Death of a Debtor
Forced to move back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia after her father and brother end up in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, Sophie Parker does the best she can. While living with her curmudgeonly aunt, she works as a wench waitress at a pirate-themed sports bar and learns the ins and outs of discount shopping through a coupon group.
Life goes from bad to worse when an innocent airplane ride with her former teenage crush, AJ, leads to her being picked up by the police. The plane’s indebted owner has been murdered, and he’s the man who helped put her father in jail.
What started as a curiosity has now turned into a quest to make sure she isn’t arrested. Armed with gossip from the women in her coupon group, and her cantankerous aunt, Sophie sets out to find out who killed the ruthless businessman minutes after she flew off with AJ.
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Death of a Coupon Queen
Things are looking up for Sophie Parker who has settled into her new, poorer life in her small Blue Ridge town. She’s still working at the pirate-themed sports bar, the Booty Burgo, but also, she works a few hours a week doing children’s programming at the library, allowing her tap into her Folklore degree and love of fairy tales. She and her curmudgeonly great aunt are getting along, for the most part, and her love life with airplane repot pilot AJ Devlin is on a good flight path. Her biggest challenge is learning the ins and outs of extreme couponing, but even that is improving as coupon group member and Powerball winner, Marla Naylor, is tutoring her. Sophie’s new normal is cut to bits when she arrives at Marla’s house to learn about using phone apps for shopping savings and finds her stabbed in the neck with her coupon sheers and her coupon binders missing.
When Marla’s coupon binders are discovered in Sohpie’s nemesis, Vivie Danner’s car, the case seems solved, although Sophie has a hard time thinking Vivie would murder in such a messy fashion. With help from Marla’s neighbor, Ellie, who is homebound taking care of her ill husband, Sohpie and Vivie piece together the goings ons in the neighborhood. As it turns out, there were many people who might want Marla dead. But as Sophie uncovers secrets about the victim and other residents of town, someone is lurking close by, ready to cut her life short.
Death of a Miser
It’s the holiday season in Jefferson Grove, and Sophie Parker’s life is good. She hung up her Booty Burgo pirate wench waitress uniform months ago and now works full time sharing her beloved folklore and fairy tales as the library’s children’s program coordinator. She’s getting along with all the members of her coupon group, including her high school nemesis Vivie Danner.
There are only two blips in Sophie’s life; the first is her airplane repo boyfriend AJ Devlin, who over the last few months has canceled more dates than he’s kept making Sophie wonder if perhaps their relationship is coming to an end.
The second is her great Aunt Rose who enters her locally famous pie into the Winter Jamboree’s pie contest. While Aunt Rose nearly always wins, contest judge Carl Jackson, always has the something negative to say about her pies. This time is no different when Carl criticizes her pie for being too sweet and then he steals it. It’s an insult Aunt Rose can’t let pass. Unfortunately, while she’s fussing at Carl, he drops dead.
Carl’s death is assumed to be from natural causes, until the medical examiner determines that he was poisoned, and all eyes turn to Aunt Rose as his most likely killer.
Sophie knows her aunt would never use one of her prized pies to murder, so she sets out to keep her aunt out of prison. It doesn’t take long for Sophie to learn that the charming Carl Jackson was actually a greedy, sometimes cruel, miser, who had many enemies. As she learns more about Carl and those who had reasons to want him dead, Sophie creates problems in her coupon group, between her and AJ, and with a murderer bent on stopping her and Aunt Rose from celebrating the holidays ever again.