Thursday, March 01, 2018



by Vikki Walton

GENRE: cozy mystery


Moving to Colorado seemed like a great way to start over. In Carolan Springs, Anne plans to spend her days living the simpler life.

But when her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile, trouble comes knocking on Anne's door.

All the evidence points to Anne's other neighbor, Kandi Jenkins. As the young woman begs Anne for help, Anne finds herself thrust into a world of deceit and secrets.

Who had the most to gain from Ralph's death? As the suspect list grows, Anne finds her desire for the simple life may have led her to something sinister.


“Come on, Carson.” With a hard stare from the sheriff, Sam stopped. “I mean, Sheriff Carson. I’m sure Ms. Freemont wants the killer caught like the rest of us do.”

“That’s right. In fact, I have my own suspect list.” Shoot. Why did I say that out loud?

“You do, do you? Are you a private detective, Ms. Freemont?” He stepped closer.

“No. But…” She inched back, stopping when her heel twisted.

“That is the correct answer. No, you are not. You don’t know what you are doing, and you need to stick to doing”—he appraised her—“whatever it is that you do. Leave the detective work to the professionals.”

Was he judging her by the heels she wore? She should never have let Kandi convince her the dress needed heels instead of ballet flats. She bristled at his appraisal. Well, she’d show him what she could do.

“Fine! I’ll just figure out the suspect list on my own.”

“Ms. Freemont, do you know that you can be arrested for interfering in a murder investigation?”

“I’m not interfering.”

“Good. Let’s keep it that way.” He tipped his hat, “Ms. Freemont, Sam.” He strode toward the pub.

Anne sighed in frustration. That man is incorrigible.


Vikki Walton is a well-liked speaker and knowledgeable instructor on myriad topics such as fundraising, work quilting, creative writing, design, homesteading, travel, and getting what you really want out of life. Her diverse background and passions enables Vikki to speak and write about many subjects. She’s the author of Work Quilting, a top ten book on vocational guidance. She’s also a global house and petsitter, founder and travel blogger at and upcoming book on women’s travel.

If Vikki isn’t off exploring the globe, you’ll find her at her home in Colorado digging in the garden, watching her chicken’s antics, reading a mystery or working on her newest project.

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Mary Preston said...

This sounds like so much fun. I love the cover & title too.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting! Readers, the book is on sale for only $0.99!

Vikki said...

Thanks for the kind words Mary. The cover was a hand-drawn illustration by Erika Parker Rogers and designer Melinda Martin.
All the titles in the series will be a bit of tongue in cheek double meaning.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt!

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

Sounds great

Lori said...

this year I wish to try a cozy mystery. this book sounds interesing

Lori said...

hmmm, interesting. the simple life is rarely what it seems at first. would love to try my first cozy mystery.
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Lori said...

look like there is a little clashing of wills going on. this sounds interesting.
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Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I look forward to reading this book.

Lori said...

this sounds interesting . I grew up a farm girl. Would like to try this for my first cozy mystery.
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