From bestselling author Patricia Rice, another romantic mystery from the peculiar town of Hillvale, CA. . .
A chef who brews magic challenges a mayor with secrets
After a childhood of being tossed from foster homes for claiming she can detect liars by their scent, Fiona Malcolm McDonald does her best to conceal her secret these days. But when she sniffs a wrongdoer and drives him off with jalapeño cheesecake, she loses still another cooking job and is homeless again. She places her last hope on her mentor in Hillvale, a town as weird as she is.
Mayor Monty Kennedy has a secret too. He owns most of Hillvale but hasn’t the cash to repair the only empty cabin. Still, even in his desperation, he refuses to repeat his father’s sins by throwing people out of their jobs and houses just so he can have his own space.
Before either of them can find a solid roof for their heads, Fiona’s mentor dies—and it isn’t accidental. Determined to discover who wanted a good woman dead, Fiona camps out in Monty’s cabin, setting her on a collision course with the mayor—and a killer. With the secret help of the town’s spiritualists, Monty and Fiona must cooperate to solve a puzzle with only a dog, a ghost, and a seemingly useless key as clues to stop a murderous gang who stink of corruption.
If they survive, perhaps a hot chef and a cool mayor might learn to share a roof.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE CRYSTAL MAGIC SERIES:
Wedding Gems (novella collection)
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I love Hillvale and the people there. The town is full of interesting and quirky people. I was happy for Monty to get his own story. Fee arrives in town with very little. She is used to moving around but has always wanted a forever home. Maybe she will find it here. As soon as she hits town, the friend she was supposed to me is run down and killed. What will she do now? She soon discovers that the town is full of people as strange as she is. Monty doesn't know what is going on as he sees a woman run down in the street. As he tries to help, he sees the small, beautiful woman standing there looking so lost. With the way his crazy life is going, she seems so normal after knowing all the other Lucy women. The more he knows her, the more he likes her, but she is as crazy as the others. Should he just move on. His brother is getting married and his mother is very hard to handle. His life is out of control. What to do? When a killer is stalking Fee, his protective instincts start showing and he will do anything to protect Fee. Will he be able to keep her? Does he really want to do that?
Another good book to add to the series. Fiona Malcolm McDonald is new in town but with her weird ability to smell what others cannot she doesn’t expect that Hillvale will be any different from any of the other places she has been forced to eventually leave. She discovers though that Hillvale has characters odder than her and that here she is accepted and allowed to be herself. Besides the reader learning about Fiona’s ability, we have the obligatory murder mystery that the town must solve with the help of residents met in the other books and a budding romance with Mayor Monty. Recommended read. There are now a lot of characters in this series and to help with this the author has placed a character list at the beginning of the book though I think readers would benefit from having read the books in order. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.