Sweet Sabotage

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The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery has some new competition. Confections & Donuts, a major chain, has opened its doors in the sleepy village of Moss Hollow, Georgia, and Jillian Green doesn't know how her grandmother's bakery will survive.

Bertie Harper and The Chocolate Shoppe have been Moss Hollow institutions for decades, and Jillian has been growing as a baker under Bertie's tutelage since Jillian's return to her native hamlet nearly two years ago. Now all of their work grooming Jillian to one day take over the business may go up in flames as they face this new challenge.

When a suspicious fire engulfs a part of the Moss Hollow business district, jeopardizing the bakery and the life of Lenora Ryan, their resident master baker, Jillian sets out to discover who is behind the inferno -- and what the target might have been.

Jillian knows that more than her immediate future is riding on their ability to compete with the corporate juggernaut. How might this affect her deepening relationship with Hunter Greyson, the handsome Nathan County coroner and director of Greyson & Sons Funeral Home?

While Confections & Donuts is basking in the grand opening limelight, things heat up for The Chocolate Shoppe as it's hit with a sequence of bad publicity, the origin of which is of a dubious nature. Jillian has to add all of it to her ever-lengthening list of unanswered questions. What will this new development mean to Jillian and Bertie? Does it indeed spell doom for the family-owned business?

If Jillian doesn't extinguish this mystery soon, it well could be a recipe for disaster!

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.