A haunted hotel, a family curse, mysterious Cossacks, hidden treasure, murdered guests—what looked to be a routine family reunion is turning into a serious Bad Hair Day indeed, one that is trouble all the way down to the Dead Roots. Marla Shore thought the only tricky part of the reunion at Florida’s historic Sugar Crest Plantation Resort would be introducing her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, to her family, and vice versa. But that was before her Aunt Polly was found suffocated in her bed. It turns out that her family has a tangle of ties to Sugar Crest, including Aunt Polly’s father, who once owned the plantation—and hid a fortune in gems somewhere on the grounds. And though Sugar Crest is slated for demolition, many people would profit if it were not destroyed, and some just might go to any lengths to make sure it remains standing.
To top it all off, the plantation was built on a Native-American burial mound, which Marla knows is never a good idea, and then the groundskeeper turns up dead! Whatever is going on at Sugar Crest, someone is willing to go to great lengths to keep it hidden. But he or she has not planned on Marla, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth before the killer strikes again.
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“Well‑developed characters and an intriguing historical background enhance this winning cozy.” — Publishers Weekly
“Dead Roots has all right the ingredients for a great hair day, absolutely fun, winsome characters, a fast‑paced, wonderful mystery read!” — Heather Graham, NY Times Bestselling Author
“The setting, a Florida resort complete with ghosts, ruins and secret passages, makes a terrific site for a mystery. With Marla, Cohen has created a plucky heroine, and it’s great fun to watch her negotiate the investigation, her nosy relatives and her consuming attraction for her fiancé.” — RT Book Reviews
“A mystery series to dye for.” — Jay Macdonald, The News-Press
“Ghost stories, nifty secret passages, tales of gemstones and family secrets enliven this tale.” — Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
“If you like ghosts and ghoulies and things that go blink in the night, you’ll love this book.” Mysterious Women
“Condemned wings of the hotel, secret passages, and a gaggle of paranormal experts investigating the resident ghosts, all add up to a frenetic mixture of mirth and mayhem.” — Manya Nogg, I Love A Mystery
“Cohen once again blends colorful characters and an interesting setting into a fast‑paced, entertaining story. With just the right balance of romance, humor, and suspense, Cohen brings her winning characters and the fascinating world they inhabit to life in a mystery novel with plenty of twists and turns.” — Michael Lister, Sunshine & Crime