Mary Ellen Hughes


Mary Ellen Hughes is the national bestselling author of the Pickled & Preserved Mysteries (The Pickled Piper, License to Dill, and Scene of the Brine) the Craft Corner Mysteries (Wreath of Deception, String of Lies, and Paper-Thin Alibi) and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries (Resort to Murder, and A Taste of Death), as well as several short stories including The Woman on the Train.
Her Keepsake Cove Mystery Series includes A Fatal Collection, A Vintage Death, and A Curio Killing..
A transplanted Wisconsinite, Mary Ellen lives and writes in Maryland. You can visit her at

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License to Dill
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,480. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When a Cloverdale farmer discovers the body of an old nemesis in one of his dill fields, Piper Lamb steps up to get him out of that pickle. But does that make her the next target of a ruthless killer? With her love life just taking an upswing, Piper needs to safeguard her own life while uncovering a murderer—who would do anything to stop her.
The Pickled Piper
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,490. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Piper Lamb hoped her new shop of handmade pickles and preserves would take off with a bang. But finding the body of a local bagpiper in her pickle barrel turned things sour fast.
Paper-Thin Alibi
Series: Craft Corner Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,930. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
With her booth at the craft festival directly across from old nemesis, Linda Weeks, Jo is goaded into a very public argument. Then Linda drops dead from candy unwittingly delivered by Jo, and Jo's reputation is thrown into serious doubt. As her Craft Corner sales slump dangerously, Jo works to uncover the killer – unaware that she may be the next victim.
String of Lies
Series: Craft Corner Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,400. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Almost worse than finding a local developer dead is seeing an innocent man and one's good friend fall under suspicion. Jo and her beading crafters set to work to find the real murderer and unknot the chain of clues toward a harrowing end.
Wreath of Deception
Series: Craft Corner Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,120. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Discovering a dead clown on the floor of your craft shop storeroom, stabbed with an item from your own shop, is not the ideal way to open a new business. Can Jo solve the murder before the crafty killer tries to stamp her out, too?
A Taste of Death
Series: Maggie Olenski Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,270. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Maggie heads for the snowy mountains in New Hampshire hoping for peace, solitude and a little skiing. Instead she finds a town embroiled in bitter debate over the proposed sale of the local ski resort, which culminates in murder. With her childhood friend under suspicion, Maggie presses to uncover the real killer. Can she do so before getting her own "taste of death?"
The Woman on the Train
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Martin’s life was much less interesting than the crime fiction he regularly read, until he decided to write his own mystery, working on the story during his daily commute and writing in a blue spiral notebook. Then an attractive, green-eyed woman struck up a conversation, and Martin's story took a very sharp turn.
Resort to Murder
Series: Maggie Olenski Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,620. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Baltimore high school math teacher, Maggie Olenski, feels burned out, and a resort in the mountains of western Maryland seems like the perfect get-away spot - until she stumbles on the body of a former student near the tennis courts. There's been more than one suspicious death at the Highview. Can Maggie find out who's behind it all before she becomes the next victim?

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