In spite of her dislike of the water, Angie Deacon buys her husband a day of fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee for his fiftieth birthday. What better gift for a guy stuck in the office all the time? That’s what she thinks right up until the owner of the tour is murdered. Who besides Nolan Little’s verbally abused wife has reason to murder him—they’re supposedly all strangers. As an ER nurse, Angie has dedicated herself to helping people, so when Val begs her to help find Nolan’s murderer saying yes seems only natural—until she uncovers Val’s secret.
co-owner of Alton Bay New Hampshire’s community theater, Prince & Pauper. Her divorce is almost final and, even though her too-clingy mother has moved in, life is good once again.
Angie’s new love interest, Detective Colby Jarvis lost a bet with his fellow officers : he has to try out for a part in Angie’s show Checkmate: Murder. He is awarded the part of a burglar. Unfortunately, during the very first performance, Jarvis shoots the star with his personal handgun that’s somehow been switched with the theater’s prop gun. Though on suspension, he is heavy with need to find out who switched guns. Why would anyone use him to kill the leading man who, by day, is the unassuming owner of the local nursery. Add that to the fact that his long-thought-dead father is back, Jarvis has had his last good night’s sleep for a while.
Angie Deacon thought her vacation in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire would be relaxing. But the dog next door would not stop barking. Finally she confronts the owner, Simon York
and they end up in a near knock-down drag-out. The next morning he is found dead, and she’s the main suspect.
Angie must seek out the real killer before they stuff her behind bars till her skin wrinkles. Her search for the real killer leads her to a suspicious dog breeder, and a cosmetics factory that’s putting out some very questionable products. Now, the owner of the factory—Simon’s wife—is dead...
Angie Deacon thought the gene that produced maternal instinct was missing from her DNA. Till she met Kiana Smith: beautiful, personable, talented and…grieving, because her mentor, the drama teacher has been murdered.
The principal begs Angie to supervise a production scheduled for that weekend
--intended to help save the high school’s floundering drama program. Although her own theater is in the midst of its next production, Angie agrees to help out.
The trouble is, the principal has told everyone she’s there to work on the case, and Angie is quickly buried in secrets and problems. Since
her recent near-death experience in a case, she’s sworn to leave investigating to the professionals. Unfortunately she can’t convince the kids or the principal to stop bringing clues.
When a popular eighteen-year-old girl is murdered, it devastates the tight-knit communities surrounding NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee. But when the accused man is set free, it shakes people to their very core. Detective Colby Jarvis blames himself—witnesses were ineffective; his testimony weak, the clues inadequate.
The next morning, jigsaw puzzles begin arriving in mailboxes of people related to the trial. Twelve hours later, deaths begin.
Angie tries to help Jarvis in the case, but she’s mired in her own set of problems: her partner Tyson has just been offered his lifelong dream—a part in a Broadway show. Angie must run the theater on her own. But that's not the worst of it: her demanding mother is back in town, and she’s brought a twenty-something surfer who decides he too wants to be a detective.
Angie Deacon’s partner has gone to Broadway to follow his dream, and she’s left alone to produce Prince & Pauper’s first play of the new year. Proudly she narrows the group of leading-man applicants to pharmaceuticals salesman Stone Powers. His six-pack abs and charisma have the female cast swooning. Stone accepts the attention with cool professionalism, even as wives begin popping up like dandelions in a field.
Stone arrives drunk at the theater two days in a row, and Angie isn’t surprised—keeping three wives from learning of each other could drive anyone to drink. When the local convenience store phones in a domestic dispute, the last thing Detective Colby Jarvis expects is to find Stone dead. Jarvis is suddenly overwhelmed with suspects of the female persuasion.