Peppermint Pudding Peril by Tammy Beck
Francis Desmarais, a spirited baker with a passion for tradition, finds her world turned upside down when a Christmas parade ends in tragedy. The mysterious murder of Eleanor Wells, a cherished local and friend to Francis, unveils a labyrinth of long-buried secrets, simmering feuds, and a hidden heirloom with the power to change everything.
Francis must whisk together her love for baking and her knack for sleuthing as she delves into the past, unearthing stories of forbidden love, familial strife, and ancestral ties that bind and break. With the townspeople eyeing her every move and the future of her beloved bakery hanging in the balance, Francis finds an unlikely ally in Isaac Fulton, a local teacher with secrets of his own. Together, they navigate cryptic clues, cryptic conversations, and the shadows of yesteryear, determined to solve the mystery and save Francis’ culinary haven.
Can Francis sift through the layers of the past, find the murderer, and protect her legacy? Or will the shadows of Harmony Bay swallow her dreams whole? Baking has never been this perilous, and Francis is about to discover that in this town, every recipe has its secrets, and every family has its skeletons. Welcome to Harmony Bay, where the pies are sweet, the mystery is rich, and the danger is just heating up.