After her marriage and career collapse, ex-cop Maggie Doyle flees San Francisco for the Wild West…of Ireland. But Whisper Island and a job at the Movie Theater Café don't provide the respite she expected. When Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into a series of murder investigations, she enlists the help of her UFO-obsessed friend, a nun, and a feral dog.
This collection includes:
DIAL P FOR POISON
After the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s café, can Maggie catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS DIES TWICE
The instant Maggie and her friend discover the corpse of the Whisper Island postman, her plans to chill for the next two months are put on ice.
HOW TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE
Armed with her newly issued private investigator's license, Maggie is on the case…of a sheep that went missing twenty-two years ago. When she trips over a dead body on the first day of the investigation, she realizes there’s more to this cold case than a fight over lamb chops.
THE 39 CUPCAKES
When Maggie chaperones a group of bratty kids to an archaeological dig, one of her charges discovers a skeleton. At first it looks like a cold case—until a member of the excavation team winds up dead…
REBEL WITHOUT A CLAUS
In the weeks before the holidays, Maggie scores a lucrative job working undercover at a fancy department store. When she finds the corpse of an obnoxious customer in her bathtub, Maggie's festive season takes a fatal turn.
***Each story includes a cocktail recipe—minus the deadly ingredients!***
It turns out that explaining the penguins' presence is easy---Meg's dad volunteered to take care of the birds until the future of the bankrupt local zoo could be determined. But identifying the body in the basement proves a harder task---could it be, as Meg fears, that of the vanished zoo owner?
In the small southern town of Caerphilly, rumors fly quickly, and all the other well-meaning citizens who have agreed to take in zoo animals are now worried that they might be stuck with their guests indefinitely. So when Meg's dad generously offers to help out anyone who can no longer care for their four-legged charges, a parade of wild creatures begins to make Meg and Michael's newly renovated house look more like Noah's ark.
Meg and Michael have been planning to elope in order to avoid the elaborate wedding their mothers have begun to organize---a plan that's threatened by both the murder investigation and the carnival of animals. The only way to set things right, Meg decides, is to identify both their uninvited visitor and the killer who put him in their basement.
The award-winning Donna Andrews has demonstrated her immense talent by creating and nurturing a series that continues to delight and surprise with each new book.
Book #4 in the series is Dagger in the Dahlias.
Riches to rags. … Chaos quiets. … Crime is circling. … And cold cases never cease …
After almost a month in picturesque Kelowna, Doreen Montgomery still can’t keep her notoriety to a minimum or her nose out of other people’s business. Now those suffering from the loss of a loved one seek her out, wanting her help. While the last thing Doreen wants is to have the media discover she’s involved in another cold case, she is already hooked on the details …
But even more is going on. News has gotten out that Nan’s old house is brimming over with valuable antiques, antiques Nan collected and left for Doreen, and the seedier elements of their lovely town are circling like vultures. With her animals in full assistant mode, Doreen must investigate the cold case, right the wrongs of the past, and keep her home safe, all while evading the media—and Corporal Mack Moreau.