Double Fudge Murder

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For the past twenty years, Jillian Green has kept her distance from her sleepy hometown of Moss Hollow, Georgia.  Chasing her dream as an advertising executive in California, she was certain her career and her handsome fiancé were all she would need for a fulfilling life.  But when her world comes crashing down around her, she's left with no choice but to return to her Southern roots and a place where her grandmother - the proud and sharp-tongued owner of the Chocolate Shoppe Bakery - is only too happy to receive her help and company.

Jillian hopes to find her footing on the rich soil of her old stomping grounds, but she finds much more than she bargained for when she learns that her family's business will be catering her dreaded high school reunion.  At the event, a heated confrontation between Jillian and her old rival, Nadine Belmont Wilson, leads to a confectionery crime and a shocking accusation - Nadine has been poisoned, and now Jillian is the chief suspect!

As rumors fly and things start to heat up, it seems to Jillian that some of Moss Hollow's citizens are a little too quick to vilify the "uppity" newcomer.  With the Chocolate Shoppe Bakery's reputation at stake, Jillian sets out to clear her name.  She hopes to uncover the identity of the person who made sure Nadine got her just desserts.  But when the presence of Moss Hollow's charming new mortician is added to the mix, will Jillian be able to keep her cool?

Indulge in each delicious detail of the mystery as Jillian and the ladies of the Southern Sweetie Pies baking club uncover clues and stir up the truth about the events leading up to Nadine's sticky demise.  In a town full of people harboring years of resentment toward the spiteful woman, will Jillian ever discover the one who is especially sweet on murder?

The Characters

At 39, Jillian is living the life she always dreamed. Using her creative talents, she's built a successful career as one of the top executives at a prestigious advertising agency in California, and she's engaged to an amazing man who showers her with love and the finer things in life. Life couldn't be more perfect.

But as quickly as a chocolate souffle can flop, Jillian's "perfect" fiance is arrested for embezzlement, putting a quick end to the engagement, and the advertising agency coincidentally "downsizes" Jillian after the scandal, leaving her without a job. But Jillian is a strong Southern woman who has learned how to endure from her feisty and iron-willed grandmother. She decides to leave California and make a fresh start where her life began, in the quaint town of Moss Hollow, Ga.

Under Grandma Bertie's roof at Belle Haven mansion and under her wing, Jillian prepares to take over the family business: The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery. But she doesn't expect to find murder on the menu! Will returning home to reconnect with her Southern roots ultimately prove to be a blessing or a fatal mistake?

Longtime member of the Sweetie Pies baking club and grandmother extraordinaire, Lenora has managed the bakery for decades and is considered a part of the family. Since fixing a salad is Jillian's greatest culinary accomplishment on most days, she encounters a few hurdles while learning how to create the decadent treats the bakery is known for. She's grateful for Lenora's wise counsel and encouragement!

The curious and cuddly house cat keeps a close eye on the happenings at Belle Haven mansion and lends a hand -- or paw -- in helping Jillian solve the intriguing mysteries of the small town.

Savannah is one of Jillian's oldest and best friends. She's delighted Jillian moved back to town and looks forward to reconnecting with her childhood companion. But she's also keeping a secret that may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Nadine's untimely demise.

Jillian's down-to-earth and lovable grandmother is ready to retire from the hectic demands of running The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery, but she refuses to sell to a complete stranger. Jillian is her last hope for keeping the business in the family, even if Jillian can barely boil water. Bertie is determined to help Jillian succeed in the business and to see her marry a good Southern man before the bloom falls completely off the rose.

Cornelia may be Bertie's twin, but she is different from her sister in every way, from her flair for the dramatic to her eccentric nature. She moved back to Belle Haven mansion to live with Bertie five years ago after the death of her husband. She claims to possess a joie de vivre that simply cannot be tamed. Bertie prefers to call it "flighty." Despite her theatrics, Cornelia has a generous heart and wants nothing but the best for her grandniece. She will do anything to see Jillian happy and settled in Moss Hollow ... even if it means bending a few rules.