Welcome to the idyllic and beautiful Colorado mountain town of Whisper Creek, where secrets are as abundant as the Harison's Yellow roses, and where the past invades the present like the hearty vines that carry those
sweet, fragrant blooms.
Nothing is ever quiet in Whisper Creek...
Fiasco on the Farm
Ten years ago, Theodora Murphy packed her bags and left Colorado, saying goodbye to the drama of her sister’s failed musical career, her mother’s long-suffering disappointment and the grief of her father’s death. She’d placed a distance of 2,000 miles between her and her small-town past. She thought she was far enough away, but nothing is ever quiet in Whisper Creek.
When Theodora receives a phone call from her sister announcing the death of a prominent resident of the town, she’s tempted to ignore the news. When she learns that her mother’s fingerprints were found all over the murder weapon, she finds herself headed west, out of the anonymity of her large, populated city and back to the small town, the people and the memories she left behind her years before.
While investigating the murder, Theodora uncovers clues to not only the crime that took place at Fireweed Farm, but she learns things she never knew about her mother’s past. Every answer she discovers brings with it even more questions.
Her sister is determined that Theodora owes it to the family she abandoned to clear their mother of this heinous crime. Theodora wants more than anything to do that, but one thing is standing in the way.
Lost at the Lake
Cleopatra Murphy is ready for the return of summertime tourists. As the owner of the majestic Madeleine Hotel, made famous thirty years before by a bestselling novel, she’s seen all kinds of visitors come through town. When Harris Crosby shows up with his fiancée and an old guitar in a worn-out case, everyone assumes he’s just another guest. Cleopatra’s reaction to his arrival makes her sister, Theodora, suspect the two have crossed paths before. The fact that Harris has eyes the same seafoam green as her niece, Indigo, makes her think his visit to the hotel is anything but coincidental.
One late afternoon, a harrowing squall blows in, pummeling the town with heavy rain and flash floods. In the chaos created by the wild weather, Indigo goes missing. Frantic, her family searches for her, hindered by unrelenting rain and damage inflicted on the town. Everyone in Whisper Creek is holding onto the hope that Indigo is hunkered down somewhere, waiting out the storm.
One thought keeps running through Theodora’s mind as the search for the missing child continues … Was it really a random act of nature that separated Indigo from her loved ones, or was it something much more deliberate?
Ruckus at the Rodeo
The three-day celebration marking the seventieth annual Cloud County Rodeo promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Theodora Murphy and her handsome escort, Jordan Reilly, show up to the Jubilee dance, which kicks off the event. When the reigning Miss Rodeo U.S.A. is announced, and Jordan takes Paisley Shaw for a spin around the dance floor, Theo is surprised to learn that the lovely rodeo queen ruled his heart once upon a not so long ago.
Theo, busy with a houseful of new pets, including a tenacious border collie who takes his child protection responsibilities quite seriously, decides it might be best to skip the rest of the festivities, but her friends and family aren’t about to let her miss a Whisper Creek tradition. During the day, she attends roping competitions, bronc and bull riding and barrel racing events. Rodeo clowns perform and the kids take part in mutton busting competitions and stick horse races. At night, Theo gets to see her sister, Cleopatra Murphy, take to the stage and perform the songs that made her a country star years before.
Residents agree that this is the best rodeo in the county’s history. That is until a cowboy is killed during one of the last bronc riding events of the weekend. When local law enforcement rules the unfortunate incident an accident, the once happy celebration comes to a sad end. Theo thinks she’s seen the last of the rodeo until she’s asked to do some more digging around. The dead man just happens to be the rodeo queen’s younger brother, and she’s not at all convinced his death was an accident.
BOOKS 4, 5 & 6