Miz Scarlet and the Holiday Houseguests by Sara M. Barton

Divorced parents who won’t stop bickering, a sassy teenager, and a killer stalking her are just what homicide investigator Laurencia “Larry” Rivera doesn’t need for Christmas! The short-handed state police investigator can't get a handle on the latest murder case…things just keep going wrong. Is someone trying to intimidate Larry and her team to protect the killer and prevent him from being caught?

Innkeeper Scarlet Wilson is a good friend. That’s why she invites the entire Rivera family to spend Christmas at the Four Acorns Inn. But a killer comes a-calling in the middle of their holiday preparations. “Miz Scarlet” may not have Larry's professional cop training, but that doesn't stop her from enlisting boyfriend Kenny Tolliver and Larry's former partner, Max, to rescue the uncooperative damsel in distress. If only she stuck to guest services….Before the Rivera visit to the Four Acorns Inn ends, not only will a killer be sent packing, everyone will learn two things: the shocking reason for the bitter divorce of “The Spitball King” and the “Queen of Clean”, and how the granddaughter of a Red Sox assistant coach came to be named after a famous Yankee center fielder.

“A great story with returning characters. There is suspense, lots of family and real life drama. I would love some time at the Four Acorn Inn.” — An Amazon Reviewer