For the Quilliam sisters, there's nothing jolly about this Christmas. Someone with a paintball gun is taking down inflatable Santas all over town. And Meg and Quill are near-broke. At least there's one bright star on the horizon: a big-time magazine and television show will feature the Inn. But soon the editor's husband skis to his death. Now, if the Quilliams are to save the Inn from a lawsuit, they'll need to prove this was no accident. But the slopeside slayer has a message for them: You better watch out.
On their farm in upstate New York, vet Austin McKenzie and his wife, Madeline, keep busy looking after ailing farm animals and pets. But they've yet to find a cure for murder. Before milk inspector Melvin Staples was found dead in a four-hundred-gallon milk vat, the ladies' man got the goat of many Summersville residents. To crack this case, Dr. McKenzie and Madeline will have to learn all about goats, local politics, and the widow who runs the goat cheese dairy.
On their farm nestled in upstate Trumansburg, New York, veterinarian Austin McKenzie and his wife Madeline keep themselves busy looking after a variety of ailing farm animals and pets in poor health. But while they may be able to mend creatures great and small, they have yet to find a cure for murder. Who killed veterinarian Benjamin Grazley, and why?
Veterinarian Austin McKenzie has met plenty of snakes-and none meaner than turkey farmer Lewis O'Leary. So it's no surprise when O'Leary's dead body is found in a dumpster. Circumstantial evidence points to a turkey feed salesman, but the doc has a feeling the guy was framed.
The bitter rivalry between two employees of antique collecting television shows heats up when they come to Hemlock Falls to have it out in a cooking contest. And it's a good thing that inn owners Meg and Sarah Quilliam are experts at appraising motives for murder when one of them keels over on camera...
Sisters Meg and Sarah Quilliam make sure guests feel right at home when they visit the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Located in upstate New York, Hemlock Falls is a small town renowned for its scenic beauty--and scenes of crime . . . Disaster strikes a mere week before the Hemlock Falls Ladies' Auxiliary hosts the annual Spring Fete when the festival's chairwoman--the redoubtable Adela Henry--gives up her job in a huff. Who's going to judge the justly renowned Jell-O architecture contest? Or stop the members of the Craft Guild from sabotaging their rivals, the Crafty Ladies? More to the point, who's got the tact, diplomacy, and iron will necessary to organize the booths and settle quarrels over the programming? Hemlock's mayor hopes to assure the fete's success when he recruits professional organizer Linda Connally and her staff to take over Adela's duties. But when Connally's body turns up in the trunk of a used car at Peterson's Automotive, Meg and Sarah are back in the detecting business . . .
Sisters and innkeepers Meg and Quill have an inn full of guests who can't stop fighting. Soon, one ends up murdered on a pig farm. And when a psychic correctly predicts a second murder, business grinds to a halt.
Holiday Grind, Fleece Navidad, Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings, Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen, A Carol for a Corpse, You Better Knot Die.
Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle: Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her Village Blend as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him brutally gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging--the conclusion of the police. <P> Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton: This Yuletide, Kelly Flynn and friends are helping the town's librarian, Juliet, teach children how to knit. Juliet has fallen in love-but just as she finds happiness, death finds her, facedown in her Christmas cape. Suspicion falls on a newcomer, a widow with a puzzling past, who-some believe-was sweet on Juliet's boyfriend. But Kelly and her knitting crew aren't convinced. It's up to them to find a killer- before someone else gets fleeced.<P> Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings by Emily Brightwell: Upper Edmonton Gardens looks forward to a jolly Christmas, until one humbug sings of murder-in Mrs. Jeffries's 26th mystery. 'Tis the week before Christmas, and all through the house, every creature is stirring... But just as Inspector Witherspoon's staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe, a Yuletide murder falls in the Inspector's lap. <P> Mrs. Jeffries and the Feast of St. Stephen by Emily Brightwell: A Yuletide dinner in West Brompton should have been a festive occasion, until the host, wealthy Stephen Whitfield, dropped dead before the second course. Now Mrs. Jeffries and the busy sleuths must rally in support of their Inspector -- especially since the clues are harder to find than a silver sixpence in a plum pudding.<P> A Carol for a Corpse by Caludia Bishop: For the Quilliam sisters, there's nothing jolly about this Christmas. Someone with a paintball gun is taking down inflatable Santas all over town. And Meg and Quill are near-broke. At least there's one bright star on the horizon: a big-time magazine and television show will feature the Inn. But soon the editor's husband skis to his death. Now, if the Quilliams are to save the Inn from a lawsuit, they'll need to prove this was no accident.<P> You Better Knot Die by Betty Hechtman: The bookstore where Molly Pink works is planning a huge party where the identity of a popular author will be revealed. But before the author appears, another person disappears: the husband of Molly's neighbor. When a suicide note arrives it seems the husband has jumped off the Catalina ferry, Molly smells something fishy-and she's soon hooked on unraveling another mystery.
The Inn at Hemlock Fall reopens for readers! Bernard LeVasque has opened a multi-million dollar cooking school in Hemlock Falls-and has even stolen customers from Sarah and Meg Quilliam's Inn. But someone finds the infamous chef too bitter-and takes him off the menu for good.
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