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Meet Cutes and Murder

Romance author, donut influencer, and cat mom Hazel Hastings loves adding a dash of mystery to her novels, but she never expected her sleuthing skills to leave the page.

When Hazel left Chinook Falls in her rearview mirror, she hoped it was for good. Now, years later, returning to her Oregon hometown is slightly better than sharing a zip code with her soon-to-be—but not soon enough!—ex-husband.

But trouble finds Hazel on her first day at a new college teaching job and not only in the form of a distractingly hunky archaeology professor. On her way to a book signing at work, a jerk hits her car and refuses to share his insurance information. Once Hazel realizes the fender-crunching jerk is the visiting author, she plots to publicly call him out on his atrocious driving etiquette. Before she can put her plan into action, she discovers his body in the student union.

With her proximity to the murder putting her dream job at risk, Hazel must act to uncover the killer. As long as sleuthing doesn’t interfere with meeting the deadline for her next novel, navigating her new job in academia, and keeping her cats flush in premium kibble, she’ll be fine. After all, she’s a millennial with a viral donut Instagram account. Finding a murderer should be a piece of cake… er… donut.


Bad Reviews and Bloodshed

Book 2: coming summer 2022

Join Hazel Hastings in her latest adventure. The second book in her series is out, her divorce is finally progressing, her mentor meetings are going...well, and she's finding her groove at the college. But when someone is murdered at a writer's luncheon she's speaking at, her carefully crafted balance is thrown off-kilter.