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A blustery March wind is blowing through Pleasant Creek, Indiana. But Liz Eckardt isn't worried. Her cozy bed-and-breakfast is the perfect place to curl up with an Amish-made quilt, a cup of tea, her dog Beans, and something wonderful to read. Fortunately, Liz isn't the only one who thinks the Olde Mansion Inn is a place worth writing home about.

The Master Writers Cooperative, an online critique and support group, have booked their retreat at the Olde Mansion Inn. The members are an eclectic bunch, ready to generate some genre fiction in Liz's library. Before anyone arrives, though, a mysterious woman is found crumpled at the bottom of the staircase. Thankfully her spine isn't cracked, but she is unconscious and no one seems to know her story.

While the unnamed, uninvited guest recuperates in the hospital, Liz and bestselling thriller author Logan Tracy do their best to keep the inn's guests in line. But the pace is interrupted by conflict among the characters. A wannabe wordsmith wanders the wainscoted halls at night. A flighty, fairy-loving female might be concealing a dangerous fantasy. A successful spinner of romantic reveries seems ready to change the settings on her career, no matter the cost. Even one of the Material Girls has authorial aspirations, and not everyone envisions a happy ending for her. Someone's responsible for plotting the accident and the other odd goings-on at the inn, but who's wielding the poisonous pen? 

Liz, with help from the Material Girls, will need every trick in the book if she's to uncover who's telling the truth and who's telling tales, before anyone else is sentenced - to death. 

The Characters

Liz always loved and admired her mother, Abigail. She was an amazing, hard-working woman and role model. It is no surprise Liz inherited Abigail's determination and strong work ethic, earning Liz a successful career as one of Boston's most prominent attorneys. But even so, at 40 and with Abigail's recent death, Liz is running on empty.

When she inherits an old diary from Abigail's childhood after her mother's passing, Liz is stunned to read about the life Abigail had growing up in an Amish community. She'd never mentioned any of it to Liz. Ever. Why would her mother keep such a big secret?

Determined to find out what caused Abigail to abandon her Amish life at the age of seventeen, Liz leaves Boston and moves to her mother's hometown of Pleasant Creek, Ind. While she settles into the quaint and friendly community as the new owner of the Olde Mansion Inn, Liz is careful to keep her connection to the Amish a secret ... at least for now.

Will Liz's journey bring her the answers she longs for about her mysterious heritage ... or send her straight into harm's way?

Liz didn't realize when she bought the inn that she was also "inheriting" the resident lazy-yet-lovable English bulldog, Beans. She doesn't have the heart to give him away, so she adopts him into her new life. Although he spends most of his time sleeping by the front door, Beans still manages to get mixed up in the mysteries of Pleasant Creek.

Known for her delicious home-baked apple pies and impressive quilting skills, Mary Ann is one of Pleasant Creek's most loved citizens. She is also the proud co-owner of Sew Welcome, the fabric shop located on the first floor of the Olde Mansion Inn. Having lived in Pleasant Creek all her life, can Mary Ann help Liz learn more about their Amish neighbors and track down the true identity of her mysterious family?

An accomplished and sometimes wildly creative quilter, Sadie co-owns Sew Welcome with Mary Ann. Shrewd, and salty-tongued, 70-year-old Sadie says exactly what she thinks, which sometimes lands her in hot water. Sadie takes a liking to Liz right away, often treating Liz like one of her own children. With a bit of a reputation for being a busybody, Sadie always seems to know everything going on in Pleasant Creek. It's nearly impossible to keep a secret around her, but Liz must be careful not to reveal her real reason for coming to Pleasant Creek until the time is right.

Jackson is the handsome mayor of Pleasant Creek who also owns Cross Furniture Co., a local business that employs many of the Amish men in the area to help handcraft high-end wood furniture. Jackson is well-liked in the community and stays very involved in everything that goes on in town. From the moment they meet, he is attracted to Liz, but senses there is more to her than meets the eye.