Till Death Do Us Torte

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With their wedding only weeks away, Jillian Green and Hunter Greyson are the toast of Moss Hollow, Georgia and, any way you slice it, Jillian's got it made. She's marrying her soul mate, she loves her job at The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery, and she's getting some much-kneaded time with her nomadic parents, Arlo and Claudia, now that they've returned to town for her big day. Life should be a piece of cake, but it's not quite panning out that way.

Busy-body relatives are getting a rise out of Jillian by commandeering the wedding, even going so far as to add unapproved guests to the invitation list; including Claudia's childhood best friend, Lally Rayburn, a loudmouthed rebel who has been loafing around Belle Haven mansion. Jillian's annoyance turns to horror, however, when Lally's dead body is discovered inside Arlo and Claudia's Airstream trailer . . . and murder is the secret ingredient.

The investigation quickly goes stale when, despite Lally's abrasive personality, the sheriff's department can't find anyone with a solid motive to kill her. Claudia, on the other hand, becomes increasingly apprehensive as her friend's murder goes unsolved. She finally asks for Jillian's help in following the breadcrumbs to the killer's identity. Jillian agrees, thinking that clearing her mother's concern is the least she can do to reconnect with Claudia . . . but does Jillian really have time to solve another murder and make sure the wedding of her dreams doesn't become a nightmare?

The closer Jillian gets to the truth, the more worried she becomes that her beloved fiancé, family, and friends could all get burned by her meddling if she isn't careful. When it comes time to dough or die, however, Jillian is determined to do whatever it takes to unmask the murderer so that she, and everyone else in Moss Hollow, has a chance at a sweet happily ever after. 

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.