Peonies and Peril by Sue Hollowell
The return home to her small town comes with a cantankerous mama, a family hotel that needs some love, and a doozy of a murder mystery… First in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series! Chloe Carson loves nothing more than relaxing with her cocker spaniel rescue, Max, and one of their favorite pastimes, solving puzzles. The last place she expects to end up is in charming Cedarbrook, helping her mom save her struggling, quaint Treehouse Hotel. When the crotchety president of the garden club is found dead in her prized peonies, Chloe finds herself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation. Her high school friend and her mom top the list of suspects. In order to clear their names, Chloe and Max have to solve the puzzle of a lifetime. With the help of her loyal companion, gingersnap cookies, and her trusty pen, Chloe uncovers a twisted knot of gossip, blackmail, mysterious secrets, chaos and shocking lies, but can she unravel the truth while making sure the Treehouse Hotel stays in business? Peonies and Peril is Book 1 in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series. A light, cozy mystery in a small town with a puzzle loving, amateur female sleuth, quirky characters (human and canine), and enough flowers and pastries to fill your garden and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone.
Book Length: Novella - 60-150 Pages