Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life.
Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around.
Amy Ridley has perfected her chicken soup recipe, and the winter-weary residents of Kellerton, Michigan can't wait to watch her compete in the Chicken Soup Showdown. But the charity event starts out with a bang, literally, when one of the rival chefs falls dead out of a freezer and onto Amy. Can Amy figure out who killed the celebrity chef? **Recipes included!**
When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead! It turns out Mandy Jo accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a threat her own life, she does some investigating herself. Now if Amy doesn't find out who wanted the pie queen dead, her own goose may be cooked!