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Book Cover. First-Degree Fudge - A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet. Pink fudge in a candy store with a dog sleeping on the floor.

First-Degree Fudge

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she’s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for.

Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava has her plate full. She hopes using her flavorful imagination to cook up one-of-a-kind fudge will also create a brand-new start for her. And if she can tempt wealthy ex-film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest crreation, Cinderella Pink, maybe her road to big-time success will be short and sweet.

But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge’s fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect. Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard-bargaining Rainetta. With Ava’s best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end.

“A light-hearted confection that cozy mystery readers will devour.”–Lucy Burdette, author, Topped Chef


Book Cover. Hot Fudge Frame-Up - A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet. Picnic spread with pink fudge and lighthouse and dog in the background.

Hot Fudge Frame-Up

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

Candy shop owner Ava Oosterling mixes it up with a fudge judge with a grudge–who loses his life before he can pick a winner! …

Ava is gearing up for the First Annual Fudge Festival–a huge celebration that could draw national attention to her old-fashioned fudge shop in Door County, Wisconsin. She’s invited two celebrity chefs to go head-to-head with her in a fudge contest. Everyone is having a tasty time…until a judge for the festival is found dead.

To her shock, he’d been complaining around town that her Fairy Tale fudge flavors were…well, fudged. Now the sheriff is wondering if Ava fits the mold for a murder suspect. As Ava tries to square her reputation and find the real killer, she’s in for a whole batch of trouble…

“Will delight candy aficionados and mystery lovers. A must read!”–Liz Mugavero, author, A Biscuit, a Casket


Book Cover. Five-Alarm Fudge - A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet. Dog sitting by a table with fudge and pies, surrounded by pumpkins and fall leaves.

Five-Alarm Fudge

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

A recipe to kill for? It’s autumn in Fishers’ Harbor, Wisconsin, and fudge shop owner Ava Oosterling is busy preparing for the harvest festival and a visit from some royal relatives who live in Belgium. According to Ava’s grandpa, a famous divinity fudge recipe from the 1860s–a treat fit for a prince–is hidden somewhere in a local historical church.

When a fire in the church reveals the body of a murdered man, it looks like someone is willing to go to any length to possess the valuable secret to the divinity fudge. As Ava searches for the killer–and the recipe–she could us a little divine intervention, because she may have bitten off more than she can chew…

“An action-filled story with a likable heroine and fun setting. And, oh, the fudge.” –JoAnna Carl, national bestselling author, Chocoholic Mysteries


Book Cover. Deadly Fudge Divas - A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet. Two women waring dresses and high heels sitting at a table outside Oosterlings' Fudge Shop

Deadly Fudge Divas

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

A taste of trouble is in the air when a group of well-heeled, fudge-loving women descend on Ava Oosterling’s newly acquired and lovingly refurbished bed & breakfast inn for a chocolate lovers’ getaway.

When one of the women turns up dead–and Ava’s grandfather is a prime suspect–Ava plunges into the thick of a murder case stickier than her candy store’s line of Fairy Tale fudge flavors and the chocolate facials the women adore at the local spa. It’s springtime and the start of the tourist season in Fishers’ Harbor, Wisconsin. Ava has opened the Blue Heron inn with the help of handsome construction worker Dillon Rivers.

Unfortunately, Dillon’s mother–Ava’s ex-mother-in-law–is among the secretive divas who become suspects along with Grandpa.


Book Cover. When Rudolph was Kidnapped. Mischief in Moonstone Series-1 by Christine DeSmet. Man holding a woman, both in winter attire, in front of a house in winter, a donkey, and a reindeer.

When Rudolph Was Kidnapped

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

When her pet reindeer, Rudolph, is stolen from the live animal 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.”


Book Cover. Misbehavin' in Moonstone - Mischief in Moonstone Series-2 by Christine DeSmet. Woman wearing a chef hat and apron in a boat rowed by a man in a white suit at night with the moon in the sky.

Misbehavin’ in Moonstone

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

When the men of Moonstone, Wisconsin, 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 kidnaps her, having “undressing” and marrying her on his mind.


Book Cover. Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder. Mischief in Moonstone Series-3 by Christine DeSmet. Woman in a man's arms sitting in front of a fire with a motorcycle in the background.

Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

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 eighty-four-year-old man now cavorting with the sexy, mysterious newcomer, Felicity Start, twenty-seven. But can Lily trust her trespassing prisoner, Marcus, who seems to be willing to exchange kisses for clemency?


Book Cover. When the Dead People Brought a Dish-to-Pass. Mischief in Moonstone Series-4 by Christine DeSmet. Man and woman looking at a laptop surrounded by a saw, moving box, and ladder.

When the Dead People Brought a Dish-to-Pass

By Christine DeSmet

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Overview

Three days before Halloween, Alyssa Swain finds a man dead in his car but, once she gets help, 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 get ready for a party in which dead relatives from decades and centuries ago plan to participate. Now the crazy man won’t leave her house or her heart. How can she keep him from crossing over into the afterlife at midnight on Halloween?