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I’ve written 2 series:  The Fudge Shop Mystery Series and the Mischief in Moonstone Series.

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Fudge Shop Mystery Series

I’m the author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series, and my most recent books are Book #4, Deadly Fudge Divas (published 2020, Writers Exchange Publishing, ebook and paperback), and Undercover Fudge (published 2021, Writers Exchange Publishing, ebook and paperback).

Books 1 (First-Degree Fudge) and 2 (Hot Fudge Frame-Up) and 3 (Five-Alarm Fudge) are published by Penguin Random House.

My fudge series features a Belgian-American family. Grandpa Gil Oosterling and his granddaughter, Ava Oosterling, operate Oosterling’s Live Bait, Bobbers & Belgian Fudge & Beer on the docks in the village of Fishers’ Harbor, Wisconsin, on the big bay of Lake Michigan called Green Bay (just like the city). Grandpa has constant trouble with his boats, while Ava has constant trouble involving her fudge and felonies.

Each of my books includes original recipes for fudge, but I also fit in recipes for such Belgian specialties as booyah, which is a red tomato-based stew usually made with chicken. Booyah is a traditional stew made outdoors in giant vats and over a fire. It’s always served at such events as a community’s fall kermis, or harvest festival. The recipe in one of my books in the series came from a kermis I visited in northeastern Wisconsin.

Most of the places in my Fudge Shop Mystery Series are real. So I invite you to visit the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” whenever you sit down with my mystery series and a piece of fudge.

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Mischief in Moonstone Series novellas

 “The Moonstone stories are so entertaining you don’t want to miss one.” ~ Stephanie B. for Fallen Angel Reviews

Welcome to Moonstone, Wisconsin, a small town on the shore of Lake Superior. Here you’ll find mystery and romance, good-hearted neighbors and hilarity, with a dash of intriguing food on the menu at the local restaurant, The Jingle Bell Inn.

When Rudolph was Kidnapped (Novella 1): When her pet reindeer, Rudolph, is stolen from the live animal holiday display, first-grade teacher Crystal Hagan has a big problem on her hands. Her students fear that Christmas will be canceled. Ironically, the prime suspect is a man who lives in a mansion known as the “North Pole.” And to her shock, Peter LeBarron admits to kidnapping Rudolph and he won’t give him back without some romantic “negotiations.”

Misbehavin’ in Moonstone (Novella 2): When the men of Moonstone suddenly seem to be off fishing a lot in the evenings, thus cutting down on her new restaurant’s business, chef Kirsten Peplinski becomes suspicious. She discovers a topless touring boat has set up business in Lake Superior, just outside the jurisdiction of Moonstone. She sets out to give a “dressing down” to the boat’s owner, but Jonathon VanBrocklin would prefer a little “undressing” in this sweet novella.

Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder (Novella 3): On her second day of duty, new county deputy Lily Schuster finds herself smack dab in the middle of Moonstone, Wisconsin, trouble. She arrests archeologist Marcus Linden for trespassing, then finds she needs his help in solving the murder of a pie contest judge. The suspects involve none other than the town’s Santa, Henri LeBarron, an 84-year-old man now cavorting with the sexy, mysterious newcomer, Felicity Starr, 27. But can Lily trust her trespassing prisoner, Marcus, who seems to be willing to exchange kisses for clemency?

When the Dead People Brought a Dish-to-Pass (Novella 4): Three days before Halloween, Alyssa Swain finds a man dead in his car in a ditch. She runs for help, but when she returns, the body is gone. When scruffy, tall dead man, John Christopherson, shows up alive on her doorstep, he insists she called him to help her with the house she’s refurbishing—to get it ready for a traditional Halloween party to celebrate the lives of her loved ones who have died. A party for dead people?! To her chagrin, the crazy man won’t leave her house or her heart. But how can she keep him from his destiny of crossing over in the afterlife at midnight on Halloween?

A Moonstone Wedding (Novella 5):  When grocery store owner Margie Mueller’s fiancé—chef Tony Farina—sends her a “fertility rug” to stand on at their wedding, she panics. Margie’s no spring chicken and she’s not about to hatch a big brood for the Farinas. Before she can call off the wedding, the Farina clan invades Moonstone for partying and interference in the wedding preparations. But Margie doesn’t mind—behind the scenes she’s got a murder to solve. A dead man has shown up wrapped in the fertility rug. And it looks like her fiancé may know more about it than he’s letting on.

COMING SOON, NEW RE-ISSUES 

 

The Moonstone Fire (Novella 6)

John “Bozeman” Hall hales from Bozeman, Montana, where he grew up raising longhorn cattle, hunting grizzlies, and eating snake meat over a campfire. He thought he could handle anything. Then he arrives in Moonstone. After a suspicious fire that destroys newlyweds Crystal and Peter LeBarron’s cabin on their Moonstone farm, John comes to town to find the pyro criminal. His first suspect? The surly squatter refusing to leave a cave on the farm—a young, homeless woman and her son.

All She Wore Was A Bow (Novella 7)

Kincaid “Kade” Hunter rocked the rodeo world with a record-breaking bull ride in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s a rising star! He grew up wild and willing to try just about anything—except marriage. He’s had five near misses and he plans to keep it that way. But when he comes to Moonstone at Christmastime to save his friend John “Bozeman” Hall from marrying what looks like the wrong woman, Kade meets with interference extraordinaire: Gloria Gibson, the wedding planner from Hell. Gloria has her own ideas about where to hang mistletoe and what or who Kade should be riding to glory.

Pest Control (Novella 8)

Jason “Flyboy” Schuster was supposed to become an actor with his good looks. Acting skills helped when he went undercover as a drug informant, became a cowboy and a pilot for secret missions involving national security. Now he’s come to Moonstone where his sister, Lily, is in trouble. He sets up a sham business in pest control, pretending he can rid your home of cute squirrels and mice. One of his pesty clients invites him to join a quilting and knitting group, which his sister suspects is a front for the burglary ring. While Jase infiltrates the group as the only man making a quilt, the prime suspect infiltrates his heart.

The Big Love Murder & Shilly-Shally in Moonstone (Novella 9) 

What is the wife of the former mayor doing shilly-shallying with a much younger man on the local cruise boat during the funeral wake for her husband? Has she unwittingly provided an alibi for the dashing Julien-Paul Vandermeer—accused of committing the perfect murder below deck during the party? Moonstone’s maven, Tootsie Winters, finds herself in the middle of unexpected romantic mayhem. 

 

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