In New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s “slightly zany”* new mystery series, Devereaux Sinclair loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri hometown. If only murder didn’t keep landing on her doorstep…
Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband? In buying them, has Dev committed a felony?
When Elise is found shot to death, the mystery deepens—and Dev’s good friend Boone, who discovered the body, is taken into custody. With the help of her best buds, Dev must clear Boone’s name and find the real killer. Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair.
In Swanson's delightful second cozy featuring Devereaux Sinclair (after 2012's Little Shop of Homicide), the 29-year-old Shadow Bend, Mo., dime-store owner is dismayed to learn that her current beau, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, has begun undercover work with his boss/ex-wife, Meg, posing as boyfriend and girlfriend. To add to Dev's woes, a childhood friend, Boone St. Onge, is arrested by the father of their mutual friend, the brash lawyer Poppy Kincaid, for the murder of Poppy's client, Elise Whitmore. Dev's ex-high school love, Dr. Noah Underwood, who's hoping to regain her trust, puts himself at Dev's disposal to help prove the insolent Boone's innocence. As the list of suspects grows, so do their individual alibis, leaving Dev at a miserable dead end. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the quick witted Dev.