Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.

Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort.

Coconut-Carob Cookies

(makes approximately 18 cookies)
1 cup oat flour
½ cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
¼ cup carob chips

Combine all ingredients except for carob chips.

Using a cookie scoop, drop batter onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

While cookies are baking, slowly melt carob chips.

This can be done in the microwave, heating carob in 10- to 20-second intervals or on the stovetop using a double boiler on low heat. Carob can be thinned out with a drop or two of vegetable oil to help with desired consistency.

Once cookies are done and have cooled, drizzle melted carob over the top. No pastry bag necessary; this can simply be done with a spoon and a light hand. Allow a few minutes for carob to harden and then feed to drooling doggies! Cookies can be dehydrated prior to topping.

 

Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…

Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.

Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort.

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Praise for Kneading to Die

“In this fine first novel, the characters ring true and the plot and narration are seamless.” —Mystery Scene

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