Icing on the Case

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It's Easter time in Moss Hollow, Georgia, and business at The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery is hopping -- largely thanks to Jillian Green, who finally feels like she's top bunny at the bakeshop. By whipping up eggs-citement on social media and feathering the menu with healthier options, she's drawing more customers than ever before -- including the assistant of famously reclusive author Jett Lacey.

When Jillian learns the chocolate-obsessed author is considering setting his next series in Moss Hollow, she decides to dazzle him with something special using her newfound prowess in the kitchen. What better way to impress the celebrity than with a cake featuring a to-die-for German chocolate called Bavarian Gold?

News travels fast in the town -- and not always accurately. Soon, Jillian is up to her cottontail in rumors that the bakery is receiving a shipment of long-lost Nazi plunder, and things quickly spiral out of control.

With a demanding mayor who insists that her dessert take the cake with the author, a hard-boiled reporter determined to publish lies, and too many eggs in her basket at the bakery, Jillian is already losing the spring in her step . . . and then her shipment of chocolate goes missing.

Jillian and her beau, Hunter Greyson, hunt down the delivery truck, but when they do, they make a horrifying discovery. The FBI gets called in, and suddenly all of Moss Hollow is under investigation for a dreadful crime -- but which suspect is truly the rotten egg?

Hare-raising danger lies around every turn, and Jillian is scrambling for an Easter miracle. Can she crack the case before it's too late?

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.