The first book in the popular Scarlet Wilson Mystery Series....A financial Ponzi-style fraud costs the Wilsons everything but the old family manse....Opening the Four Acorns Inn sounds like a good idea, except for one thing -- someone is out to ruin them anyway possible, and that includes murder.
Scarlet Wilson's love life keeps tanking, no matter what she does. It’s pretty sad when the elderly ladies at the inn have a better romantic life than the forty-something innkeeper. Is she cursed when it comes to men, or is there something more sinister going on? As the tension builds in this psychological thriller, the wild ride sweeps her closer to a dark, sinister secret that threatens her whole family.
A menacing note left in the garden, an unwelcome stranger claiming possession of her cousin’s home, a bloody body left on the snowy summit of White Oak Hill...."Miz Scarlet", the feisty amateur sleuth, finds she's up to her eyeballs in questions with no credible answers. Who's in danger and why? What does it have to do with the Jordan family, who disappeared without a trace? When one of “Miz Scarlet’s” dogs digs up clothing belonging to the Jordan children, her fears are only heightened.
Enter Kenny Tolliver ("Captain Peacock"), the still-handsome hunk who captured “Miz Scarlet's” heart all those years ago in high school. Now widowed and working for Mercer Security, "Captain Peacock" has all kind of investigatory tricks up his sleeve. Good thing, because a second guest meets a gruesome death just as he arrives to take charge.
Scarlet and Kenny seem to be on the fast track to rekindle their love until they run headlong into "Colonel Grey Poupon", Scarlet's annoying, twice-married brother, and the old sibling rivalry reignites. As brother and sister vie for Kenny's attention, things spiral out of control. Adding to the confusion, Kenny begins to suspect that his old high school chum is lying. Just how involved was Bur with one of the now-dead guests and what else is he keeping from them? As the distractions pile up, a series of bizarre attacks on the family escalates. Despite Kenny’s best efforts, Scarlet is snatched in the middle of the night in a terrifying episode that convinces her she’s the next victim. Long buried secrets, like skeletons in the family closet, begin to emerge. Is there a killer lurking inside the Four Acorns Inn? Will “Miz Scarlet”,” Captain Peacock”, and “Colonel Grey Poupon” solve the clues in time to prevent another murder?