Prue’s plan to catch up with her mother Henrietta hits a hitch when she and Ophelia arrive in Paris. In a short space of time they discover that her mother has gone missing and her half-sister has been murdered in the pumpkin patch. Prue’s step-sisters (who are descended from Cinderella’s step-sisters) are fairly nasty and there are rats running around the gloomy mansion. Ick!
Clare runs the Rescued Word a typewriting and book repair shop with her uncle Chester. She is accosted by a leather-clad man who demands she hand over a client’s typewriter. She refuses and he runs off when the cops arrive. Shortly after, his body is found behind the store. Clare can’t resist the urge to investigate.
Beka, Baba Yaga #2, is flying solo for the first time and unfortunately making a bit of a hash of things. She can’t afford to screw up though as something is causing the local selkies and merpeople to get dangerously ill. She enlists the help of a grumpy but hot fisherman, Marcus, and his father so she can dive for clues.
Bicycle cop Ellie once again gets to put her detecting skills to the test when Eduardo, a gardener she had only just met, is fatally injured. He allegedly fell down a flight of stairs when trying to steal the cello of Xu, an international musician, but Ellie is sure he is too nice a guy to be involved in something criminal. She starts to poke around but has to be careful not to get in the way of the lead detective who she has feelings for.
Lila Wilkins’ literary agency is hosting the cooking aspect of the local Taste of the Town festival and she is hoping it will go off without a hitch. She didn’t count on the inflated egos and general nastiness of all of the author chefs that have been invited to participate. When one of the chefs is unexpectedly killed, Lila gets involved.
Most well-bred 19th century ladies would have an attack of vapours if their financial prospects suddenly turned bad but Ophelia Flax and Prue Bright are American actresses rather than ladies and are made of sterner stuff. Ophelia wheedles jobs as maids for them in a fantastical Black Forest castle complete with Snow White’s cottage. Things take a turn for the worst when their employer’s husband is poisoned and Prue becomes the main suspect.
Audrey Bloom once again finds herself in the midst of a murder. She’s been hired to design bouquets for a bell crazy bride on wedding reality tv show (try saying that three times fast). It ought to be a great opportunity for the store but the hosts are nowhere near as nice as they appear on camera. Audrey isn’t exactly surprised when the most obnoxious one is murdered but decides to intervene when her ex, Brad, becomes a suspect.
This court is now in session… Clare has been called in to investigate a ghostly prospector who has a nasty habit of leaving his bones in the guest beds of a millionaire. The millionaire wants him gone and the miner might just pass on if Clare can find out who killed him.
Audrey Bloom, one half of The Rose in Bloom florist shop, is thrust into a murder investigation when her former school friend, Jenny, becomes a prime suspect. Audrey knows there is no way Jenny would have murdered her fiancé Derek as she is far too retiring and besides, she had just told Audrey she planned to break up with him.
The League of Literary Ladies have picked the classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to read and life soon starts to imitate art with the South Bass Island equivalent, bootlegger Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow making his presence felt. Bea Cartwright gets drawn into the drama when a particularly unpleasant member of the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) gets herself murdered and fellow literary lady, Kate, becomes a suspect.