Thirty-nine-year-old Megan Fallon is in a pickle. Not only is she suffering from empty-nest syndrome, but she's lost the job she loved, and her fiance's run off with her hairdresser.
A complete life change is what's called for, so when the opportunity to make a new start presents itself following news of a family celebration, Megan is lured back to her childhood home.
With a party to organize, old friends to catch up with, an ex-husband and his jealous wife to avoid, a mischievous uncle on the lookout for adventure, a clumsy childhood acquaintance who has undergone a startling transformation, and a cantankerous tabby cat to contend with, Megan has her hands full. However, what started off as a leisurely break soon takes a chilling turn when members of the community start getting bumped off at an alarming rate, and Megan finds herself at the heart of an investigation that has her suspecting everyone.
Could the murderer be the local finance advisor, whose misjudged investment recommendation cost his clients their life savings? Or maybe the village celebrity; a footballer who appears to have at least one skeleton in a cupboard he'd prefer was kept firmly locked? Or what about a member of a classical music trio who seem to have plenty of secrets they'd rather keep to themselves? Or is the killer someone else entirely?
So many secrets, so many schemers, so many lies and misdemeanors . . .
Event organizer Megan Fallon is gearing up for a concert in honor of the oldest tree in the county: the ancient village oak on Bliss Bay's village green.
What she's not gearing up for, though, is stumbling over the dead body of Bliss Bay's most unpopular villager, under the oak tree's sprawling boughs.
With a murder investigation underway, a mystery that has everyone looking like a suspect, and a cat that needs a new home, there's also the small matter of the theft of forty-eight garden gnomes to get to the bottom of . . .
Will you guess who, and why, before the big reveal?
Event organizer Megan Fallon needs to find a killer before the biggest night of the year in Bliss Bay village; a charity dinner and auction to raise funds for local children's charities.
After all, there's nothing like a murderer on the loose to put a dampener on the party spirit.
With her Uncle Des in tow, the two intrepid amateur sleuths set out to identify the perpetrator. They could be onto something after a mysterious rocking horse offers up a clue to the identity of the murderer but, with so many suspects and the body count rising, how will they solve the mystery before another innocent person is targeted?
As the hunt for the killer intensifies, it soon becomes clear that no one is safe when danger strikes too close for comfort.
Thirty-nine-year-old empty-nester, Megan Fallon is putting the fiance who left her well and truly out of her mind, and focusing on settling back into village life, and her new job. Meanwhile, her childhood friend, American, Jack Windsor, is renovating the old village school, and is looking for a four-legged friend to share his new home with.
All is well in Bliss Bay until obituaries start appearing on the church noticeboard for villagers who are still very much alive, and the village is thrown into turmoil.
Is the well-respected family who is being targeted the subject of a very bad joke, or are the obituaries a sign of something far more sinister? And who is responsible when an unassuming member of the village is murdered?
Could a forty-year-old suspicious death hold the key to solving the murder, or is that simply a red herring to put detectives off the scent of the real killer?
Is the murderer a retired bank manager? Or could it be his wife, who was the subject of controversial gossip years before?
Is the village busybody responsible? Her hatred for two high-profile suspects is well-known among the villagers, and her motives are personal.
Or is the killer someone else entirely?