Romance author, donut influencer, and cat mom Hazel Hastings loves adding a dash of mystery to her novels, but she never expected her sleuthing skills to leave the page.
When Hazel left Chinook Falls in her rearview mirror, she hoped it was for good. Now, years later, returning to her Oregon hometown is slightly better than sharing a zip code with her soon-to-be—but not soon enough!—ex-husband.
But trouble finds Hazel on her first day at a new college teaching job and not only in the form of a distractingly hunky archaeology professor. On her way to a book signing at work, a jerk hits her car and refuses to share his insurance information. Once Hazel realizes the fender-crunching jerk is the visiting author, she plots to publicly call him out on his atrocious driving etiquette. Before she can put her plan into action, she discovers his body in the student union.
With her proximity to the murder putting her dream job at risk, Hazel must act to uncover the killer. As long as sleuthing doesn't interfere with meeting the deadline for her next novel, navigating her new job in academia, and keeping her cats flush in premium kibble, she'll be fine. After all, she's a millennial with a viral donut Instagram account. Finding a murderer should be a piece of cake… er… donut.
Meet Cutes and Murder is the first in the Hazel Hastings Mystery series. Each book can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed in order. The series is free of graphic violence, sex, and strong language. But it does contain adorable cats, gratuitous donuts, and healthy doses of snark.