Scone Cold Revenge

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"Action!” Jillian Green is thrilled when Belle Haven becomes the setting for a low-budget horror film. The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery will cater the film crew’s meals and snacks, and the rental checks for the use of the mansion and its grounds for location shots will be a boon to her hopes of completely restoring the antebellum home.

Then a venerable actress who plays a lead character is the victim of attempted murder and is hospitalized. And, to make matters worse, Jillian’s great-aunt, Cornelia Montgomery, has been recruited as the actress’s stand-in and is almost immediately the target of an “accident.” As a seemingly star-crossed production continues, and mishap after mishap slams the Belle Haven and Moss Hollow environs, Jillian begins to think the whole Hollywood connection is a horrible idea.

But will Jillian, her best friend Savannah Cantrell, and the members of the Southern Sweetie Pies baking club be able to figure out who the phantom behind all the mayhem is before it’s too late?

Jillian is faced with a daunting list of suspects who might have a motive. First there is the director of the film, Christopher Dark. A brooding man, he has been driven to the brink of lunacy by the demands of Gloria Baxter, the injured star.

And what of Collette Rawles, the leader of a group of protesters who gather each day at the gates of the mansion, hoping to stop the production? Annika Venn seems to have a connection to Gloria’s first film Hexe. That could be a clue. 

All Jillian knows is that she must find the answers to an increasingly complex script of riddles before the curtain falls once and for all on the movie—and Aunt Cornelia.

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.