The final sale of Olivia Waterford’s beautiful old bed and breakfast, the Bittersweet Inn, seems to be going smoothly. A lovely young couple--Mead and Alice Hoover--are ready to take over the running of the Inn so Olivia can retire to a townhouse and enjoy her later years. Unfortunately, just as the almost new owners are enjoying the local Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of the Inn, their real estate agent, Grace Potter, is found murdered in a shack on the back end of the property. The horror of a killing on the Inn’s grounds is bad enough, but Alice Hoover is apparently psychic and claims that Grace Potter’s ghost refuses to allow the sale to take place until her murderer is caught.
At this point, Olivia’s oldest daughter Harper steps in. She immediately begins a furious effort to investigate the final moves of the recently deceased woman, and is flabbergasted with what she discovers. Apparently, more than one person had reason to kill Grace Potter. Grace was blackmailing several local residents who had secrets they wanted kept hidden. Now Harper’s task is magnified. Has she discovered all the possible suspects? And if so, which of them is the guilty party? Or is there someone else she might have overlooked? She’ll have to work fast to catch the killer because the Hoovers will not wait forever before they change their minds about purchasing the Bittersweet Inn, and dash Harper’s hopes for her mother’s retirement. Of course, tracking down a killer can be hazardous to one’s health--and helping her mother with this project, may prove to be Harper’s final sale.
Annie Irvin has enjoyed a nomadic life and after inheriting her grandfather’s large collection of books still managed to always find room in the U-Haul for every last page even if it meant leaving behind the kitchen table. Eventually Annie ended up where she began—a small town in Iowa where gossip is king and scandal has ruined more than one good woman, although no one has yet resorted to murder.
Rae Sanders once consulted an honest-to-goodness fortune teller who predicted she’d be married three times and wouldn’t find true happiness until she lived near the water. Not a swimmer, Rae scoffed at the idea. However, she is now happily married to husband number three and lives in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes. When she isn’t writing, she’s fishing for supper.
Annie and Rae are sisters who became addicted to reading cozy mysteries while in their teens. Today they enjoy every minute spent creating the characters that live, love, and, alas, die in Bittersweet Hollow.