Prelude to Poison
Maggie happily spends time with fictional people, whether it is in her book store or behind her laptop. She’s about to take a leaf out of one of her own detective books, however, when she finds a dead body. Even if the hotel she finds him in is known for being cursed, it soon becomes clear he was poisoned. The cobbled streets of Castlefield are not safe, and not just because there is an evil chicken that attacks people or because Maggie’s aunt Nancy yields household objects like weapons. People are scared and they turn to Maggie for help.
Writing about mysteries is easier than solving one, Maggie finds out, especially when ghost hunters believe a ghost is haunting the hotel. With people ready to blame a ghost and few clues about a human killer, it’s up to Maggie to team up with her fictional detective, as well as a very real one, and use every trick in the book to catch this clever killer.
Poised to Quill
It is summer in the picturesque village of Castlefield. It is a time for eating ice creams in the shade, summer dresses, turning red as a lobster after five seconds outside, and murder. The only homicidal maniac in the village is supposed to be Pandora the chicken, but she has competition.
After Maggie Matthews organises readings from fellow mystery authors during the Summer Festival, one ends up with a fountain pen in his chest. There are plenty of suspects and clues, but not enough evidence. Maggie is eager to join forces with Alistair, the local detective, so she can spend time with him. She’ll also have the help of her favourite fictional detective, but will it be enough to catch a killer who enjoys playing games?