Date Published | September 3, 2013
Book Club Date | August 2021
Goodreads Rating | 3
Overall | It was a good solid cozy mystery – woman inherits a mansion and there’s a murder plus another mysterious disappearance of a local. So you get 2 mysteries in 1.
Pros | None
Cons | The main character seemed a little dumb – not a chance she can support renovating a mansion with tons of holes in the ground by selling muffins that she has to bake at the local bakery down the street because she can’t afford her own stove.
Warnings | None
POV | First Person POV Past Tense
Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No
Description | Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she’s inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first client—the local retirement home.
Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn’t like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their father’s death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death—or her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts…