To solve or not to solve?
When a visiting professor is found dead, English major Pepper Brooks is caught in the middle of the investigation. Literally. While the detectives focus on crime scene forensics, Pepper can’t ignore the Shakespearian clues left by the killer.
With the help of a handsome library clerk, a dog named Hamburger, and The Bard himself, this unlikely sleuth might just close the book on this case.
A Farewell to Blondes
When a young woman shows up dead in Campus Creek, amateur sleuth Pepper Brooks is warned not to get involved. She’s fine with that. The last thing she needs is to upset her maybe-boyfriend Alex, the newly minted cop.
It’s her final quarter of college, she’s immersed in Hemingway and planning her future. But when two more fair-haired women show up drowned, Pepper literally can’t stay away. Especially when her best friend may be the next one For Whom the Bell Tolls.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an overly inflated ego must be in want of the spotlight.
When the actor set to play Mr. Darcy is found murdered in his dressing room, Pine Crest’s annual AustenFest is derailed. Pepper Brooks must set her pride and prejudice aside to differentiate between rumor and truth as she searches for the killer.
Between running her new bookstore and trying to decide who is a Darcy and who is a Wickham, Pepper quickly finds that her story might not end as happily as those written by Jane Austen.
Thoreau found peace in the woods. All Pepper finds is trouble.
Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a dead body. Pepper Brooks planned a peaceful week in the woods with friends to get away from the stress of daily life. When her dog, Hamburger, sniffs out a murder victim, suddenly the woods feel as far from the tranquil Walden Pond as possible.
Pepper and Alex refuse to let law enforcement brush the case aside… they know there’s more to the story. Their investigation unearths long-buried secrets from Pine Crest’s past, some of which hit uncomfortably close to home.
This case is more than a murder mystery. For Pepper, it just got personal.
“I love you to death”
Winter quarter of grad school has Pepper living and breathing Brontë sisters. When a body is found near the mysterious mansion on the hill, Pepper is too close to the victim for comfort… and perhaps the killer.
Pepper’s interest in the case becomes an obsession when Alex is threatened. Between mysterious notes, long-buried secrets, and that feeling someone is watching, Pine Crest starts to feel a whole lot like the gothic moors of Wuthering Heights. The line between love and obsession is as thin as a knife’s blade—literally—and it’s up to Pepper to find the killer before they strike again.