When bored romance writer, Ricki Rydell, discovers a body in the bathroom of the Unionville Public Library, she jumps at the chance to solve the mystery behind the woman's death. No one in Unionville had nice things to say about the victim when she was alive, but now that she's dead everyone is hush-hush, sort of like they're hiding something. While the living may have stopped talking, the deceased certainly hasn't. The victim left behind a trail of cryptic clues leading Ricki to a seedier side of her beloved hometown and its residents. Feeling she's in over her head, Ricki longs for her boring old life as a reclusive writer. But it's too late to back out now, especially after receiving a death threat telling her to stop the investigation or else she's next. Now, she has to solve a murder and save herself before it's too late.
Abby Matthews has always wanted to be a detective. She counts Hercule Poirot as one of her heroes. But since she can't stomach the not-so-nice stuff that comes with solving mysteries, she writes them instead. When she's not spending too much time in her head dreaming up wild plotlines, she wrangles a small herd of cats, rocks out to old school punk rock, and watches way too many home improvement shows.