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Stuart, Florida. With her parents deceased and her son away at college, Cara Mia Delgatto longs to reinvent herself. And a sentimental purchase of a fixer-upper in a small, coastal town seems ideal for a new business selling repurposed relics. But when she trips over a corpse at her rundown building, she flips from renovator to prime suspect.

Desperate to clear her name, it shocks Cara to discover that her property once housed a multi-million dollar art collection—stolen after the original owner’s death. And when her first love shows up and tugs at her heartstrings, her whirlwind life upgrades to a hurricane. With accusations of murder and theft looming, she’s running out of redos…

Can Cara crack the case and rebuild her reputation, or will her desire to upcycle treasures send her to jail?


"This is a charming mystery set in a cozy town off the Treasure Coast of Florida. The story of Cara Mia and her adventure is an incredibly fast and enjoyable read. The background stories and relationships are really where Slan shines. The novel features an incredibly strong cast of side characters who come together to help Cara Mia turn her troubles into triumphs."


"Terrific first in new series..."

Ms. Mystery

"Cara Mia has a gift for friendship -- and solving mysteries. You'll love these well-crafted stories about kind, resourceful Cara Mia."

Elaine Viets, bestselling author of the Dead-End Job and Angela Richman, Death Investigator mysteries

"Shop owner Cara Mia Delgatto is charismatic, capable and caring. Crafts, crime and cunning twists will keep your interest in this ingenious mystery."

Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries

"A Florida set gem."

Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries

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