Honey Dipped Secrets

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Jillian Green hasn't trusted Charmaine Rawlins since the moment she laid eyes on her. 

Maybe it's the woman's too thick Southern accent. Maybe it's the way the supposedly rich socialite treats her personal assistant. Or perhaps it's the fact that Charmaine seems to have her sights set on becoming a permanent fixture at Belle Haven, Jillian's ancestral home.

But when Charmaine is found dead soon after invading the antebellum mansion, Jillian's quirky great-aunt Cornelia becomes the chief suspect in her murder. Jillian knows Cornelia is innocent, but all the evidence points toward her. It's up to Jillian to whip up some answers and get to the bottom of the case before it's too late!

But who could have committed the heinous act? Could it have been Bryce Bellingham, Charmaine's oft-maligned personal assistant? Perhaps it was Jack Porter, her jilted suitor. Or, as Jillian suspects, does Charmaine have a sordid past that has finally caught up with her?

As she begins her quest for the truth, Jillian runs into a labyrinth of long-held secrets and a fistful of lies. With the help of her best friend, Savannah Cantrell, Jillian is determined to solve the mystery before her aunt winds up sipping sweet tea in prison!

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 & Cafe. 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 & Café, 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.