Two Birds With One Scone

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It's June in Georgia, and the air in Moss Hollow is filled with all manner of sweet things: The fragrance of magnolia trees in bloom, the scent of goodies in the oven at The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery, and the joyful clamor of jazz music being played at a fund-raiser benefiting the high school jazz band. Despite her apprehension about catering the event solo, Jillian Green sets out to make the evening pitch-perfect. In tune with her handsome beau, Hunter Greyson, and enchanted by the friendly pianist hired for the party, Jillian finds that the event is humming along nicely. That is, until one of the partygoers ends up dead -- killed with Jillian's own knife. 

Not only does Jillian own the murder weapon, but the victim also publicly threatened to sue her and the bakery the day before his death. Determined at first to clear her name, Jillian soon finds herself conducting her own probe into Sterling Macon's demise. 

Who orchestrated the man's death and why? Was it the suave piano player now sitting in jail? Could it have been the victim's beauty queen fiancé, whose romantic past is anything but harmonious? Or was it an unseen player composing a vengeful scheme? 

As Jillian's investigation begins a perilous crescendo, it becomes crystal clear that Moss Hollow's most elite citizens know more than they're willing to let on, and their silence is deafening. Before she knows what's hit her, Jillian gets swept up into a symphony of falsetto claims and dissonant deceit beyond her wildest imagination. 
Disregarding warnings, both friendly and threatening, Jillian insists on continuing her search for the truth at any cost. Can she untangle the web of treachery before the killer strikes another harsh chord? Or will she be the next person in Moss Hollow singing a swan song? 

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.