When Maddy Montgomery’s groom is a no-show to their livestream wedding, it’s a disaster that no amount of filtering can fix. But a surprise inheritance offers a chance to regroup and rebrand—as long as Maddy is willing to live in her late, great-aunt Octavia’s house in New Bison, Michigan, for a year, running her bakery and caring for a 250-pound English mastiff named Baby.
Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka the Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .
Something strange is going on in New Bison. It seems Aunt Octavia had her suspicions, too. But Maddy’s going to need a whole lot more than a trending hashtag to save her reputation—and her life.
WHAT ARE THE PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR
I’m often asked
where I get my ideas for my books. My standard response is, everywhere. But, as
I prepare for the launch of a new cozy mystery series, I decided to really
think about this question. I’ve lived near Lake Michigan most of my life. The
environment and the ever-changing weather are something that the locals have
grown accustomed to. It wasn’t until I moved away, that I really had to think
about the uniqueness of life near the lake. When I chose to set my newest cozy,
The Baker Street Mystery series, on the shores of Lake Michigan, I knew the
environment would be a key component of the books.
for the perfect ingredients for a murder, Southwestern Michigan had everything.
One of the five Great Lakes, affordable property, quaint villages, and natural
resources that need to be protected. All of this combined to create the perfect
recipe for a plot involving real estate developers. Here’s a bit of the local history.
In the 1980s the property closest to Lake Michigan wasn’t the fashionable lake
front property coveted in big cities, like Chicago. Small bungalows, rentals,
and fishing shacks dotted the shoreline in Southwestern Michigan. Fast forward
a couple of decades and those same shacks are now going for close to a million
dollars. Yet, there are still pockets of homes that hadn’t been torn down to
make way for large McMansions or multi-family condos in the villages along the
Sugar, One Part Murder, introduces readers to Maddy Montgomery, a social media
influencer and fashionista. When Maddy’s fiancé is a no-show for their
livestreamed wedding, she’s humiliated, and looking for a rock to crawl under and
hide. When she learns that her great aunt Octavia has died and left her a house
in the small, quaint, sleepy town of New Bison, Michigan, she knows it will be
the perfect place to hide out while the media attention dies down. Maddy inherits
a house, a bakery, and a 250 lb English Mastiff named Baby. The house doesn’t
look like much from the front, but it’s a large, older home that backs up to Lake
Michigan. The best part are the stunning views and beach access. It’s prime
real estate and could bring Maddy a ton of money if she sells. But, Maddy’s
great aunt Octavia had other plans. In order to inherit, Maddy must stay in the
house, run the bakery, and keep the dog for one year. So, selling is out of the
That was the
setup for my mystery. I couldn’t help but wonder, WHAT IF…What if an
unscrupulous realtor, backed by greedy investors, wanted to buy waterfront
property, but the homeowner refused to sell? What if the homeowner died
suddenly and left the property to a relative? What if the heir was pressured to
sell, but couldn’t? This game of WHAT IF, is what I combined to create the plotline.
If you’re curious how this mystery comes out? Pick up a copy of Two Parts
Sugar, One Part Murder.
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