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After a traumatic experience at Worldhead Global Security International, a private military contractor in Virginia, Liz Bean takes an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a field interpreter and translator. Cramming her Mini Cooper with clothes, books, and her two cats, Snap and Sammy, Liz drives cross country to her family's Bed and Breakfast in Mystic Grove, Wisconsin. Liz has many secrets connected to her work at Worldhead that she can't share with anyone. All she wants now is time to think and a little peace and quiet. However, she also needs a paying job.
Soon Liz is working in town as an intern for Sam Nolan Private Investigations. When a longtime Mystic Grove resident is murdered, fear cuts through the village. Liz is shocked when she learns that her divorced mother's boyfriend, Ben, is a key suspect in the murder.
Liz and Sam take Ben's case and try to clear his name. They chase down leads, following the evidence as it twists and turns through Mystic Grove and beyond. With all of the lies and deception they find, Liz realizes that Mystic Grove isn't the innocent village she remembered. More threatening events convince Liz that the killer is still in Mystic Grove. Can Liz find the killer before he strikes again?