When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed,
troubled past, she discovers that even the counter-culture
can conceal a killer...
As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis can
tantalize people's tongues, Lee's newest hire is more likely
to make them wag. Forsythia "Sissy" Smith is the
granddaughter of Warner Pier's only remaining resident
hippie, and lives out at the Moose Lodge-once an informal
commune in the forest east of town. But the fact that Sissy
is a third-generation flower child is the least of Lee's
The previous winter, Sissy's husband, Buzz, was found shot
to death, and local talk named Sissy the number one suspect.
Even though her alibi was airtight, the gossips are still
pointing their fingers at her. Lee sympathizes with the
young woman-even more so when Buzz's dad, a tough retired
Army colonel, threatens to sue Sissy for custody of her son.
Then the chief gossip is found dead, with Sissy on the
scene. Was she lured there? Or is she the killer? Lee has a
sneaking suspicion that there is someone even more sinister
to blame. Someone out to keep a dark secret from coming to
light. And they would have no problem killing a certain
clever chocolatier who might uncover the truth...