Kathleen Delaney, a retired real estate broker, has authored three other Ellen McKenzie mystery novels, using her real estate experience to guide Ellen through the complexities of her transactions. The scenes in the bakery kitchen required extra research. (Bakery people, as it turns out, are not only willing to share their knowledge but also their Cherry Danish.) Besides her novels, Kathleen has contributed to several anthologies, won a national award for short fiction, and published several articles. The mystery novels are set on the Central Coast of California, where Kathleen lived and worked for over twenty years and where she raised her five children, along with Arabian and Half Arabian horses, assorted dogs, cats and, reluctantly, a goat. During that period Kathleen also learned about the Central California wine business—knowledge put to good use in other books. She now lives in a century-old house in South Carolina, enjoying her two dogs, eight grandchildren, writing, experimenting with southern cooking, and, of course, reading.
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Murder by Syllabub
by Kathleen Delaney
The murderous ghost of a colonial gentleman is prowling the hallways of the old Smithwood plantation house in Virginia. When the “ghost” turns up dead on the dining room carpet, it is up to Ellen McKenzie and her Aunt Mary to identify the killer before their friend Elizabeth Smithwood is arrested. After all, it was a glass of Elizabeth’s creamy syllabub that killed him.
by Kathleen Delaney
Real estate agent Ellen McKenzie is looking for a new building for Grace House, a residence for needy women, and the search is interfering with her plans to marry Chief of Police Dan Dunham. Then Old Dr. Sadler is murdered, and every suspect is connected to Grace House. After it burns down, all the residents move in with Ellen and Dan. Will they ever solve the murders and get their lives back?
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