After he’s gone, she finds a small brass key under his plate. Surely he’ll return for more chocolate and the key. But he’s murdered, and the Death by Chocolate box leads police to Lindsay.
Is his death connected to the blonde in four-inch heels who demands to talk to Lindsay about her relationship with the woman’s husband?
Who is her husband? Fred? For all Lindsay knows, he could be married, could be a bigamist or even a trigamist. He is an over-achiever.
Lindsay’s life is spinning out of control with lots of questions and no answers.
Is the key a clue to the murder? What does it hide that makes it important enough for someone to kill Lindsay to get it?
“Write what you know,” they said. I’d been married three times. I wrote romances.
Fast forward ten years.
“Write what you know,” they said. I’d been divorced three times and fantasized about murdering my ex. Only massive doses of chocolate kept my finger off the trigger.
Now I write about murder and chocolate.
Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip
cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly
Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn't seem
very dead and a psycho stalker.
Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown,
hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any
room. Secrets from Paula's past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.
Determined to help Paula and to save her own life, Lindsay enlists
the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of
his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as
hidden microphones, guns and the inside of maximum security prisons.
BOOK 1: DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
Lindsay Powell's only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who isn’t very dead and a psycho stalker.
Lindsay needs more than a chocolate fix to survive all this chaos.
BOOK 2: MURDER, LIES AND CHOCOLATE
Rodney Bradford comes into Lindsay's restaurant, eats her brownies, and drops dead on her sidewalk.
On the positive side, sales skyrocket for the special dessert Lindsay calls Murdered Man's Brownies.
BOOK 3: GREAT CHOCOLATE SCAM
When Rick’s SUV is blown up in his driveway, Lindsay appears to be his only heir. But before his estate is settled, poor orphan Rick has more relatives than a lottery winner.
Are these people really related to Rick, or was he actually an alien stranded on earth when the mother ship left without him?
Bradford comes into Lindsay's restaurant, offers to buy her small house for
double its value, eats her brownies, and drops dead on the sidewalk in front.
Then someone breaks into her house and tries to dig up her basement. Next her
almost-ex-husband offers to sign the divorce papers, but only if she'll give
him her small, old house and take his big, new house instead.
everybody wants Lindsay's house. Is there oil under the basement, plans to
bring the railroad through, pirate treasure buried in the basement? A second break-in occurs and causes her cat,
King Henry, to launch into full attack mode, taking a few chunks out of the
enlists the aid of her enigmatic neighbor, Fred, to help solve the mystery
while trying to keep her police detective boyfriend, Trent, from getting in
their way with his insistence on all those silly cop rules.
the positive side, sales skyrocket for the special dessert Lindsay calls
Murdered Man's Brownies. Prisoners, murderers, crazy relatives and strippers
are all part of the chaos in this second book of the Death by Chocolate series.
Chocolate recipes included. Poison optional.
One of them is the brother of a police detective.
That man’s ghost is Charley’s new best friend.
Amanda is thrilled that Charley can see him. Perhaps this means her ex-husband’s ghost is on his way to the light, to a higher plane, to Oklahoma, to anywhere so long as it’s away from her.
But the new ghost isn’t leaving. He has an agenda, and it doesn’t involve finding his killer. Amanda, Charley, Jake, the medium Teresa, and the ghost’s brother Ross must hunt down his murderer before one of them is killed.
Charley’s not worried, but the others don’t have his immunity to death.
Rick's car blows
up in his driveway. Lindsay
is left with an image of Rick's green SUV flying around the neighborhood along
with pieces of Rick—a blue contact lens in Mrs. Hawkins' driveway, a perfectly
creased trouser leg hanging on the street sign, a vertebra on the immaculate
divorce wasn't final and Rick has no family, Lindsay assumes she is his only
heir. Then Bryan Kollar, local celebrity bodybuilder and owner of the chain of
gyms, Body by Bryan, comes into Death by Chocolate and asks to buy back the
flour mill built by his great-grandfather and purchased by Rick before his
death. Lindsay readily agrees that, as soon as she gets title, she'll return it
But before his
estate is settled, Rick has more relatives than a lottery winner.
What was Rick
planning to do with the old flour mill? Why does Bryan want it back? He doesn't
even eat refined flour!
Is the obnoxious
Rickie Jr. really Rick's son? Why is the woman who claims to be Rick's mother
so certain the child is not her grandson? Are these people really related to
Rick, or was he actually an alien stranded on earth when the mother ship left
Come for the
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, stay for the murder, mayhem and fun!
Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort--until strange things begin happening around him.
Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"--some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.