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The Morelville Mysteries

A boxed set of books 9-12 of the full-length Morelville Mysteries series novels featuring Sheriff Mel Crane and Agent Dana Rossi. You get:

Book 9: The Turkey Tussle – The old-fashioned country village of Morelville Holds a secret.

Faye Crane has the perfect life as a homemaker, farmer’s wife and grandmother…or she did until her daughter-in-law Dana went and stirred up a mysterious murder, never resolved and long buried in the Lafferty family lore – before Faye ever became a Crane. Now she’s been reminded of some startling questions about her families past that she’s not sure she wants to know the answers to.

Dana knows to tread lightly around Faye, but she can’t help herself; she’s intrigued by the unsolved case. She gets an education in oil drilling and backroom poker along her way to trying to clear the Lafferty family name and bring some closure to her mother-in-law. The question is, can she figure it all out and, if she does, will the Lafferty’s and the Crane’s be better off or far worse?

Book 10: Sullied Sally – An unsolved murder, more than 40 years in the past, leads to the discovery of a new victim and the return of an old stalker.

After a blow to the head, Owen Lafferty lied dying, alone in a cabin, far out in the woods and far from home. He was found by Dana Rossi-Crane as she happened along, chasing around the threads of a 1972 unsolved murder involving her mother-in-law, Faye and Owen and his family. Dana’s efforts were too little, too late to save Owen.

With the two murders, 40 some years apart, looking like they’re related, a cast of suspects now in their sixties and seventies and a wife who won’t stay out of her cases, Sheriff Mel Crane already has her hands full. A new Deputy District Attorney coming in and horning in on her investigation and the return of her old stalker, don’t help matters.

Can Mel solve either case? Can she convince the new Deputy DA that she’s not hiding evidence to protect her family? I

Book 11: Finding Sheila – A woman, imprisoned for manslaughter, disappears without a trace during transport between states and it’s all up to Dana to find her.

Sheila Ford traveled to Tennessee planning to commit an act of pre-meditated murder on her husband. Her lone shot at him misses and kills his lover instead. After pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge, she’s locked away in a Tennessee prison for women. Everyone back home in Ohio wrote her off. She wasn’t eligible for a parole hearing for seven years.

When Jennifer Coventry calls begging Sheriff Mel Crane to bring her ailing mother home to Ohio to serve out the rest of her sentence in the county jail, close to home, Mel is reluctant but gives in. The only problem is, she’s so short staffed and can’t send a deputy to do the transport. She deputizes Dana to do the duties.

Everything that could go wrong does, ending up with Sheila disappearing during a rest stop. A multi-state manhunt is on to find the escaped convict and return her to prison, but the circumstances of her disappearance go far deeper than anyone could have imagined.

Book 12: Tennessee Bound – The politics and the paper-pushing are wearing on Sheriff Mel. Will she chuck it all?

Mel’s burned out. She’s tired of playing local politics. She’s tired of the mounds of paper on her desk that never diminish. She’s tired of budgets, personnel conflicts, citizen complaints and all of the other things a sheriff is responsible for. She misses real police work, but she knows she can’t go back to the street. Not in Muskingum County…maybe not in Ohio.

Dana and Mel head to Tennessee to see their new home away from home, to take a breather from work and family and to talk about the future. Mel’s future. Their future. Mel has some surprises for Dana, but her thoughts on stepping down as Sheriff and where she’s thinking about going next take a backseat to what happens in the midst of their getaway.

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