Ex-lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes thought that moving to the small Michigan tourist town of Fair Haven and taking over her uncle’s maple syrup farm would keep her far away from murderers, liars, and criminals. She couldn’t have been more wrong…
If you love small-town settings, quirky characters, and a dollop of romance, then you’ll enjoy this amateur sleuth mystery series.
A Sticky Inheritance: Maple Syrup Mysteries Book 1
Sometimes the truth can be a sticky thing…
Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes feels like she’s the only failure amid a family of high achievers. Her last serious boyfriend turned out to be married, and her career as a criminal defense attorney is in tatters. When her uncle passes away and leaves her his maple syrup farm in Michigan, she thinks it might be time for a career change—hopefully one that allows her to stay as far away from murderers and liars as possible.
For half a day at least.
Her uncle’s suicide quickly begins to look like it wasn’t a suicide after all, but the chief of police is reluctant to investigate and soil the reputation of his serene little tourist town. Murder’s bad for business. Nicole has no choice but to search for the killer on her own, with a little help from the handsome county medical examiner—who’s exactly her type and all wrong for her.
And as she closes in, she not only risks becoming the murderer’s next victim, but also starts to wonder if knowing the truth is ever worse than believing the lie…
Sapped: A Maple Syrup Mysteries Prequel
What we don’t know can hurt us…
The worst way to find out that your boyfriend is already married is to see it on the news. The only way it could be worse than that is if his wife died under suspicious circumstances.
Unfortunately for criminal defense attorney Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes, that’s exactly what happens. Her now ex-boyfriend insists he’s innocent, and he begs Nicole to find out who really killed his wife. She’d like to simply leave him to his fate, but her sense of justice won’t allow it.
With few clues to go on and her emotions getting in the way, Nicole worries that she won’t figure out the killer in time. And as she begins to unravel the truth, the killer turns the table on her, making it look like Nicole was the one who committed the murder after all…
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Bushwhacked: Maple Syrup Mysteries Book 2
Sometimes the most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets…
Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has packed up her life in Washington, DC, to move to the tourist town of Fair Haven, Michigan, and take over the maple syrup business she inherited from her uncle.
But trouble seems to find Nicole wherever she goes.
Caught in a snowstorm on her way into town, she hits what she thinks is a deer. It turns out to be the manager of the local animal shelter, and the collision isn’t the primary cause of death.
Feeling guilty anyway, Nicole convinces the interim police chief to allow her to help with the case, even though she’s also busy trying to settle in to her new role as owner of Sugarwood and figure out her unusual friendship with the county medical examiner.
As Nicole closes in on being able to put the killer behind bars, will she manage to find the evidence she needs before the murderer puts her in a cage—or a body bag—instead?
Almost Sleighed: Maple Syrup Mysteries Book 3
The truth always comes with a price…
Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has finally settled in to her new home in Fair Haven, and her first maple syrup season is upon them. It’s not going as smoothly as she’d hoped.
Their sap lines keep springing leaks, and as if that wasn’t enough, Nicole finds their groom-mechanic, Noah, apparently trampled in one of the horse stalls.
Fair Haven’s interim police chief is ready to declare it an accident, but Nicole believes otherwise. With Noah in a coma, she’s determined to figure out who wanted to kill him before the perpetrator can return and finish the job.
But whoever attempted to kill Noah has other ideas and is willing to do whatever it takes to stop Nicole from discovering the truth—even destroy Sugarwood and the man Nicole loves.
Murder on Tap: Maple Syrup Mysteries Book 4
The truth doesn’t always set you free…
Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes thinks she’d be happy to spend her life making maple syrup and never take part in another murder investigation again. At least, she thinks so right up until the photographer she hired dies on the tour she’s leading and the main suspect is her friend’s niece, Holly.
When Holly disappears as well, Nicole faces what looks like a locked-room mystery. One of the people on the tour must have committed the crime, yet none of them could have done it.
To keep an innocent woman from going to prison, Nicole’s thrown right back into the midst of another hunt for a killer.
A killer who knows exactly where she lives…
Deadly Arms: Maple Syrup Mysteries Book 5
We have much more to fear than fear itself…
Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes’ week is off to a rough start. Her mom showed up from Virginia for an unannounced visit, there’s a particularly virulent strain of the flu going around Fair Haven, and her friend Mandy discovered blood in one of the guest rooms of her bed and breakfast.
A lot of blood.
With Mandy’s livelihood at stake and half of Fair Haven’s police department out sick, Nicole and her mom end up engaged in their version of mother-daughter time—investigating a murder.
The case might prove to be one of the most challenging they’ve faced. The victim’s body is missing. The evidence points to all his co-workers, none of whom seem to have a motive. And Mandy’s attempts to help look a lot more like meddling.
But just because they don’t have a firm lead on who the murderer is doesn’t mean the murderer doesn’t know them…and everything they fear.
Coming June 2nd!