t regret it.” 

Why didn’t that make her feel any easier?