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An Empty Nest Mystery, Book 2
“Literally Dead is a well-crafted mystery that will delight and entertain cozy fans, as well as give a backstage look at what can happen at a high-powered publishing conference. ” – Suspense Magazine
Budding romance writer Gracie Elliott has spent the past year crafting her first novel. Her hard work and determination pay off when her manuscript wins the Cream of the Crop award, a contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the Society of American Romance Authors. First place entitles her to attend the organization’s annual conference.
With husband Blake in tow, a starry-eyed Gracie experiences the ultimate fan-girl moment upon entering the hotel. Her favorite authors are everywhere. However, within minutes she learns Lovinia Darling, the Queen of Romance, is hardly the embodiment of the sweet heroines she creates. Gracie realizes she’s stepped into a romance vipers’ den of backstabbing, deceit, and plagiarism, but she finds a friend and mentor in bestselling author Paisley Prentiss.
Hours later, when Gracie discovers Lovinia’s body in the hotel stairwell, a victim of an apparent fall, she's is not convinced the death was an accident. Too many authors had reason to want Lovinia dead. Ignoring Blake’s advice to “let the police handle it,” Gracie and Paisley begins investigating. Romance has never been so deadly.