Brownie Points for Murder by Nicole Ellis

Book 1 in the Jill Andrews Cozy Mystery series

A plate of bribery brownies. What could go wrong?

Suburban mom Jill Andrews isn’t sure going back to her old career in marketing is the right move with two young kids and a husband who’s traveling more than he’s home. When her in-laws ask her to help out at the family business, the Boathouse Event Center, it seems like the perfect opportunity to test out a new role.

Even better—one of her first clients as an event coordinator wants her to work for him in a part-time marketing job.

Unfortunately, he’s the builder of the most unpopular construction project in Ericksville—a seven-story condominium that will tower over everything else in the small town on Puget Sound. With some misgivings, she accepts the offer.

Before she can start her new job, the condos are torched by an arsonist and she finds the body of her crotchety old neighbor Samuel Westen on the beach. Shaken by these events, Jill isn’t sure what to do.

Everything changes when news footage appears of her pregnant sister-in-law Desi Torres throwing a pen at Westen in a town hall meeting because he refused to renew the lease on her café. When the police find a plate of Desi’s famous brownies in his house, Desi is catapulted to the top of the suspect list.

When the stressful situation lands Desi in the hospital with pregnancy complications, Jill must navigate her own mom-life crisis, sift through a tangled web of secrets and lies, and discover the identity of the real killer before it’s too late.

It was a fantastic read, the characters were beautifully written and really came to life. It hooked me from the first page and I just couldn’t put the book down. — Amazon Reviewer

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