Skating the Law

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Liz Eckardt, owner of the Olde Mansion Inn bed-and-breakfast in Pleasant Creek, Indiana, is spinning in circles. It's time for the village's FebFest celebration, and she has a packed house of guests who've come into town ready to spectate and participate in the fun. Headlining the event is Pleasant Creek's darling, Olympic figure skater Crystal Starling. But when a local Amish woman ends up dead on frozen Jaynes Lake, and Crystal was the last person to see her alive, the champion ice queen may be in the spotlight for a different reason.

Things spiral out of control when Liz, who can't help but jump into the investigation, learns that Crystal's story isn't all it's cracked up to be. Worse, it turns out that some of Liz's guests at the inn may not be telling the hard truth either. More than one person has an axel to grind with the victim, including members of the victim's own family. But which of them has dipped a toe into murder?

Meanwhile, Jackson Cross, Pleasant Creek's mayor and Liz's dear friend, is crossing blades with a disgruntled exhibitor, whom Jackson disqualified from the festival for selling shoddy goods. And at the inn, Liz is doing some fancy footwork in an effort to keep her guests happy. She's got an odd combination of burly former football players and a club of free-spirited women, requiring her to boot her innkeeping skills into high gear. It's no leap to think that any one of them might soon be headed before a judge, for murder. 

Liz and her crime-solving partners, the Material Girls, Jackson, and the world's most ungraceful dog, Beans, will have to put pedal to the gold medal to land a solution before someone else falls victim to a killer's cold, cold heart.

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.